I had no paranormal encounters that stood out between the years of 1968 and 2010, until this encounter. December 2010, about two weeks before Christmas, was getting off work at 6pm, after working a 12-hour shift. I got on the I-5 freeway, heading south, towards the first Olympia City Center exit, doing about 40mph along with traffic. It was raining. I noticed to the right of me a young man who was sitting or leaning against a short guard rail. He looked to be in his 20s?, wearing dark blue jeans, blue vest, darker long-sleeved shirt, had long hair (reminded me of how I dressed in the 70s). I noticed when I saw him that he was not wet and it was raining. I noted he had a dead stare, looking straight ahead at traffic.
I continue to look his way and when I get where I think I would be even with him, I realized he wasn't wet and then he just disappeared. The guard rail was part of an overpass that went over me on the freeway, with a fairly deep ravine on the other side of the guard rail. When I got home, I told my wife about the dry guy in the rain that disappeared, and that I thought he may have passed along freeway somehow and needed help. My wife looked on the computer for any deaths that may have occurred along that overpass. A picture came up that showed a young man that had passed in this area, but he did not look like the guy I saw.
I felt I had to go take a look to see if I could help and put this to rest. I had to go to the next exit, up from where I saw him, in order to enter the easement to get back down to where I thought he was. I didn't want to park along the freeway to stomp around. The area where I entered was known to be a hot spot for local homeless, drug users, and pan handlers next to the on and off-ramps of I-5. I was worried for my safety and not owning a gun, I took a wood pick handle with me and went to comb I-5 along this ditch area and stayed on property along the fence line. I walked along as far as I could and did not find anything of interest, no bones or bodies. The winter grass was very low, so it was easy to see the ground while searching. I was greatly relieved to not find anything. Still had to find guard rail area without going through anyone's yard.
I later took my wife with me on the weekend to go perform a search again of the area. We drove around in the general area and found a road that led us downhill into a neighborhood to where we came upon a dead end street that faced the freeway approximately where I saw the young man. We parked and got out and my wife took pictures with her camera, but we didn't see anything, nothing odd came up on the camera. We we were leaving that neighborhood, we saw a small cemetery that we didn't know was there. We didn't get out and look, as we didn't want to take the chance of any clingers. I thought maybe this young man was connected with this small cemetery. This was my first paranormal experience in approximately 43 years, since my childhood experience with the Couple in the Cloud. After this encounter with the young man on the guard rail, and installing mirrored double closet doors across from each other in our small master bath hallway and mirror on bathroom door, we started having more experiences. Mostly me in daylight hours.
What I felt in the car wasn't frightening at all and I mostly felt it when I was driving alone after dark. The "feeling" came from the back seat right behind me (right-hand drive in South Africa). Maybe someone looking after me? I like to think so but I don't know.
I sold the car to a woman who lent it to her brother and he wrote it off. I was really upset!