Two New Jersey Men Spot Landed UFO And Then Lose Time

From Masinaigan
UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 3, Number 9
Joseph Trainor, Editor
Two groups of witnesses reported sighting a UFO in Toms River, New Jersey (population 7,524) on Thursday, February 19, 1998. And one group also reported an episode of "missing time." Toms River is located on the Garden State Parkway, a.k.a. New Jersey Route 9, approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of New York City and 52 miles (83 kilometers) east of Philadelphia. On February 19, at 10 p.m., firefighter Bob M. and his friend, George P., "drove off the Garden State Parkway heading west on Route 37 when they entered an area of large pine trees.

They decided to make a U-turn to return to the Parkway." "As they swung the car off the road, George suddenly stepped on the brakes to avoid hitting a large object. Just off the road in a small clearing was a saucer-shaped vehicle with three legs extended. It was only 25 feet away as they skidded to a stop. They were both staring at the object for maybe a minute." Bob said, "Do you see what I see?" George replied, "If you see a flying saucer, that's what I see." Then they exclaimed in unison, "Let's get the hell out of here!" George stepped down hard on the gas pedal. Tires spitting sand and gravel, their car fishtailed back onto the asphalt and roared away. "Bob wanted to go back, but George refused. They drove directly home 'in about an hour' but could not believe that the sun was rising (that it was 6:15 a.m.--J.T.) They thought it was no later than midnight." The men's "last clear detailed memory" was of "the saucer with its legs extended and a small staircase that led to the ground.

There were no markings on the saucer and it appeared to be made of dull aluminum." However, Bob and George have no memory of what transpired between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Those six hours are a complete blank. (See Filer's Files #8 for 1998. Many thanks to George A. Filer of MUFON for this report.) Earlier that day, at 4:30 p.m., Ellis Smith, his nine-year- old son and his five-year-old daughter watched a UFO perform aerobatics over Toms River. "We were driving home from the theater in Toms River," Smith reported, "when I noticed about 20 miles to the southwest, 40-45 degrees (above the horizon) what appeared to be an instant contrail" behind "a very bright white light. The sky was clear and I couldn't see where this thing came from." At first the Smith family thought it was a private plane, but while watching it, they "started thinking it looked more like an incoming missile, but then it stopped and very, very slowly began to level out." "It took about three minutes for it to complete what appeared to be a J, then glowed very brightly, changing sizes, and then appeared to change into a very large, bright, solid object with a mist-like substance surrounding it." The UFO repeated the maneuvers six times. Each formation of the J took about four minutes, Smith reported. "The first event...lasted nearly two minutes. whereas toward the last one, it was barely 30 seconds." At the end, "it looked to us like the saucer slowed down, then turned into a ball, then hazed up" before vanishing. (Email Interview)

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