Note: This report was compiled on MUFON forms (Not included here), by
researcher Raymond E. Fowler.
of report- ''Landing'', Possible EM effect, Possible Physiological effect,
Possible Mechanical effect.
of report- April 20, 1979
of UFO sighting- March 27, 1979
of UFO sighting - 20:00 hrs, EST
of sighting- Ma., Dukes County, Martha's Vineyard, Joseph A. Sylvia State
Evaluation- Significant Unknown
witness contacted the state police who informed Ray Fowler of Mufon.
The witness vas
travelling north to Oak Bluffs along the
road between Sengekontacket Pond and Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach in his
father's Ford LTD Wagon (year unknown) when he noticed a green glow behind
sand dunes on his right. He attributed the glow to people on the beach using
''light sticks”1. He first
noticed the glow at the bridge (point A on the map fig 1). As he approached
the source of the glow it brightened and his AM car radio (tuned to 680 KHZ,
WRXO) began to pick up a “low frequency hum''. He was travelling at about 50
mph and he traversed the distance between points A and B in about 50 secs.
At point B the
witness had an unobstructed view of
the ocean whereas before, low sand dunes had blocked any sight of the water.
At point B, then, he
could see, apparently in contact with the water, a luminous green cylinder
with rounded ends. The distance from the observer was about two hundred
feet. He stopped his car with the engine still running and the headlights on.
The object immediately
began to rise slowly and the witness could observe water action as if the
object had been in the water in the same manner as a boat.
The witness watched
as the object rose to a height where sight of it was blocked by the car roof.
He then got out of the car and stood beside the driver's side with the door
open and the car light on. The beach and water were now illuminated by the
glow from the object. The witness continued watching the object rise with
increasing speed for a few seconds and decided to reach into the car for a 12
volt quartz light which his father used for checking unoccupied cottages in
the off season. The witness intended to shine this at the rising object but
was not, able to turn it on for he found himself unable to move accept for
his head. He doesn't know whether this effect was self induced or due to
outside influences. There was no obvious sensory clue to allow that determination.
He then watched as it rose out of sight. The total time the object was in
sight was about 50 seconds, so that the entire duration of the event from the
first detection of the green glow to the time the object was lost from view
was approximately 1 min. 40 secs. This was determined from a
re-enactment of the incident at the site on April 8, 1979.
The time interval
as determined above contrasts sharply with
the witness' original estimate of 6 minutes and seems generally
indicative of how witnesses can distort time intervals. The distance to the
object was originally estimated by the witness as 100-125 feet and here again
there is distortion, as measurement indicates the distance was probably about
200 ft. since the distance from the road to the water's edge alone is 100 ft.
After the object
disappeared from view the witness went
directly to the Oak Bluffs police station where officer Harold Hill
remembered the witness as being unusually excited and possibly scared. The
two went to the site from where Hill called State Trooper DeRoche who met
them close to the site and heard the story. The police log had the time as
20:30 hrs , the weather clear and dry with no wind. Hill went by the area
periodically until leaving, duty at midnight without seeing anything. No
other reports were received that evening and no attempt was made to search
the beach the
next morning for traces or artifacts. Officer DeRoche also
confirmed these events.
Possible mechanical effect.
The next day the
witness noticed that his calendar watch was indicating the correct day of the
month (28). At the time of the incident it was reading 3 days fast (30) and
had been running consistently fast. The witness had not corrected it due to
the amount of time it took to adjust. He would have had to move it ahead 29
days in daily increments to have it read correctly. As of the date of this
report, (4-20) the watch is now maintaining accurate days of the month.
The watch is a
manually wound Timex, water resistant, with stainless steel back and case and
base metal bezel. On 4-8 it did not react to a closely passed magnetic
The point of the
sighting is used almost exclusively for bathing. There is no shell-fishing at
the site. The witness states that the material from the adjacent pond
dredging was, within the past year, used to build up the beach area. The
water was clear on the day of the investigation and relatively shallow as sea
vegetation could be seen through the water at about the distance the object
was estimated to be.
1. The object was
completely soundless during the entire incident.
2. The object's
color was estimated to be a green between
the Federal Standard Colors
14187-38901. A ''yellow Green” Crayola crayon was used by
the witness to color a
sketch. The color intensity seemed to increase as the
witness drew closer.
3. The shape was
cylindrical. The object did not change
aspect as it rose. Its ends were
4. No protrusions, windows, etc. were noted.
Its edge was not sharply defined.
5 The object
appeared to displace water like a boat.
6. The object's
attitude relative to the witness was unchanged throughout the incident.
7. The object ascended
at an ever increasing speed starting from a very slow liftoff.
8. The object was
estimated to be about 200 ft from the witness by the investigator at
9 The investigator
neglected to obtain an arms-length estimate of size from the witness
at the time of the investigation but this is to be
supplied in the near future. The
witness' estimate of length was 30 ft.
10. The object's
green glow was reflected on the beach and water.
witness’s drawing showing a cylindrical object without the colors used.
I left this out of here,
for space considerations.–CF-
witness' mother and made appointment for Sat, Apr. 7.
called to confirm appointment and arranged to meet me at landing at
6:15 pm, Fri., 4-6.
called to say ferries had been cancelled
due to high winds.
Appointment rescheduled for 24 hrs later.
to lodgings by witness. We visited site
of incident at about 8 pm. We
then went to Oak Bluffs police station where
investigator was able to talk with
officers Harold Hill and Dick DeRoche. Police
completed Mufon forms and site revisited in daylight for
measurements. Witness then conducted
investigator to XXXXX home for
information on sighting of 10-20-78. [Not
applicable to this report-CF-]
The witness was
extremely cooperative throughout, the investigation, continually going out of
his way to facilitate the investigation and gathering of information.
He struck this
investigator as very intelligent. Although disclaiming detailed knowledge of
UFOs he seemed to have retained a great deal of the knowledge generally
available to the public over the years such as the Hill case, Pascagula,
Travis Walton, etc. He remembers seeing the Hill case dramatized on TV but
claims he didn't watch the ending. He has also seen CE of 3rd Kind.
He has read von Daniken and is somewhat interested in his theories. He is
familiar with the case of the Chilean soldier whose calendar watch advanced
five days, through reading the National Enquirer at his father's store where
the witness occasionally works
In the 6th
and 7th grades he was interested in UFOs and related subjects as
well as Theater. The latter became his prime interest and he now wishes to
complete college training, in Communications at Eastern New Mexico State. He
was scheduled to matriculate last year but a misunderstanding about his
finances caused him to return home. He is spending his time as an auxiliary
policeman, volunteer fireman and volunteer ambulance driver until he can
obtain paid employment when the tourist season begins.
Mrs. Myrtle Rheno,
owner of the boarding house where the investigator stayed knows the Grunden
family and thus the witness. Her opinion is that he would not be telling this
story if it hadn't happened. This was also the opinion of both officer Hill
and trooper DeRoche who know the witness through his work as an auxiliary
The incident took
place at a point devoid of buildings. The police received no other calls.
Possible natural phenomena
described for the object do not relate to any natural phenomena the
investigator is aware of.
Possible man-made object
Balloons or other windborne devices seem ruled out by the path
of the object and its illumination.
such as aircraft, military rockets or missiles, and pyrotechnic devices seem
ruled out by the lack of sound, lack of trail, illumination and orientation
of the object in its flight as well as by the size and proximity indicated by
the water action observed.
Previous report in the same area
[Report not included here as it is not water related and does
not pertain directly to the above.-CF-]
This reference: MUFON case
investigation by researcher Raymond E. Fowler
With Thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
PRN – 159114
URN – NONE MUFON
case investigation by researcher Raymond E. Fowler
UFOCAT URN – 159114 The MUFON Journal, #140,
October 1979, p. 12
UFOCAT URN – 167643 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry
Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002
North America – United States, Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard
Oak Bluffs Latitude 41-27-15 N, Longitude
70-33-45 W (D-M-S)
Sengekontacket Pond Latitude 41-25-00 N, Longitude
70-33-13 W [Lake]
Sylvia State Beach Latitude
41-25-31 N, Longitude 70-33-15 W
UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 41.43 N, Longitude 70.55
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