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Valley Center, California Strange Water Tank And Unknown Men

Date: July 2001
Time: 10:00 pm

Location: Valley Center, California
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of object: Strange “water tank”

Valley Center is a small town in Southern California, 25 miles inland from the coast. The area is rural. Houses are sparse. I had been living there with my wife and kids almost a year, in a house about ten miles outside of town. Our nearest neighbor was half a mile away. The area was hilly, and covered by citrus and avocado plantations.

Sometimes I jogged alone at night. One night I was jogging down Cole Grade Road when I noticed a large “water tank” that sat on top of a small hill. The object was about fifteen feet wide, fifty feet tall (quite large) and stood upright. It looked like part of an oil refinery, and was less than a quarter mile from the road I was jogging on. Its presence was odd, since I had traveled that road every day, and saw no “water tank” when I had driven home at sunset less than an hour before. The hill was in plain view of the road, and I would have noticed the “water tank” had it been there earlier.

Curious, I walked up the hill toward the object, which was black in color. I saw no lights or markings in the darkness, but I did see moonlight reflecting off its surface, which seemed to be metallic.

I had walked ten paces when I heard someone say, “Can I help you?”

To my right was a man in ordinary clothes, walking toward me in the darkness. Fifty feet behind him stood another man who wore a uniform like sheriff’s deputy, but it was hard to be sure in the darkness.

“I was just looking around,” I told the first man.

“This is private property,” he said, continuing to approach me.

“What is that?” I asked, gesturing toward the object on top of the hill. “I didn’t seeing anyone building“

“This is private property,” the man repeated. “I’ll have to ask you to leave.”

I was turning to go when I looked up and saw a third figure step out from behind the “water tank.” This figure stood looking down at us, and in the moonlight I saw that he had a rifle. He stood with his weight on one foot, the rifle butt on his hip, the muzzle pointed at the sky--like a soldier calmly standing at his post. He was just a silhouette, so I couldn’t see what kind of clothes he was wearing.

My house was only half a mile away. When I got there, I told my wife what happened. We got into our car and drove past the hill. The “water tank” was still there, but no figures this time. My wife wanted to get out and try walking up the hill again, but I didn’t want another confrontation, so we drove home.

About two in the morning we were awakened by the sound of coyotes yapping outside. We often heard coyotes at night, but this time they were making quite a racket. I banged on the window of our bedroom. This usually drove coyotes away, but they kept on. I sat up in bed and looked out our window (directly behind our bed). Outside it was pitch black, but I saw lights flashing beyond a stand of trees in the direction of the hill that had the “water tank.” The lights were white, and looked light car headlights, but extremely bright. I was very sleepy, so I lay back down. Eventually the coyotes stopped yapping, and I went back to sleep.

In the morning as I drove to work, I looked at the hill and saw that the “water tank” was gone. I stopped, got out of the car, and walked up to the top of the hill. There was no trace of anything at all, but I did find a pile of quartz rocks, white in color, as though someone had dumped a truckload of rocks on the hilltop. Most were the size of an orange. There were no houses nearby, and no tire tracks. (The hill was covered with foot-high weeds.) One of the quartz rocks was the size of a cantaloupe, and I took it back to the car with me. There was nothing unusual about it. I gave it to my son, who still has it.

Thank you to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director HBCC UFO Research.
HBCC UFO Research International:

HBCC UFO Research, Box 1091 Houston, British Columbia, Canada - VOJ 1ZO

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