This is a memorable report that deserved to be 'dusted off' and offered to the readers. In 2010, I called a gentleman who contacted me and wanted to discuss an incident his late father had written about. After a lengthy conversation and several emails, he agreed to forward the text. After all the years of receiving sighting / encounter statements, this is still the oddest account I have ever read:
Lon - my name is Ken and I am a reader of your blog. I would like to share a disturbing encounter my father wrote about. He passed away last year and had kept a journal which I found in his safe. There was a separate sheet of paper, folded with an envelope and placed in the journal. I suspect it was a letter he had intended to send at some point. It was dated October 25, 2002, though there was no addressee. By that time, we had moved to Arizona. My mother said that my father claimed he had a terrifying personal encounter but never told her the details. My father was a very serious, private and devout man who didn't indulge in drink or other vices. Because of his sincerity, my mother and I believe this story to be true. The following text was in the letter.
In the summer of 1996, I was living with my family in northern Orange County, California. My wife was visiting relatives so I decided to go out for a bite to eat. I had just finished a late dinner at a local restaurant and started walking through a vacant parking lot. As I walked I saw an square-shaped lighted object hovering overhead. The UFO came closer but I could not hear any sound. There was also a pulsating white light located on the bottom. After a few seconds, the object simply vanished. I was stunned and stood there for a few minutes wondering if the object would return.
I continued to walk through the lot, coming to the entrance on the backside that led into an alley. As I walked through the well-illuminated alley, I noticed ahead of me a strange creature looking through a row of hedges. I stopped walking and crouched down behind a car so the creature could not see me. I realize that the description will seem ridiculous, but this is what I witnessed. The creature was about 4-5 foot tall and a bit frail looking. He wore a one-piece light blue bodysuit that had an iridescent look to it. It wore high black boots that seemed to glow from the bottom. The face had a well pronounced chin, tiny round eyes, holes where the ears should had been and a large bald head. As I watched, the creature looked like it was having trouble walking.
I continued to watched as it looked around the hedges and in a garbage can, then disappearing behind a garage. After a few seconds, I heard strange popping sounds. I continued to crouch down by the car wondering if the creature would come back. After a few minutes my curiosity got the best of me, so I raised up and started to slowly walk in the direction of the garage. As I neared, a tall hairy ape-like creature emerged from behind the garage into the alley while looking directly at me. I was stunned as my legs gave way and I dropped to the ground in horror. It had no clothing, with large, long hairy arms and red glowing eyes. In a weird way, this 'thing' didn't look solid, almost like a ghost or hologram. It made a few grunting sounds, turned around and started to run down the alley towards the woods at the dead end.
When I arrived home, I realized that my walk and encounter on the way lasted over 2 hours, though the distance of the restaurant and my house was only a few blocks. I wondered if I should report the incident but thought it was too ridiculous and I would never be believed anyway. Later, I told my story to my pastor as well as a friend at church, but both refused to take it seriously. I went back to the alley several times to see if any evidence could be found, for example, the light blue body suit and boots since I was sure that this was a metamorphic event.
Through the years, I began to wonder if this creature was actually a Bigfoot or Sasquatch. I have never heard any conjecture of Bigfoot as an extraterrestrial but I suppose it is possible. Can you elaborate on my experience? Please forward copies to other experts if you feel it is appropriate. Sincerely (unsigned)
NOTE: I want to thank Ken for coming forward though, he had several concerns about his father's account being published. Ken did ask that if anybody has information on this event or, specifically, if his father (Kenneth, Sr.) may have contacted anyone in reference to the event to forward it...Lon
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