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Friday, September 15, 2023

HIGH STRANGENESS at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore County, Maryland

A female truck driver from the Baltimore, MD area recalls her early experience with what she believes was a warning she received from the 'Forest People' at Loch Raven Reservoir.

"I've been a female truck driver for the past 15 years. I am also a quantum healing hypnosis practitioner which is a past life regression and healing modality. I've had UFO experiences, and I've seen six ships including an incident four months ago in Sedona, Arizona. Two nights in a row I saw a ship, a long oval with an estimated 100 lights, or square windows on the side. It was silent moving left to right both nights at the same height.

My first Forest People experience was at age 23 driving on Delaney Valley Road there was a restaurant to my right called Peerces Plantation in front and to my left was the Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County, Maryland. As I approach the turn I feel anxiety for no reason. It's like a wall was suddenly there. I feel like maybe something bad is about to happen. I do not see anything. I hear a clear voice in my head that says, "Do not look him directly in the eyes, so as humans do." I took it in and kept driving, still feeling creepy.

Six miles down the road I came to a stop and made a left turn onto the Loch Raven Reservoir Bridge. After coming off the bridge there's a person walking that looks like a man in pants and a black hoodie with the hood up. It was fall and it was cold. The fear was still there and was building up. As the person was coming closer to the car I knew it was about the person I was warned not to look at. No other persons or cars were on the road. I remember being a defiant 23-year-old and thinking, "I'm going to look at this person." Well, I did. I could not see the face but there were two red glowing eyes! I looked down quickly and passed them. I got a sense of it being male. The fear passed after I passed him. Do I think it was a Forest Person? No. He was normal size, like a slender teenager. I think the Forest People were warning me. Perhaps they knew of the encounter that was going to happen."

Transcribed source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYLnNxjP7KA

NOTE: The Loch Raven Reservoir area has been known as a 'UFO magnet' since it was built. I don't know if it is the location or why so many sightings have occurred there. There have also been a fair number of cryptid sightings, in particular Bigfoot.

These next incidents hit close to home for two reasons. The first occurred two days before I was born and the location is just a few miles from where I used to live. The sightings continue to this day. Something at the location is attracting UFOs and other strange activity:

The Loch Raven Dam is located in Baltimore County, Maryland just north of the Baltimore City limits. On October 26, 1958, at 23:30 EST, two men, Philip Small and Alvin Cohen, witnessed an egg-shaped object hovering over the reservoir. It was approximately 100 feet long and 125 feet in altitude and brightly glowed white. The car's power and engine failed when they approached 200 to 300 feet from the object. The object emitted a flash. It then shot straight up with a loud noise and heat. The witnesses later reported their skin was reddened on the side facing the object.

Small and Cohen later stated:

"Shortly after you pass the dam...the bridge looms up in front of you at 200 to 250 yards away. We saw from that distance what happened to be a large, flat sort of egg-shaped object hanging between 100 to 150 feet off the top of the superstructure of the bridge over the lake."

"We slowed and decided to go closer and investigate the object. When we got to within 80 feet of the bridge, the car went completely dead on us. It seemed as though the electrical system was affected: the dash lights went out, the headlights went out, the motor went dead. Mr S., who was driving the car, put on his brakes [after the motor went dead], turned the ignition once or twice. We did not get any whirring sound; we were pretty frightened at that point. We watched it for approximately 30 to 45 seconds and then, I am not sure of the sequence of events here, it seemed to flash a brilliant flash of white light, and we both felt heat on our faces. Concurrently there was a loud noise, which I interpreted as a dull explosion. Then very quickly, the object started to rise vertically. It didn't change its position [aspect], as far as we could tell, during the rising."

"The only different feature it had while it was moving was that it was very bright and the age became diffused so that we couldn't make out the shape as it rose. It took from five to ten seconds to disappear from view completely. We were very frightened."

"...We got back to a phone booth in approximately 15 minutes. We proceeded to call the Ground Observer Corps, with no result. Our story elicited only complete disbelief."

Their initial attempts to file a report with the Ground Observer Corps were met with ridicule so they felt forced to report their encounter to the Towson Police Department who sent patrol officers to interview them. Noticing a sunburn-like appearance on their skin, the officers had them go to the local hospital for treatment. They were released later that night. The Towson police, not knowing how to handle the report, requested that Andrews Air Force Base investigate the sighting.

The case was filed as 'Unknown' by the USAF 'Project Bluebook' with the following description:

'U.S., Loch Raven Dam Maryland: Two young men observed an egg-shaped object hovering above Bridge No. 1 over the reservoir. It was 100 feet long, 125 feet in altitude, and glowing a dim white. Their car went dead 75 to 80 feet from the bridge, or about 200 to 300 feet from the UFO. After leaving the car and watching for another 45 seconds, they saw the UFO flash brilliantly white, shoot straight up, and disappear from view in 5 to 10 seconds. There was a loud noise as the object left, as well as an increased sensation of heat. The witnesses later noticed that their skin had been reddened on the side facing the object.'

The National Investigational Committee for Aerial Phenomena, NICAP, was involved in the investigation and took magnetic readings of the bridge in question. They determined that the top of the bridge had a slight magnetic field which may indicate exposure to a radioactive blast. The Project Blue Book & NICAP files were incomplete but they seem to indicate that there were several individuals who came forward once Small and Cohen's story came out that reported seeing similar or the same object from other locales at the same time. Most of these individuals had not filed a report until after the story went public for fear of ridicule and being called crazy.

One of these individuals was also a student of astronomy and was well-versed in aerial phenomena. Others reported hearing the dull explosion that accompanied the object's ascent into the sky but not seeing the object itself. others, who seemed to have seen the same object were Robert Hargraves & John Lomax. Hargraves was a manager of a local restaurant and was driving Lomax, one of his employees, home when they both saw what they described as a glowing light hovering over a field. Very quickly, the object disintegrated. This event, however, took place the following night at around the same time and in a different part of the Loch Raven Dam Incident area. Was this the same object that Small & Cohen saw? The description is so similar that many have felt this to be the same craft.

Alan W. Sharp's post in the Merseyside UFO Bulletin, Volume 6, Number 1. July 1973 is a critical thought in this case. Sharps' explanation is not credible IMO. It's just an attempt to push the incident aside.

There was a previous sighting at this location in May 1953.

NOTE: Over the years, there have been a few undocumented incidents in the same general area. In 1978, a local fisherman, by the name of Mitchell, alleged that a 'bright round light' rose out of the lake (about 500 yards above the dam), hovered over the water for a few seconds, then dove back into the lake.

A similar account was circulating among several Baltimore City Water dept. workers in 1983. The only difference was that the 'ball of yellow light' traveled along the shoreline for several minutes before it suddenly vanished. It was stated that the workers had trouble starting their work vehicles after the sighting.

In May 2000, an administrator at Greater Baltimore Medical Center told me he witnessed a disc-shaped object that 'looked like green fire' fly across the reservoir while he drove home one evening in January 2000. He said he had a very good look at the object since there was snow on the ground and the lake was frozen and covered as well...which provided a very good contrast. This occurred near the Paper Mill Rd. bridge. He stated he stopped his car, got out, and noticed a strong sickening-sweet odor that made him retch for several minutes. He claimed that he had trouble keeping food in his stomach for a few days and that his eyesight was so impaired that he was unable to operate a vehicle for almost a month. He also said that he experienced increased joint and back pain since the sighting. The cause of his illness was never determined. BTW, I attempted to contact the witness for some follow-up information about a year later and was told he had taken his own life not long after our initial conversation.

Since my original post in 2014, I have been told of two additional sightings. Both were disc-shaped craft that were seen hovering near the bridge area. I will continue to monitor the location. I believe that these craft and their operators have a specific attraction to the location, even though there have been renovations during the same period of time.

As for the Bigfoot sightings and encounters, these are just too numerous to post here. I may eventually compile the reports that I have received and other documented sightings. Lon

The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry (Collector's Library of the Unknown)
What we really know about flying saucers (A Fawcett gold medal book)
Merseyside UFO Bulletin
The UFO Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial
UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973
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