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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/29/2002 19:20 (Entered as : 03/29/02 19:20)
Reported: 4/11/2002 1:39:46 PM 13:39
Posted: 4/25/2002
Location: Salem, OR
Shape: Triangle
Duration: 5 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Three witness low hovering craft over farm field...joint NUFORC and OUFOR investigation.

By 7:20pm the sun had almost vanished and there was only a hint of light on a partly cloudy evening. Two males and one female were traveling north on Cordon Road just on the East side of Salem where the city ends and farm land begins. They first noticed what appeared to be two bright car headlights just above some trees ahead about a quarter mile and above the tree line on the left of the road. As they began to approach the intersection of Cordon and Sunnyview, the view to the left and above became quite clear as the trees on their left gave way to the scene ahead of them...a craft slightly larger than the house it hovered above between 50 to 100 feet quietly sat as they and a few other drivers on the road passed in both directions. The house this craft was situated over was sitting by itself in an open farm field.

At this point in the sighting, as they drove below and to the right of it, they report seeing what was described as a craft in the shape of a triangle, only the front end of the craft was not pointed, but instead having a straight edge. At the corners were two bright white lights which were bright enough to illuminate the crop in the field below in front of the home. As they came along side the craft, they stretched their necks to look up and out the car window. The middle section on each side began to rapidly flash red lights in a strobe like manner. They also report a dome like structure centered in the middle of the craft. One of the witnesses recalled wondering how the craft would land as the dome underneath would make the craft wobble upon landing. Passing the craft, they report seeing two bright white lights on the back corners as well. The witnesses continued down Cordon road a short distance and turned left on Walker road while viewing the back of the craft. They then turned again left as Walker road curves left in an attempt to come up on the other side of the craft. It was at this point that the craft departed the area at a high rate of speed. It was noted that there was no sign of "slow to fast" acceleration, that the craft simply "took off" from a point of motionless hover to speeding away at the blink of an eye. Several other motorists appeared to have seen this craft as well, according to the witnesses, but none have come forward as yet.

The Salem Police Department was notified by the witnesses as they didn't know who else to contact. The Police put the witnesses in contact with Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, who in turn contacted Oregon UFO Research Director Skip Schultz.

The next day, Saturday the 30th at 11am, Director Schultz and Assistant Director Eric Byler met with the two male witnesses at the intersection of Cordon and Sunnyview and were told of what had happened. Schultz and Byler were also given drawings of the craft in question. Both investigators were in agreement that both witnesses were sincere with their story and were of a very credible nature. A better idea of the altitude of the craft was given at that time and it was decided the craft was around 75 feet above the field rather than 100 feet. The female witness was working that morning and later sent a report to the Review via e-mail. Byler returned later that day and spoke with the home owners that lined the opposite side of the field in question in hopes of finding other witnesses. While no other witnesses were found in these homes, it was discovered that while some of the neighbors had not been home during the sighting, the rest conveyed that they were either in watching TV or eating dinner. None of them reported being either outside or in a position to see the silent hovering craft above their homes.

If anyone was driving either North or South on Cordon road near Sunnyview at 7:20pm on Friday the 29th of March, 2002 and witnessed this event, please contact either Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle at 206-722-3000, the Oregon UFO Research Hotline at 503-463-1467, or the Salem Police Department.

OUFOR would like to thank the Salem Police Department as well as Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle for passing on this sighting to us for investigation and for his continued cooperation in helping get to the bottom of UFO sightings Nationwide. You can hear Peter speak of other cases as he appears monthly on the Jeff Rense radio show. This particular case appeared on the April 9th, 2002 show with two of the main witnesses, Eric Byler of OUFOR and Peter. To hear the witness testimony,go to and click on the April 9th, 2002 show.

((NUFORC Note: Our gratitude to Eric Byler and Skip Schultz, of the Oregon UFO Review, for following up on this report. Contact information for them appears above. PD))