George Filer writes:
I received a call on February 19, 1998 from Bob, a Fire Officer who had just joined MUFON [Mutual UFO Network] because he and his friend George observed a UFO near Tom's River, New Jersey [due east of Philadelphia near the Atlantic coast].
They drove off the Garden State Parkway heading west on Route 37, where they entered an area of tall pine trees around 10:00 pm. They decided to make a U-turn to return to the Parkway. As they swung the car off the road, George suddenly slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a large object. Just off the road in a small clearing was a saucer shaped vehicle with three legs extended. It was only 25 feet away as they skidded to a stop.
They both stared at the object for maybe a minute. Bob asked his friend, George, "Do you see what I see?" He replied, "If you see a flying saucer, that's what I see!" They both then exclaimed, "Let's get the hell out of here!" George hit the gas, the tires started spinning, and finally they hit the asphalt and off down the road they sped.
Bob, the Fire Officer, wanted to return, but George refused. They drove directly home in about an hour, and couldn't believe the sun was rising. They thought it was no later than midnight. But unexpectedly, six or seven hours were gone. They had a clear, detailed memory of driving up to the UFO, and the departure, but six hours of time was lost.
Both had a clear memory of the UFO with its three legs extended and a small stair case that led to the ground. There were no markings on the saucer, and it appeared to be made of dull aluminum. Later, both men made drawings of the craft and the two drawings were virtually identical. The witnesses have no memory of what happened during the six hours of missing time.
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