Bill Toffan, the 21 year old Terrace RCMP
constable who said he had a near crash last Wednesday after sighting an unidentified
flying object while on highway patrol, has been ordered by his superiors not to comment on
Toffan says he would be putting his job on
the line if he said anything further, but his superior says there is nothing out of the
ordinary in the order.
RCMP subdivision head, Edward Trefry, denied
there is any police cover-up of the incident.
"We're not trying to hide anything.
It's simply policy which has been laid down throughout this subdivision that all press
releases are made by senior personnel at each detachment instead of by the individual
officer." Inspector Trefry said in an interview from Prince Rupert.
"This is to avoid confusion and there
are no exceptions to the rule," he said.
According to a press release made last week
by Staff-Sgt. Murray Morrison, commanding officer of the Terrace detachment, Toffan saw a
vehicle with its lights flashing ahead of him on Highway 16 about 60 miles east of
However, when he drew closer, he discovered
it was not on the road, but was flying. As Toffan drew abreast of the air-borne
object there was a blinding flash. He was so startled he nearly lost control of his car.
He stopped and investigated the area on foot but found nothing.
Immediately after the sighting, Toffan
dropped out of sight - on four days' prearranged leave, according to Morrison.
Morrison told a reporter Friday that police
further checked the area in daylight but found nothing to assist them in identifying what
"As far as we're concerned, the matter
is now closed." Morrison said then.
He was unavailable for comment today.
The earlier theory of a light aircraft in
trouble has been discounted by the rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria.