On April 22, 2000, five youth were playing soccer at Cloverdale
Elementary School: Luke (14), Adam (12), Jacob (11), Matthew (13) and Ricky (12). About
7:45 pm, they spotted a strange object in the sky. Three of them (brothers Luke, Adam and
Jacob) were interviewed on April 29.
Drawing by Gord Heath, based on witness testimony.
April 29 Interview:
Three brothers were playing
soccer with two friends at Cloverdale School, when one looked up in the clear sky and
noticed a disk-shaped object that was silently moving in an easterly direction. The black
or dark blue disk had white domes on top and bottom. It was constantly wobbling about its
vertical axis, like a plate spinning on a table, which allowed the viewing of the top dome
that was otherwise hidden by the saucer's base. The initial size of the object was about
the width of three fingers held up at arm's length. The witnesses watched it as it
travelled east in a horizontal direction and then started to rise higher into the sky as
it got further away and eventually got too small to see. Although it was hard to estimate
the altitude, speed and size of the object, the witnesses thought it might be anywhere
from 5 to 50 feet across and travelling as fast as an airplane. The total viewing time was
about three minutes. The boys talked about the sighting for about 10 minutes after it
disappeared, but couldn't figure out a satisfactory explanation for the object.
The three brothers appeared
with Graham Conway on the Jeff Rense Radio Show.
While the sighting might
possibly sound like an oddly shaped, wind-blown helium balloon, certain aspects of the
report don't seem to support this possible explanation. (reported speed, horizontal
movement). The wobbling motion might be observed in a balloon that was weighted in the
base, but even in these circumstances, the motion would tend to be random, rather than a
The reported size of the
object would tend to indicate that if it were a balloon, it was either very close or very
The boys themselves
indicated that they had wondered if it might be a balloon, but seemed quite sure that it
was more likely from an advanced technology (one friend proposed maybe a
"satellite" or "solar panel").