Witnesses in a strange and unexplained UFO case claim an alien was shot dead at an U.S. Air Force Base in New Jersey.
Ever since this case was presented to the public, numerous UFO researchers have tried getting to the bottom of it with little to no success.
In the early hours of January 18, 1978, after a night of heavy UFO activity over the McGuire Air Force Base near Trenton, NJ, an extraterrestrial being ended up losing its life on the tarmac.
Details of the case have been submitted by one Major George A. Filer III, who was an Air Force Intelligence Officer at that time.
The radio linking the patrol car with the desk sergeant on duty in the command post was quiet, as it normally was at that time of night in mid-winter. Not much was happening, so Morse decided to show Larimer the procedures involved in guarding base entry points such as the numbered gates. Some time after 1:00 a.m. he radioed into the command post offering to relieve the gate guards for food and rest room breaks.
The desk sergeant checked the logs, then dispatched Morse and Larimer to Gate #5 on the rear side of the base, the one gate in that area near the fence line adjoining Fort Dix. Gate #5 was a little used gate in a very dark, remote area of the base, a miserable assignment for any self respecting cop to guard. The guy on duty no doubt would welcome a break.
As they were en route to the gate, the radio suddenly crackled alive. Morse and Larimer heard a tense voice advise them that sightings of unusual lights in the sky flying in formation had started coming in from scattered locations, that they should be on the alert for anything out of the ordinary. At first they treated the information as a joke, until they stopped the patrol car and got out to look up at the sky to see for themselves what was going on.
The pair observed, high in the sky, formations of odd looking bluish/green lights were prancing about over the base.
At first Morse and Larimer were shocked by the sight, wondering what they were looking at. It was an intriguing spectacle. They were single lights, not the familiar running lights of aircraft, and they were performing some pretty amazing maneuvers.
The objects continued to fly back and forth, changing formation several times, passing over the base and then turning back for another fly by. Morse counted 12 distinct objects in a formation headed south to north, and then apparently the same formation of 12 objects returning on a north to south pass. The high level of aerial activity at this time of night, including the formation flights, was totally unprecedented for any type of aircraft they knew about.
Morse noted that the first formation was of two parallel lines of objects, with the individual objects staggered in line. Then two arrow-shaped formations were visible at different angles.
The final formation was arrayed in a crescent shape, until the objects abruptly dispersed and flew off in different directions. After a while they stopped watching the repetitive flights and went back to work, but the sightings continued for a long period of time.
According to his testimony, a small, grey alien had been shot by Sgt. Jeff Morse and his Air Force security police partner, Sgt. Mark Larimer, after the being had left the safety of its spacecraft.
While he was driving near the base, the policeman noticed high in the sky formations of odd looking bluish green lights were cavorting over the base. which was already in a state of high alert.
The objects continued to fly back and forth, changing formation several times, passing over the base and then turning back for another fly by. Morse counted 12 distinct objects in a formation headed south to north, and then apparently the same formation of 12 objects returning on a north to south pass. Morse noted that the first formation was of two parallel lines of objects, with the individual objects staggered in line. Then two arrow shaped formations were visible at different angles. The final formation was arrayed in a crescent shape, until the objects abruptly dispersed and flew off in different directions.
Morse's friend, Bill Cleninger, another sergeant of equal rank, had been assigned dispatch duty as desk sergeant that night. On the radio he sounded somewhat upset, confused, and very excited by the sightings. Part of his responsibility was to prioritize events for response and to issue follow up assignments, while keeping superior officers informed of what was going on if something out of the ordinary occurred.
Right now he had his hands full as the UFO reports continued to pour in, confirmed by personnel in the base control tower.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., Morse heard the sirens of civilian police vehicles running code on the roadway outside the perimeter of the base fence line, nn the distance he could see a New Jersey State Police car passing by on Wrightstown/Cookstown Road in hot pursuit, heading in the direction of Fort Dix Army base.
Fort Dix bordered on the south/southeast fence line of McGuire AFB, and security personnel of the two bases shared a radio channel to coordinate law enforcement activities.
Following the state police car was a Fort Dix military police patrol, also running lights and sirens. Morse thought this was rather unusual since the Fort Dix MPs ordinarily never left their areas.
He speculated that they must have taken a break at the nearby 7-11 store or Ernie's pizza parlor just outside of Gate #1.
At first he and Larimer thought the police activity outside the base could have been something routine, perhaps pursuit of a speeding car from some off base incident. Fort Dix, as an open base, often attracted traffic violators who sought refuge there while trying to elude pursuit. But then the dispatcher informed him that the New Jersey State Police were attempting to gain entry to the air base at Gate #5, near the secluded rear runway adjoining Fort Dix.
Sgt. Cleninger instructed them to proceed to Gate #5 to assist the state trooper. As they approached the gate, they heard Cleninger communicating on another frequency with the Fort Dix Army dispatcher.
Both were talking very excitedly, and trying to speak with an Army MP patrol that was in hot pursuit of something nearby and, apparently, in the process of making contact with the violators.
Then there was something about a shooting.
Arriving at the gate, Morse allowed the state trooper to enter the base, asked him the nature of his mission.
The officer replied that he and the Army MP patrol had been chasing an unidentified low flying object that, whatever it was, was headed in the direction of the southeast fence line.
The MP had radioed a description to his base:
An oval object giving off a bluish/green glow. A sense of urgency and near panic set in when the transmission from the MP was abruptly cut off. They didn't know exactly where he was or what was going on.
Sgt. Cleninger, meanwhile, informed Morse by radio that he was now in contact with the Fort Dix dispatcher by telephone.
He instructed Morse to call him on the phone at the gate so he could relay what he had just been told.
Over the telephone line, Cleninger told Morse that radio contact had been regained with the Army MP, and it was learned that he had had a close encounter with the unidentified object, and apparently with one of its occupants as well. The MP said that the object was hovering very close to his vehicle, and that out of nowhere a thing, in his words: A being of some sort, had suddenly appeared directly in front of his vehicle. It was about 4' tall, grayish brown in color, with a proportionally large head, long arms, and a slender body.
Badly frightened, the MP had panicked and fired 5 rounds from his .45 caliber pistol into the creature, and one upwards into the object hovering above him.
The object responded by accelerating straight up into the night sky, apparently abandoning the wounded creature.
High overhead the object had rejoined the other eleven blue/green objects which were moving slowly, sort of hovering in position. In fact, Morse and his partner had seen a single object joining in with the larger group of objects at high altitude, but they had not seen where it came from.
The frantic MP said that the wounded being had fled toward the McGuire fence line, but they had lost track of it there.
Following orders, Morse led the state trooper to the inactive runway near the fence line where they used their headlights and spotlights to search for anything out of the ordinary. This area was only used by the Air National Guard. Several F-4 fighter jets were parked on the flight line, and several munitions storage areas were nearby.
Morse inquired of the desk sergeant, asking what exactly they were looking for.
The answer startled him:
Whoever or whatever the MP shot.
Since it had fled toward the McGuire fence line, it may have entered the base, he was told, so they were looking for an injured someone or something.
It was getting very late, and the state trooper and Morse drove their separate vehicles along at a crawl, windows down, their spotlights searching through the darkness.
The state trooper was getting impatient, saying that he was too busy to be playing games and that after they made a pass at searching the fence line and runway he intended to wrap it up.
Seeing nothing unusual near the fence line they next headed for the area of the taxiway leading to the active runway. By now they could see Army personnel on the other side of the fence line using spotlights to search there.
There seemed to be a lot of discussion, and a group forming near a particular area of the fence line where the inactive runway made a sharp right turn in an easterly direction. Perhaps they had found the mysterious person or thing, and the thought crossed Morse's mind that after all this trouble they were going to miss out on it.
All of a sudden the two vehicles abruptly braked to a stop, as their headlights revealed a motionless figure lying prone on the cold concrete in the middle of the inactive runway, about 50' directly in front of them.
There was no sign of how it got over or through the fence. They sat awestruck for a few seconds, then Morse grabbed his microphone and quickly informed the desk sergeant about their discovery. What does it look like?, Sgt. Cleninger asked.
It's about 4' in length, grayish brown in color, with a fat head and long arms, Morse replied, struggling to come to grips with what he was looking at. Morse and the trooper got out of their vehicles and were about to approach the body, noticing a pungent, ammonia like stench in the air.
As the trooper and the two security police stood side by side gaping at the body, they asked each other simultaneously:
What the hell is that thing?
By now it was obvious to Morse that Cleninger, back at security police headquarters, was taking instructions from higher authorities and passing their orders on to him.
Before they had ventured much closer to the body, he was instructed to escort the New Jersey state policeman off the base and to set up an entry control point, ECP. The trooper protested, but this was now standard military police business: a body had been found on the base within their jurisdiction. All civilians must now leave the area.
The point where it lay on the old runway was a crime scene, and it was Morse's duty to secure the area while senior officers and investigators marshaled their forces and made their way to the site.
He retrieved several poles and lengths of rope from the trunk of the patrol car and began to set up a perimeter, instructing his partner, Larimer, to escort the trooper off the base. While setting up the rope standards, Morse was joined by two additional security patrols that began to set up a perimeter to the northern side of the controlled area around the crime scene.
About this time the radio traffic became very intense, almost frantic, and they were ordered to switch to a secure channel.
To Morse, the channel didn't sound secure. Usually, a secure channel provided a one to one link between the investigating officers and the desk sergeant, but in this case it seemed to him that everyone and their grandmother were on the channel all trying to talk at once. Morse's duty was to relay information to the desk sergeant on what was happening in general, who was showing up at the ECP, and who was asking permission to enter the secure area. To Morse, the channel didn't sound secure. Usually, a secure channel provided a one to one link between the investigating officers and the desk sergeant, but in this case it seemed to him that everyone and their grandmother were on the channel all trying to talk at once. Morse's duty was to relay information to the desk sergeant on what was happening in general, who was showing up at the ECP, and who was asking permission to enter the secure area.
Authorized officials had to be separated from curiosity seekers trying to gain entry. But due to the chaotic communications, he had difficulty getting in a word at all.
Individuals who were authorized to enter the controlled area were given a mathematical clearance code by the desk sergeant, assigned by protocol, and acknowledged by a simple sign language between officials and the policeman at the ECP. The code could be as simple as the security policeman holding up three fingers and awaiting a correct response of five fingers by the person requesting entry, to equal the number eight.
This system allowed important personnel to gain faster access than would the cumbersome procedure of checking all IDs and asking for verification of their authorization to enter the area. For security reasons, however, the code would only remain valid for 30 minutes maximum. It would be continuously changed or upgraded according to the level of security prevailing.
Within 30 minutes of their finding the body, Morse saw a group of about a dozen security police that he first took to be law enforcement augmentees arrive in a step van and take charge of the investigation, but that didn't make any sense. The new arrivals did not look or act like augmentees at all, whose normal role would be to back up the regulars. They would have arrived one by one, not in an organized group, and would have been assigned to the perimeter while the regulars conducted the investigation. Furthermore, they were armed with M-16 rifles and grenade launchers. They weren't the recognizable professional investigators of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, OSI either.
In the Air Force police, augmentee system, law enforcement police cross trained on the security police side at times. On this fateful night, Mark Larimer was cross training as an augmentee for regular law enforcement.
Law enforcement personnel also conducted investigations, but in the event of a felony or major crime would be preempted by the OSI.
Organization charts and procedural matters like these would take on new importance to Jeff Morse later on, while trying to understand what he observed that night.
Although the armament of the newly arrived security police might not have been unusual if the senior officers thought some kind of serious base incursion was threatened, heavy weapons were kept in an armory and would not have been readily accessible on such short notice. Morse was armed only with a .38 revolver.
On the radio he heard the special group referred to as the recovery team. He had never encountered them before.
Manning his ECP some distance away, Morse watched as senior officers and emergency personnel arrived on the scene and the recovery team went through a seemingly well rehearsed procedure. Morse also noticed that they were all senior enlisted men, wearing the chevrons of rank but no patches or insignia that would identify their unit.
He wondered what was going on, but was primarily occupied in performing his assigned duty and didn't give that much thought to it at the time.
In the next 24 to 48 hours the strangeness level increased, as a number of peculiar events transpired. Only then did Morse began to piece together in his own mind that he must have been involved in something of a truly extraordinary nature. All he knew at the moment was that the body did not appear to be human, but even that did not fully register at first. From 50' to 75'away the body appeared slimy, almost snakelike in texture. Then there was the stench.
The thought occurred that maybe it was one of the homeless persons known to live in the nearby woods. But if so, why all the high level of response? As he stood guard on the perimeter, he saw the base commander, the security police squadron commander, and the OSI commander at the scene.
They apparently knew all about the recovery team, because they watched without interfering as it performed its functions.
By morning, Morse and Latham had watched from slightly different perspectives as base clinic personnel sprayed the body with something from a backpack, and the recovery team crated it, and forklifted the crate onto an Air Force cargo plane that had arrived from Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. After the plane took off, the other personnel dispersed.
The air police on the scene were debriefed, sworn to secrecy, and shortly afterwards shipped to various bases around the world.
Morse was transferred to Guam. Before departure, however, he was subjected to intimidating interrogation at Wright-Patterson AFB by a quartet of men in civilian clothes.
While stationed on Guam, shortly before his enlistment was up, Morse heard Len Stringfield talking on Armed Forces Radio about his studies and contacted him, which eventually led to several episodes of threats and intimidation over the years, and when Morse attempted to apply for a position in a Federal law enforcement agency, he found that he was blackballed.
Filer did not witness the event firsthand, but was briefed by the head of the command post over at McGuire AFB.
He was very specific about the fact that an entity from outer space had been shot at Fort Dix, and that he had run away after being wounded, and headed for McGuire, Filer told UFO investigator Dr. Steven Greer. Now McGuire and Fort Dix just have a fence between them, and this entity apparently climbed the fence or went under it, and got to McGuire and died out on the end of the runway.
Filer got there just in time to see the aftermath of an alien being shot to death.
The security police were already there, guarding the body of an alien crouched in a fetal position, not breathing, if they breath.
Another witness to this scene was Sgt. Jeff Morse, one of the officers who roped off the body to keep anyone from tampering with it before the specialists arrived. It is very likely that Morse is a pseudonym intended to keep the witness identity secret.
Morse told UFO investigators that the specialists consisted of a team of military officers wearing blue berets and that their first order of business was to order everybody to take a few steps back, enough that they wouldnít be able to see the details.
But he managed to see enough to confirm Filerís description of the otherworldly being. He vividly remembers the skin of the unclad, hairless body was wet, shiny and snake like, and smelled terrible. The entity was about 4' in height with a large head, slender torso, thin arms and legs, and overall, of grayish brown coloration.
Nobody whoís willing to talk knows where the dead grey alien was taken but some researchers suspect it was brought to the Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, the same place that housed the alien bodies recovered from the 1947 crashes in Roswell, NM.
By their own admissions, Morse and Fiier were later flown to Wright Patterson and subjected to strict interrogations. Although they were interrogated on separate occasions, they were basically given the same warning:
Keep quiet or youíre done.
They told me about my duty to keep my mouth shut. I signed a form and it is supposed to bind me for life, said Sgt. Morse
One would be entitled to ask: What had triggered the intense UFO activity over McGuire AFB and what was the alien doing out of its craft and on the side of the road?
Filerís testimony answers the first question:
It was a very serious operation. There are nuclear assets on the base, they used to carry nuclear weapons back and forth to Europe.
As for the presence of the lone ET, Filer suspects that one of the UFOs crash landed or was shot down and in an attempt to gain sanctuary, the alien was heading for the Air Force Base.
Recently, the case has made a comeback but despite the fresh interest, it is unlikely that more details will surface. This incident, like so many before it, raises a legitimate concern. As omni media reports:
We have an alien race expecting one of their own to eventually come home. They just probably werenít expecting it to be in a body bag.
Still, if retaliation hasnít come in the nearly 40 years since the incident took place, we could consider ourselves safe.