146 Harrison Avenue
Westfield, New Jersey
December 20, 1958
Miss Isobel Davis, Secretary
Civilian Saucer Intelligence
67 Jane Street
New York City, New York
Dear Miss Davis:
Shortly after midnight on December 19, 1958, two policemen, on duty,
had a look at what appears to be a U.F.0.
I checked both of these men out thoroughly with their friends, acquaintances
and the Dunellen Chief of Police: Findings: Completely honest and without
bias, also trustworthy.
I was asked to look into their story by a reporter friend on the Plainfield
Courier-News staff, and thought it might be a good report for your C.S.I.
I shall forward a Newark Star Ledger Clipping as soon as I get it from
REPORT FILED AT DUNELLEN POLICE HEAD QUARTERS 12:53 AM, FRIDAY, DEC.
Patrolman Bernard Talada, of 215 Second Street, along with partner
Leroy Arboreene, also of the Dunellen Police Department, while
on routine tour of duty, saw what purports to be a typical U,F.O., of
the glowing cigar shaped variety.
On talking to Talada, he described it as follows. (Paraphrased):
"As we cruised toward Bound Brook on Center Street, about 12:50 AM,
I saw a cherry red glow in the sky and called my partner's attention to
it thinking it was a fire. It moved toward us, going East to South, hesitating
and then South to East again. We observed it for over 40-50 seconds, getting
out of the car after driving a half a block, viewing it, and watching
it maneuver. It finally swept the horizon and disappeared behind the mountain.
It was lower than the cloud bank, and embossed upon the cloud bank (as
a distant background to it.) It was 100 feet long, less in width, like
a big cigar but without the sharp cigar ends, spherical not metallic as
we know it. (He made clear it was not a reflection but a clearly defined
light or glow)."
At 4:30 PM, Saturday, December 20, 1958, I talked to his partner Mr.
Leroy Arboreene. This is his statement (paraphrased).
"We were cruising near a wooded area in Dunellen, with my partner driving
the car. It was after midnight. Suddenly he slammed on the brakes, and
shouted LOOK! LOOK!. Through the windshield of the car, we saw a cherry
red object five or six miles away heading towards us. We stopped the car
and got out, and observed an object shaped like an eye, or pregnant cigar.
The center appeared solid and emitted a solid red glow. The outside of
perimeter was a duller red, undulated or pulsated. The object stopped
and seemed to hover or hesitate over what would be Bound Brook. It turned
left quite suddenly, and disappeared Northwest over the low range of the
Watchung. Mountains. Its speed was incredible, those last few seconds.
As far as the dimensions, it was anywhere from 80 to 100 feet long,
40 feet high, and appeared to be planed rather than three dimensional.
The night was clear, no clouds to speak of except in the far distance.
We observed the craft or whatever it was for a period of from 35-45 seconds.
We are definite and most certain that we did not see reflected light or
other explainable phenomena.
"We were misquoted in the Newark Star Ledger only in this respect,
we did not say we saw a flying saucer, but merely that we saw something
that was unusual, odd and eerie."
I myself contacted a local astronomer in the Plainfield area and inquired
about temperature inversion and natural weather phenomena, that these
men might have seen. He could tell me of nothing of that nature, that
might occur at this time of the year.
I hope this report is self explanatory as far as it goes. I will send
a clipping as soon as I get it.
George Van Hecke