Suffern Three Mile Lake Incident: UFO Lands on Road, White House Reportedly Calls

Suffern Three Mile Lake Incident: UFO Lands on Road, White House Reportedly Calls

Case File Information

Date of Event / Case File: 10/20/1975

Case File Details

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Original Sketch by Robert Suffern.

Background

This case from the Henry McKay UFO Archives involves a UFO landing, creature sighting, and a male claiming to be calling from the White House.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, director of CUFOS at the time and former astronomy consultant for the U.S. Air Force’s UFO projects including Project Blue Book, contacted pioneer physical trace ufologist Henry McKay requesting he investigate the incident. Henry arrived at the site on October 9, less than 48 hours after the incident, accompanied by a police officer… 

On the evening of October 7, 1975, at around 8:00 or 8:30 P.M., near Three Mile Lake located in the Bracebridge area of Ontario (Canada), a 27 year-old carpenter by the name of Robert Suffern was driving down a gravel side road near his property to inspect an “orange glow”, observed near his barn by his sister, when he came face-to-face with a large oval-shaped UFO resting on, or close to, the road just 150 feet in front of his car.

Before he was able to come to a complete stop, the object shot straight up at a fast speed and disappeared. 

Muskoka Road #4, North of Bracebridge.

Suffern estimated the object was approximately 12-14 feet wide and 8-9 feet in height. It had an irregular, crinkled surface and was the colour of “the dull side of aluminum foil wrap” with “a narrow dark band around the edge of the clam-like portion of the structure.”

Suffern then turned his car around, turned off the gravel road, and proceeded to head back to his farm house. 

Moments later he observed a creature at the side of the road. Suffern slammed on his brakes and skidded to a stop. The creature then hopped over a fence and retreated into the pasture. The creature was estimated to be about 4 1/2 feet tall with “very broad shoulders which seemed to be out of proportion”. It wore a one-piece, silver-coloured suit with a white or light-coloured “globe” on its head. 

Suffern reported that the movements of the creature “were similar to an ape…but it was very agile. It reached up with its hands, grabbed the fence post and vaulted over with no effort.”

The October 14, 1975, edition of the Toronto Star newspaper quoted Henry McKay as saying, “I didn’t find any traces of what he [Suffern] may have seen. All I saw were the skid marks from his car on the road. He seems to be pretty straightforward about it.”

When Suffern arrived back at his farm house he noticed that his television set blacked out for a few seconds. He then went to his door and observed an “orange florescent light” in the pasture of his property. The light continued to move along out over Three Mile Lake and vanished behind Balthaycock Island.

“Sunday Sun” Newspaper Article, October 12, 1975.

He told Henry McKay that moments later, after observing the orange florescent light, he received a phone call from an unknown male with a “high-pitched voice” who told him something to the effect of, “We have work to be done. Do not interfere”. Then he received a second call from another unknown person with a warning similar to the first caller. Suffern warned the caller that if the conversation continued he would trace the call. The line then disconnected.

Suffern then called the local police (O.P.P. in Bracebridge). His first call to police was disconnected. His second attempt was successful and they arrived at the Suffern property within a few hours.

Suffern further reported to Henry McKay that on October 12 at 3:00 A.M., five days after the Suffern Three Mile Lake Incident, he received a call from a male claiming to be Lt. Colin Hunter from the White House in Washington D.C. The male was calling via radio telephone and was looking for information about the incident. The male caller left a phone number for Suffern to call him back at the White House. Suffern later called back the White House phone number given to him and this time spoke to a male military officer claiming to be Lt. Col. Waters. 

Ufologist Dennis Prophet received reports from two different people who did not know each other claiming that just days before the Suffern Three Mile Lake Incident they observed “glowing white objects lifting off from behind a clump of trees” in the area.

Another report in The Henry McKay UFO Archives describes that on October 8 at approximately 3:30 A.M., less than eight hours after Suffern’s sighting, a couple observed a light in a triangular configuration descend and vanish over trees while they were driving south from Port Carling on Highway 118.

A school teacher also observed a “glowing red light” in the area of the Suffern property at approximately the same time as Suffern’s sighting. 

Suffern also reported that his dog remained in its dog house for two days after the incident. 

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