posted on Feb, 15 2007 @ 03:16 AM
I was nearly seven years old when I remember the Valentich case making our local news. I live in Melbourne, about two hours away from where Valentich
was abducted. I've been to Cape Otway Lighthouse and read the plaque that's posted in his honour.
There's nothing special about Bass Strait in terms of being a Bermuda Triangle. I used to spend time at Apollo Bay (as a kid) at my Aunt's house
overlooking the ocean from one of the hills driving into the main road. My Uncle used to see lights over the ocean all of the time, but he couldn't
be sure that they weren't from ships. He never saw anything definitive that he would class as a UFO - just lights.
If I remember correctly (and I was just a kid...) I thought that they actually played the voice tape of Valentich's last transmission on the TV news.
I remember being chilled and thrilled by the report, it was so real.
Anyway, I'm a member of VUFORS (Victorian UFO Research Society). At a meeting last year (I think it was June 2006), they were saying that an older
bloke contacted them recently with a sighting earlier in the day that Valentich disappeared. He still remembered it fresh in his mind nearly 28 years
after the event. He was driving his car in Melbourne's Eastern suburbs during the afternoon and saw a craft fly right over him, quickly and then
gone. He was roughly three hours drive from where Valentich was abducted. They mentioned it at the meeting, as it was the first new piece of
information that they had heard for a while on the Valentich case. Possibly it was the same craft travelling over the wider area of Melbourne all day
As an aside to the story, I recently made friends with a bloke who worked with Guido (Valentich's Father). Guido was a firm believer that his son
was taken. He knew that he would never see his son again and that he was not on this Earth. His only hope was that he may see him again after he
died. Guido attended many meetings of VUFORS over the years until he died a few years ago. I never met Guido, as I only recently started attending
the VUFORS meetings after his passing.
The case is about as good as it gets with many independent witnesses and no crash wreckage ever to be found. The transcript ended with metallic
scraping sounds, I'm sure that I heard it as a kid!!! Maybe it's because I have read the transcript so many times that I think that I have actually
If you want to read other articles about it, including some detailed investigations, then ask VUFORS for some of their back issues of The Australian
UFO Bulletin. Also, the Herald Sun Newspaper published an article in 2003 (or 2002?) on an attempt to lauch a new search of the area 25 years after
the event. I used to have the clipping pinned to my office wall, but it was lost by some morons when I had to move offices!!!
I hope that helps.