UFO Photos Draw National Attention

Posted by Hitarth Jani | 3:48 PM | 2 comments »

Someone using the name Raji claims to have taken this photo on May 16 in Capitola, Calif. "I have no clue what this thing is so I'm putting it out there to see if anyone else saw it," he wrote when he posted it online. Soonafter Raji vanished and closed his e-mail account.

The tiny beach town of Capitola, Calif., is buzzing about a mysterious object that appears to have been photographed on May 16 of last year. Someone using the name Raji posted images on the Web site Craigslist, answered a few questions from UFO hunters around the world, and then just disappeared into cyberspace.

As news spread about the unidentified object, others came forward on the Web to say they had also seen it. Videos and other images of what soon became known as the “California Drone” were published on the Internet.

Then came a call in January to private detective, T.K. Davis, a former Santa Clara County sheriff deputy. An unidentified woman from Open Minds Forum, a group specializing in “UFOology,” was willing to pay him $100 an hour to investigate the sighting.

Davis doesn’t believe in UFOs, but he took the woman seriously and has been on the case with a partner, Frankie Dixon, ever since. What does Davis think now? For one, he believes the object in the photo is too intricate to be the work of a Photoshop scam artist. He’s searched high and low to determine what it may be, and talked with many doubters, but has yet to find a logical answer.

Davis has even talked to the local power company to try to determine where the telephone pole in the photograph is located. Before vanishing, the person who claimed to take the photograph e-mailed the woman from the Open Minds Forum saying the image was shot outside his fiancee’s parents home. If Davis can find the telephone pole, he believes, he can find the person who took the photo.

An article published in the Los Angeles Times about the photographs last week has sparked more interest in the UFO sighting, but Davis says he still doesn’t have any solid evidence on whether or not the photographs are real. “The more research we’ve done, I’m leading towards believing,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m not a skeptic anymore.”

Many bloggers on UFO sites have called the images a hoax, claiming they have been digitally altered. Others have contacted Davis saying they had seen a UFO in Capitola several years ago. One person, a man named Isaac that Davis found through the Mutual UFO Network, claims the strange object bears a similarity to crafts that were built as part of a U.S. government project he worked on in Palo Alto in the 1980s.

Davis has investigated this too, but can’t confirm the project ever existed. Speculation continues to run rampant, but until Davis speaks with Raji, the person who took the photos, he says it will remain a mystery.

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  1. Anonymous // April 3, 2008 at 1:53 AM  

    I just wanted to post to this blog, come on people this is totally a hoax! If you really look at the picture, the spindles that are projecting out toward what may look like the front of this so-called UFO, the spindles are intertwined to the power wires. This is NOT flying overhead. It's been cropped into this picture. This is totally a hoax. or it's something some kid made and had it placed up there.

    What a joke! They should find this Raji or whatever his name is and put him in prison.

  2. Angel Eyes // April 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM  

    Yes absolutely, that certainly looks like a modified tv picture tube choke to me.

    And another things to notice is that the UFO seems to be much lower above the surface of the Earth. If that is the case then almost all people must have seen it not just only Raji :D

    Dont get me wrong, I'm completely open to the idea of UFO's being real. But this photo doesn't strike me as anything other than a hoax. I mean, if it were real, wouldn't the person that took it identify themself? I know I would! Also, does the craft (ha!) spin when flying? If so, wouldn't the image be blurred on the pic?