Todd Sees was a 39 year old little league baseball coach and a father of two. In many ways he was a regular guy. His disappearance, however, was anything but...
95% of UFO sightings can be written off as nothing: weather phenomena; misidentified aircraft; mistakenly identified stars or planets. 5% cannot be explained. In this series we’ll be looking at the mass sightings. The abductions. The unexplained deaths. Real cases, with real people.
These are the 5%. These, are the UFO files.
2nd August 2002: Todd Sees lives at the base of Montour Ridge, a mountain near the town of Northumberland in the southern part of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Todd’s home sits in a heavily wooded area not far from the Susquehanna River. The weather is good, so at 5am, he dons his hunting gear, mounts his quad bike, and goes looking for pre-season deer. The father of two tells his wife he’ll be back by noon. When noon rolls around, Todd is nowhere to be seen. At 2pm his concerned wife calls the police. So concerned are they at this out-of-character behaviour, a search party is quickly formed. Local and state police, paramedics, and local volunteers help in the search. The number of local volunteers involved soon grows to over 200, hinting at Todd’s popularity.
After a short search, two miles from his home, his son Nick finds Todd’s quad bike. It should be a big break in the search, but when tracking dogs are brought to the scene, they fail to get a scent. Searchers are baffled. After the search of the surrounding woodlands turns up nothing, divers are sent into the pond close to Todd’s property. Their search too is fruitless. The search of the woodlands continues on through the intense summer heat, then, on the evening of the second day, something is spotted in an area of dense scrub a stone’s throw from the pond.
It is 2 miles from the quad bike.
Firefighters hack a path through the trees and brush and as they get closer, it becomes clear that the shape spotted in the trees is a body. The worst fears of the search party have been realised: It is the dead body of 39 year old Todd Sees. His clothes are missing and Todd is dressed only in his underwear. The clothes he wore the previous morning are nowhere to be seen.
His body is emaciated; the expression on his face is one of abject horror.
But the weird is just beginning.
Within 30 minutes of Todd’s discovery, the FBI are on the scene. They take over the investigation. They will not let Todd’s wife see his body. She is told that she will have to wait 6-8 weeks to get his body back while they wait for the results of a toxicology report.
Later a boot is found 75 feet up a tree one mile from the quad bike. It is Todd’s. Aside from the look of terror on Todd’s face, there are no visible signs of struggle. No bruises. No wounds. The only visible marks are small scratches from the brush. Two separate autopsies return nothing. A toxicology report returns nothing. The cause of Todd’s death is a mystery.
So what happened to Todd Sees?
The quad bike found two miles from his home. No scents around the vehicle for tracking dogs to follow. His body found in an area of scrub so dense that firefighters needed to hack their way inside. Todd’s body dressed only in his underwear. And a boot found a mile from the quad bike in a tree. The worst part is the unforgettable look of terror on his face.
In the days after Todd was found, it was noted by locals that there was a heavy presence of military helicopters.
Upon their arrival, the FBI interviewed people in the surrounding area. There are no reports of sightings of Todd, but a nearby farm worker reported seeing something strange on the morning of Todd’s disappearance. In the general area where Todd went missing, the farm worker spotted a disc that hovered above the treeline for approx 10-15 minutes. It rose - stopped - then shone a beam of light down. Something was pulled into the beam of light and the light only vanished when the object suspended within the beam had risen into the bottom of the craft.
The worker said that the object suspended in the beam of light was a man.
The disc then went west, stopped again, before shooting upwards at an incredible rate, disappearing out of sight. The farmer said horses on the farm were agitated and nervous for approximately 12 hours after the incident.
The farmer’s story would be too easy to dismiss if not for one thing: Three men were out fishing on the nearby Susquehanna River on the morning that Todd vanished. They came back from their trip with a story they were sure that nobody would believe. They were wrong.
This all sounds too bizarre to be true. But consider this; no family member, friend or associate (e.g. family doctor) was asked to provide a positive identification of the body at any point. The body was removed from the scene of death without a coroner present - going against county law.
In all likelihood, the truth about what happened to Todd Sees died with him. Officially, Todd’s death was ruled as “cocaine toxicity”, but the family were told not to open the casket in which Todd’s body was returned to them.
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