Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Birmingham UFO Group Case Report Author: Dave Hodrien Release Date: 17/02/2009
In the summer of 2004, Darren Carey had an experience that would change his perception of UFOs forever. Later in the same year, he had a second experience where a number of small beings were seen in his bedroom. It is unknown whether these two events are linked, but it is certainly a possibility, as he has not experienced anything like them before or since. However, there are signs pointing towards ongoing abductions taking place against his knowledge. The incidents will be discussed separately in this report.
June 2004 UFO Sighting
In the summer of 2004, Darren was living in the village of Alvechurch with his wife. One evening in the later part of June, he visited his friend’s house in Longbridge for a catch up. He was driving back home around 11.30pm at night. It was a very warm, clear and still night, and he had the windows of his car down. He was just about to turn onto the Redditch Road when he noticed a bright white light in the field opposite. It was at the back of the field and around 70 foot in the air. It appeared to be stationary. He first assumed it must be a helicopter. He turned right onto the Redditch Road and began to drive along it. He was surprised to see that the light was also travelling in his direction at approximately the same speed, and maintaining the same distance from the road as when he had first sighted it. He kept glancing at the light and wondering what it was. He became more and more confused by it.
Photograph of location where Darren first spotted the object:
How the object looked at a distance:
In the end he decided to pull in at a bus lay by. Looking to his left he could not see the object any more. He got out of the car and walked around to the front of it. He looked all around and was amazed to see that the object was right over his head. It was still around 70 feet up, and looked different to how it had appeared at a distance. He could see a clump of multicoloured lights. The lights were red, blue, green, white and maybe other colours. There was no discernable shape behind the lights but he was sure they were part of one solid object. Strangely, although it was a very clear night, the lights looked blurred / smudged. This could have been caused by the various colours merging into one another, or perhaps it was some sort of aura that the object was giving off. Whatever it was, the lights were not as clear as they should have been for the height the object was and the current weather conditions. Darren also noticed that the object was completely silent. He looked across to the nearby Hopwood Pub car park to see if anyone else was around and looking at it too but nobody was around due to the time of night and quietness of the pub. After about ten seconds of staring up at the object he felt very spooked by it, the hairs on his neck were standing up, and he wanted to get out of there. He got back in his car and drove away, immediately feeling a bit safer but still highly un-nerved by the object.
Photograph of the bus lay by:
How the object looked when it was overhead:
He reached an island and turned right onto Birmingham Road. He thought the object had gone but looking to the right he was amazed to see that the object had crossed the road behind him and was now flying along to the right of him, again matching his speed. Like before, it now appeared as a bright white light, he could not see the other colours in it. At the next island he turned left and again the object changed its course to match, and continued along to the right of him. By this time he felt sure that the object was observing him. He was about to turn left at another island, but this time the object drew closer and passed right over the island in front of him. He turned and the object was now on the left still keeping the same pace as his car. He did not attempt to drive any faster to see if the object would keep up. As he continued along the road the object drifted to the right until it was directly in front of him in the sky. He reached Alvechurch and had to turn right. Rather than following him the object continued straight on and soon he had lost sight of it.
Photograph of location just prior to where Darren lost sight of the object:
Darren got home and woke his wife up to tell her about the object. He then stayed up for hours smoking and thinking about what he had just witnessed. He could find no rational explanation for what had occurred, and to this day feels that the object must have been an extraterrestrial craft of some kind.
Sketch by witness showing journey he took and the path of the object:
Map featuring route witness took:
This is a fascinating sighting, and for various reasons most mundane explanations can be dismissed. The object could not have been a helicopter as when it was hovering right over his head he could hear no sound coming from it, if it was a helicopter the noise of the rotor blades would have definitely been heard, especially on such a still night. It cannot have been an aeroplane of course as these cannot come to a stand still in the sky. If it was a lit balloon/balloons of some kind then they would have drifted randomly across the sky, they would certainly have not moved at the speed the object was travelling at, and would not have followed the car. If it was some kind of radio controlled object then why would it have been flying in a field after dark, and why would it have followed Darren’s car for such a distance? The appearance and configuration of the lights do not fit in with any form of conventional aircraft; therefore we must assume it was something out of the ordinary.
There have been many UFO sightings reporting similar objects and where craft have been seen to follow drivers for a distance. For example, one incident described by Ann Andrews in her book Abducted states the following:
“It was a dark, wintry night, and the narrow Kent lanes were almost deserted. Jason, in the front passenger seat, suddenly plucked at Ann’s sleeve and wordlessly gestured at a large circle of white light to the left of the car, moving parallel to them as if keeping pace. Ann wanted to stop the car, but Jason urged her to carry on driving. The ‘star’ followed them every corner and bend of the way.”
Darren feels that the object he saw was more likely extraterrestrial rather than a top secret military craft, as if it was why would they be flying it over fields in a well populated area, and besides this, why would they follow a random person in their car? It certainly doesn’t seem to add up, so this will remain a very intriguing case.
October 2004 Beings Visitation
Later in the same year, Darren had got divorced and was living in a house on Hoggs Lane, Longbridge. Since his sighting back in June there had been no further unusual incidents of any kind, although he still thought regularly about what he had seen.
Map of incident location:
On a Friday or Saturday night in early October, he awoke around 2-3am with the distinct feeling that something was not right and something was about to happen. He tried to move his head to look around his bedroom, but then found that he was completely paralyzed, and could only move his eyes. His whole body felt like it had “pins and needles”. He was of course extremely scared by this but could not even call out.
Looking down to the base of the bed, he saw the door of his room swing open. Three to five small beings then walked into the bedroom. He was terrified and did not look up at their faces; he could just see their torsos and the tops of their legs (their lower legs were hidden below the height of the bed). The beings were each dressed in a dark grey rubber-like suit. There was something like a belt or box around the area of their waists but he could not see this too clearly. Judging from what he could see, he estimates the beings were about four foot high. They had a slender frame, and were clearly not human. He did not see their hands at any point, so it can be assumed that their arms were quite long. The beings walked round the base of his bed and lined up along side him really close. He was still paralyzed but even if he had been able to move, he says he was too frightened to want to. He does not know how long the beings stood there for, possibly a couple of minutes. To his knowledge, they did not interact with him in any way, just stood there very still next to the bed silently. After a time, the beings walked back out of his room.
Layout of bedroom showing witness on bed, light switch, door and where the beings came from and moved to:
Sketch showing Darren’s viewpoint of the beings coming into his room:
Darren was of course very frightened by what had just occurred. He tried to move again and found he was still paralyzed. He lay there for a long while. During this time he is certain he did not go back off to sleep. After about 15-20 minutes he finally plucked up the courage to turn his bedroom light on (this was on a string so he did not need to get out of bed). When he tried to, he found that he could move again. He switched the light on but then continued to lie in bed. A short while later, he got out of bed and started looking around the house. He was highly disturbed by the incident and so checked the entire house thoroughly to make absolutely certain nothing was there. After finding nothing, he then stayed up for a long time smoking and drinking to calm himself down.
The fact that many aspects of this incident fit in with other reported abductions makes it very interesting indeed. Darren is adamant that he was not dreaming and that the event actually took place. He has looked into sleep paralysis and is sure that it was not this and that he did not imagine the beings coming into his room. After the beings had left he is certain that he did not drop back off to sleep, he stayed awake and after a short time began to move and check round the house. This does tend to suggest that the event actually took place, although sleep paralysis cannot be completely ruled out as the cause. Prior to the incident Darren had not looked into alien abductions at all, so claims that he dreamt or made up the incident to match an experience of this nature are completely unfounded. So let’s look at what fits the picture, and why I believe this incident may well be genuine:
- While the beings were in his room, he was completely paralyzed except for his eyes. This is very common indeed and occurs in most abduction cases. I believe that this occurs to stop the abductee from struggling against what is happening. - The beings were short like children rather than full sized adults. - They appeared to be of thin frame, and had extended arms. - They wore tight dark grey outfits with a rubber-like texture. This description often given by abductees.
It is not known if an abduction occurred during the incident. Darren does not remember seeing anything else, and the beings did not appear to interact with him. To his knowledge he did not experience any missing time, although the incident did occur in the middle of the night, so if there was missing time he may well have not noticed. It is possible that it is linked to his UFO sighting from earlier in the year. Were the beings interested in him and checking up on him? Maybe they did not abduct him on this particular incident but have done so at other times. There is evidence to suggest this is the case, as you will see below.
There may well be hidden memories surrounding either of the incidents Darren has experienced, but unless he decides to go for a regression we may never know for certain if anything else occurred.
Unidentified Markings Oct 2004 - Present
Ever since the incident in October 2004, Darren has had a red coloured diamond shaped marking that appears on the bridge of his nose every few months or so. It lasts for about a week before completely fading away, and does not hurt at all even when he applies pressure to it. When people ask him about the marking he jokes and says “that’s my alien thing”. But could this actually be the cause of it? Looking at Darren’s previous experiences it is certainly a possibility.
Sketch by witness showing shape and position of marking:
Is the reappearing mark a sign that since 2004 Darren has undergone repeated abductions which he cannot currently remember? The marking is definitely not caused by glasses rubbing on the bridge of his nose, as he rarely wears them. It does seem like too much of a coincidence that the red marking has appeared ever since the incident in October 2004, and never before this point. Many abductees report finding similar markings on various places of their bodies. Sometimes they remember the markings being caused by various instruments used upon them during their abduction. In some cases the markings are even signs of a possible implant. Unless Darren decides to go for an X-Ray we will not know if there is anything present or not.
We do not currently have a photograph of the marking, but the next time it appears Darren has informed me that he will send me one, at which point it will be added to this report.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2009