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The Cowichan Hospital
Mill Bay UFO Sightings

New Year's Day 1970

"Art by Lee Little

Doreen Kendall's UFO Story

The Cowichan Hospital UFO Events of 1970 Revisited


Canadian Detective
Leanne M. Jones

Robert D. Morningstar
(Copyright 2008, LMJ & RDM* - All Rights Reserved)

This article is dedicated to the late Graham Conway, Webmaster of UFO BC.

Posted: 01:30 May 6, 2008

Inspired by a UFO BC article (in Canadian UFO Report Vol. 1 No. 7) sent to her by UFO Digest editor, Robert Morningstar, and in the light of recent UFO sightings at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in November 2006, and those seen in Stephenville, Texas in January 2008, investigator Leanne Jones, a Canadian detective from Victoria, B.C. felt compelled to look in on the UFO sightings seen at Mill Bay and near the Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan, close to where she lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Jones thought it would be interesting to portray a "then and now story" that using much same methods used in solving a criminal case could validate the story of the past UFO incident(s), proving them in the present. With the assistance of Robert Morningstar, Jones decided to track down and to interview witnesses who had previously come forward with their own stories of what they saw during the rash of sightings in the Cowichan District of Duncan/Mill Bay in 1970, and, if possible, to find new ones.

To recapitulate the original stories, we will refer to two articles originally appearing in the Cowichan Leader newspaper. The first appeared on January 7, 1970, another on January 14th 1970 along with other articles with accounts about other witnesses. We will refer to the UFO BC report but rely on current information to present the information from then and now, demonstrating that, there was indeed a rash of sighting of UFOs in that area at that time according to the collaborative stories and witnessed by many more people who were reticent to speak then for fear of ridicule or of being classified mentally unbalanced (aka, "a nut").

Now, let's go back to the beginning of the Cowichan UFO story as it began on New Year's Day morning in 1970.

Cowichan District Hospital
Site of 1970 New Year's Night UFO Visitation

In the early morning hours of New Year's Day 1970, a Canadian nurse, Doreen Kendall, pulled open the curtain in a patient's room in the Cowichan District hospital, and according to a newspaper article (in the Cowichan Leader), she later reported what saw was during her night schedule at the hospital like this:

"At 5 a.m. I saw a flying saucer as low as the third floor of the hospital. There were two figures in the dome flying towards Victoria way. The bottom of the saucer was brilliantly lit and also the dome….New Year's morning."

The Monday after the flying saucer sighting, Doreen Kendall said that the experience had left her with a placid feeling and, regardless of what people said, she would never change her story about what she saw.

When she got to Duncan, Jones began by researching the original reports in the local newspaper, The Cowichan Leader.

This is what Kendall told the newspaper:

"There was a brilliantly lighted dome, occupied by two human-like men, which was stationary in the air about 60 feet away from CDH, above the second floor where I was working in the extended care unit. I was so taken with the flying saucer that I didn't call anyone. I felt mummified and fascinated and stood there for about five minutes watching before I called another nurse, Mrs. Freda Wilson.

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