It’s the Central Valley’s version of “Ghostbusters.”
A few weeks ago, Jeffrey Gonzalez received a phone call from someone claiming that Reedley Police Officers and Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a pursuit down Lac Jac Avenue – chasing a UFO (unidentified flying object). Gonzalez is the founder of the Sanger Paranormal Society (SPS) and received the call on the SPS 24-hour hotline. The call was aired during Gonzalez’s weekly Sunday radio broadcast on SPS Radio, 940 AM.
“The caller said police chased it toward Jack in the Box by Reedley College,” Gonzalez said.
Most people don’t think of the Central Valley as a hotspot for paranormal activity and other conspiracy theories. However, Gonzalez said the Valley lies in the bottom section of an area known as the “Nevada Triangle” similar to the Bermuda Triangle. He said the Nevada Triangle, bordered by China Lake, Area 51, and the Lemoore Naval Air Base, is a popular area for paranormal sightings.
“Over the past 50 years, hundreds of airplanes have gone missing over the Sierra Nevada mountains and lots of people have gone missing in the mountains near Yosemite National Park, never to be found,” Gonzalez said.
He attributes some of the disappearances to Bigfoot, which is another activity tracked by the Sanger Paranormal Society. SPS recently gained worldwide attention after being featured on National Geographic channel’s “Chasing UFOs” on June 29. The reality segment called “Dirty Secrets” was about secret underground military bases. FOX News also did a write-up about the episode.
“You wouldn’t believe what’s going on in the Fresno area,” Gonzalez said.
During filming, which took place last January, Gonzalez claims that he and the National Geographic film crew were trailed by government officials in white vans. Since the show was aired, Gonzalez said he has received numerous phone calls from around the world from others who have spotted UFOs.
Gonzalez, who has a full-time job as an AT&T technician, became interested in paranormal activity as a child. While in junior high, Gonzalez said he saw something in the sky outside his Sanger home that was unexplainable. He said it wasn’t a helicopter or balloon.
“It scared me so much that I ran inside the house screaming. Ever since then, I’ve tried to figure out what’s going on,” he said.
Gonzalez initially began by researching ghosts, but then people started coming to him with stories about giant footprints believed to be from Bigfoot and unusual objects hovering over their houses.
“One thing led to another. Then, my name got out there and I started a 24-hour hotline,” he said.