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STATEMENT REGARDING THE DEATH OF MR. TODD SEES, OF
Because this report addresses the tragic and untimely death on
Because of the pain that information may have caused them, we apologize.
It was never our intention to cause pain to the family, anymore that it
is the intention of a newspaper to cause pain in the course of reporting on such
a tragic, and unusual, event. From
the beginning of our investigation into Mr. Sees' death, our only objective has
been to reveal the truth, and to attempt to provide answers to the many still
unanswered questions that it has given rise to.
The individual, who provided no telephone number, responded via e-mail,
describing the death of Mr. Todd Sees, and further asserting that circumstances
surrounding the death had been very unusual.
The source asserted that the death itself was mysterious and unexplained;
that certain facts surrounding the follow-up investigation were unusual; that
federal authorities had been called into the investigation; that the family
members of the decedent were not allowed to witness the victim's remains; and
several other facts that seemed noteworthy to us.
The individual went on to assert that the death had been related to UFO,
and/or alien, activity. Despite
repeated attempts by NUFORC to obtain more information about the individual, we
have not succeeded in talking directly with the person.
NUFORC decided to follow up on the unsubstantiated report, and, on August
30th, we telephoned The Daily Item newspaper in
On that same date, we telephoned the
That same day, NUFORC telephoned the office of Mr. James Kelley,
Based on the information we had obtained by September 5th from these
official sources, NUFORC decided to release the report originally submitted to
our Center, even though we had not yet succeeded in obtaining the newspaper
articles, or any other detailed information, about the death and subsequent
investigation. At that the time of
the posting on September 8th, we had not anticipated the effect that the release
would have in the public forum.
The case was commented on during a radio appearance on September 10th by
Peter Davenport, NUFORC Director, on the Jeff Rense Radio Program, and the
report that NUFORC had released was posted to the <www.Rense.com> website.
The next day, a relative of Mr. Sees telephoned NUFORC, apprising our
offices that the family had been quite upset by some of the information
contained in the original report, and that they had had no inkling that there
might be such grossly unusual circumstances, as asserted in those reports,
surrounding his death. At that time,
we extended our apology to the family for any distress our actions might have
caused them. In addition, we
explained to the family member that we had spoken with the local authorities and
with the newspaper, and that our information was based on our findings of fact.
The family member, after she had heard our explanation of the actions we
had taken in attempt to gain access to more, factual information from the
authorities, stated that she understood our position in the matter.
During the last two weeks of September, NUFORC has made numerous attempts
to obtain more information, but unsuccessfully, to date.
During a brief conversation with Chief Gary Steffen, Chief of Police for
Steffen has failed to return our last four messages to his office, requesting a
return telephone call. In a brief
follow-up conversation with Sgt. Cottner, the latter stated that he could not
reveal any more facts about the case, and that the Chief probably would not
return our calls. He refused to
respond to our question as to whether federal law enforcement officers had been
involved in the follow-up investigation of the case.
Finally, we have encouraged a number of members of the press, both local
and national, to investigate the incident, hoping that they might be more
successful in obtaining from authorities
information that NUFORC was not able to obtain.
In addition, as part of our investigation, we continue in our attempt to
locate and interview members of the approximately 200-member search party that
was involved in the 2-day search for Mr. Sees' body.
Some of the questions we are attempting to resolve appear in the next
section of this preliminary report.
We list below a few of the questions surrounding the death of Mr. Sees
that we have attempted to answer, but which we feel remain unresolved, as of the
date of this summary:
If the death of Mr. Sees is being investigated as an "unexplained
death," and not a homicide, why are the local authorities involved in the
investigation refusing to comment on the case?
If the death, in fact, was the result of a snake bite, a bee sting, a
diabetic coma, or exposure, all of which have been proposed as the cause of
death, why are the police, the coroner, and the district attorney all refusing
to comment on the case?
If the victim's remains were
so badly decayed or disfigured that the family could not have an open casket
funeral ceremony, why was no family member, or representative of the family,
e.g. a family physician, summoned to establish positive identification of the
body? Also, under what authority did
officials act in their apparently informing the family of the decedent that the
casket containing his remains should not be opened before its burial?
In addition, how could a body become so badly decayed in 39 hours, or
less, of exposure that it was unfit for viewing by the family, or at a funeral?
If, indeed, unconfirmed
reports that special agents from the FBI, or from another federal
law-enforcement agency, were summoned to the site where the victim's remains
were found, why were they summoned, and by whom?
What interest would federal authorities have in an allegedly accidental,
or "unexplained," death, if there were not extenuating circumstances?
Moreover, why would members of the
If tracking dogs were used during the search for Mr. Sees, it seems
unusual to us that they would not be able to immediately track the path that the
victim presumably took, as he walked, perhaps barefoot, from his vehicle to the
location where his remains ultimately were found by searchers.
Tracking dogs are very adept at following a scent, and it seems unusual
that they could not locate remains that reportedly were badly decayed at the
time the body was discovered.
In addition to those questions outlined above, we feel there are many
specific questions surrounding the death of Mr. Sees, which have yet to be
resolved by any follow-up investigation. For
example, the apparent absence of any apparent cause of death seems unusual,
given that the decedent was a seemingly quite healthy and fit young man.
In addition, it is unclear to us why an experienced outdoorsman, as Mr.
Sees apparently was, would abandon his vehicle, shed his outer garments, doff
his boots, and walk an estimated two miles toward his home, leaving his vehicle,
still in good working condition, on top of the nearby mountain.
There apparently are many other aspects surrounding the death, which seem
unusual, and which we do not address here.
As of the date of this writing (September 30, 2002), we have no idea what
caused the death of Mr. Sees, and we certainly have no evidence, aside from
unsubstantiated assertions, several of them from anonymous sources, that there
was anything "unworldly" associated with his tragic demise.
However, in light of the many recent reports from South America that have
come to our attention over recent months of allegedly strange deaths, and
possible human mutilations, we feel that further investigation into this case is
We will pursue the case, to the best of our ability, and will attempt to
bring some satisfactory resolution to this apparent mystery.
Most of all, we hope to be able to obtain copies of the official reports
pertaining to the death, if and when they are released, and we will report them
here in a final report.
We close by again expressing our condolences to the family of Mr. Sees
over his death, and by apologizing if our paricipation in this matter has caused
them over the tragic loss of their loved one.
prepared by: Peter B. Davenport,
Director, NUFORC (
Ridge Volunteers look for man Search called off at
Marcia Moore, The Daily Item, NORTHUMBERLAND
of volunteers and several search-and-rescue dogs canvassed Montour Ridge Sunday
in a fruitless search for a 39-year-old man missing since daybreak. At
, the search for Todd Sees of Northumberland was
suspended for the night.
said Todd Sees was planning to go scouting on the ridge with another person who
later decided not to go out. Although no one saw Todd Sees leave early Sunday
morning, his 18-year-old son, Nick, did find his four-wheeler on the west end of
the ridge two miles from their home at about 12:30 p.m., Brub Sees said. Todd
Sees is an avid outdoorsman who's known to "walk for hours,"
Northumberland No. 1 Fire Department volunteer Nate Fisher said, but he's never
stayed out for so long without contacting family. "The heat, that's what
scares me," Fisher said earlier in the day, adding that no one is certain
what, if any, provisions Sees took with him. Ty Sees said his brother usually
grabs a can of Mountain Dew and dresses in camouflage when he's gone out on
similar excursions. Some volunteers speculated that Sees may have slipped on a
rock and is unable to call for help. "It very rough terrain and there's
thick brush," Geise said. "This is going to be a slow and methodical
search." "Be aware, rattlesnakes are in abundance," he told the
volunteers preparing to head out on the search from the command post at the base
of the ridge off
article provided (13SE02)to NUFORC, compliments of The Daily Item newspaper,
into man's death a 'waiting game'
Marcia Moore The Daily Item NORTHUMBERLAND
are still awaiting toxicology results to determine what killed a 39-year-old
article provided (13SE02)to NUFORC, compliments of The Daily Item newspaper,