Viewing Report

Sighting Year
1985
Category
Sighting
Nearest City
El Paso
LAT/LONG
Country
United States
State
Texas
County
Describe what you were doing at time of sighting
Riding our bikes to a friends house. It was a residential area with new homes that border the desert.
Describe what you heard / found / saw
My father has been working for a big oil company for almost thirty years now and has been transferrednto a few different refineries around the country in that time frame. So needless to say, my family and Inhave seen and experienced the vast beauty of America’s landscape. In 1985 I was fourteen years old andnwe were living in El Paso, TX. We lived in a new house on the east side of the city, bordering the desert.nOn one summer night, my brother, He is 1yr. younger than me, myself and a couple of our friends werenriding our bikes around the neighborhood. We always took our flash lights with us at night because therenwere no street lights and it was very dark around the neighborhood even with the outside lights on somenof the houses. There is a large storm water retention basin, which also borders the desert, down thenstreet from my house. It was full of water at the time because of some recent thunderstorms. As we werenriding past the basin my brother stopped and said “What’s that!” I stopped and looked across the basinnto where my brother was pointing when I noticed something moving back and fourth along the watersnedge. At first we all thought it was a person and we started yelling across to get his/her attention but itnjust kept moving back and fourth. We tried shining our flashlights to get a better look but it was approx.n400-450ft. to the other side of the basin and the cheap grocery store flashlights we had didn’t help us. Itnwas a moonless night and very dark on that side of the basin but I could still make out a figure. Whilenstanding there trying to figure out who or what was on the other side of the basin it dawned on me thatnit was big, too big to be a person. I remember saying it out loud. There is a wall on that side of the basin,nit was about 8 to 10ft. tall and this things head was almost to the top of the wall. After I said it we allnlooked at each other in shock. When we looked back it wasn’t there. We got off of our bikes and walkedncloser to the water but we still didn’t see anything on the other side. All of the sudden we heard a slightnrush of water. It wasn’t loud, it was like someone waiting through water. We shined our flashlights downntowards the water and saw it coming towards us, it was just about halfway across. It wasn’t swimming, itnwas walking because the top part of its body was sticking about 2 or 3 ft. out of the water and there wasnno splashing. The depth of the water in the middle of the basin at the time was probably around 6ft. Wengot back on our bikes and took off as fast as we could, I mean fast. We rode our bikes to one of mynfriend’s houses and told his mother, of course she didn’t believe us. We were really freaked out butneventually calmed down. My brother and I never told our parents because we knew they wouldn’tnbelieve us either. The next day morning we went back to the basin to see if we could find anything thatnwould explain what we saw, we found nothing. We moved away from El Paso 1yr. later and lost contactnwith our friends. My brother and I really haven’t talked about the incident since it happened. I’ve thought about this incident from time to time through the years and to this day I can honestly say thatnI’m still haunted by the fact that I didn’t get a better look at this thing because deep down I don’t thinknit could have been a person.
Describe the time of year and the environment
It was in the summer of 1985.(I don't remember the month)nI know it was a moonless night because it was dark and the weather was clear. Desert terrain.
Have there been any other reports ro talk in your area
Not to my knowlegde.
Additional comments
If I had to do it all over again I would have waited to see what exactly this was before taking off on mynbike. It's been 22yrs. and I'm still bothered by the fact that I didn't get a better look.
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