Lost Time Or Slip Into Parallel Universe?

Posted by Scott McMan | July 1, 2013 20

It’s not often that I do two stories from MUFON in the same week, let alone the same month, but when a read the story below, I couldn’t resist.

This one has all sorts of possibilities from alien abduction to passing through a portal into an alternate existence. Of course there’s always the mundane and more realistic possibility that nothing of the sort happened, but it’s definitely a strange one.

This event took place in a 500 square mile area between Washington DC and I-83 North turn off on I-695. The specifics are as follows:

Location: I-695, I-83, Route 50 Maryland/DC
Case Number: 48463
Date of event: 06/26/13

Short Description:

We were travelling by car and mysteriously ended up 2 hours away in 15 minutes,, everything was very strange in area

Long Description:

Yesterday June 26th, 2013, approximately 9:37pm things became unexplainable with a logical explanation. Me and my teenage daughter were travelling back from a brief stay on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we crossed the bay bridge and travelled North on 695 towards Route 83 North to Pennsylvania. On 695 travelling north, right around the area where there is an exit to 83 South, there was a sign that said 83 North 2 1/2 miles (as there has been for the past 33 years I have been travelling back and forth from Maryland to Pennsylvania). The last thing I consciously remember saying before things got really weird was “That is how you get to the Baltimore zoo” as we passed the exit to 83 South to Baltimore, We were preparing to bare right onto 83 North in a few moments as it is, I believe the next exit (or maybe the one after, but takes only a moment to get to once you pass 83 South). My 17 year old daughter was driving and I was assisting with directions so obviously we are sober, alert and paying attention. The next thing I consciously remember (and what seemed to be only a second to me), we are confused to find ourselves on the farthest left hand of the lane, rather than the far right lane (to prepare to bare right) where we were. There were concrete media strips and I noticed that on the right hand side, we had passed concrete media strips decorated with these beautiful stone bricks in various shades of brown and grey. That must be new, I say. Just then we see gas stations, hotels and fast food restaurants and I think to myself, we must have passed the 83 North exit, continued straight which should put us in the direction of Towson (and if you continue north on 695 to New York)…I believed at the time that we were just past our exit and just need to turn around, (I looked at my clock and only 15 minutes had passed since we saw 83 South exit). I go inside the first gas station and was told I am very far from my destination and receive directions that will take me approximately 2 hours to get back to 83 North…I think there must be a shorter way, we are only 5 minutes off course. I asked someone outside who gives us similar directions and says that we are about 2 hours away from our destination. When my daughter asked what town we are in we are told numerous times we are in “Washington, the district of criminals”. The gentleman advises us to not continue further on this road, it is very dangerous and that we will wind up in “downtown, district of criminals”…He says to follow him and he will show us where we can U-turn, which he does. As soon as we turn around we are surrounded by trees on both sides of the road. There were no trees there before, there were concrete median blocks for the entire trip and I couldn’t see the 4 lanes of traffic on the other side of the road, all of a sudden there are plush trees blocking both sides of the highway and we can no longer see the 4 lanes of traffic on the other side of the “median strips” which are no longer there. All of the signs are brown, road signs, route signs and there were no information signs (gas stations, restaurants, lodges)…all of the signs are brown… the road has a tan pavement (?)…a second later we are back on black pavement and the signs are normal (green for roads, symbols for different routes and streets with different colors, blue for information-gas, restaurant, lodges) not to mention, they were all the same cities we had just previously passed with brown signs. We see that we are by NASA…on route 50, in Washington, below Baltimore (?). We see a triangle shaped flying object flying low directly above the ground straight down the highway, over our car and behind us, it was travelling low and slow. Then a few minutes later, we see a diamond, or similar shaped flying object going from West to East with round lights on the outer surface spinning around the shape of the object that disappeared over the trees on the far left. It took us 2 or more hours to get home. I have looked at a map, and found route 50 in Washington. There is no way we could wind up there in 15 minutes from the area where we were and let alone any route from 695 directly to route 50…it definitely would take at least 1 hour and 45 minutes.

In order to understand the timeline, I went in and pulled the maps that I thought closest to what is described.

In map 1 – position 1, we see the start point of the story as they had just crossed the bridge heading north on I-695:


The progression, shown in map 2 – position 2 has them close to I-83, where they had planned to turn north toward PA:


To make clear the overall distance and route travelled, below we are shown an overview of the progression from position 1 to position 2. This distance in normal traffic can be covered in less than 30 minutes:


As the story continues, they were almost to the I-83 North ramp, when suddenly they found themselves in a strange, unrecognizable area. According to the woman, she had been taking this route for 33 years and essentially knew it like the back of her hand. Further, she claims she was in the passenger seat, directing her 17 yr old daughter as to where exactly to go. She also made it a point to say they were both alert and sober.

It wasn’t more than 15 minutes when they ended up on what they are told by several people at a gas station, is Route 50, headed south into Washington, “district of criminals” (position 3):


Very confused now, they ask for directions. When they are given instructions that include a 2 hour trip to get back on course, they are even more bewildered. So much so, that they reject the first set of directions and ask another person. They are sure that they couldn’t have possibly have taken a 2 hour detour in just 15 minutes. The new set of directions confirms the first and the lost travellers are officially in the twilight zone.

In map 5 (below), we can see just how far away they are from their original location. According to Yahoo maps, it would take over an hour to get back to that location. I assume those queried were more aware of real time when they quoted 2 hours. Remember though, the woman is animate about it being only 15 minutes since they were at I-83.


As if this can get any stranger, after an good Samaritan helps them get turned around and headed back in the right direction, they find themselves on a stretch of odd colored pavement with unnatural looking signs. This is only momentary however, as just as quickly, everything looks normal again, black pavement, green for roads and symbols they recognize. At this point the lost travellers see not one, but two odd looking triangular craft overhead. The first follows them straight down the road and hangs very low in the sky. A few minutes later another craft heads west to east and disappears over the trees.


It took our travellers over 2 hours to finally make it back home, with the surreal events of the day finally behind them.

So, what happened to these two women? Did they unsuspectingly slip into an parallel universe? They mentioned several strange occurrences during their experience that would lend to this theory. They know the route better than the DOT, but suddenly find themselves on a strange stretch of road. The locals encountered kept saying “Washington, district of criminals”. Why would not one, but at least two separate people say those words? Then, after turning around, they are met with road pavement they’ve never seen in such a color, not to mention the road signs which were also out of the ordinary for the United States. Then they seemingly head back through a portal or shift and are back in the world they know.

Was it an abduction scenario? Were they taken up, car and all into some sort of spacecraft that was sitting in wait of an unsuspecting lone highway victim? This would certainly explain 2 hours of lost time, would it not? It would also explain how they got to Washington from I-83 in 15 minutes.

As much as I’d like to believe something out of this world happened to them. It’s more likely that they both went into a semi-state of “highway hypnosis”. If this is the case, it would explain everything except the 15 minutes shown on the woman’s watch, the strange otherworldly surrounding and the craft flying overhead. Although, it could all certainly be part of the hypnosis and logically, even the UFOs could easily have been stealth aircraft.

Further, the driver was only 17 and driving in one of the most confusing highway systems in the country. I’ve heard more than one horror story about the “beltway area”.

While I can’t say for sure what happened, it certainly wasn’t an experience that can be attributed to speed of occurrence. The one factor that seems to resonate is the retelling of the story. It’s almost related in a dream sequence format. It’s as if the woman telling the story is still on the road.

I’d certainly love to read the theories on this from our readers, so I’ll stop right here.

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Associated Content:

GT: Mysterious Arrival: The Man From Taured
GT: Abductee Orlando Ferraudi Tells His Story
GT: Woman Claims To Be From A Parallel Universe

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20 Responses

  • Dung Shooken

    “Did they unsuspectingly slip into an parallel universe?”
    More likely they slipped into a 7-Eleven and picked up some malt liquor.

    And “Washington, the district of criminals”?

    Great, now teabaggers are experiencing missing time. I’ve heard everything!

  • Scott_McMan

    You’re in the wrong place, the liberal bitch and moan board is meeting somewhere else.

  • Dung Shooken


  • Dung Shooken

    Since you took the time to make an inane reply, I’ll take the time to point some things out!

    For one thing, it isn’t liberals that bitch and moan. It’s conservatives. That has been indisputably proven during the last six years or so of Obama’s administration.

    See, conservatives wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t have such big mouths that they love to open and talk about everything they think is threatening their dying way of life (ie, Protestantism, Puritanism, homophobia, misogyny etc). So they stand on their little soapboxes and they get on their little radio shows and tv networks and they make their little Mod comments and they try very hard to make liberals look stupid.

    Let’s look at simple definitions.

    Conservative – Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in politics or religion.

    Liberal – Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
    Open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know which of those two is the better definition. The first one sounds like a less-advanced individual to me. If you disagree then you aren’t smart enough to understand the difference.

  • The Oshmar

    Wrong place to be making these kinds of comments. Let’s keep it to the easy mysteries like ghost, aliens, demons etc etc, we don’t need the crazy mysteries like politics here.

  • HaywoodZarathustra

    I agree with The Oshmar. I don’t claim either side, but your little course on ideology is about as one-sided as a Monsanto course on the wonders of chemicals. Really, REALLY the wrong place for political discourse.

  • Dave (not the barbarian)

    I’m not sure it’s all that weird. Brown road signs are normal, they point out cultural or tourist info. Plus, just NE of the position you have them on map 4 there’s a large quarry with tan/light brown/yellow material. I imagine it would look like a tan roadway if the wind was blowing fine particles over the light grey concrete part of the road there.
    On a personal side, I’ve fallen asleep without warning in the middle of conversations with my wife in the car. I’d like to get the teenagers perspective on this.

  • lindagranadosrenner

    Maybe she went to sleep, but then no that didn’t happen, oh heck is it just make believe from a kid who knows.

  • Valkyrie13

    I could see it being a case of missing time, but not a parallel universe. Like Dave below said, there are brown signs, especially in areas like DC pointing to something deemed historical or of interest. And pavement comes in lots of different colors. As for people saying ‘district of criminals,’ that could be something folksy some people in that particular area might say. And it was at one gas station she heard it from different people, right? Maybe they were all inside joking with the cashier about it just moments before so it was fresh on their minds. And it’s not like they were saying something completely off base that might indicate a parallel universe. DC has a lot of criminals due to a shitty education system and lack of representation (how in the hell can that place not give people full voting rights??). And a 17 year old driving on 695 isn’t that strange, that’s not the Beltway. What I find most strange is someone helping them– those kind of people still exist? It is pretty wild though, I’d really like to know what happened.

  • Scott_McMan

    You’re probably right Val, but you know it wouldn’t be very exciting if I didn’t include the way out possibilities.

  • Jon

    This is a cool ass story man. I’m a big fan of Simulation Theory so I’m going to throw that out there as an explanation

  • Valkyrie13

    Dude what is that! I googled it but the first 5 things don’t seem to relate, I’m not programmed to look past the first 5 google finds….

  • Scott_McMan

    It’s the whole Matrix type thing. A simulated reality.

    If you claim we are living in a Matrix, people don’t take it seriously because of the obvious link to a movie franchise. However, if you use the term “simulated reality”, you can at least get people to ask about it and listen to you for a minute or two….then they laugh and walk away.

    No offense Jon, I am not speaking personally as I feel you have the right to believe whatever you like.

  • Yacolt Dave

    I wish if it happened to me, that I would have the wherewithall to take back a local newspaper to see what it could tell me about the “different” area. Reading that after I got back could be very enlightening.

  • nutcase 123

    Scenarios i think could be a pink cloud (associated with the bermuda triangle) basically a simple time warp bringing them to an unrecognized area, or a time slip in where these 2 people have found there self in the future, or the past, and as a result have travelled a distance in the past, or future equal to the present returning to normal time (the present) 15 mintues later. Finally – the abduction scenario where false memories are implanted – screen projecting i believe it’s called. So basically perhaps maybe they was never in DC to begin with just made to believe so whilst they was harvested for their ova by E.T beings.
    Oh or of course maybe the UFO caused a time disturbance through the portal they arrived here in?

  • Deede Cohen

    Anyone here see the 2011 movie:Source Code? If so, will you please explain the technology to me? It deals with Quantum Mechanics…

  • Glenmiller

    Amazing. Straight out of The Twilight Zone!

  • Unknow Identity

    hello, I was reading an article called “Dr Barry Taff: Building a Real Time Machine.” just putting two and two together, the triangular space craft that you saw was the government carrying materials for a time machine.

  • Enoch

    The description of the road with the brown signs and the trees sounds like the parkway between Baltimore and Washington. That highway runs parallel to I-95, a little to the west. It is lined with trees on both sides, has few exits and few services, and as it is a parkway, many of the signs are brown and not green.

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