Missing Time on SP 306
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Social Issues
Santa Barbara D´Oeste is a small city located in the Brazilian state of
São Paulo, about 160 kilometers from the city capital of São Paulo. The
city is recognized for its sugar, alcohol, machinery and textile
industries. But in 1995 it became recognized for something completely
unexpected and quite bizarre... Close Encounters with Unidentified
Flying Objects (UFOs). More than 30 cases were reported from July until
September that year around the small town.
The most famous and incredible UFO encounter during that period of
time in Santa Barbara D´Oeste was that of the 29 year old businessman
Edson Roberto Marcelo.
On September 24, 1995, at around one AM, Edson Roberto Marcelo was
driving down highway SP 306, which connects the cities of Santa Barbara
D´Oeste and Capivari. It was a routine drive, he was returning from
some business in Capivari to his city of Santa Barbara D´Oeste,
something which he had done hundreds of times. But on this occasion, he
saw something of unusual brilliance approaching him from the right side
of the road, and this was anything but routine.
As the businessman watched the approach of the light get closer,
the interior of his car, a blue Chevy Caravan, lit up as if it was
daylight inside it. And then suddenly, Edson felt intense heat
surrounding him inside the car. His mind raced to find an explanation
as to what was happening to him at that moment, but before it could, he
blacked out and his car continued down SP 306, heading for a certain
and terrible disaster as he lay unconscious in it.
When Edson regained consciousness from his encounter with the
brightly lit and hot light, the first thing he saw was a truck speeding
towards him and his car with its headlights blinking franticly for him
to get out of the way.
Without thinking, Edson instinctively grabbed the steering wheel
and swerved out of the way of the oncoming truck, avoiding a horrible
Once out of harm's way, Edson regained his composure and control of
his car, looked around at his surroundings and encountered a new
problem. He was not in the same location where he had passed out in the
car. He was eight kilometers farther down the road and 40 minutes had
gone by since he had passed out. And to make matters even worse, he had
no memory how he got there.
Edson's mind flew into overdrive, trying to come up with an
explanation of how he was able to travel eight kilometers down a narrow
two-lane highway, filled with curves, while unconscious without any
damage to him or the car. He also wondered how travelling eight
kilometers could take 40 minutes when it usually to him only five.
In a matter of seconds, the businessman from Santa Barbara D´Oeste
realized that there was something terribly wrong. Forty minutes were
missing from his life and he could not remember what had happened to
him during that time. And if that wans't enough, he also could not
remember what he had done several hours previous to his encounter with
the bright light. Edson was frightened and confused.
As Santa Barbara D´Oeste was in frenzy over the UFO encounters that
had been taking place since July of that year, the UFO research group
CEPEX (Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas Exológicas - Center of Exobiology
Studies and Research) had a constant presence in the area, conducting
research and interviewing witnesses to UFO encounters there. When Edson
got back to Santa Barbara D´Oeste and recounted his story to family and
friends, his family immediately contacted CEPEX.
The CEPEX team of investigators met with Edson in Santa Barbara
D´Oeste and found him in a terribly frightened state of being, plus his
eyes were extremely irritated. T
On examining Edson, the CEPEX researchers also noted that Edson had
two circular marks on his left wrist, a red mark on his face near his
right eye, which remains until today, puffiness around his eyes, which
were extremely sensitive to light, a strong buzzing sound in his right
ear and some protrusions behind his ears which caused him pain.
As for Edson's car, specialists noted that the rubber steering
wheel cover on the steering wheel had greatly expanded, probably due to
the intense heat from the mysterious hot light, and several lights on
the Caravan were burnt out, which the electrician could find no motive
For the next several days, Edson, who was in a state of shock,
stayed inside his home under sedation. He felt physically and mentally
ill. His mind was constantly trying to find an answer for what happened
to him on September 24, 1995. But over the days, no answer came.
Desperate to discover the truth of his encounter with the burning
light on highway SP 306, Edson sought help from Dr. José Antonio
Oliveira, a psychiatrist from the city of Campinas.
As Edson began treatment with Dr. Oliveira in November of 1995, it
looked as if the mentally tortured businessman would now get answers to
his questions about his bizarre encounter with the other-worldly light.
His missing time would now be accounted for, or so Edson thought.
The first session with Dr. Oliveira began with great expectations
of finding answers for Edson's missing time, but ended without giving
any fruit at all. It was a frustrating experience for the businessman
from Santa Barbara D´Oeste, but he continued on.
The second session brought more of the same as the first session,
no answers, as would the third and fourth sessions. All Edson was left
with after seeking Dr. Oliveira's help was a feeling of frustration and
a dark spot in his memory. Not at all what he had hoped for. But as
frustrated and dejected as Edson was at that point, his hunger to find
an answer to his missing time was much more powerful and he continued
with his sessions.
The breakthrough finally came in the fifth session towards the end
of 1995. Edson was in a deep trance when he began to describe the
sensation of being taken through the interior of a chamber by two
humanoid figures. He described seeing a bright orange half-moon shaped
Dr. Oliveira reported that during Edson's hypnosis session there
was no indication that the businessman had suffered any kind of
hostilities toward him by the humanoid creatures. Quite the contrary,
his abductor's seemed to try a communicate with him. And Edson mumbled
words back to his captors which sounded like 'querer' and 'saber',
which translated into English means 'to want' and 'to know'.
After mumbled out these words, he spontaneously came out of the
hypnotic trance. "This type of psychic block is natural in those who've
lived through what are considered supernatural experiences," says Dr.
After Edson's fifth session with Dr. Oliveira, the answers he
sought to his missing time on SP 306 began to appear, which brought a
sense of relief to his mind about his other-worldly missing time
encounter on September 24, 1995.