Jose Escamilla discovered the RODS phenomenon on March 19, 1994 This timeline is only a brief record of the events that have occurred in Mr. Escamilla's life that have led up to the incredible discovery of the RODS. Most of his childhood was spent growing up in the small community of Midway which is located nine miles southeast of Roswell, New Mexico. 

Mr. Escamilla reveals for the first time that he had UFO encounters years before his RODS discovery. This is a compelling story that is still unraveling.


UFO Sightings

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  • 1962 UFO Sightings over Bottomless takes, New Mexico 
  • 1966 - 1967 Jose Escamilla and The Jesters rock and roll bands' UFO encounters.
  • 1974 TRIANGLE UFO encounter over Ruidoso, N.M. Strange spheres over the Clovis, NM highway.
  • 1994 – 1998 UFO encounters over Midway and Roswell, N.M. Denver UFO sightings.
  • 1999 – 2003 etc.

March 19, 1994 

On March 5, 1994 Jose Escamilla videotaped 16 minutes of UFO sightings over Midway, New Mexico. On that Saturday afternoon there were no clouds in the skies and until the batteries ran out on the video camera he captured UFOs that hovered and flew at high speeds in the sky. 

On March 19, 1994, fourteen days after the March 5th sightings, he captured the very first ROD objects on video. It was on this day that the objects made themselves known to Jose and now ten years of research have led this investigation into what may be the single most significant discovery of life forms that are among us that we have never seen before. RODS have now been documented by RODS researchers worldwide, including sightings in the UK, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Mexico and now footage has emerged from NASA's cameras in space. 

The research continues.


These are the most important sightings reported and submitted to us by viewers and researchers from different parts of the world that prove RODS are a "real" phenomenon. Our biggest critics are the skeptics and debunkers that have devised explanations from "blurred insects close to the lens" to ridiculous claims of mass hysteria. Some of the many listings in this report include: 

MILITARY FOOTAGE of a ROD flying by as slow as a bird that can be seen in real time. Because most RODS clips require frame by frame and slow motion play-back in order to be able to see them, this footage is perhaps the most significant in RODS research, as this dispels the "blurred insect close to the lens” theories being used by debunkers. The ROD is actually seen with the naked eye!

UNDERWATER FOOTAGE of Rods entering the ocean in this Notional Geographic footage discovered by Jame Peters in 1998.

A ROD captured on video coming “out of the ocean” - Videotaped at Long Island Sound by RODS researchers in 1997. This huge ROD comes out of t he ocean and you can see the water break as it flies out straight up into the sky.

ALSO: RODS captured by NASA SHUTTLE footage and much more evidence!

CLICK HERE to download THE RODS JOURNAL, complete with stills from the videos, photos and eye witness reports submitted to us from all over the world. (PDF File downloads) AVAILABLE SOON!

RODS Slideshow

CLICK HERE to view the slide show of RODS stills submitted to from researches and viewers from all over the world.

Our Sole Purpose Is To Review and Publish RODS Info

This website is dedicated to collect, scrutinize, review and publish information about RODS. After the fact that we found out that the original site was no longer neither existing nor functioning we decided to step forward and take up the torch. After the yearly review and detailed analysis of the situation we started publishing information here anew. We could not have don’t it without continues effort of our editors, readers and reviewers.

We strive to collect and publish information from A to Z about RODS and related topics. As the owner and operator of this website, Frank L. Harewood, has the sole responsibility to keep the site online. For the massive effort of reviewing old archive we would like to send thanks to our head of the review department; Tom Ferguson. His efforts to review the archives have been instrumental to our success.

We also appreciate the pictures and video footage sent to us by Steve Brown. We cannot stop without also mentioning Jose Escamilla – the original discover and explorer of the RODS phenomena.

On a closing note, if you would like to contribute, send your thoughts, sightings, pictures, and/or video footage to, we will review you material and if deemed high quality publish it with prober attribution.


This site is dedicated to the preservation of information regarding Rods, a.k.a. Roswell Rods.

If you have any information, pictures or videos on or about Rods, I would appreciate if you would like to share with me!

In that case, send me an e-mail.





Studio City, California - 1999



Roswell Rods Slideshow



Midway, New Mexico - March 5,1974

After the Northridge earthquake occurred, I decided to go home and visit with my mom and my younger sister Becky to take a few months off before coming back and getting back to work on two films I had lined up to do the music scores and to edit. It was now March 5th and I was in Roswell staying at my sister's house. I was working on a promo idea I had created for the UFO Enigma museum located near the entrance of the former Walker Air Force Base entrance. The promo had a UFO flying through downtown Roswell and crashing into the top side of the building where the UFO Enigma Museum was located. John Price was the owner of the museum at that time.

I get a call at about 1:30 pm, it's my sister Becky excitedly telling me to bring the video camera, that there were UFOS flying over Midway. I kind of just shrugged it off as a joke, or that my mom wanted to coerce me from leaving the editing, so I could come out and eat at the farm at Midway. So I just kept on working on the eidting of the promo. Then I get another call from my brother Manuel this time, and he's telling me it's no joke, that there are in fact "objects" flying around out there.

So I packed up the camera and drove out to Midway. I took the old airbase highway, which passes right by the entrance of the former airbase and the UFO Enigma museum location. I turned left onto the access road that goes along the former base and the runways, and as I took my time getting there, I thought to myself..."okay...if you guys are really out me a sign..." Suddenly what I felt was a dust devil side swiped the truck I was driving and it was a blast of air, that caused the truck to rock a bit. So I gunned it at that time and got onto the highway (285) that leads to Midway And the turn off to Artesia. I was onlt two miles away from our location.

As I turned onto the old Dexter highway, I had a feeling I might see these huge "Billy Meir - Beam Ship" types of ships hovering right over Midway, with odd looking objects zipping about over our property, and almost detecting a John Williams music score to play out. Instead, I come onto the property and see nothing like this. I just see my sister Becky and a couple of other people looking up into the sky.

I got out of the truck with the RCA VHS Camcorder in tow, and tried to find what Becky was all excited about. I asked where the UFOs were. She and two other people pointed strsight up at twelve o'clock high.

I looked up and saw this thing way up there. It was a translucent light blue and I immediately said, "Becky, it's a weather balloon." She said NO! and then I saw this thing move from left to right to another position VERY fast. It's at this point that I turned the camcorder on and said..."Nope That's no F#*@ing balloon." So I began looking for it in the viewfinder. ZOOMING in and out trying to catch it. Then I finally caught glimpse of it in the view finder and began recording. It was a dome shaped object that just hovered there at about 3000 feet in the air. All I could do was zoom in and zoom out as it would only hover there. Some jets flew in and this thing "blipped" out of view. The jets passed onward and it "blipped" back on. This was only one portion of the objects that appeared that day. My sister, my brother, a couple of other witnesses and my nephew all saw other objects flying about, but I kept videotaping the only one that was large enough for me to tape and see in the view finder. PLUS to add to this, this object was staright up at a twelve noon position, so my neck was aching from the strain of keeping the object in view of the camera and because I didn't have a tripod in those days.

I did witness with the naked eye other objects high in the sky. I saw a large white cigar shaped vehicle (as I would call it) complete with portholes along the side and it was flying in and out of sight. Coming in straight down from out of nowhere, then curving for an instant, (enough to see the side with portholes), then going back straight up into nowhere. It must have been at least 20 or 30,000 feet in the air. BUT judging from the length it was with the naked eye, it must have been a hundred or more feet in length. I saw this one, then a dark brown one, then a white one, but everytime I tried taping them, but they were just too fast to catch them in the view finder of the camera. On the original video you can hear me say that I never thought I would ever see a UFO or UFOs in broad daylight and much less videotape them. I drove back to Roswell to review the video footage. Becky and Manuel told me the UFOs were there all day long and that numerous objects flew in lower than the one hovering.

I got to the edit bay in Roswell and began looking at the sixteen minutes of video I taped. What was about to unfold would forever change my life and how I wish I could turn back the hands of time, so that I would have been better prepared for what occurred that day. Thos were my thoughts as I began looking at the footage. At that time I had no idea of what was to come from this tape and from the many hours I would soon spend reviewing that original sixteen minutes of tape. I thought only the dome shaped object was going to be on that tape. Instead I found over sixty objects, some that resembled many of the UFOs that had been reported throughout the history of UFO reports. Tringle objects, diamond shaped objects, spheres and many other shapes and sizes traveling at times within "the fields" of video frames (1/60th of a second). This day set forth the beginning of hundreds of tapings we would do the rest of the year at Midway and for years to come.

Midway, New Mexico - March 19, 1994