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More On Mystery Hole

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 05:57:45 +0200
Fwd Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 10:10:00 -0400
Subject: More On Mystery Hole

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer




Now you know the hole story

Friday, June 21, 2002



WOODINVILLE -- The mystery began last week, when 10-year-old
Kaare Tollefson noticed the hole while walking to his school

It was no wider than a quarter then. But no one knew how deep it

"I went and got a broom handle and stuck it in the hole and it
didn't hit," remembered Jim Van Noy.

He then tried it with a 16-foot pole.

It still didn't reach the bottom.

Since then, the Hollywood Hills neighborhood has been
transformed into something of a tourist attraction: State and
county officials and concerned neighbors have been flocking to
this Eastside community, all eager to take a peek. [Note: the
original version of this story omitted county officials.]

"I'm just waiting for the governor to get here," Van Noy said.

Calls have come from around the country. UFO enthusiasts have
visited the hole on 164th Avenue Northeast and come up with
their own suspicions. Kaare and other neighborhood children have
lined up outside the caution tape, peering over the edge.

And almost everyone has a theory as to how the hole appeared
here in the first place.

Van Noy noticed it shortly after a garbage truck was parked
there. He's convinced that's what caused the hole.

"I'm out here every day," he said, "and I know what's going on
in this neighborhood."

His wife noticed the hole appeared during the solar eclipse.

She wonders if that had something to do with it.

Inspectors have been relying on something more scientific.

They've dropped bricks, shone lights and lowered ropes into the

But no one could determine where it ended, until the depth was
finally measured at 236 feet Monday night with the help of a
camera that had been lowered into the hole.

By that time, all that poking and prodding caused the top of the
hole to crumble inside and widen to 3 feet.

In the neighborhood, the suspense grew, too.

Dan Ovenell has lived in the area since 1967.

Back then, the road on which the hole appeared wasn't even

"Before, we just had 20 cows and an old homestead house," he
said. "We pastured all of this area."

In the mid-1980s, the neighborhood underwent a major
development. It's now lined with upscale homes and occupied
mostly by Microsoft Corp. employees.

Ovenell never noticed any wells or mine shafts where the hole
appeared. And he certainly hasn't done any digging.

Theresa Tollefson was concerned about her children's safety.

"We just want to be sure there's no more holes," she said.

And members of the Seattle UFO/Paranormal Group wondered whether
the hole may be connected to other "bottomless pits" discovered
in other places across the state, such as Ellensburg and

Through it all, Van Noy has enjoyed the excitement in his front
yard on 164th Avenue Northeast.

He even brought out coolers of soda and lawn chairs to
accommodate the crowd.

"I think it's really good," he said; "it gives me something to

Yesterday, though, the mystery was finally solved with the use
of the camera.

The hole is nothing more than an old water well.

And by early next week, the community could return to normal.

That's when road crews will begin filling the hole.


P-I reporter Margo Horner can be reached at 206-448-8030 or

=A91999-2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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