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Regional Director

Local Address:  Pennsylvania , United States
Mutual UFO Network

Employment History

  • State Director
    Mutual UFO Network
  • Law Enforcement Officer
    Mutual UFO Network
  • Western Pennsylvania Section Director
    MUFON of Pennsylvania
  • Director
    West Virginia Center for Unexplained Events
  • State Director
    MUFON of West Virginia
  • Teacher
    Eastern Gateway Community College
  • State Director
    West Virginia Mutual UFO Network

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    West Virginia MUFON
  • Founder
    West Virginia Center for Unexplained Events


  • bachelor's degree , police administration
    Youngstown State University
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Web References
Fred Saluga, West Virginia ..., 8 Oct 2014 [cached]
Fred Saluga, West Virginia state director and Pennsylvania regional director for the Mutual UFO Network, said the group's seventh annual Pittsburgh UFO-Creature Conference will feature a "Bigfoot and Mysterious Creatures" presentation questioning whether the legendary sasquatch could be a visitor from another world.
Saluga said he will lead the discussion with Brian Seech, director of the Center for the Unexplained, during the conference, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 8 at Westmoreland County Community College.
"There are two different fields of thought with Bigfoot: one that Bigfoot is flesh and blood and, two, that he is inter-dimensional or alien," Saluga told WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh.
Saluga said Fayette County, Pa., has long been a hotbed of reported Bigfoot activity, but no one has ever successfully captured one of the legendary apes.
"It's like someone put him down and then picked him up. Is that possible for a flesh-and-blood animal? Saluga asked.
He said researchers should keep an open mind until hard evidence is available.
"Until we find out what they are, there are no experts," he said.
Paranormal News -- Your Source for UFO and Paranormal Related Information [cached]
This Week On 'Beyond The Edge' Radio: Fred Saluga - Ufologist / Cryptid & Paranormal Investigator Join Eric, Lon & Sean as we welcome our colleague Fred Saluga to BTE Radio. Fred is a former law enforcement officer and the current State Director of the Mutual UFO Network of West Virginia. He also is a Western Pennsylvania section director for MUFON of Pennsylvania. Fred has founded and heads the West Virginia Center for Unexplained Events and the West Virginia Mountain State Sasquatch Watch. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society, Center For Unexplained Events, Center for Cryptozoological Studies and many other groups.
Swaney Memorial Library, S. ..., 14 Jan 2015 [cached]
Swaney Memorial Library, S. Court St., will host Fred Saluga, Director of West Virginia MUFON and State Regional Director of Pennsylvania, at 6:30 p.m., today, as he explains where UFOs come from, why they are here, different Hynek classifications, and what evidence they've left on Earth. These questions and more will be discussed.
Saluga, 66, of New Cumberland, ..., 10 June 2015 [cached]
Saluga, 66, of New Cumberland, has been applying scientific methods to the study of pseudoscientific phenomena since the 1970s. These days, however, it seems he's busier than ever, attending conferences, giving talks, teaching classes and following up on area sightings of everything from Bigfoot to UFOs.
"I have nine UFO reports open right now in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio," he said. "Two of those cases are unknowns."
Article Photos
New Cumberland resident Fred Saluga holds plaster casts of two Bigfoot "footprints," one with four toes and one with five. (Photo by Stephen Huba)
Fred Saluga's vanity license plate proudly states his avocation, which has become a full-time occupation. (Photo by Stephen Huba)
Saluga follows the protocols of MUFON-he is state director for West Virginia and section director for Western Pennsylvania-and so tries to close cases within 90 days of receiving a report. The findings are then entered into a database.
The founder of the West Virginia Center for Unexplained Events, Saluga started investigating paranormal phenomena while working as a police officer in his native Fayette County, Pa., in the 1970s.
Responding to a burglary-in-progress, he arrived to find a woman who insisted there were ghosts in her house. There was snow on the ground but no footprints outside and no unwelcome visitors inside.
But there were unexplained noises coming from a room upstairs, so Saluga put the word "ghost" in his report. "From then on, I became known as the paranormal cop," he said. "Every time there was a Bigfoot sighting, they called me."
Saluga's career in law enforcement took him to Florida and then back to Pennsylvania, where he worked as a child abuse investigator for Allegheny County. He retired in 2012, meanwhile getting a bachelor's degree in police administration from Youngstown State University.
Saluga now devotes himself full time to paranormal investigations, applying the investigative techniques of a police officer to phenomena that are not always easily explained. He is licensed by the state of West Virginia as a private investigator.
"You can't prove there's UFOs, but you can't disprove it. You can't prove Bigfoot exists, but you can't disprove it," he said. "We're looking for an answer scientifically."
Although there's no lack of sightings of such things, there's a lack of credible evidence that makes Saluga's investigations all the more daunting. He approaches each report as a sympathetic skeptic.
"With this, you've got to take it with a grain of salt. When you're interviewing somebody, you can tell nine times out of 10 whether they're telling the truth," he said. "We want to make people aware (that) if they see these things, they're not crazy. They should report them."
Saluga has his own theories for why, despite all the sightings, "cryptozoological" creatures such as Bigfoot have never been captured. One theory suggests that Bigfoot is actually an interdimensional being-an alien that shuttles between its craft and Earth.
Saluga once took a report from a Greene County, Pa., man who claimed to have seen Bigfoot beam down from a light emanating from a UFO.
"This guy was on his deathbed. I believed him," he said.
West Virginia has had its share of Bigfoot-like sightings over the years, including Mothman in Point Pleasant, the Flatwoods monster in Braxton County, "Bashful Billy" in Wheeling, and a white Bigfoot in Tomlinson Run State Park, Saluga said.
"I've never seen one," he said, "but I believe Bigfoot is real."
Saluga also is scheduled to give talks in August-one on Bigfoot at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at Carnegie Public Library in East Liverpool, and one at noon Aug. 16 at Beaver Creek State Park's Bigfoot Day.
To finish off Teen Read Week ..., 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
To finish off Teen Read Week at the branch, a special presentation on UFOs and cryptozoology by Fred Saluga will be offered. Fred teaches classes on UFOs and cryptozoology at the Eastern Gateway Community College in Stuebenville, Ohio. He is the Director of West Virginia MUFON and a State Regional Director in Pennsylvania. He is also the Director of the Mountain State Sasquatch Watch of West Virginia, Director of the West Virginia Center For Unexplained Events, and the State Representative for the North American Fortean Society.
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