MUFON removes executive director after arrest


Booking photograph of Jan Harzan. (Huntington Beach Police Department)

MYSTERY WIRE — The board of directors of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) have removed Jan Harzan as executive director following his arrest by Huntington Beach, CA police.

Jan Harzan had been the executive director of MUFON since 2013.

In a Facebook post, the Huntington Beach police department wrote, “On July 3, detectives contacted a male by the name of Jan Harzan after Harzan solicited sexual activity from a detective he believed was a 13 year old girl. The suspect solicited the minor to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, and when the suspect agreed to meet the supposed minor, detectives were there to take him into custody.”

Late Tuesday night, MUFON released the following statement:

In light of recent events, Jan Harzan has been permanently removed as the Executive Director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Effective immediately, he will no longer serve any role in the organization.
David MacDonald,  Executive Director Emeritus and a member of the MUFON Board of Directors, will now assume the duties of Executive Director. MUFON remains committed to its core mission: the study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity. This mission is greater than any one person or member of MUFON and supersedes all other considerations. We will continue to move forward and focus on our mission statement.

MUFON Board of Directors

According to the MUFON website, MUFON began on May 31, 1969 as the Midwest UFO Network.

The MUFON site also states it is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 charitable corporation with the goal to be the inquisitive minds’ refuge seeking answers to that most ancient question, “Are we alone in the universe?”

The MUFON annual symposium is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas. It was supposed to happen in July but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was Moved from July to September. At this time it is still scheduled to take place.

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