- Description: A West Elkton, Ohio resident
informed of a UFO sighting from the previous week. Following two E-mail
messages reporting the sighting, a phone call was placed on Wednesday evening,
February 3 and an interview was conducted.
- The witness was thankful to be assured
confidentiality while giving her report, and her initial concern was to
find out if others had also reported a UFO sighting from her area. She
has never previously seen or reported a UFO sighting.
- She informed that her 26-year old son
had been traveling to Middletown, Ohio and began noticing unusual air traffic.
He stopped his car at the Madison Food Market on Route 122 and watched
4-odd lights in the sky, and placed a phone call home to see if the lights
were visible from there.
- Upon taking the phone call from her son,
Ms. Smith (name changed, on- file) was curious to look around the area.
She drove around a short distance in the vicinity of Wayne-Trace and West
Elkton Road before returning home, not having seen anything. After walking
toward her house, she then noticed an object which appeared in the sky,
described as 'a star-like light that appeared over the barn.'
- Ms. Smith said that the light was to
the south of her location, and it became very bright. The object hovered
for about 10-minutes, and flashing red and green lights could be seen.
- Interestingly, Ms. Smith said that two
other 'lights' were seen with the bright lights, these being smaller than
the first. The two separate lights would 'dance' back and forth, and would
disappear and reappear from behind the treeline. The two smaller white-colored
objects blinked. During the event, a faint low-pitched humming or droning
sound was heard.
- Ms. Smith was standing on the sidewalk
outside of her kitchen porch, looking as these objects appeared at a low
elevation above her five- acre field. The main object, she said, was closer
and the two smaller objects seemed more distant.
- The primary object, Ms. Smith said, was
"bigger and brighter than any airplane. You just couldn't see an airplane
and see this thing and make any mistake."
- Ms. Smith retrieved a pair of binoculars
and viewed the main object, adding that it looked 'hazy.'
- The objects moved very smoothly and departed
from view by slowly moving off, disappearing behind trees upon receding
into the distance.
- No animal reactions were noted. The weather
conditions were clear skies with very cold temperatures. Clouds moved in
the hours after the sighting.
- The witness was very polite and cordial,
and added that she is familiar with routine air traffic. She states that
she is not familiar with anyone else in her area that has reported a UFO
sighting, and is unaware of other sightings reported from the Preble County
- Ms. Smith drew a clear distinction between
the objects she reportedly observed and routine air traffic. She emphasized
that the main object was 'bigger and brighter' than an airplane. This does
not seem to account for the two additional objects said to be 'dancing'
and disappearing/reappearing behind the treeline, nor does this necessarily
account for the 4-objects first reported to her by her son who was enroute
- Serious consideration should be given
to misidentification of stars, as Ms. Smith stated that sky conditions
were clear and the object, when viewed through binoculars, seemed 'hazy.'
Visual misinterpretation of stars and planets in the night sky could be
a factor in this report, but this does not account for the 'droning noise'
reported by the witness. A recent report of 'witness misperception' of
stars can be viewed at: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/Walton_UFO98.htm
- A similar sighting report involving an
odd object and humming noise was reported from the same area (near Camden/West
Elkton Road) on October 22, 1998. In this case, the witness -an EMS rescue
coordinator- surmised that a 'Stealth Helicopter' had overflown the region.
For details of this report, see: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/Preble3.htm
- A separate, unrelated individual also
reported a UFO near Gratis, Ohio on February 5, 1998. The details of these
sightings are located at: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/GRATIS.htm
- This same area is also the locality of
a very mysterious incident happening on September 8, 1998, in which an
alleged helicopter was reported down in Preble County. A truck driver reportedly
overheard a plea for help from a crashed helicopter pilot who requested
that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base be alerted, a farmer in the area reported
hearing aircraft engine sounds, and Dayton International Airport officials
detected an E.L.T. (Emergency Locator Transmission) distress signal all
within the same time-frame. A search and rescue operation conducted by
The Butler County Sheriff's Office did not find any trace of a crashed
helicopter. For details on this incident, go to: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/Copter1.htm
- Enclosed: Initial E-mail report
- Filed; February 4, 1998 Kenny Young
- Subject: West Elkton sighting---Jan 25
8:22 p.m. Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 12:48:45 -0500 From: XXX To: <firstname.lastname@example.org
- We saw three large lights in the sky----from
West Elkton, moving towards Northern Road, heading for Hamilton. My son
and I both saw them. They had flashing lights (red, green and white), which
seemed to pulse. Two of the lights seemed to dance with each other, and
headed off. The larger of the lights left behind, stayed stationary for
10 minutes, with lights pulsing around the middle. Looking through binoculars
the object was hazy. Then this light moved off in the same direction as
the other two. A faint hum was noticed. Time: 8:22 p.m. Jan. 25, 1999.
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