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Michigan woman, 78, describes silent 'saucer-like' object

The Michigan woman, now 78, recalls watching a disc-shaped UFO while playing behind the family's cottage in 1943.
The Michigan woman, now 78, recalls watching a disc-shaped UFO while playing behind the family's cottage in 1943.
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A 78-year-old Michigan woman recalls a UFO encounter in 1943 "as if it happened yesterday," according to March 2, 2014, testimony in Case 54412 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was a child outside playing in the dirt behind a cottage about 10 miles outside of Ludington when the object came into view.

"I saw a saucer-like object flying toward me," the witness stated. "It then stopped over Hamlin Lake and after a second, went back the way it came from the other side of Hamlin Lake and on perhaps in the direction of Lake Michigan."

The witness described the object.

"It didn't make any noise and I didn't see any windows. It just looked like a flying saucer. The speed was relatively slow and it seemed to stop for a moment over about the middle of the lake there and then reverse course going back in the direction it had come as if to say, 'Oh, I'm going in the wrong direction.'"

The witness saw a television program that triggered her memory.

"I don't know why I recall this event today as if it happened yesterday. I wish I didn't. I recently saw on TV the Lake Michigan triangle between Benton Harbor, Manitowac and Ludington."

Ludington is the county seat of Mason County, population 8,076. Michigan has a current UFO Alert Rating of 4 with a higher than average number of recent reports nationally. Michigan had 16 UFO reports in February 2014 - the 7th highest reporting state - while California had 59 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.

You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page.

The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or man-made. If Michigan MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.