A typical American UFO sighting lasts only several minutes - barely enough time to gather additional witnesses and crank up your cell phone's video software. But don't go immediately inside - stick around - that craft you could not identify might just return for that second look.
Covering the daily reports incoming at the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) since early January 2009, I've read thousands of reports and corresponded with hundreds of witnesses. Some of the better sightings where the witness is within 500 feet of the object and getting that close-up, once-in-a-lifetime look, is very short lived.
The witness may say the observed object simply moved away from their air space at an extremely high rate of speed like the Star Trek hyper speed model. But many other witnesses report that the object merely meanders away slowly and disappears simply because the witness loses sight due to trees or the lay of the land.
While I do express caution at getting close to one of these unknown objects, I tell witnesses to remain outside and continue to watch the sky after a good sighting - the object might just be back.
There is a growing percentage of witness sightings across the country where the unknown object simply remains in the area or even returns to the exact spot where it was originally observed. In my own first UFO sighting October of 1973, the disc-shaped object approached silently in the dark under 45 feet - the width of the two-lane suburban street I was standing on - and slowly moved directly overhead. But 30 minutes later, the object returned, at a higher elevation, until it was "chased" out of the sky by what appeared to be two military aircraft. And again, after another 30 minutes, the object was back again, but only to be "chased" a second time by the same two jets. Amazing. Had we all simply gone inside to tell our stories, we would never have seen the second or third act.
Something similar happened to an Illinois witness in Canton about 7:30 p.m. on February 6, 2014, in MUFON Case 53953.
The witness was driving along a rural highway and saw a stationary bright light and quickly assumed it was part of a cell tower.
"As I got closer I realized it was too high up to be a cell tower and thought maybe a plane, except it wasn't moving," the reporting witness stated. "That's when I told my wife riding in the passenger seat to start watching it. It hovered in the same spot for 10 minutes."
The witness decided to drive closer for a better look.
"The closer I got I could see it better and it had very bright white lights on the bottom and two large pyramids outlined in a red light that wasn't bright like the lights on the bottom."
They decided then to pull over.
"When we got into town I pulled over to watch it and that's when it took off. Not fast like in the movies, but slowly, then it picked up speed somewhat, but it didn't fly fast like a jet. It flew directly over town and off into the darkness."
End of story? In this case, the witness went back outside five hours later.
"I seen it again 30 miles away from where I first seen it. This time it was hovering over the river about a half a mile from the highway I was driving down. Seeing it the second time has freaked me out majorly. I have never believed in aliens or UFOs, so to be honest, right now I'm a bit afraid and that has led me here."
The witness first telephoned police to report the incident and then filed a report with MUFON.
"They said they'd had no other reports and they wanted my name. I don't think they care. I feel alone with no one to talk to about this and I do feel strangely emotional right now, almost to tears. I'm not sure why I think this because I know no one is going to believe me. The second time I seen it I was driving alone on a rural highway around midnight, five hours after the first sighting. Someone with knowledge of what I may have seen please do contact me. I'm a bit freaked out by this. This thing - what was it doing and why was it here?"
Canton is the largest city in Fulton County, IL, population 18,288. Illinois has a UFO Alert Rating of 4 with a higher than average number of recent reports. Illinois was the 15th highest reporting state with 14 reports in January 2014 - while California had 102 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.
Other recent reports of low flying UFOs from around the country include:
- Traffic brakes for hovering triangle UFO over small New Hampshire town
- Slow moving cigar UFO reported under 500 feet by Missouri witness
- New Jersey witness says Facebook photo captured UFO that hovered over house
- Connecticut witness 'didn't stick around' after encountering triangle UFO
- Witness follows cylinder UFO spotted at tree top level over North Carolina
- Triangle UFO reported low over Ohio field
- Giant silent sphere UFO with lights reported over Georgia town
- Oklahoma witness says object 'size of a van' hovered over her home
- Silent low flying UFO spotted moving over Oregon town
- Triangle UFO reported dipping below tree line in Michigan town
- Low flying orange UFO made U-turn while Arkansas witness watched
- UFO reports wanted: Washington witnesses say disc-shaped craft too big to miss
- Florida photo capture looks like disc UFO
- Low flying orb UFO observed hovering before darting away over California town
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 Illinois MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.