EXCLUSIVE – A woman chatting with the Executive Editor of Big 3 News in an online broadcast has recalled a 33-year old experience that involved a lighted object hovering in the sky between the Southern Ohio towns of Bowersville and Jamestown.
Following the broadcast, Big 3 News conducted offline telephone and in-person interviews with the eyewitness. At the woman’s request, we are referring to her as “Sue” throughout this account. Her identity as a credible eyewitness, however, has been confirmed.
At left is Sue’s drawing of the lighted object from memory. Thousands of unidentified objects are reported around the world each year, but many more go unreported…
For more eyewitness reports, visit the Mutual UFO Network website and search the online reporting database.
Something in the sky
It was the spring of 1978.
Sue and three siblings had been sent by their mother to the grocery store in Jamestown. As they were returning home around 10 p.m. Eastern time, something in the sky caught the eye of Sue and her brother, who were both sitting up front in the car. A sister and another brother, ages twelve and nineteen, were sitting in the backseat.
“We were probably about a mile from home,” Sue recalled. “My brother and I noticed this craft, what we thought was a plane in the sky that was going to crash. I told him, ‘you need to pull over, ’cause this thing’s gonna crash!’”
The object was dark-colored, although somewhat silverish, and had mass to it. And, there was not a cloud in the sky that night to obstruct their view.
Sue, 13 at the time, remembers her 17-year old brother pulling the car over, listening to the radio play and the car running.
“I rolled down the window and couldn’t hear anything,” Sue continued. “That was strange because it was so close to us and we weren’t hearing anything.”
The car was about a quarter-of-a-mile or less from the object. Sue’s brother turned the car off and kept the windows down as they strained to hear some noise emitting from the mystery object.
“By this time, whatever it was, it was hovering in the field directly beside of us, next to the side of the road,” she recalled. “I said, ‘I don’t hear anything.’”
Sue said the object started hovering almost like a helicopter coming down, but she knew it wasn’t a helicopter.
“It was frisbee-shaped, and had lights around the perimeter of the craft,” Sue described. “They (the lights) were continually going around — red and green — then what seemed like a spotlight that was canvassing the ground. We just watched in awe as it was still hovering like it was perched on something.”
“It just hovered there again,” Sue remembers, “and it seemed like it had a spotlight on. Then it just shot completely straight up and disappeared. It was so fast, it was almost like a blink of the eye. It was as fast as something you would see in a science fiction movie like ‘Star Wars.’ It was that fast.”
Amazingly, from the time the family first saw the object until it disappeared, a total of about ten minutes had elapsed. Most unidentified flying objects (UFOs) sightings are seconds in length, according to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
The next day at school, Sue stopped her friend — the one over whose family farm the object hovered — and excitedly started recounting the previous night’s events.
“I said, ‘You’re not going to believe what I seen last night,’ and before I could finish, she started to tell me what she had seen.”
Sue’s friend had been out in the yard with her brother and parents, and they had seen the exact same thing near their woods. This brought to eight the total number of eyewitnesses that evening.
Over the years, Sue never discussed the incident must with friends or family. In fact, her husband was surprised when she was able to draw the object from memory more than thirty years later.
Asked if she believes in UFOs, Sue sounded like a believer.
“I believe it wasn’t from our planet,” Sue said. “If it was we have some very top secret military things that the general public doesn’t know about.”
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Rusty Ray, Executive Editor
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