by Richard Evans
Colorado Field Investigator
The witness went out on the front porch of her ranch style home in a quiet residential neighborhood in Lakewood, CO, at 9:30 p.m. on January 9, 2013, to cool down, smoke a cigarette and talk on the phone.
As she observed the stars in the east she noticed a bright, star-shaped light emitting rays and slowly moving in her direction above the tree line about 70-100 feet and about a quarter mile away (see Figure 1).
Her first thought was a helicopter flying low.
She walked out onto her driveway for a better view and in an attempt to detect sound—but none was ever heard. The witness began to think the object might be an aircraft preparing to and. She was confused yet curious up to this point.
As the object moved closer over the house across the street (see Figure 2) the witness could discern this was no ordinary aircraft.
She also observed on the bottom protrusion, three smaller white lights in a triangular formation that blinked sequentially (left-middle-right) in a rotating pattern. Visible on the underside of the object’s wings were dim, reddish/pink crescent-shaped lights.
Numerous dogs in the neighborhood began to bark and then howl.
Suddenly the bright front light and blinking white lights went out. The object seemed to slow slightly as it was almost directly overhead.
With the bright lights out, the witness noticed that the small cylindrical protrusion was gray in color and there appeared to be visible marks on it in a grid-like appearance. The grid pattern was asymmetrical like a circuit board or computer hard drive. She was fixated and stared at the grid pattern.
The narrower linear shapes appeared to be slightly convex giving the grid pattern a texture.
Her daughter prepared a rendering (see Figure 3 grid pattern artist’s interpretation) based on her mother’s description and original diagram entered into CMS (see Figure 4).
When the lights went out the witness became frightened and she crouched in the shadow and wheel well of her pickup truck parked in the driveway. She lost track of the phone conversation, excused herself and hung up. The witness kept thinking to herself, “Please don’t take me; please don’t take me.”
She wondered why the lights went out just as the object was almost over her location.
As the object moved beyond her house and her neighbor’s house, the witness walked through her house to the backyard where she could get a view of the object as it moved east. She observed an antenna-like object at the top of the craft that had a small reddish/pink blinking light on top. The antenna was two or three times the height of the winged craft (see Figure 5).
The witness watched the object until it went out of sight over the trees about a quarter mile away.
She wanted to call her daughter to tell her about the experience and went to the front yard to find the telephone where she had last used it. Then she realized she had the phone in her hand the whole time. She dialed, but there was so much static on the line that she hung up. She re-dialed and there was still some static but it diminished over time
Her daughter did not hear the static.
She re-entered the house and finished the conversation with her daughter. Within a few minutes she began itching and noticed that she had broken out in hives all over her body, raised bumps kind of like mosquito bites. She is not prone to hives. By 3 a.m. when she went to bed the hives had faded away.
Field Investigators Jeremy Ray and Richard Evans learned from the witness during interviews that the sighting lasted about 30 minutes. The estimated speed of the craft was 3-4 mph or slower and an object moving at that speed for approximately a half mile could take approximately 30 minutes.
The object was estimated to be about 100 feet across. The length was estimated to be three-quarters of the width. The thickness of the object was approximately 5 to 10 feet. The “antenna” that was sticking up from the middle of the object was two or three times as tall as the rest of the object and about two or three inches in diameter.
The witness stated that she did not observe any neighbors coming out into their yards while the object was in sight even though dogs were barking/howling. She did not observe any traffic on her street or the immediate cross street which was unusual.
She also commented that for the months following the sighting she thinks of the event every day and often watches out the front window to see if it will appear again.
The witness had described the temperature as warm while she was outside on January 9. Weather Underground provided a historical temperature of 35 degrees while she estimated the temperature as upper 40s to lower 50s. Her front porch was sheltered from the 5 mph west wind.
The daughter explained that when she talked to her mother on the phone that night her voice wavered in fear. Her voice was shaky and the daughter had never heard her mother react like that before.
The witness was nervous about discussing the sighting with anyone except her daughter, and certainly not with neighbors because they might think of her as odd. Her daughter convinced her to make the report to MUFON.
The witness’s identity was confirmed and based on her work experience, and cooperative nature in the investigation, she appears to be a credible witness approximately 55 years of age.
The Field Investigator canvassed the neighborhood for other witnesses and none were found.
No correlating cases were found in MUFON CMS or NUFORC’s database. Based on the detailed descriptions, vivid reactions and high credibility of the witness, the case disposition is Unknown UAV (Unidentified Aerial Vehicle).