by Frank Coffman
STAR Team Correspondent
Case # 29703-STDAZ06
Navajo Ranger Investigator: Jonathan Dover. MUFON Investigators: Dominic Mancini, Vicki LeBlanc, Charles Modlin. Background information obtained by Dominic Mancini and Vicki LeBlanc.
On Friday, June 24, 2011, at 11 a.m., a law enforcement officer in northern Arizona contacted MUFON regarding a witness who had reported an encounter with a UFO while driving between Flagstaff and Leupp, AZ, at precisely 1:21 that same morning.
The Field Investigator, who had been initially notified, immediately contacted the State Director for Arizona as well as the Chief Field Investigator for the state, Dennis Freyermuth. A CMS report had not been previously made due to computer problems having been experienced by the witness after the sighting.
The CFI for Arizona personally contacted the law enforcement officer and, since the computer issues had subsequently been resolved, a CMS report was filed.
Freyermuth spoke briefly with the witness [hereinafter: “Jane Doe”]. One of his investigative questions was whether the witness had experienced a headache following the event, since that had occurred in other similar cases involving the sighting of orbs in the region.
Like other members of her immediate family, “Jane” has experienced multiple unusual events. In this case, she was driving home from work, eastward from Flagstaff to Leupp on Leupp Road (Route 15) when she noticed a red light in the sky.
The light was approximately 800 feet in altitude and northeast of her position. At that point, it seemed to be flying between two hills, and she initially assumed that it was a helicopter because of the relatively low altitude. She rolled down her window to see if she could hear any type of noise, but the object seemed to be making no sound. She stated that the time was 1:21 a.m.
As she drove on, the light descended very low to only about four feet off the ground and on the driver’s side. It was so low that it lit the ground below in red. She stated that the object tracked along with her vehicle, about 50 yards away. Clearly it was no plane or helicopter. In size, it appeared to be about the size of a quarter held at arm’s length.
Red glowing orb
“Jane” described the object as a red orb that was emitting a red glow. It appeared darker red at the center and brighter red at the edges.
At that point, she said she was beginning to feel panic, but she was still curious. She continued eastward, rarely taking her eyes off of the object. As she neared the Navajo Reservation line at about 65 mph, there was a slight bend in the road and she momentarily lost sight of the orb.
As she came around the corner, a white light appeared about a foot above the white line on the left edge of the road, which kept constant speed with her vehicle.
This object now appeared to be about 8 inches in diameter and it was directly beside her car only a few feet away. It was perfectly round, all white with the same intensity throughout and traveled at one or two feet above the ground. The edges of the orb were reported as indistinct.
“Jane” checked the time again, and it was 1:24 a.m. – three minutes into the sighting event. For some reason, the red orb had caused a feeling of panic, but with the closer, white orb, inexplicably, she felt calmer.
The only sound was that of her own vehicle’s engine. Interestingly, she then noted a cell phone signal in an area where one usually was not available. She said that she attempted to take a cell phone photo of the orb, but it did not register in the viewfinder—even though the road in the headlights did.
The object continued to stay with her vehicle for about another quarter mile. She reported that it then sped past her by about two car lengths and suddenly made a 90-degree turn and shot straight up into the sky. She leaned forward to see the object shoot across the sky in an easterly direction.
She pulled into her usual parking spot at 1:36 a.m. As she was pulling into the driveway, the headlights shone upon a rabbit sitting in her normal parking spot. But, reportedly, this was no normal rabbit. “Jane” said that it was the height of her vehicle’s hood, 37 inches from the ground, not counting the ears. Its girth was estimated at 20 inches. She said it was brown and white in color.
She stopped within three feet of the rabbit, which reportedly did not move, flinch, blink, or react in any way. According to her, its eyes appeared black—as opposed to red which often happens when animals face into a light source at night. The ears slanted back like those of a jackrabbit.
At that point, she began to panic and telephoned a second party to tell him what she was seeing. She stared at the rabbit for about five minutes with her vehicle’s engine still running.
Finally, she got up the nerve to turn the engine off and cautiously exit, moving around the rear of the vehicle and into the house, watching the rabbit all of the time. She had the distinct feeling that the rabbit was watching her.
The party she had talked with on the phone commented that he heard a weird, high-pitched noise during their conversation.
She continued speaking on the phone until 2:12 a.m. She remained awake until after 4 a.m.
“Jane Doe” reported having a migraine the next day, which she claimed was unusual for her.
The next day, Navajo Ranger Jonathan Dover took magnetic readings and looked for tracks on the ground. These activities were videotaped. He also pulled the vehicle’s oil filter and sent it on to MUFON for expert examination.
Upon examination, the oil filter had unusually large amounts of sodium nitrate—a highly unusual substance to find in such a location.
Since Jane Doe has her vehicle’s oil changed frequently, there seems to be no explanation of this compound curiously showing up in a significant quantity. There was also a “significant electromagnetic effect upon the vehicle.”
The Field Investigators found this witness to be highly credible and sincere, with seemingly no medical conditions or medications that might influence hallucinatory events.
Case 29703: Technical Service Response No. UT076
Date: November 8, 2011.
Requested by: Fletcher Gray, MUFON Star Team Manager; Vicki LeBlanc, MUFON Star Team.
Background/Objective: The oil filter was removed and sent to this laboratory for analysis. The objective was to examine the oil filter contents for any anomalies which may have resulted from the close UFO encounter.
• The used oil from the oil filter has normal additive depletion. There is no significant oxidation.
• A small amount of solids isolated from the oil filter paper consists mostly of sodium nitrate, and small amounts of inorganic sulfate and carbonate. The sodium nitrate is clearly a contaminant. Its source is unknown. Uses of this material include: oxidizing agent; solid rocket propellants; fertilizer; flux; glass manufacture; pyrotechnics; reagent; refrigerant; matches; dynamites; black powders; manufacture of sodium salts and nitrates; dyes; pharmaceuticals; an aphrodisiac; color fixative and preservative in cured meats, fish etc.; enamel for pottery; modifying burning properties of tobacco. The inorganic sulfate and carbonate are normally found in used oils.
•Further investigation by the Field Investigator is suggested to determine the source of the sodium nitrate. If no reasonable explanation can be found, such as ruling out vehicle contact with the above-mentioned materials containing sodium nitrate, the source may be related to the UFO close encounter.
Sample: The oil filter was received on July 27, 2011. It was reported that the oil used in the vehicle was Valvoline® Max Life which is a synthetic blend. No information was provided as to the date of the last oil change. The filter housing was cut open to analyze the residual used oil and any solid material on filter paper. Following are photographs of the opened filter.
FT-IR (Fourier Transform – Infrared) spectra were obtained from the used oil. Some of the filter paper was removed from the filter housing and hexane washed.
Additional infrared spectra were then acquired from a hexane insoluble residue. All spectra were obtained on Thermo Electron’s 360 Avatar FT-IR spectrometer. The Smart Herrick diamond sampling accessory was used for the hexane insolubles. The ‘as received’ used oil was sampled in a 0.1 mm KBr cell. The filter was also examined with a radiation meter.
Reference: A quart of Valvoline® Max-Life was purchased for reference. An infrared spectrum was obtained from the oil in a 0.1 mm KBr cell.
Results: The results of the individual tests done on the oil filter contents follow. These results are summarized in the conclusions section on page 2 of this report. It should be noted at this point that no radiation above background was detected on the filter.
The Used Oil
Infrared analysis of the used oil from the filter shows all the same additives as in the reference Valvoline® Max Life. However, there are less additives in the used oil suggesting additive depletion. Specifically, comparison to the new oil reference, shows lesser amounts of additives such as hindered phenol antioxidant, possible zinc dithiophosphate wear additive, and an ester additive.
This is typical of normal used oil. No significant oil oxidation is apparent. A spectrum of the used oil and the new oil follows.
1 Richard J. Lewis Sr., “Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary,’ Fourteenth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.
2 FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy): Infrared spectroscopy is used for the molecular structure identification and quantification of solids, liquids, and gases. An infrared spectrum is the result of light (in the 2 to 25 micron wavelength range) interacting with the vibrations of molecules.
The particular set of vibrations of a molecule gives rise to specific spectral absorption bands, often referred to as the “fingerprint” spectrum.