EDITOR'S NOTE: Virginia STAR Team Investigator Norm Gagnon walks us through a UFO case from January 3, 2012, that involves elements of high strangeness. A woman turned her vehicle onto her property and noticed a bright, pulsating light hovering over their 20 acres and realized that it was not producing any noise.
by Norm Gagnon
Virginia STAR Team Field Investigator
Reprinted from March 2012 MUFON UFO Journal
CASE # 34904
Investigator: Norman Gagnon - MUFON ID# 10061, STAR Field Investigator
Location: Partlow, Virginia
Date of Event: January 3, 2012.
Time of Event: 6:45 p.m., Eastern Time
Husband and wife witnessed bright, circular light over their property and they pursued the moving UAP with their car.
This case consists of elements of high strangeness.
Note: Further research shows that there were two other comparable UFO sightings that occurred within the same geographical area of Spotsylvania County within a 14-day period.
A third case involving a sighting in Wisconsin matches the UFO shape and description. Brief account of these cases was added at the end of this main report.
Temperature: 28.4 degrees
Wind Speed: 11.5 mph (NW)
Visibility: 10 miles with scattered clouds
Average humidity: 55%
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous – 72% moon illuminated
North Anna Nuclear Generating Station (Lake Anna) located in Spotsylvania Co.
Interview: Sunday, January 29, 2012.
I met with “Rand” and his wife “J” at their home at 11 a.m. “J” first began to describe what she saw as she drove up to the property entrance around 6:45 p.m. on the 3rd of January. She noticed a bright, pulsating light hovering over their 20-acre property and she first thought that the light was a Medevac helicopter, but soon realized that it was not producing any noise. She drove inside her home’s carport and parked the car, then entered the house and told her husband about the strange light. He immediately stepped outside to see what was going on and he saw that the light had moved towards the backyard so he hurried back inside to get his spotlight. Both of their dogs remained very quiet and undisturbed during this incident.
“Rand” showed me where he utilized his Garrity 1M Candle PWR Rechargeable spotlight in his backyard when he first signaled the UFO which was positioned approximately 800 yards away and about 20 feet off the ground. After he flashed his spotlight on/off three times, the UFO dimmed down significantly for a few seconds then returned back to its full intensity.
“Rand” walked back into his backyard to get a better look at the light and he then turned on/off the spotlight three times again – and the UFO dimmed down and back up again. As he tried walking further, his path was quickly halted from what he described as a dark brown “flying thing” that abruptly whooshed in front of him, from left to right, that made him jump a little. As he tried contemplating what just happened, he immediately noticed a large gliding, rectangular shadow being cast upon the ground by an object that he felt was hovering above him, blocking the moon light. This made him uncomfortable, but he was determined to find out what this light was. He and his wife decided to jump into their car and follow this mysterious light which was seen fleeing westward.
I asked them to retrace their path that they drove during the night of the UFO pursuit, and they agreed. I sat in the backseat of their white, 2011 Ford Taurus as they began driving out of their property and onto the main road. “J” stated that as they left their driveway that night, their car’s center console started to generate the strangest noise like a crackling or high-pitch rattling that lasted about 30 seconds. This was the first and last time they ever heard this bizarre clatter.
Driving about 4 miles on the winding road and as we passed a harvested corn field, “Rand” pointed to the left side of the roadway to show me where they both saw a man standing next to his parked car: “This guy was just standing there in a daze next to his red Ford Taurus, with his head looking up at the sky, oblivious to us…he just kept looking up, frozen, as we drove by.”
A few yards away, we made a slight right onto Edenton Road/Co Rd 657 and “Rand” said that this was the spot that a coyote ran across the road right in front of their car. Shortly after, we pulled over to view an empty field that had a row of young pine trees about 150 yards away with a forest that was further back. “Rand” and I exited the car and walked a few feet and then he showed me where he saw the “phantom house” with the UFO that apparently manifested itself into a different shape.
Rand: “That night, we both saw the white house with a black roof and black window shutters; it was well lit from the bright moon light. The UFO was to the left of the house and further back, just above the trees and I took my spotlight and flashed at it a third time. It dimmed down, but as it became brighter again, it changed into a different shape, into a large bluish-white, glowing ring that had an oval disk at its center and this disk did reflect the moon light as well. A few seconds later, the ring disappeared!”
He added that the UFO reappeared shortly after, in its original form but further to the right of the house and once again, it was on the move.
They got into their car and followed the light for another 6 miles or so but got tired and turned around to drive back home.
“Rand” also said that as they followed the moving light, it really did not appear to move away per say; the UFO remained the same size, brightness and span.
The total distance that was driven (one way) was 10.4 miles (16.7371 km).
Both “Rand” and “J” have twice revisited that same location where they saw the ringed-UFO and have also driven the surrounding area to see if they could find this “phantom house” but with no luck. They both distinctively saw a light colored, two-story house with a black roof and shutters on that evening, but are mystified to what really happened during the whole UFO incident.
Sighting A – Livingston, VA
Within the last week of December 2011, “Jacob” along with three other witnesses, saw a bright white, strobe light with blue edges about 200 yards away, facing west towards Lake Anna. UFO was the size of softball and emitted no sound. It hovered at an easterly trajectory with a slight side-to-side motion. Sighting lasted 45 minutes. Witness is associate of “Rand”.
Source: N. Gagnon - MUFON
Sighting B – Spotsylvania, VA
On the evening of January 6, 2012, husband “Charles” and his wife were sky-watching using an EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Binoculars and his wife noticed a UFO that first appeared as a bright star but quickly changed into a “glowing donut”. This occurred over US Ford Road.
Original source: Brian Vike (The Vike Factor). Additional details were obtained directly from the witness by this investigator.
Sighting C – Milwaukee, WI
November 20, 2011, mother and her teen “Thania” saw a circular, bright white UFO around 8:55 p.m. The UFO looked as if it had a force-field around it. Sighting lasted 30 seconds. Original source: OpenMinds Magazine, issue F/M 2012, OM Mail - Page 14.