The witness was watching a meteor shower with seven other friends around 2:10 a.m. on August 12, 2018.
“After seeing several meteors, one friend pointed toward the northern sky and showed everyone what appeared to be two stars moving in synchronicity,” the witness stated. “They stayed the same distance, and we then noticed they were connected by something, which appeared to be transparent, but made the sky look different. It seemed to be a cigar-shaped craft about as large as a cruise ship around the same height as a private airplane. It was heading southeast from the north. It turned slightly toward the tree line, dimmed its lights and hovered. Before we saw the craft, there was the sound of coyotes from approximately three different locations west, south and northwest of us. They increased in volume until we sighted the craft. At that point, every sound from the nearby forest ceased. At that point, I stood from a sitting position and requested everyone leave and head toward my father's home, which was approximately 300-500 yards from where we were sitting. Everyone resisted, saying they wanted to see where it was going. Five of the eight of us heard a sound sort of like a mechanical trumpet, or as one witness described it, ‘an auto-tuned semi-truck horn.’ It was coming from the east-southeast and echoed from the vicinity of Beltrees Road. Right around then, my cousin and I had an overwhelming feeling of calm and restraint, which felt unnatural. She reported feeling dizzy and I felt absolute panic and a heaviness associated with the silence of the woodland creatures. Another witness reported feeling unbridled rage followed by silent crying. A fourth witness said she had a feeling of missing time, and a fifth said he felt followed as he left the property until he reached the nearby town of Alton, Illinois, which is approximately 10 minutes away. All eight witnesses saw the craft. Six reported noticing the animal silence. Five heard the sounds. Four were emotionally affected. Two, including myself, felt contacted telepathically.”
Illinois MUFON Field Investigator James Wolford closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.