by Roger Marsh
An Ohio witness at Girard reported watching and videotaping a “huge, glowing, disc-shaped craft” hovering over a golf course, according to testimony in Case 85012 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness and his family were returning home from shopping at 9:32 p.m. on July 7, 2017.
“This was the second sighting two nights in a row for me,” the witness stated. “Because of the sighting I had the night before, I was being extremely observant of the skies. It was almost dark, but the sun was setting and the sky was clear with no cloud cover. We turned the corner off Liberty Street that runs parallel with the golf course. As soon as you turn onto this road you have a clear view of the golf course and the skies above it and as soon as I looked up there was a huge glowing, disk-shaped craft just hovering above the golf course.”
The craft was just a short distance from the witness.
“By my estimation it was hovering just above the club house at the time we turned the corner. As we made our way down the street to our house, the craft seem to move closer towards the houses that lined the third hole of the course.”
The witness stopped his vehicle when they reached the school on their right with the craft on their left.
“I immediately froze at first, having been shaken already from the event the night before. I couldn't believe it was happening again. The size of the craft was huge. Probably about 300 feet long. It was pulsating lights of yellow and red around it and it seemed to make no sound.”
The witness parked his car to inspect the “massive disk-shaped” craft.
The object frightened his family.
“This thing scared my daughter and my girlfriend. You can hear them on the video getting scared when it seemed liked the craft was reacting to me filming it. After my phone shut down we got in the car and I took my family home to be safe. I dropped them off and I proceeded to follow the craft on foot throughout the neighborhood. It flew directly over the tree line of the house on the golf course for about another 10 minutes at a very slow speed. Then all of a sudden, I could hear a helicopter and jets coming from the Air Force Base in Vienna. As soon as I heard the first jet, the craft took off to the northwest almost toward Cleveland. I then saw a bright flash that looked like lighting and the craft was gone. The sky was then littered with planes and helicopters flying in circles around the Liberty/Girard area. This event shook me to my core. There were also about four other cars slowing on the road looking at this object as it flew by. It was amazing and frightening at the same time. We live in a very small, quiet town and my neighborhood is a lot of young families. So to see this object so close to the house and the ground two nights in a row was very strange indeed.”
Ohio MUFON Field Investigator Joseph Pavlansky closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.
“Google Earth was used to locate the sighting area and any locations pertinent to the case,” Pavlansky stated in his report. “The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport/Vienna Air Base is located approximately seven miles to the north-north east of the sighting location. This is the second report from this witness in two days, in the same area. Both sightings had caused a loss of power to his cell phone, and both days the object(s) were chased away by helicopters and airplanes, most likely coming from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport/Vienna Air Base.
“The video shows an object hovering, with what appears to be two white lights. The witness recording it seemed excited, while a female and child in the background seemed concerned and scared. After reviewing the CMS report and researching several databases, I have determined this case to be a sighting of an object of unknown origin.”
Girard is a city in Trumbull County, Ohio, population 9,958.