Investigators form not included, but is on file with CUFOS
I went out to the reservoir
one cool evening in October to enjoy the sunset. I parked my car facing west
with the water before me. As the sun was on the horizon, I saw a flash of
metal in my left peripheral vision; however I discounted it, believing it to
be a plane. However, it caught my attention as it descended rapidly, but smoothly down and into the
water. I heard no noise at all. Not more than a minute later, I saw a ring of white light
maybe 50 ft. diameter gliding right under the
surface of the water – again no noise. It was really beginning to get
dark now, so the light was very apparent. I did not see any other witnesses
around. There it remained, pulsating, for approximately 8 minutes. Suddenly it just went out
completely, as if someone flipped a switch. I left immediately as it
unnerved me somewhat. It was a clear cool night. The whole incident lasted
approximately 10 minutes.
Sketch by witness – annotations redone
for clarity by me –CF-
Follow-up by case
interview with Ms. XXXXXXX, I found her to be quite frank and intelligent
about the encounter that she had that night in October of 1975. Through further
questioning, I later found out that her brother, who was visiting, was with
her at the time and said he had not seen anything unusual. Ms. XXXXXXX had
expressed a belief in U.F.O.’s, but had never really studied them in-depth.
Following the interview with Ms. XXXXXXX, I went to the Ball State University
library to look at the microfilms of the 1975 Muncie newspapers. Because Ms.
XXXXXXX could not remember the exact date of the sighting, it was necessary
to view the entire month of October's newspapers. The only unusual event was
a double drowning at
Prairie Creek Reservoir. One of the bodies was found the day of the
accident in the south end of the reservoir, near where the mishap had
occurred; the other body was found on the east end of the reservoir several
with Delaware County Sheriff Carmicheal (sic?) about any U.F.O. sighting call-ins in
October of 1975, but he said only that those records were somewhere and he
didn't know where. I also checked with the F.A.A. administrator (Mr. Bean) at
Johnson Field, but he told me that he wasn't here at that time and knew
nothing about it.
investigation led me to call the Ball State University Physics and Astronomy
Department where I was put in touch with Dr. Scott. My questions were
concerning the prevalent stars and/or constellations for the month of October
in the west-southwest area of the sky.
replied that the prevalent constellations were: Signus
the Swan, in the northwest; Lyra in the west; and
Pegasus overhead. These would be most noticeable in the general time area of
seven p.m. The only planet that he was aware of was Mars, but that that would
be in the Eastern sky.
I have come
to the conclusive opinion that Ms. XXXXXXX did definitely see something that
October night, for the mental image and recollection was far to intricate for the situation to warrant just a wild
imaginary story. However, due to insufficient data I will need additional
authorization with which to obtain the police call records, to further insure
the credibility of this case. There surely had to have been
Field air terminal is on the VORTAC system of air navigation and would not
have had any radar sighting of the event. Indianapolis Airport would probably
have the information on any irregular sightings that month over the Prairie
senior center investigator could get the police records more easily than I
could. I believe that those records could hold more information than the
police believe they do.
This reference: CUFOS report form. With
thanks to The J.
Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America – United States, Indiana, Delaware county
Muncie Latitude 40-11-36 N, Longitude
85-23-11 W (D-M-S)
Prairie Creek Reservoir - Latitude 40-08-46 N,
Longitude 85-17-36 W (D-M-S)
Ball State University Latitude 40-96-16 N, Longitude