Source: AUN1-010, 8
SPHERICAL UFO FLIES OVER LAKE
Clear skies and a bright moon just two days past full
combined to give a young Missouri couple a brief glimpse of a spherical
object as it maneuvered only
a few feet above the waters of Stockton Lake on the evening of November 12, 1992. The two
teenagers requested that their names not be used for personal reasons; as the
boy explained, "We don't want our parents asking a bunch of questions
about what we were doing out there, parking in the middle of nowhere. We
weren't doing anything wrong, just sitting there in the car talking, but it
wasn't where we were supposed to be."
The couple was parked in a rather secluded spot on the
east side of the lake, not far south of the dam, in an area known as Crabtree
Cove. The car was running so they could use the heater, but there were no
lights on anywhere nearby. The sighting occurred at about fifteen minutes
past eight. They were parked facing west, overlooking the lake, with the moon
bathing the entire scene in a soft light from behind them. No boat or car
traffic had been noticed during the thirty minutes or so the couple had been
sitting there, hardly an unusual situation on a night when the temperature
had already dipped below forty degrees.
"She noticed it first," the boy said when he
called AUN's office the following day. "She said, 'Is that a boat?' I
saw what she was talking about right off, but it didn't look like a boat at
all. It was coming down the lake from up toward the dam and at first it did look like it
was on the water, but by the time it was right out in front of us we could
tell it was really about five feet or so up in the air.
"The reason I said it didn't look like a boat is
because it was round, like a big ball. We both got out of the car so we could
see it better." Asked what color the sphere had appeared to be, he
answered, "Well, it looked like it was white, but I guess just about
anything real light-colored would look that way with just the moon shining on
it. It wasn't really shiny, but it was slick enough to show up real good in
the moonlight. It sort of reminded me of the stuff they make bathtubs out
The reference to a porcelain-like surface in connection
to a spherical white UFO quickly brought another sighting which occurred just
over four months earlier to mind. On July 4th an observer in Oklahoma had
seen a very similar object, although it appeared to be considerably larger,
during a night of severe weather. (See "Storm Watcher Spots UFO in AUN1
The witness in the Stockton Lake case saw nothing
interrupting the object's smooth surface, and also reported hearing no sound
coming from it. He added, however/ that he had not shut the car off to listen
for lower volume sounds. Due to the sphere's proximity to the lake's surface,
it was possible for him to estimate its approximate size with a fair amount
of certainty. "It wasn't really all that big" he stated, "just
about the same size as a Volkswagen 'bug'." The UFO moved at a steady
pace which he said to be "no more than maybe ten or fifteen miles an
hour at the very most." After being in sight for between thirty seconds
and a minute, the UFO disappeared behind a point which sticks out into the
main body of the lake a short distance south of where the witnesses were
sitting. At no time during the observation was it seen to deviate from its
straight and level path or alter its speed.
The boy estimated that at the closest approach the
sphere was no more than one hundred and twenty-five yards away, saying he
judged the distance by visualizing a football field between him and the
object. Despite this relatively close proximity he did not notice any of the
secondary effects which sometimes afflict vehicles during the near approach
of a UFO. The car's engine continued to run smoothly the whole time and no
static was noticed on the radio, which was tuned to an FM station out of
Springfield. The witness was asked why he had not attempted to obtain a
better look at the object by turning on the headlights when it was directly
in front of the car. He said that the idea had unfortunately never even
crossed his mind until it was too late, several minutes after the UFO was out
of sight, an oversight which can probably be attributed to the excitement.
(It would have been interesting to know what reaction, if any, would have
resulted from such an action.)
According to the witness, neither he nor his girlfriend
experienced any real sense of fear during the entire episode.
"Curiosity would be a better word," he said. "We sat there for
almost another hour after it was gone, just hoping it would come back so we
could see it again, but we weren't that lucky. Then it got cloudy and we lost
the moonlight. We had to head out anyway, if we were going to get home when
we were supposed to. But we've already decided that we are going to go back
out there whenever we get the chance. I just hope we get to see it again.
Next time, you can bet that I'll remember to turn on the headlights and try
to get a really good look at it." He chuckled a bit before, going on. "Gee,
I sure hope I don't make them mad."
(Source: AUN1 10,8)
This reference: NICAP files: http://www.nicap.org . With thanks to
Francis Ridge for permission to post.
AUN = Amateur Ufology News. (Subsequently "Heartland UFO Journal";)
Ed. by Sam A. Uptegrove.
1992; n.1-7, n.8, n.9-13.
1993; n.14-19, n.20-22.
1994; n.23, 25-29
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America – United States, Missouri, Cedar
Stockton Lake Latitude 37-41-25 N,
Longitude 93-45-41 W (D-M-S)