Interview with Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dern
Object was seen at
8:40 P.M., coming from the Southeast at a height of 80 to 100 ft. (it was at
tree height) 300 yards distant from witness, being about 1 ½ to 2 feet in
diameter, with flaming trail. As it passed a fence line it went out. At this
point the object dropped directly to the ground, as he could see the dark
object in the moon light. The object was traveling very fast "Faster
than a car floored, which is 120 MPH". He also noticed something like
heat waves behind object. His dogs barking caused him to look up the drive,
thereby seeing the object. He called the Sheriff's Department. They responded
to the cell in 30 - 45 minutes. Only one of the five officers responding went
with the witness into the field to look for the object with a flashlight, as by this time it had clouded
over and started snowing. Winds at the time of sighting were out of
the Southwest with gusts up to 35 MPH. There had been several inches of new snowfall and
considerable amount of drifting since the time of the sighting.
I went out to talk
with the witness on the 23rd and also to check the area. The witness and I
went into the field, trying to see if we could find the object in daylight. We noticed an area about 15
feet in sort of a circular shape which had a crust of ice 3/4 to 1 inch thick
1. Using a compass, the needle spun around and was very arratic (sic) at one spot on the ice area. Moving a few
feet away the compass went back, to normal operation, we did not find
anything other than the magnetic fluctuation. We went to his house and he
filled in the report form.
He said he had been
getting all kinds of "ribbing" from the guys at work plus quite a
few calls from antagonizers and such. In confidence
the witness and his wife told me the following since we are serious, and we
would not belittle or think them crackpots:
P.M. the night of the sighting, they were asleep or in a half sleep. Both
awoke by a sudden strange noise of a high pitched whine with an undertone hum
being steady for 30 seconds or longer. The dog outside was yelping anc1
barking during this time. He asked his wife what was the matter, her response
was, "It must be the same thing that is
bothering you." It wasn't until morning that his wife told him that she
heard the noise.
Enclosed is the newspaper clipping of this sighting. W.G.M.
Note: From the NICAP forms, other facts not mentioned in the
above narrative that apply to the sighting:
1) How long did you see the object? Ans. 10-15 seconds.
2) Size at arms length? Ans. Size of a Grapefruit .
Other questions on the form were of
a personal nature.-CF-
This reference: NICAP report by Wayne G. Martiny,
dated February 23, 1967
My note #1: The craft landed in the
snow possibly melting it. Obviously the melted snow had refrozen as
ice after the craft left.-CF-
Following is the News clip mentioned above
UFO Search Fruitless
An unidentified flying object reportedly landed north of the city
Tuesday night, but the man who reported sighting it and five sheriff deputies
haven't been able to find it.
rural Sheboygan man was out operating a snow blower in his driveway, about 9
p.m. when he said he saw a strange object with a lighted tail land in the field
near his home. The object was reportedly seen somewhere between County Trunk
J and the Mueller Road by Richard Dern, of 4414 N. 2nd St., who said "it
looked like an object from outer space, but not a flying saucer."
Dern said the object looked like it was on fire but that the lighted
tail vanished just before the object came down. He said he saw the object
dropping toward earth. He described it as being about a foot and a half in
After notifying the sheriff's department, Dern and five deputies made
a search of the field where Dern reported last Sighting the object.
They could find nothing.
Nobody checked the area this morning.
This reference: News clip. Only note is Sheboygan, Wis., dated
UFOCAT PRN - 43582
UFOCAT URN 43582 NICAP Investigation Files
Note: in researching UFOCAT on this
sighting, I was surprised to find another sighting in the same general area
on the same date. This of course might have nothing to do with the above
sighting, BUT should be considered. The time difference of the sighting is
only 10 minutes and the time given is usually an estimate:
UFOCAT PRN - 43583
UFOCAT URN 43583 NICAP Investigation Files
Time of sighting - 2030. Place - Sheboygan Falls. Witness -
UFOCAT text: Green sphere trailing wisps of white, moved slowly,
North America United States, Wisconsin
Sheboygan Latitude 43-45-02 N,
Longitude 87-42-30 W (D-M-S)
Sheboygan Falls Latitude 43-43-44 N, Longitude
(UFOCAT) Latitude 43.76 N,
Longitude 87.71 W (D.%) [For both Sheboygan
& Sheboygan Falls]