UFO Sighting

Sighting Basics

Case Number 56964
Log Number US-06092014-0011
Date Submitted 06/09/2014 04:31 UTC
Date of the Event 04/30/1976 12:00 UTC
Source MUFON
Disposition Unresolved
Summary Pill shaped object silvery metallic upper and lower domes and black panels or winows around the middle moving at a slow hovering path of ~1/4 mile over 3 - 5 minutes before going behind hill with a ape-man like entity sighted nearby 12 hours later
Tags disc entity hovering lights ufo photo

Sighting Location

City New Philadelphia
Region Ohio
Country United States
Latitude 40.491836
Longitude -81.49188
The latitude and longitude presented here is an approximation to protect the reporters identity

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance 101-500 Feet, 501 Feet - 1 Mile
Sighting Duration Undisclosed
Object Features Dome, Window(s)
Object Flight Path Straight-line path,Path with directional change,Path then hovering,Unknown
Object Shape Disc
Weather Factors Unknown

Sighting Details

In May 1976, at ~7:00AM, I was standing at the end of our driveway, in front of the mailboxes and gas tanks/lines, waiting for the school bus. While looking East down the road in the direction the bus would come, I noticed a silvery, metallic, pill shaped object <1/4 mile down the road, North East of my position, at an ~45 degree angle above the horizon with the apparent size of a dime or penny and with what looked like black square panels/windows all around the middle, with something like a heat haze shimmer around it, travelling very slowly, almost hovering, in a South Westerly direction crossing at <45 degree angle the road which runs East - West. I had no idea what it was, but was young and curious, as I always enjoyed watching the Hueys that would fly overhead all the time back then. However I knew that the object was not a normal aircraft as it had no wings or tail and was moving way too slowly, and it was not a helicopter as it had no rotors and did not make any noise at all. Over the course of the next ~3 to 5 minutes I watched it in stunned silence until it disappeared behind the tree line on the hill <1/8 mile due South of where I was standing. It did not reemerge from the tree line on the other side where I expected to see it and either landed, stopped/hovered, changed course to the South, or something while it was out of sight behind the trees/hill. I noticed on the satellite map that I did the sketch on for this report that there is, or at least was when the satellite photo was taken, a round depression ~100feet/200feet in diameter in the ground in a field behind the tree line on the hill right about where I would have lost sight of the object, I have never been to that depression to the best of my recollection, especially since I didn't know it was even there till just a few minutes ago when I went to make the map and saw it on the satellite image ... I am still shocked that it was right where the object would have been when I lost sight of it. I do not know if it would still be there today, since I don't know when the satellite image was taken. I wanted to go up the hill and see if I could see anything, but I knew the bus was coming and stayed put. I never mentioned this object to the bus driver who came a few minutes later, nor to my teacher, parents, or sister. In fact I never mentioned the object to anyone, although my family is aware of my encounter later that day with the ape-man like entity. I could clearly see the object which the upper and lower domed surfaces were silvery grey metallic with the center diameter composed of flat glossy black panels/windows, there was a suggestion of a clear dome on the top and/or bottom, though my angle nor the lighting was good enough to be certain, and it had no navigation lights that I could see, or would expect on an aircraft or helicopter. ~12 hours later that evening ~7:00PM I spotted a large, ape-man-like, reddish-brown fur covered entity, ~7foot/9foot tall judging by the size of the ~10foot/12foot tall tree next to it (which I estimate based on the size of the nearby excavator crane cab door height), standing upright ~200feet/300feet away from me on the ridge of the strip-mine above our house (<1/8 mile North West of my early morning sighting location) watching me while I was putting my bicycle away. When it saw me staring at it, it grabbed the tree next to it with one hand and bent it over. Seeing that, I dropped my bike and ran into the house, I told my parents, but my dad made me go back outside and finish putting my bike away :/ When I went back outside, the creature/entity was nowhere to be seen. I have been attending the MUFON gatherings with my father-in-law (who is a member) for the past few years (in fact I was just at one last Saturday), where I discovered that there are field investigators and a website for reporting. I am now retired (22 years) from the US Navy as of February 2009, and do not see the harm in reporting it at this point. I am oddly still drawn to that area after ~38 years, although I only lived there a few years, and I hope that it might be able to help the field investigators with their research. Please see the attached sketches/map and excuse my poor rendering skills. If any of the MUFON field investigators are interested, I would be happy to show them the location.


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