Published: 3:31 PM 10/24/2014
... a large dark bulk (was) hanging motionless in the air
By Sam Uptegrove, researcher and paranormal expert
At dusk on Tuesday evening, October 7, Chad (he requested that only his first name be used) was northbound on Missouri 13 and had reached a point just north of Osceola when he became aware of two things simultaneously: There was a car pulled off on the shoulder with its flashers on, and a large dark bulk hanging motionless in the air that appeared to be almost directly above it less than 100 feet above the ground.
As he drove up on the scene he became aware that he was looking at an aircraft of some kind.
"It wasnít like anything I had ever seen before," he told me during a telephone interview less than a week later. "It was sort of a flattened-out oval that was more rounded on top and flatter on the bottom. I would guess that it was about 100 feet long, maybe 35 to 40 feet wide, and 15 feet tall at its thickest point.
"It was parallel with the highway and maybe 50 feet or so off on the right side, which would be east. It was dark gray in color and had no markings or windows that I could see. There was a man and a woman in the car staring up at it through the windshield, and they didnít even glance over at me as I drove by. I was probably down to 10 or 15 miles per hour at that point."
When I asked Chad why he didnít stop to get a better look at the strange craft, he did not hesitate before saying, "I was afraid to. I have heard people talk about the fear of the unknown all of my life, and I can tell you now that it is definitely very real."
I was curious, of course; that is why I slowed down so much. But I couldnít convince myself to actually stop. It was just too out of the ordinary. There was also a very strong sense that there was somebody or something staring back at me, even though I didnít see any sign of a window on the craft. I didnít hear any sound either, but I had the windows all rolled up.
"Still, you would have thought that I would have heard something from a craft that big and that close. I even looked at my dashboard clock, thinking about any missing time, but it was just about the time it should have been."
The strangest and most fascinating aspect of the encounter was how it ended.
"I had gotten far enough past the craft to see it in the mirror," he explained. "Suddenly there was a bright flash of bluish-white light that lit up the whole area and it was gone. I didnít see it go anywhere, it just wasnít there anymore. I saw the couple getting out of their car right after the flash and thought about going back to talk to them, but to be honest I was shaken up enough by the whole thing that I just wanted to get as far away from there as I could as quickly as possible."
Chad describes himself as being interested in UFOs, but by no means obsessed with them. "If a UFO story comes on the news or gets printed in the paper I pay attention, but I donít spend time looking them up on the internet and have never bought a book about them."
There are many individuals out there claiming to be UFO investigators who do not live up to the title and what it implies, instead excitedly labeling every unexplained light in the night sky to be an alien spacecraft.
In this case a solid craft was observed at close range by three witnesses, although only one was available to be interviewed.
Based upon his description, which in my opinion was as accurate as Chad could provide, the object was too large to have been a drone. The downdraft from any known means of holding an object stationary in the air would have been difficult if not impossible to ignore at such close quarters, but the reporting witness said in answer to a direct question that none was noticeable.
Even if we speculate about some new, highly advanced technology that would make such a feat possible, it is ridiculous to assume that such a revolutionary craft would be tested out in plain sight along a relatively busy public highway while witnesses gathered to watch it.
The most unexplainable element of the report, however, has to be the craftís sudden disappearance and the brilliant flash of bluish light. The object remains in the ever-growing Ďunidentifiedí section of my computerized files.