Published: 8:02 PM 2/15/2016
It was perfectly round and not very thick...
Sam Uptegrove has been fascinated with the unexplained since childhood. He began actively investigating paranormal incidents in his late teens and has continued for more than four decades. Now retired and a cancer survivor, he has lived in the southwest Missouri Ozarks for over 30 years.
I got an email this morning — Feb. 4 at 7:58 a.m. — from a man who had seen a UFO only minutes earlier, at 7:12 a.m. He is a personal friend of mine and began by saying he had been meaning to contact me to catch up on what was going on with my health.
“I never thought I would be sending you a UFO report,” he wrote. “We have talked about them so much in the past, and I believed there were things flying around in the sky that didn’t belong there, but I never thought I would see one. I was driving across Stockton Dam, headed west and looked toward the south at where the crescent moon and a couple of bright stars were, and it was flying the opposite direction about as fast as a small plane. I would guess it was less than a mile away and maybe a 1,000 feet up, but that is only a guess. I do know it was a little bit higher than I was, but low enough that I saw it clearly.
“It was perfectly round and not very thick, without any sign of lights or windows on it anywhere. Sorry, no little green or gray critters waving at me as it went by. I would estimate it to be maybe 25 or 30 feet across and about 5 feet thick, but again, that is only a guess. It looked to be flat black, or possibly a very, very dark gray. The sun wasn’t up yet so I couldn’t be positive.
“We have talked about this sort of thing enough that I thought to stop as soon as I saw it, shut off my car and roll down the window. If it was making any noise it I couldn’t hear it. But it did seem to react to me stopping, like maybe whoever was flying it realized they had been spotted. The speed maybe increased just a little, but not very much, and it started climbing higher at about a 30-degree angle. One thing that struck me as odd was that it didn’t tip up to climb, but instead remained perfectly parallel with the ground. I got out of my car and watched it gradually become a little black dot high in the eastern sky and then simply get too small and far away to see anymore. I had it in sight for a total of five minutes or less, but I didn’t think to look at my watch again.
“So there you have it. Like I said, I did believe in UFOs already, because of all the ‘normal people’ who have seen them, but that just doesn’t have the same effect as seeing one with your own eyes. I am not going to guess as to where it came from, but I can’t imagine anyone on Earth building it. I will leave it at that.”
I had already started a column prior to receiving this report, but I immediately put it on the back burner to get this sighting out to my readers. This is a sighting by a witness whom I can personally vouch for as a straightforward, honest individual who is not prone to speculation or allowing his imagination to run free. There is no doubt in my mind that he described exactly what he saw; no more, and no less. I cannot think of any conventional craft or object, except perhaps some sort of drone, which seems highly unlikely, that would explain his observation. It is just one more case that justifies putting the “U” in UFO.
Stockton Lake and the area around it has been producing reports of strange things seen over it — and in at least one case under its surface — since before it was impounded. A father and son squirrel hunting along Sac River when it still ran free, for example, watched a classic disk-shaped craft travel slowly and silently down the river only a few feet above the water’s surface back in the early 1940s. This latest sighting, along with the other incidents I have reported on in earlier columns, seem to clearly indicate that the phenomenon has not abandoned the area, and I am sure there will be additional reports in the future. When they do, I will continue to report them here.