Published: 10:01 AM 1/13/2014
MELISSA TOWNSEND, BERWICK LEADER
CASEY has developed a reputation as being a UFO 'hot spot', with more than a dozen sightings in the past two-and-a-half years.
An online forum on the Only Melbourne website lists several Casey sightings, most around the Narre Warren South and Berwick areas.
In one recent post, Berwick resident and self-confessed non-believer Amy Roberts could not explain what she saw in Narre Warren South on June 14 last year.
Ms. Roberts, 37, said she was on her way to pick up her daughter when she noticed two bright orange lights hovering over the trees on the far side of the lake on Berwick Springs Promenade, about 11.15 pm.
The lights, which were parallel to each other and low in the sky, eventually turned into a large diamond of four lights.
Ms. Roberts said there was no noise, the lights did not pulse and they kept perfect formation, before vanishing abruptly.
"It wasn't a light being projected up, or kids playing with toy planes, it was four objects flying across the road," Ms. Roberts said.
"They were far too low to be an aircraft... I have never seen anything like that before.
"All the dogs in the neighbourhood were going nuts."
Two other posts described seeing the same thing as Ms. Roberts at different times in Casey.
"I'm a really down to earth person, and not the kind to make stuff up," she said.
"I don't believe in wee green men in spaceships, but I simply couldn't explain these lights."
In another sighting, on December 2 last year, the Leader revealed video of four orange lights hovering low over Camms Rd, Cranbourne, for several minutes before disappearing.
Mt Burnett Observatory president Perry Vlahos said the mysterious lights were most likely ceremonial lanterns, Venus, or aircraft.
"One thing I can guarantee is they were not little green men from Mars," Mr. Vlahos told Leader at the time.
Veteran UFO researcher Bill Chalker said Casey was well known in ufology circles for being a 'hot spot' of activity.
"Whenever people say Narre Warren in the UFO scene, it means a lot and Narre Warren seems to have a lot of reports," Mr. Chalker said.
Victorian UFO Action group director Ben Hurle and Australian UFO Research Network Victorian director George Simpson confirmed Casey was a popular UFO sighting spot.
It's been 20 years since Kelly Cahill claimed she encountered a UFO in Narre Warren North, in what became one of the most 'famous cases' in Australian ufology circles.
It was August 8, 1993, when the then 27-year-old housewife and mother of three alleged she was taken.
Ms. Cahill was driving home from a friend's house with her husband and children when she noticed a ring of orange lights hovering above a field on Belgrave-Hallam Rd.
Further on, the Cahills were confronted by an intense 'wall of bright light' across the road.
Another car with a man and two women had also pulled up about 100m down the road, and they later confirmed witnessing the lights.
The last thing Ms. Cahill remembered was hearing her husband say he would 'just keep driving', then the pair blacked out.
When they awoke, they felt like they had 'lost' time, both had severe stomach pain and Ms. Cahill later discovered a strange triangular mark below her navel - a phenomenon also experienced by the women in the other car.
She also unexpectedly began menstruating and was treated in hospital for a womb infection.
Flashbacks of the 'abduction' began a few weeks later, Ms. Cahill claimed, and she described seeing tall black beings with red eyes.
Under hypnosis, the other women remembered being taken on board some kind of object.
Ms. Cahill went on to write a book about her experience called 'Encounter.'
Today, she lives overseas and no longer does interviews. However, her story convinced Mr. Chalker, that something extraordinary happened to Ms. Cahill.
Mr. Chalker said the fact two groups of people, unknown to one another, witnessed the same thing, and experienced 'missing time' made for a compelling case.
He said there were also 'physical traces,' including a magnetic 'signature' at the site and physical effects on the witnesses.
"This was one of the most striking cases of this nature because it seemed to have the physical evidence," Mr. Chalker said.
"Typically, witnesses to these sorts of events are known to each other, and such relationships often beg the question of whether the witnessed events have emerged from shared delusions or even collusion.
"Investigators uncovered no evidence of a previous connection between the Cahills and the other group.
"If the encounter had revolved only around Kelly, it could be argued that the experience may have been some sort of psychological episode, but the presence of other witnesses - a married couple and their friend, forcefully argues for a real encounter."