By Judy Kulka, MUFON Field Investigator
Type of Report: Aerial Sightings; Animal Effect; Physiological Effect
Date of Event(s): November 16, 1999
Time of Event: 7-7:30 PM EST
Place(s) of Sighting: Torch Lake Township and Central Lake
Township in Antrim County, Michigan, and Green Lake Township, Grand
Traverse County, Michigan.
Local Evaluation: Significant: Grouped multiple witnesses CE and DE
Shortly after 7 PM EST on November 16, 1999, at least 11 individuals
in Michigan's Antrim and Grand Traverse counties witnessed unexplained
sightings of an aerial object.
The first witness to come to my attention was a woman from Kewadin,
Michigan, who had called the UFO Reporting Center, in Seattle, WA.
Peter Davenport, Director of the UFO Reporting Center, played an audio
"clip" of her verbal report in the early morning hours of
November 17, 1999 on Art Bell's Coast to Coast radio program.
Fortunately, my husband was listening to the program, and taping it,
at approximately 2 AM. He awoke me with the startling "news."
I requested that he save the tape and I would listen to it in the morning.
In the tape I listened to the next morning, the voice of the witness
reported a very large lighted object hovering over treetops at shortly
after 7 PM EST on November 16, 1999. The description of what she
and the others in her car had seen lasted about two minutes. She stated
she had gotten out of the car when they saw the "humongous"
object hovering in front of them. She reported a green light,
(a lot of green) and some white behind it. It appeared to be larger
than two football fields, and larger than her clenched fist at arm's
length. She said it floated slowly over the treetops; it glided
and was perfectly round; it made no noise. It tilted to the side,
nose-dived, then disappeared. She said she didn't believe in UFO's.
I sent an e-mail to Peter Davenport, Director of the
UFO Reporting Center,
telling him I was a MUFON Field Investigator in the Kewadin, Michigan
and if he could send me the name and phone number of the witness I would
attempt to follow up on her report.
A day or so later I received an e-mail back from Peter with the name
phone number of the witness. I phoned the witness, CC. After
who I was and why I was calling, CC agreed to an interview.
CC explained she was driving east on Nichols Road toward US-31. (Nichols
is a short road in Antrim County, less than a mile in length that runs
near Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, to US 31). As they drove
could see odd-looking lights over the trees ahead of them and slightly
right. There were six persons in the car: the witness CC, a woman
early thirties; her sister DB, also in her early thirties; their mother
age 57; the sister's two children, BB age 10 and his 5 year-old sister;
The area where the sighting took place is rural and rural residential.
land has low hills, farm fields, low brush, and trees. A large
nursery is located just southeast of the intersection of Nichols Road
The mother, HM, saw the lights first. In fact, she told me during her
interview she at first thought the landscape nursery had put up "some
fool Christmas lights." But as they continued traveling east,
the lights were hovering over the trees.
As they got to the stop sign at US -31 (sighting location #1 on map),
could definitely tell the object was over the buildings immediately
of them, above the landscape nursery and just above treetop level.
sisters CC and DB decided to get out of the car to have a better look.
was a very dark evening. The sun had set at about 5:30 PM EST.
she put the car in "park". She said there was no sound
from the object. The
closest part of the object appeared to be about 65 feet from them.
appeared to be just 10 to 15 feet above the trees, in front of the Little
Dipper. They saw no moon and no clouds. It appeared to be
huge, like the
size of a football field. She saw "a string of about twelve lights".
were evenly spaced and very bright. Some of the lights were green
rest were white. The green lights were the color of the green
lights of a
stoplight. CC stated it looked like they were "5-10 feet
apart". The white
lights were very clear, like a spotlight. It hurt her eyes to
look at them.
The lights were moving north (to their left) very slowly and appeared
glide. CC estimated they watched the object for 3-4 minutes.
As they watched, it appeared to tip toward them, at which point they
"freaked" and jumped back into the car. CC said at the point
it "tipped" and
they were jumping into the car, her mother, HM, saw lights "clear
the other side." CC could see the top of the object. She
described it as
being round like a plate. It then straightened out, glided east, "sort
leaped." and disappeared. At first in their excitement they
thought it might
be a huge plane ready to crash. They decided to drive the back
roads in the
area to see if they could see it again or whether it had crashed.
not see it again, or evidence of anything that had crashed.
CC gave me the names and telephone number of her sister DB and her mother
and thought they probably would also be willing to give me a report
I reached HM, the 57 year-old mother of CC. She described
the event almost
exactly as her daughter had, although she said it didn't scare her.
related that some years earlier (in approximately 1983) there was a
incident at her house in which a terrible humming sound was heard outside
3 AM. A high-pitched sound also was heard, and the house became unbearably
hot. The dog became very agitated, so they let it outdoors. The
dog ran out,
then froze, and would not move. Neither HM nor her ex-husband
courage to go out and investigate. She said she vowed at that time if
anything "weird" ever happened to her again she was not going
to be afraid
and she was going to face it.