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Flora UFO Sightings Remain Unexplained
One of the most famous UFO sightings in the world happened in Mississippi.
On Feb. 10, 1977, nearly two dozen law enforcement officers witnessed a giant floating object above the tree line in a cotton field off a rural Madison County road near Flora.
A former deputy who said he saw the UFO told his story to WAPT's Darren Dedo. The deputy wanted his identity to be protected, so for the story, Dedo called him Joe.
"I'll tell you what though, most of them around here, you don't realize how many people have had a close encounter with what this is," Joe said. "It was approximately 15 to 18 feet off the ground, blue in color, kind of metallic blue, portholes around the center of it, shaped like an old spinning top kids use to use."
Source: Madison Co. Herald (Canton, MS), Feb. 17, 1977
"UFO Spotting Focuses On Deputy Creel"
When Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Creel left on a routine patrol drive last Thursday evening, he didn't expect to find his attention completely focused on an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).
Since he reported the incident to the Mississippi Highway Patrol that evening last week however, Creel has now found even more national attention focused on himself.
"I know I'm not crazy .. I've always said I didn't believe in this stuff," said Creel. "I don't know what I saw, but I know I saw something . . It's just hard to describe what happened."
Deputy Creel first saw the object while driving down the Smith School Road four miles west of Flora, near the county line. He was with Constable James Luke at the time.
"It looked like an evening star or something," said Creel, "but it kept getting brighter and bigger."
Then, when the shape of the object began to form, Creel said he contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol with his car radio equipment.
"I kind of thought it was an airplane flying low, or like it could have been."
But when the strange object came within "about 200 yards" of his car—"out across the field"—then, Creel said, "I stopped and cut my engine and my lights to listen."
What he heard was a whirring noise—"like a blender . . Like it was straining, when you first put ice in it"—and then the UFO started coming closer.
"The thing came right over the car," said Creel. "It came right to us, like it was being piloted."
How "the thing" got there is another question, because Creel says he could not tell if anything or anyone was inside.
"The thing just hovered over us, about 20 or 30 feet up, for more than a minute," said Creel, who at this time was looking straight up, from his patrol car window.
"I didn't get out, I wouldn't."
According to Deputy Creel, there was little way to tell much about the craft. "There was light coming out from little windows," he said. And the light apparently changed colors several times, from soft blue to red to green and other colors.
The UFO was reportedly about 30 to 40 feet in diameter, and perfectly round. "It didn't spin or anything. It just hoovered around there."
After about a minute, Creel began backing up his patrol car "about 100 yards, to a place where I could turn around."
By this time, however, Highway Patrolman Louis Younger drove up in his patrol car within a short distance of the UFO, and reported seeing the same object—with the same description Creel had given.
"Then the thing just picked up and took off, north west, toward Satartia."
An unidentified object of the same general description was reported the same evening by other Flora residents, and Deputy Charles Bowering and Highway Patrolman Joe Chandler and others said they saw lights from an unidentified craft "from a distance."
Dedo spoke with Kenny Creel about the UFO he supposedly saw some 34 years ago. He didn't want to go on camera, but he did tell Dedo by phone that he actually made the whole thing up -- that it was some kind of a joke. But, others aren't so sure about that.
Joe believes Kenny Creel clammed up after the "feds" put the heat on him.
"The CIA told him that he didn't need to talk about it no more," Joe said. "They didn't want it out. I'm not sure what kind of threats were made."
His investigation has lead him to two patches of earth where plants no longer grow. Each patch is roughly circular and approximately fifteen feet in diameter. Both of these patches, very near each other, are devoid of plant life.
Mr. Frascogna has sent soil samples to one of the universities in the state of Mississippi in hopes of finding some sort of anomaly in the soil that might explain the lack of growth. He also continues to search for witnesses, in hopes of learning everything he can.
Originally posted by gortex
My first thought was this sounded like something straight out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and maybe that had something to do with the sighting ,given the film was released in 77 , but this incident happened before the Nov 77 release of the film so I guess not...
There maybe remaining trace evidence on the ground according to Pat Frascogna..
Feb.10, 1977; Tucson, AZ
7:30 PM. From a window in her house Ms. Lois Stovall saw a luminous object in the sky approach her house from the north. She and her grandmother, Mrs. Alice Buckner, went out to the yard for a better view and saw it hovering over a small tree less than 50 feet away. It was capsule shaped with a cylindrical vertical axis, and transparent on the side facing them with dark vertical bars..
NICAP Chronologies -1977
Originally posted by SloAnPainful
I always love these eye witness testimonys from Police, Military and Gov't workers. It leads to some credible sources (or at least I assume credible). .