Northern Kentucky UFO sightings?
Big Bone residents share photos of strange lights in the sky (originally published in 2018)
Joan (not her real name) claims that something weird is happening on her property near Big Bone in northern Kentucky. The fifty-nine-year-old witness says that, for the last two years, she has been seeing lights in the sky around her home, which borders Big Bone Lick State Park, and she isn't alone. Her husband, nephew, niece, and a neighbor have all seen them too, and they have photos to back up their sightings.
The images were inconclusive, and didn't show anything other than a large red circle of light in the upper right-hand corner of the shot. Looking at them, it could have been someone standing close to the camera, with a flashlight held just in the frame. But something about the photos scared Joan. They reminded her of something she had seen before and, as it turns out, something she would see again.
It was the autumn of 1974 when Joan had her first sighting of a UFO. It was football season, and she and her late first husband, Mike, were supposed to be at a football game. Instead they were parked along Cody Road in Florence. The sixteen-year-old Joan was just dating Mike at the time, and when a light shined into their vehicle from a field across the railroad tracks, she thought they had been caught parking by the landowner. What she saw, though, was much scarier than a farmer's tractor. Moving across the sky overhead, she said, was what she described as “the mother ship.”
“It was as big as a football field,” she said.
The light shined on them for a moment, she said, and then moved away. She went home and told her mother about it, swearing that she hadn't been drinking, and then put it out of her mind for the rest of her adult life. She said that she did ask Mike one time, before he passed away, if he ever told anyone about the sighting. He told her that he had not, because no one would have believed him if he had.
The lights return
She would eventually find out that her niece was seeing them too. While working around the barn with her horses in the evening the young girl had been seeing unexplained lights in the sky, which she assumed at first to be helicopters. But Joan would eventually see something that would remove all doubt that what they were experiencing was anything that could be explained away so easily. Joan saw a saucer.
The flying saucer
“I saw it last week,” she said. “A silver saucer, with three windows.”
Since then she, her husband and her nephew have been watching for them. Her nephew, she said, has been especially intent as he turns his attention to the evening sky. That was how they captured the photos that they shared with the Journal-Times. He's also seen several in the direction of a power plant that is near the family home, leaving Joan to wonder if the lights are associated with or attracted to the activity there.
It's impossible to say for sure just what it is the family and their neighbor have captured on their cameras, but Joan knows what it is not. It is not an airplane, she said. Nor is it a helicopter, as her niece at first believed. The family sees those regularly, and they know what they are. Whatever it is that they are seeing is something they haven't seen before, she said, and something that scares Joan for reasons she can't quite explain.
Note: Neither the reporter nor the Journal-Times make any judgments as to the veracity of the information provided. We are simply sharing the photos and stories that were shared with us. The name of the witness has been withheld to safeguard her privacy and the privacy of her neighbors and family.
(This story was originally published in the February 7, 2018 issues of the now defunct Grayson Journal-Enquirer and Olive Hill Times. For more information contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Updatethis time with video from her neighbor's porch. The lights appear to be possible reflections, maybe from spider web as one viewer noted. But whatever the source, it doesn't seem that Joan had any intent to deceive. If she did, she could have edited the video to a shorter length, to make it appear that what we are seeing is distant lights, high in the sky. Instead she leaves the video exactly as is, with the "lights" appearing very small and very close to the camera, coming down into the yard and gravel driveway. As with the photos Joan shared the year before, I make no claims to the veracity of the video or to Joan's claims. I only share with you what was shared with me.
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