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Sighting Reports Previous to 1990

Police Officer Recalls Sighting of Orange Object
That Changed Size & Shape

Date of Sighting: June, 1974 (Exact Date Unknown)
Time of Sighting: 2 AM EDT
Date Sighting Reported: December 27, 2007
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: La Belle, Florida (SW Florida About 20 MI ENE of Ft. Meyers)
Latitude: 26.77 Degrees North
Longitude: 81.44 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Unknown

Description (In Witness's Own Words): My sighting occurred 30 years ago and I just found your web site so I decided to submit anyway. I was a police officer in Hendry County, Florida. In 1974 on an overnight shift I was stopped on a rural road conversing with a State Wildlife Officer. Over his shoulder I saw a slow moving orange light about the size of a grapefruit. It was very moving slowly from west to east about 3 or 4 miles north of where we were standing. It made no sound. After a minute it stopped and remained stationary. Then all of a sudden the orange object grew rapidly in size and as it did the color changed to a bright white and the size of a garbage can lid. Then just as fast, it shrunk back down in size remaining white but now the size of a volley ball. Then it shot straight up into the sky and I grabbed a pair of binoculars. I was able to follow it racing skyward for a few minutes till it became the size of a normal star in space. The entire time there was never a sound from it and when it propelled away from earth it was at a speed that took it into the solar system within minutes. I have been looking skyward ever since, but have never never again spotted anything. I am a believer.

Investigator's Notes: This is an incredible sighting by a credible witness. The fact that the object changed shape, color, and moved erratically makes it a true "unidentified ." The early to mid 1970s were considered to be "wave years" for UFO sightings. Many close encounters with UFOs and occupants occurred in this time period.