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Ohio witness could have ‘touched’ low hovering UFO

An Ohio witness driving along Route 56 between Sidney and London reported watching a rectangle-shaped UFO that hovered over their vehicle so low the driver said, “I could have stood on top of the truck and touched the bottom,” according to testimony in Case 67107 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

London, Ohio, is about an hour’s drive southeast of Sidney, Ohio. (Credit: Google Maps)
London, Ohio, is about an hour’s drive southeast of Sidney, Ohio. (Credit: Google Maps)

The reporting witness was driving back to London, Ohio, from Sidney, with three family members in the vehicle when the incident occurred during April 2015.

“It was me, my mother, my oldest daughter – she’s 9 – and we had just picked my youngest daughter from her grandparents,” the witness stated. “We were driving down Route 56 coming back toward London.”

Her daughter was the first to spot the object.

The witness said the UFO hovered over their truck as they stopped along rural Route 56 between Sidney and London, Ohio. (Credit: Google Maps)
The witness said the UFO hovered over their truck as they stopped along rural Route 56 between Sidney and London, Ohio. (Credit: Google Maps)

“As we drove over a hill, my 9-year-old saw the lights. The craft was moving so slow. It flew out over a field. As we got closer the craft turned around and flew back out over the road and hovered above the truck.”

The driver stopped the truck in the middle of the roadway.

“The craft stopped above the truck. I rolled the window down to look at it. Myself and my 9-year-old were trying to look. I got my phone out to take a picture of it. The phone would not pick up the lights on the craft or anything. The screen on the phone just stayed black.”

Family members were terrified during the UFO encounter along Route 56 between Sidney and London, Ohio, in April. (Credit: Google Maps)
Family members were terrified during the UFO encounter along Route 56 between Sidney and London, Ohio, in April. (Credit: Google Maps)

Family members became upset at what they were seeing.

“At this time my mother and my 2-year-old were both yelling. My mom was screaming for me to drive and my 2-year-old was terrified, shaking and crying so hard. There was no noise coming from the craft at all. It was so low I could have stood on top of the truck and touched the bottom of the UFO. As I drove away, it just sat there. Then it just disappeared.”

The witness did not list an exact date or time during April 2015 when the incident occurred. The report was filed with MUFON on June 26, 2015. MUFON Ohio is investigating.

London is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Ohio, population 9,904. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. This same thing happened to me twenty years ago. Four balls of light came across the river in Ottawa, Canada at my truck. They moved up above my truck as a car approached from behind, then descended on us. They moved into formation around my friend and I as we drove. One of the lights changed into a rectangle and hovered over my truck, a few feet away. It then changed back into a sphere, and circled the other three — after crossing the road in front of us to the fourth one on the right. They moved up the road, stopped and waited as I stopped at a traffic light. They then moved with me as the light changed green, and ascended into the sky, one at a time, following a corkscrew path and disappearing. People witnessed it a few hundred Km away, I believe in Detroit as well — it was in the newspaper that a police officer, and two other people experienced something that night. Simple white light, no sound, no smoke. You can find the incident on mufon, the ufo registry, and ufostalker under November 9, 1987

  2. Is Madison County On UFO Flight Path?

    By Melinda M. White
    Madison Press (London, OH),

    LONDON – Something strange is happening in the quiet, rural communities of Madison County, according to Jim Donohoe.

    Donohoe, a London area resident, has been compiling evidence on UFO sightings around Madison County and Ohio since 1979.

    He has written several books chronicling the different sightings and encounters made by local residents and has even spotted a few UFOs himself.

    Donohoe became a believer in extraterrestrial phenomenon in 1953 when his uncle, who was in the Air Force, told him of an encounter he had while working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

    His uncle claimed that he had seen the bodies of several aliens beings examined on a table. He said the bodies were like humans except they had larger heads and their eyes and ears were lower on the head than humans.

    Donohoe listened to stories about UFO and alien encounters all his life until in 1979 he decided to start compiling and publishing the information.

    He claims that Ohio, and Madison County, from time to time are a hotbed of UFO activity.

    Donohoe stated that UFOs have been spotted near Madison Lake, London Correctional Institution, Mt. Sterling and along Route 665, better known as UFO Highway.

    He feels that only about 10 to 15 percent of reported UFO sightings are actually legitimate, but added, “everything in the world can’t be a fake.”

    One of Donohoe’s colleagues, Peggy Tillman, a resident of South Charleston, has also been compiling information about UFOs for many years.

    Tillman also became a believer in her youth, when she and her family encountered what she believes was a Bigfoot.

    She claimed that she and her siblings witnessed a large man, wearing a shaggy coat that covered his entire body, near their house on several occasions. It wasn’t until years later that she realized the mysterious man could have been a Bigfoot.

    Tillman believes there are several Bigfoots living in Madison County and throughout Ohio.

    “There has to be several,” Tillman said. “They usually travel in families.”

    Tillman claims to have heard reports of Bigfoots near LoCI during the times when UFOs have reportedly been spotted in the area.

    Tillman is one of the first Bigfoot researchers to make a connection between Bigfoot and UFOs.

    Both Tillman and Donohoe can’t explain why Bigfoot and UFOs would be attracted to Madison County, but they believe it could have something to do, with Madison County’s proximity to Wright-Patterson.

    Another theory involves the power lines that are near Route 665 and the prison.

    “The prison farm has its own energy source and they (the UFOs) have some way of tapping into the generators,” Tillman said. “They are using the generators like a battery charger.”

    Donohoe cannot predict when the next UFO sighting will be, but like anything, he said, the sightings have busy and slow times.

    “People think they have to go somewhere else to see UFOs. There are as many in Ohio as the rest of the U.S.,” Donohoe said. “If you want phenomenon, just walk out your back door.”

    Copyright (c) 1998 Central Ohio Printing Corp. ___

  3. If you’re addressing me, No, photos, or video; I was on my way out with a friend, I don’t think cellular phones existed at that time, the only people that carried cameras, were probably photographers. I only stumbled upon this site again from a search for the date, looking for the news article, funny — the research never ends…

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