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Tennessee witness ‘panicked’ over UFO chase

A Tennessee witness at Silerton reported being chased by two UFOs as both his cell phone and vehicle radio went off beginning at 6:15 a.m. on January 27, 2015, according to testimony in Case 62906 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witnesses’ story begins just after 5 a.m. while completing a rural paper delivery route in the Silerton area when the sound of a helicopter was heard while at a stop sign.

“This is not unusual,” the witness stated. “As things get pretty boring on my route I tend to notice things out of the ordinary. I sat for about two minutes awaiting the helicopter as the sounds grew closer. I couldn’t find them in the sky so I continued on my route.”

But four miles down the road, the witness caught sight of a helicopter over the tree line.

“I sped up around the corner to see if maybe an accident had happened. I initially thought this was a medical helicopter. As I rounded the corner, I could see three obvious military helicopters. I am not an expert on aircraft nor have I served in the military. We have a National Guard armory in town, so I am well versed in the site of military craft. I figured that’s all it was.”

The witness continued on his route, but at 6:15 a.m., he drove into a wide open three-mile straight away and noticed something “completely unusual” – two stars in the sky both brighter than Venus.

“And they appeared to be traveling closer together as they were on opposite sides of the road. Initially I thought it could be a brain matrix as sometimes when you travel stationary objects appear to move. And there were two slight curves in the road.”

As the witness moved along the straight roadway he watched the bright lights and assumed they were the landing lights of a nearby airplane.

“Instantly I knew this was not the case as I see dozens of these every night. My focus went back to determining if they were stationary objects or not. They appeared to still be traveling as both object were now in my windshield and I was traveling straight.”

The witness slowed to a complete stop and was able to determine that the objects were indeed moving – they were now moving toward each other and were about to cross paths. The witness then tried to flash his vehicle lights at the objects.

The witness was in a rural area near Silerton, TN, when the two UFOs were first noticed on January 27, 2015. (Credit: Google)
The witness was in a rural area near Silerton, TN, when the two UFOs were first noticed on January 27, 2015. (Credit: Google)

“As this is a very open area and very secluded with little to no population, I figured if I could see them, perhaps they can see me. I flashed my lights in a distinct order – two times fast, and a pause for about half a second, and then flashed a second time.”

The witness then began to move his vehicle forward again – but then he noticed the objects had stopped.

“When on a dime both objects stopped without slowing down. As soon as this happened my heart sank and my face became numb and flush with panic. I froze in place and could not think fast enough what to do next.”

The objects appeared to be flashing their lights back at the witness.

“The object on the right blinked and then the object on the left blinked and then together they blinked about half a second later – in the exact sequence I flashed my lights in.”

The witness panicked.

“I immediately sped to the next driveway. I felt as if I needed to hide. I pulled into a driveway and parked where the trees blocked my view of the object that was on the right. I sat for a few seconds and grabbed my phone. I wanted to text my wife and just tell her what was going on.”

But then something unusual happened to the electronics in the witness vehicle.

“I looked at my phone and watched the battery go from 92 percent to 0 and shut off. I was listening to the radio station 107.7 – the Bob and Sheri Show was on. And the station completely went out. I hit the scan button on my radio and could not pick up a single station. The static in the station began to pulsate in the same sequence I flashed my lights.”

The witness was most likely north of Silerton, TN, heading toward Route 100 during the encounter. (Credit: Google)
The witness was most likely north of Silerton, TN, heading toward Route 100 during the encounter. (Credit: Google)

The witness decided to get out of the area and drive home.

“A minute or two had passed at this point and my only thought was to drive home. I didn’t even finish my route. I didn’t want to continue northbound and see the objects. As I looked out of my window the object was now hovering just above the trees where I could see it. This felt intentional to me. I sped off southbound trying to get home.”

The witness thought he had moved away from the objects.

“I could not see the objects in my rear view mirror. And I felt relived. I was now on a road surrounded by trees on all sides. I noticed at this point it was a very cloudy sky. Usually the sun would be coming out at this point and there were no stars in the sky.”

But a short time later, the witness noticed one of the objects following him.

“I could now see through the trees as I was driving and one object was following me southbound. As I came to another clearing, I noticed the object seemed further away, but was not traveling away from me, but in the same direction. I then noticed that the objects were actually stacked on top of each other. And they were flashing what I can only describe as a beam.”

The witness described the beam.

“It appeared to look like when you shine a flashlight in the sky at night when some fog is present. The beam didn’t come all the way down to the ground. It appeared to only travel a short distance from the objects. They were shinning this light in all directions.”

The witness tried to move away from the objects.

“I tried to slow down. But as I slowed, the objects slowed.”

The witness then turned east onto Montezuma Road.

“The objects, for a moment, were behind me. I turned off to highway 100 east heading toward Henderson, TN. And the objects were now on my right-hand side as if they just appeared there.”

The witness became scared at this point and decided to take a back road into a more populated area surround by more tree cover.

“As I turned northbound onto Wilson School Road, after about a mile, I entered into tree cover. I noticed a school bus in front me and felt safer for some reason. As I looked to the sky I could not see the objects anymore. I continued on this road for another two miles and turned east onto Sanford Road.”

But the witness again saw the objects.

“As I looked out my window I could see the objects again through the trees – still had no radio stations. I was at almost the exact spot I saw the helicopters earlier. And as soon as I noticed where I was at, two helicopters were seen flying about 150 feet above the tree lines headed in the direction of the craft.”

The two UFOs appeared to chase the witness after he flashed his headlights at them along this rural area north of Silerton and heading toward route 100. (Credit: Google)
The two UFOs appeared to chase the witness after he flashed his headlights at them along this rural area north of Silerton and heading toward route 100. (Credit: Google)

The electronics at this point came back on.

“The radio made the static sound again in the same sequence and it popped back on. I could no longer see the craft. I reached down for my phone and pressed the power button and it booted up. Battery was 92 percent, but my clock was in Eastern time zone. After about a minute it changed back to Central time.”

The witness is upset over the encounter.

“This was without a doubt the most bizarre thing to ever happen to me. I don’t feel comfortable even discussing this with my wife. I’m actually terrified to go back to work tomorrow.”

Silerton is a town in Chester and Hardeman counties in the western part of Tennessee, population 111.

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. Without passing judgement of what the reporting person did or didn’t see or experience, part of what is reported is reminiscent of the fear I experienced when a strange object responded to flashes from my flashlight during my Blue Book UNIDENTIFIED case of June 24, 1967, which you can read at Black Vault Blue Book case listing:


    The event had a rather puzzling part, quite aside from the ellipsoidal, bluish object that moved on an off-axis course, and aside from how it seemed to respond to my flashlight signals. Read on down and you might agree about how odd that other part of the event seemed, at after 3:00 am on that June morning, over 47 years ago. I’ve never forgotten, and I’m 76, now.

    Scroll down for my 1967 detailed drawings and other details.

    Blue Book accidentally didn’t mark out my name at one place in the report, but incorrectly typed the first name as Day (instead of Ray). But the intelligence officer from Bergstrom AFB in Austin who made a surprise visit to my apartment for a detailed report was very polite, diligent, and careful to get all details accurately.

    Ray Stanford

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