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Utah witness takes multiple photos of disc UFO

A Utah witness at Salt Lake City reported watching a “black, disc-shaped” object that split into three objects, moved back as one object, and then quickly flew out of sight, according to testimony in Case 78355 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness image #1. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image #1. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness, age 37, his sister, age 24, a 27-year-old brother and two sons, ages 8 and 10, were driving along I-15 just south of Salt Lake City at 9:20 p.m. on August 11, 2016, when the incident occurred.

“I was the first to notice a black object in the sky which seemed to be about three miles away, and about 1,500 feet off the ground,” the witness stated.“I made a joke to my boys to look there was a UFO.”

Witness image #2. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image #2. (Credit: MUFON)

At first the adult family members thought that the object was a cloud.

“My sister said it’s just a cloud, to which I responded, ‘I know. I’m just trying to trick the boys.’ I did think it was weird that there was a single black cloud low in the sky and not all that far away. We watched it for a few minutes still talking about it going back and forth and whether it was a cloud because as we got closer, it seemed to have more defined edges and was solid.”

While still thinking it may be a cloud, the witness decided to start shooting photos.

Witness image #3. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image #3. (Credit: MUFON)

“The pictures did not turn out well because it was with a cell phone a little past sunset and zoomed to the max. After taking several pictures and looking through what I took,I looked up and there were now three black classic UFO-shaped objects. Then two and then one again. I did not see them separate or come back together if that is in fact how they became three and then one.”

Witness image #4. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image #4. (Credit: MUFON)

The object then began to quickly move away.

“It then seemed to pick up speed continuing north towards Ogden. Within seconds it was gone. My brother and I both thought the object was about 500 yards across and about half that tall. We all at first were not excited about what we were watching, but slowly realized it was no cloud and then when there were three horizontally and evenly spaced apart about 600yards we became real excited and kids a little scared. I don’t know what it was, but I know it was unusual. There was never a light on the objects. Just black.”

Witness image #5. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image #5. (Credit: MUFON)

Five photos were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on August 12, 2016.

Field Investigators Dean Troili and Nathan Cowlishaw are investigating for Utah MUFON. 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.

About 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.


  1. Image 4 only has weird lights upper left corner

  2. In image #5, it appears to be a helicopter. I see its tail to the right and a rotor above.

  3. Was this shot through a car window/windshield? Compare with:


  4. I’m the one who took the pictures. One of the pics does look like a helicopter but it definitely wasn’t. I don’t know what it was. Maybe just a top secret air craft. It seemed to be heading towards ogdens direction. The pics were taken through a car window. I watched the youtube video, it was not a spot on the window. There were two other witnesses ( my brother and sister ) and we all saw the same thing, a black object off in the distance. We saw it turn into three objects then back to one. My brother made the comment maybe it was three object the whole time one in front of the other and they broke formation then returned back. I suppose that could account for the one object, then three then one again. It then headed quickly north out of sight. In all that’s really all we saw. More questions than answers. The lights in the upper right in picture 4 I think are reflections. None of us saw any other lights while observing the black object.

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