Witnesses in the greater Kansas City, MO, area who saw unidentified objects on October 3 and 4, 2011, are being asked to come forward - especially anyone with photos or video of the events, according to an October 6, 2011, statement from the Missouri investigation team assembled from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
Missouri MUFON Assistant State Director Margie Kay reports that "17 independent witnesses reported a large, unidentified object flying at low altitude over several locations in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, and Raytown, MO, between 8 and 9 p.m. on October 4, 2011."
Earlier reports from October 3, 2011, describe a similar object in nearby Lee's Summit. Kay reports that these sightings now include a total of 62 reports from the greater Kansas City area in the past 90 days - with a total of 84 reports during the same period from the entire state.
In situations where a large number of people are independently reporting an object, a UFO investigation is treated similar to reports coming from just one witness at one location. The investigating team first reviews all possible manmade and Mother Nature possibilities. Keep in mind that military operations are rarely announced prior to deployment - and experimental-style crafts have accounted for many past sighting reports. The large number of witnesses in this case most likely caused MUFON to push the STAR team into place as having many eyes looking at the same event from different locations is rare with UFO reports; and it also raises the possibility that multiple, independent photos or video will become available for study.
The STAR team is a MUFON investigation unit that allows investigators and scientists to move into a location within 24 hours in a high priority status to gather evidence; while allowing for the same high quality investigation standards promoted in any investigation.
In the meantime, Missouri MUFON has released a statement today - and that piece follows. Stop back to the UFO Examiner home page for the latest updates on this and other cases being reported across the U.S. If you have an independent report - please file directly with MUFON.
From Missouri MUFON:
Seventeen independent witnesses reported a large, unidentified object flying at low altitude over several locations in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, and Raytown, MO, between 8 and 9 p.m. on October 4, 2011. The reports were filed at the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) website.
The witnesses described a similar object that was extremely large with multiple lights in a triangular shape on the bottom side. The lights were facing down. Some people reported that the object tilted 90 degrees on its side, then took off at a high rate of speed.
One person said that the object hovered just 30 feet over the Raytown water tower near 63rd Street and Raytown Road. The object then rose up 15 feet, flipped on its side 90 degrees, and took off at "light speed" and out of sight. There was no noise and there was a black contrail behind it. He said the size was massive. The witness said that some people came out of a Wendy's restaurant to view the object, and that others were stopped on the road looking at the object.
On October 3, five witnesses reported a massive UFO over I-70 and other areas in Kansas City at approximately 3:30 p.m. There was a traffic jam on the highway due to an accident and people were watching and filming the object from their cars.
These recent reports follow 62 UFO sightings in the Kansas City area in the past 90 days, making 84 reports total during that time period. Most of the reports remain unexplained.
The MUFON STAR Team has been activated, with Assistant State Director Margie Kay of Kansas City heading up the investigations with the assistance of Stan Seba in Lawrence, KS; and State Director Debbie Ziegelmeyer in St. Louis. Other investigators from nearby states are on standby in case their assistance is needed. MUFON is checking radar reports, airport logs, and putting together a time-line and sighting locations, which will be released to the media shortly.