What’s in a UFO Investigation?!
If you’ve ever watched one of those CSI shows, Matlock or even Finding Bigfoot, it’s all about the clues. Collection of hard evidence is a whole other matter. Collecting witness information and researching the facts presented is the majority of what we do. There are all sorts of flying craft in the sky these days. From the various helicopters, blimps, flares, Chinese lanterns, satellites and now drones-it’s becoming more challenging. Even radio towers can be mistaken for strange lights.
Environmental anomalies like swamp/marsh gas (yes, it truly does exist), lightening patterns, solar and lunar changes, bolides, even birds can produce obstacles in clear research. Then there’s the physical aspect to contend with. Witnessing an anomalous event can cause nausea, headaches, tinnitus, muscle cramping, nervous or skittish feelings, and sometimes blurred vision. And more so physical changes that have been reported with close encounters.
The title Investigator is synonymous with Case Manager in MUFON, and putting together all the evidence for ‘the case’ is what I do. I then submit the evidence to a database where statistics and information can be gathered and processed and provide an educated answer to the witness.
So what makes me an expert? Good question. How does a doctor diagnose a patient? How does a lawyer make a case? How does a farmer make the plants grow? Everyone had to start somewhere. For the aforementioned careers, there are years of school and specific education requirements, as opposed to written, oral and the experiential passing of information. Yet, there is hope for more mainstream support in this study, as select Universities are offering college classes. For now though, through the use of shared knowledge, the scientific process, finding the clues, seeing the patterns, and developing a theory, the investigation will seek all the possibilities towards the answers you seek.
Fortunately with the internet, there are several extra tools to use, including but not limited to: flight/aviation path trackers, satellite trackers, meteor shower dates, solar flare trackers and weather data. All of these contribute to the building of a case. With all of this and having access to several other tenured members to bounce information off of, investigating cases is quite fun. And Ohio is a great state to be a UFO investigator!!
How do I know I saw a UFO? Well, technically speaking, until it’s identified, its fair game. UFO reports coming in have all sorts of shapes, sizes and behaviors. In an email I received a few weeks ago from our Executive Director, in the month of April the USA had 462 reported cases. Among the many reports the Sphere won out at 144 sightings, followed by Star-like, Circle and Triangle, respectively. How many more are out there? The number is impossible to determine.
The current popular theory that correlates to a strong UFO sighting will have 2 out of 3 components. Water or Electrical source (e.g. nearby high tension lines, power plant, etc.) and close proximity to a military installation or airport area. In my opinion, however, they can happen anywhere.
Having an open mind is key to accurately reporting (and investigating!) an event. So, while I haven’t found all the answers to the questions out there, I have gained a wealth of knowledge. I have met incredible people, heard amazing stories, given comfort and support to both witnesses and researchers, and participated in outrageous discussions on the light/flight patterns of flares and Chinese lanterns. I will continue to explore the UFO phenomena without bias in the quest for answers. Unless I get abducted, then I’ll have to find my way back and make a report about that too- but at least then we’ll know.
Keep looking up friends!