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UFO Sighting Report


September, 2001


Traverse City, Michigan, United States


I saw an enormous aircraft hovering above a golf course at close range. The craft gave off an incredible amount of white light. It was just above treetops (maples) within 600 yards.

Date Reported:

6/11/2006 6:00:00 PM

Comments about the image(s): These are some pictures I took of my sighting that you requested. (1.) Is coming down the hill. (2.) Is near the bottom of the hill. (3.) Is next to the golf course. (4.) Large picture shows area a few miles west of Traverse City, MI. I used a circle to represent object although I don't actually know what shape it actually had. I did try to show sizes although since it gave off so much light it could have been smaller or larger. (editor's note: The outline of the object has been darkened in the images above, to make it easier to see. Also, a red arrow has been added to the 1st image to point out the object.)

Sighting Time: 

9 pm




1st time 5 seconds 2nd time about 25 seconds

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

The object seemed rectangular shaped ([[[[[[[[]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]). It had a brilliant or bright white light emitting from it.

Size of Object(s)

Relatively, my hand would have to be sideways outstretched to cover the object. Actual size 150 to 200 feet long by 20 or maybe 30 feet tall. It was so bright and low that the height could probably vary.

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

Distance away 600 yards. Just above treeline. 200 or 300feet in the air off ground.

Description of Area / Surroundings

Traverse City West is a rolling rural area of subs and farms. The object was directly over the golf course. The Grand Traverse Area is a Beautiful place to live with it's peninnsula's and bays. Google Image it.

Full Description & Details

After a Traverse City West High School football game which I believe was in 2001 I stopped to get gas at Meijer(local gas station). I then headed west home. At a stop sign at the top of Barnes Road I could see a bank of bright lights overtop some pines. I immediately thought it was an airplane coming into Cherry Capital Airport. I turned right and then left onto Harris? and then right onto Cedar run. After about 2 miles I came to the hill that goes down to the golf course. Coming down the hill I could see this enormous craft with brilliant lighting hanging in the air above the golf course. I knew it was not an airplane because it was not moving, and it was to big to be a helicopter. As I came right up and parallel to the golf course I slowed down and rolled down my window. I could not hear a sound. At this point I began to shake. I was very afraid and continued on. My son was in the back of the van and I was fearing for our safety. The object was probably overtop the trees less than 200 feet. It was probably only about 600 yards away and for sure within 1/4 mile. I continued west over a hill and on the left there are 2 houses. I cannot remember which house, but at one there were 2 people standing outside looking in the direction of this aircraft. Farther up the road an airplane was approachingfrom the west heading east towards Traverse City unremarkably. I have stopped at one house and one person did not see anything. There are many houses in the area and I plan on stopping atleast to the two houses where people were standing.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

The only object it could of been other than extraterrestrial, would be some kind of new stealth craft that our government has developed. No sound! How convenient.

Witness Background

I am a Medical Technologist working at Munson Medical Center. I have worked here for about 15 years. I work in a Laboratory doing Chemistry, Hemetology, Microbiology and Blood Bank testing. I also help process legal alcohols for the Grand Traverse area counties and have appeared in court to give testimony.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I did not no much about ufo's until after this episode. I knew people have always seen things but most could be explained. I have always been somewhat of a skeptical person. I need facts. I read one book about the bermuda triangle when I was young.

Other Comments

I have talked to several police officers, an air instructor and a Lt.Commander for the USCG.

Reported Sighting? 


Reported To: 

National ufo


Dean VanHoorne

Your Location: 

Lake Ann MI USA



Additional Information or Comments by the Editor:

This report was originally submitted on May 11, 2006, and the illustrations were added to the report on June 11th.

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