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Michigan inundated by dozens of UFO sightings

Michigan inundated by dozens of UFO sightings

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DETROIT (AP) - While searchers fan out across the Holland area this weekend to look for evidence of UFOs in Michigan, a new sighting was reported in the western Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan section of the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network has received more than 100 reports of UFO sightings in lower Michigan since March 8, said network member Virginia Tilly of Grand Rapids.

"We're getting 10 or 15 new sightings a day," Tilly told the Detroit Free Press in a report Saturday. "We have probably 20 people in various stages of investigating these reports."

Reports have come from Ludington south to the Indiana border along the Lake Michigan shoreline; from the Thumb and just to the west in Saginaw and Bay City; and from a few suburbs south of Detroit, Tilly said.

But this weekend, MUFON searchers will look for evidence in the Holland area, where 14-year-old Joey Graves said he saw six moving, red-and-white lights the night of March 8 near his home.

His parents, Daryl and Holly Graves, saw the lights as well. So did Holland police Officer Jeff Velthouse, who answered Mrs. Graves' 911 call.

"I took the binoculars Mr. Graves was using and looked myself, and there were two lights, a red one and a white one," Velthouse said. "That's all I can tell you. I didn't know what they were."

At the same time Velthouse was telling a dispatcher about the lights, a meteorologist was tracking unexplained echoes on the weather radar at the National Weather Service office in Muskegon, 30 miles north of Holland.

"My guy looked at the radar and observed three echoes as the officer was describing the movement," Leo Grenier, who is in charge of the Muskegon office, said.

"The movement of the objects was rather erratic. The echoes were there about 15 minutes, drifting slowly south-southwest, kind of headed toward the Chicago side of the south end of Lake Michigan," he said.

Another scan picked up echoes "like the echoes thunderstorms make" before they "appeared to break up into pieces and disappeared," Grenier said.

But he said the skies were clear that night.

Grenier said he believed the echoes were caused by military aircraft able to take off and land vertically. Lt. Col. Charles Gilbert, an Air Force liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration, said he didn't know of any military aircraft in the region the night of March 8.

In the Upper Peninsula, Timothy Knapp, 23, of Marquette told police he saw a fireball with red and green lights falling to earth Thursday morning near the county airport. The Marquette County Search and Rescue squad looked unsuccessfully for wreckage.

But, said squad commander Lt. Thomas Mallett, "It wasn't the first time we had something like this."

Four other Marquette County residents reported seeing lights Jan. 20 in the early morning sky near Big Bay, 30 miles northwest of Marquette, he said.


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