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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

DECEMBER 23, 1977, TRENT, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, TWO PEOPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A local cryptozoology book in 1986 reported about an occurrence in Trent, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1977, at 07:30 p.m., in a rural wooded area, where two witnesses observed an oval shaped craft with a string of lights on the top and bottom, circling overhead.

The witnesses ran home to get a flashlight and returned later to see a similar object hovering at treetop level about 50 yards away. The object then began to spin, tilted downwards and descended below the trees.

Moments later the witnesses detected a strange odor in the vicinity resembling decaying flesh. They then heard a strange whistling sound and saw an eight-foot tall ape like creature standing nearby looking at them. The creature had light brown hair, an egg shaped head; long neck, long dangling arms and two glowing white eyes.

The creature then turned and bolted into the brush, and moments later the witnesses briefly observed a bright white flash of light coming from the woods. Later they also heard several loud booms in the vicinity.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000374
Date of event: December 23, 1977
Earliest report of event: 1986
Delay of report: 9 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Local cryptozoology book.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Local cryptozoology book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: November 25, 2007
This file last updated on: November 25, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Pennsylvania.
Type of location: Country, woods.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 2.40 meters
Entities outfit type: None or hairs.
Entities outfit color: None or light brown.
Entities skin color: Light brown.
Entities body: Ape-like.
Entities head: Egg-shaped, long neck.
Entities eyes: Two glowing white eyes.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Long, dangling.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Is in wood, goes away.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went to get flashlight, observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Trent, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1977, at 07:30 p.m., in a rural wooded area two witnesses observed an oval shaped craft with a string of lights on the top and bottom, circling overhead. The witnesses ran home to get a flashlight and returned later to see a similar object hovering at treetop level about 50 yards away. The object then began to spin, tilted downwards and descended below the trees. Moments later the witnesses detected a strange odor in the vicinity resembling decaying flesh. They then heard a strange whistling sound and saw an eight-foot tall ape like creature standing nearby looking at them. The creature had light brown hair, an egg shaped head; long neck, long dangling arms and two glowing white eyes. The creature then turned and bolted into the brush. Moments later the witnesses briefly observed a bright white flash of light coming from the woods. Later they also heard several loud booms in the vicinity.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Paul G. Johnson, Joan L. Jeffers The Pennsylvania Bigfoot.

Points to consider:

Here is a seemingly high strangeness case with a description of occupant that does not really compare to any animal such as an ape or a bear. Unfortunately, there it not seem to have been investigated; I could not locate an investigation report or find more information.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 25, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 25, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Names and ages of the two witnesses not indicated. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 25, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 25, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Lack of information: plan, distances, location descriptions, etc. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 25, 2007 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 25, 2007 First published.

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