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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.

JUNE 1978, ALTO ANCHICAYA DAM, ANCHICAYA, COLOMBIA, CRAIG C. DOWNER AND ANOTHER MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Janet and Colin Bord, British authors of all sorts of "mystery books", report in 1989 that two American Peace Corps workers, one named Craig C. Downer, saw a "luminous ghost" in the night in the jungle close to the Alto Anchicaya dam in Colombia in June 1978.

They say "the ghost could never be mistaken for a living person because it was much vaguer, luminous, transparent, whitish, cloud-like", with a greenish cast around it.

It allegedly floated just above the ground, approached to within 60 feet of the two men, who fled towards their campsite and did not see the figure depart.

Without further investigation and apparently no rsearch, the story entered two ufology catalogues.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001042
Date of event: June 1978
Earliest report of event: 1989
Delay of report: 11 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Mystery book Janet and Colin Bord.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Mystery book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 3, 2011
This file last updated on: December 3, 2011
Country of event: Colombia
State/Department: Anchicaya
Type of location: Jungle.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. American Peace corps workers.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: "Ghost"
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Luminous, transparent, whitish, greenish cast around it.
Entities body: Vaguer, luminous, transparent, whitish, cloud-like, a greenish cast around it.
Entities head: Not reported or none.
Entities eyes: None.
Entities mouth: None.
Entities nose: None.
Entities feet: None.
Entities arms: Not reported or none.
Entities fingers: Not reported or none.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or none.
Entities hair: None.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was there, approched.
Entities/witness interactions: Approched.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Not UFO-related. Possible confusion, pack of mist.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. bo1:] JANET AND COLIN BORD:

The authors says two American Peace Corps workers, one named Craig C. Downer, saw a luminous ghost in the night in the jungle close to the Alto Anchicaya dam in June 1978.

They say the ghost could never be mistaken for a living person because it was much vaguer, luminous, transparent, whitish, cloud-like, with a greenish cast around it.

It floated just above the ground, approached to within 60 feet of the two men, who fled towards their campsite and did not see the figure depart.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Anchicaya Dam, Colombia, on June 1978, at night, two men working in a jungle area watched a luminous transparent almost cloud like whitish, man like figure, that had a greenish cast around it. The vague figure floated just above the ground as it approached to within 60 feet of the two men. At this point both men ran away towards their campsite and did not see the figure depart.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Janet and Colin Bord, Unexplained Mysteries of The 20th Century."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says that in June 1978 at 21:00 at the Anchicaya Dam, Colombia, "Two men working in a jungle area watched a luminous transparent almost cloud like whitish, man like figure, that had a greenish cast around it. The vague figure floated just above the ground as it approached to within 60 feet of the two men. At this point both men ran away towards their campsite and did not see the figure depart."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

There is no UFO sighting involved. The "entity" si barely described, it seems it had no feature and was some sort of pack of mist.

Maybe it was just that. It seems it happened in the jungle. There is of course a lake at the dam, so packs of mist could drift from the lake into the jungle, they mave be somehow lighted by moonlight though the trees.

Below is a moving pack of mist photographed and published at a "ghosts" website:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 3, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not certain. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 3, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of report nor known: letter, rumour, newspaper...? Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 3, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Not UFO-related. Possible confusion, pack of mist.

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 December 3, 2011 Creation, [bo1], [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 3, 2011 First published.

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