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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.

APRIL 28, 2006, VANSANT, VIRGINIA, USA, AN ANONYMOUS WITNESS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

"UFO Northwest" reported in 2006 that an anonymous witness claims that in Vansant, Virginia, USA, on April 28, 2006, at 04:25 p.m., he was driving by the "Food City" store when he saw a flying disc hovering over the store.

It seemed to be at least 5 feet above the top of the store. Apparently, he was the only one who saw it.

He reportedly saw a grayish figure come out of the object and grab a man by the neck and carry him onboard the flying disc. The door on the craft then closed and it flew away. He made a drawing of what he claims he saw.

Questioned by email by UFOs Northwest, the report's sender repeated a slightly alternative version of his story, adding some naiveties; which betray a young author, and did not answer the simple questions which were asked to him.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000249
Date of event: April 28, 2006
Earliest report of event: May 18, 2006
Delay of report: Weeks.
Witness reported via: Email to ufology group.
First alleged record by: N/A
First certain record by: Ufology group.
First alleged record type: N/A
First certain record type: Ufology group.
This file created on: July 11, 2007
This file last updated on: July 11, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Virginia
Type of location: From vehicle, above a large store.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: Yes.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Grayish.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, grabbed someone in UFO, UFO departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings or invention. Insufficient data.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. un1:] UFOs NORTHWEST:

The ufology group provided on their website a sighting report received on May 18, 2006, for a sighting dated April 28, 2006, 04:25 p.m. EDT, at Vansant, Virginia, in the extreme Northwestern Virginia about 16 miles From the Kentucky Border and 12 miles from the West Virginia border.

The weather is indicated as clear skies with a 10 miles visibility.

The description in the witness's own words is:

"I saw flying disc land on ground. A grayish figure came out and grabbed man by the neck and carried him on board the flying disc. The door then shuts on the disc and it flew away. I couldn't get my camera out quick enough so I made a drawing of what I saw.

The witness drawing was:

Drawing

The investigator noted that he had sent an email message to the witness after his initial report, asking "Did this really happen?" The witness responded:

"Well I was driving by Food City when I saw a flying disc over top of Food City. It seemed to be at least 5 feet over top of Food City. I was the only one who saw it though. I lost sight of it when it abducted a man and then flew away. I haven't seen that man since. I haven't said anything about it or reported it to anyone. I kept it secret so no one would panic."

The investigator comments that he believes that the case is likely a hoax because someone telling the truth would have been defensive in their response. He specifies thatthe witness did not respond to some of his other questions: he had asked if the craft made landing impressions, and asked the witness' age and occupation.

The investigator wisely commented that he supposes there is "a slight chance that the event really happened, but a case of this magnitude requires much stronger evidence to authenticate."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Vansant, Virginia, on April 28, 2006, at 04:25 p.m., an anonymous witness claims that he was driving by the "Food City" store when he saw a flying disc hovering over the store. It seemed to be at least 5 feet above the top of the store. Apparently he was the only one who saw it. He reportedly saw a grayish figure come out of the object and grabbed a man by the neck and carry him onboard the flying disc. The door on the craft then closed and it flew away. He made the above drawing of what he claims he saw.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is UFOs Northwest.

Points to consider:

This is a case that does sound as a hoax, as the investigator noted with reasons.

The lack of answer to basic questions easy to answer is a good sign of this. The fact that the anonymous person first said the disc landed on the ground, then said it was 5 feet above the store is another sign. The fact that the person said the man was abducted when he lost sight of the disc is another sign. The fact that he said the must have been abducted because he could not see this man hasn't been seen since is again a sign. Keeping the sighting secret for fear that it would cause a panic is very naive, as such a report is very unlikely to cause any panic but very likely not to be believed at all. My feeling is that the alleged witness must be very young.

Finally, in addition to the very naive looking "saucer" in the drawing, the drawing does not match the story of the saucer occupant grabbing the man and dragging him into the saucer, since it rather shows a man "beamed up" into a saucer. Moreover, the saucer is drawn in such a manner that it can neither be hovering at 5 feet nor be on the gound.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe July 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Anonymous, unique witness, not collaborative. - -
2 Ufology Severe July 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Very sparse information and description. - -
3 Ufology Severe July 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Inconsistencies in story and drawing not conform to story. - -

Evaluation:

Probable invention.

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: Albert Rosales
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 11, 2007 Creation, [un1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 11, 2007 First published.

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