Ohio drone sighting December 2001
Originally posted on Earthfiles.
June 6, 2008 North of Cincinnati - Recently, I received the following email response to my Earthfiles.com, Dreamland and Coast to Coast AM appeals to viewers and listeners who might have more information about the highly strange dragonfly-shaped and moving “drones” to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an excerpt from a May 30, 2008, email:
That Ohio hunter has asked for anonymity because he now works in law enforcement and does not want to jeopardize his employment. So, I will call him “David Smith.” David was born in 1982 and is now 26-years-old. The past four years he has worked as a police dispatcher in a southwestern state. He told me he is haunted by what happened to him in that southern Ohio stand of fir trees in December 2001.
He vividly remembers a ring with three long antenna suspended in the air at treetop height. It had snowed the night before and apparently the strange aerial ring was interested in the new snow. A perfect circle had been melted on the ground that included melt from some fir tree branches that hung inside the circle. The snow droplets were being raised by a translucent column of energy into the completely silent, hovering aerial ring with its three, long appendages.
Illustrations by David Smith upcoming.
“David Smith,” Southwestern Police Dispatcher, former resident of Cincinnati, Ohio:“I walked maybe 10 or 15 feet into the tree line and I heard this sound. It is very hard to explain, but basically it would start from the lowest base that the human ear can pick up and raise up 4 or 5, maybe even 6, octaves to a very high-pitched note. It would do this every 15 seconds. So, it would rise from base to high pitch and then back down to base and start the process over again.
I decided this was not natural. It was not an animal, it was not manmade. I needed to go hear this and find out what it is.
So, I started walking in the general direction that I figured it would be, that I could decipher from my hearing. I’m walking through the tree rows and I remember that the sound never changed – the sound stayed the same volume as it was when I first heard it – like it was the same distance from me, even though I was walking closer. Or at least I assumed I was walking closer to whatever was making this noise.
I remember looking ahead of me and seeing a tree and the top of it was partially melted on top with wet snow. Then, the tree directly after that one – the snow was a little bit more melted. It was not gone, but still kind of there and wet and falling off the tree.
Then the third tree, the next one, there was hardly any snow at all. It was mainly on the bottom needles of the tree.
Then I vividly remember that the 4th tree, the next one, was completely devoid of snow and completely dry. This was the case for all of the trees that I could see on both sides of the row. And I assume it was the same for all the trees in a circle. When I remember in my mind, I get the image of a circle of trees with the melted snow and some with dry needles.
So, I remember this as being incredibly puzzling. I didn’t have an answer for it. As I walked forward to inspect the trees, I put my head down below the limb line, as we call it (6 feet above ground), and I remember looking under the trees and seeing there was a perfect circle in the snow, as if someone had taken a knife and cut out a perfect circle of snow and all that lay there was grass.
I proceeded to walk forward and when I raised my head up between the limbs, I saw something that is very hard to explain. To this day, I don’t know a good way of doing it.
Melted Snow Droplets Rising In Air
I saw what I assumed was the snow from the missing circle (of snow on the ground) and it was floating in the air in droplet form. The snow was animated. I could see movement of the droplets. I recall seeing sunlight reflecting on the droplets. As I looked up the column (in which the snow droplets were rising) about 5 to 8 feet up from the ground, I noticed that the water droplets got heavier as they went up the column. There were very few droplets at the bottom and as they rose to the top of the column, there were millions of droplets – very thick, very full.
Then about 10 feet above that for the first time I saw the object. And the bizarre sound had stopped when I walked into the trees.
Ring-Shaped Craft with Three Long Antennas
I remember looking up past the column of rising snow water droplets and seeing the object there for the first time. It was very awe-inspiring at first, very much like that small feeling you get looking at large buildings. That was the feeling I got – ‘Wow! I’m incredibly puny compared to this thing!’ Not that it was large, because it was not. I would estimate the diameter of the inner ring of the object to maybe be 10 to 12 feet wide.
There were three antennas. I called them antennas, but they were very thick. The width of the ring itself was about 2-feet-wide and 1 foot thick. The three antennas were equi-distant apart. They were probably 20 feet long. They were huge.
Where the antennas actually met the ring, I could not tell any sort of coupling. I could not tell any kind of anchoring system. The ring and antennas looked like they were molded into one piece. There was absolutely no crack where they were anchored. There were no bolts, no obvious anchoring mechanisms. But the antennas were incredibly taught – 100% straight. There was no bow to them.
CAN YOU PLACE ON THE RING BY NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST DIRECTIONS WHERE EACH OF THE 20-FOOT-LONG ANTENNAS WERE?
I would have been facing west, so those antennas on that ring – one would have been pointing exactly due north. Then the other two were pointed southwest and southeast.
WERE THEY TAPERED? OR WAS IT THE SAME DIAMETER FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER?
The antennas were tapered. They came to a very fine point – they were so small and pointed that they blended in with the background. I remember that vividly. Where it came to a point, I could not actually see its point.
Ring Drone Metal Absorbed Light?
The material – I assume it was metal – that this thing was constructed out of was nothing I’ve never seen before. It was 100% smooth and very deep as in when you looked at it, it absorbed light. It was almost as if it sucked in light around itself. But it was a charcoal gray. It was very, very shiny. And I saw no reflections. It was shiny, yet matte finish, if that makes any sense. I saw no reflections in it. I could not see myself or the surrounding trees – I couldn’t see anything reflected in it.
On the ends of each antenna, there were four rods that looked like an FM radio antenna - to me that’s what they looked like.
AT THE END OF THE 20-FOOT-LONG ANTENNAS, YOU MEAN THAT CROSSING EACH ANTENNA WERE FOUR SHORTER, STRAIGHT RODS THAT MADE 90-DEGREE ANGLES TO THE LONG ANTENNAS?
No, not 90 degrees. They were probably 35 degree angles, pointed semi-diagonally upwards from the actual long antenna.
Ring Drone Emitted “Heat Waves”
I would guess a good two or three minutes had passed with no movement and no sound. The only thing that I can still recall vividly from this point on is that the snow droplets had stopped moving. They were still floating in space – 100% floating in the air above this area.
The fir trees there were very large. The limbs left only a one to two foot clearing to walk between the trees. So, it’s a big deal for that much snow to be melted from them.
HOW TALL WERE THOSE TREES?
The object was hovering right above one, almost touching one of the tips of the trees. I would say the ring object was about 20 to 25 feet above the ground.
AND YOU ARE HOW TALL?
I’m 6 foot 4 inches tall.
SO, THE RING OBJECT WAS ONLY ABOUT 14 FEET ABOVE YOU?
Exactly. I got a very, very good look at it. The good thing is that nothing was obscured by the trees, so I could see the whole ring and antenna array around the ring body.
Was Ring Craft Conscious?
The next thing I remember is looking at it and staring at the ring trying to get some characteristics from it – some sort of writing or inscription or anything – a seam where there was a metal panel or something, but I just could not find one. I remember intently thinking to myself, ‘What is this thing? I’ve got to find out what this is.’ And as soon as I thought that, I was overcome with the most frightening fear I’ve ever had in my life. The most horrifying fear that you could ever imagine hit me very hard, so much so that my body tensed. I remember that I tensed up so tight that I couldn’t move. It was like I had lost control of my body. My brain was in fight or flight mode. It was telling me to flee very quickly. But I couldn’t. I was stuck in place.
That lasted for 15 to 20 seconds easily. I don’t know what happened to the floating droplets of water. I was very intent on the ring itself. I could not look away to tell what happened to the water.
Extreme Fear, Cold Tears and Spinning Drone
The next thing that I can recall happening is that as the fear progressed, as it got worse, I actually started to cry. I remember it vividly, the warmth of my tears on my cold cheeks.
And the last thing of the whole encounter that I really remember is the fact that it went from no movement, no sound, no nothing – instantly! to spinning at a horrible speed. It was amazing how fast this thing was going – spinning right in place. No wind, there was no wind generated from the spinning. But it was spinning incredibly fast.
As I was looking at the ring spinning, I remember seeing a white pinpoint of light developing – actually, right in the center of the ring, right where I was looking. Not in the center space of the ring, but in the center of the body of the ring. So, if I were looking at the body of the ring itself spinning, right in the middle of that body this pinpoint of brilliant white light emerged.
As I stared at it, the white light got larger and larger over time and then in an instant it exploded and enveloped my eyesight. I relate it to like reverse tunnel vision. If you have tunnel vision, everything goes dark from the outside in. Well, this went white light from the inside out and enveloped my vision.
Beam of White Light Knocked David Smith
When the white light exploded into my sight, it knocked me unconscious. I woke up, I would guess, ten hours later. The sun was down. It was night. My watch had stopped, so I can’t give you an accurate time. I still have that stopped watch. I was lying on the ground on my back. I remember feeling very disoriented when I woke up, almost to the point of not remembering what had happened.
The weirdest thing about it was that the soles of my boots had melted. The rubber on the soles of my boots was melted to the grass. It was horrible. There were two footprints in the snow where my feet had been. In those footprints, there was no snow. There was just grass underneath where I had been standing.
Obviously, the melting of the boot soles would burn through the snow into the grass. But there were no burn marks on the ground! It was almost like I had been struck by lightning. I felt very disoriented. My body hurt all over. I couldn’t think very well. I was lost, actually. I could not figure out where I was. I sat there for half an hour to 45 minutes just trying to figure out who I was, where I was and what I was doing. It was very, very frightening.
“I Hate You”
DID YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF COMMUNICATION IN YOUR MIND FROM THE OBJECT WHEN IT WAS SPINNING AND WHEN THE WHITE LIGHT BEGAN TO APPEAR?
The only thing I felt when it started spinning was pure hatred, like I got this overwhelming feeling of, ‘I hate you. Why are you here? Leave me alone. Why are you alive?’ That kind of thing.
I come from a military family and I’ve seen a lot of military hardware that performs very well. But I’ve never seen any piece of metallic hardware perform that kind of spinning maneuver in our atmosphere.
SPINNING SO RAPIDLY AND NOT CAUSING ANY MOVEMENT IN THE AIR AROUND YOU.
Nor any sound, for that matter. Try to imagine seeing a ring spinning, right? with the long antennas attached. But with absolutely no air movement and no sound coming from it. No ‘whoosh,’ nothing. Just complete silence.
WAS IT DURING THAT SPINNING THAT YOU HAD THE SENSE THAT IT WAS DIRECTING HATRED AT YOU?
When it started spinning like that, I genuinely believed it wanted my death.
IF IT WERE THAT POWERFUL AND FROM SOME PLACE ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE, PERHAPS, WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WERE NOT KILLED?
I don’t think it had the capability. Using everything I know to be valid in the world of physics and the world of chemistry, as we know them, I don’t think the ring object had the capability to kill me.
BUT IT WAS EXPRESSING TO YOUR MIND SOME HOW THE DESIRE THAT IT WANTED YOU ELIMINATED?
Exactly. It was expressing its emotions, if I dare use the word emotion. I don’t know where the ring with the antenna appendages was from. I definitely do not believe it was manmade. There’s a lot of stuff out there that I know can be manmade, but this was not. This was completely otherworldly. Again, I don’t think it had the ability to kill me. What it was doing was expressing its desire to do so.
WHEN THE WHITE, BRIGHT PINPOINT OF LIGHT BEGAN TO EXPAND, DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SENSE COMING FROM THE SPINNING OBJECT?
Not that I can recall. It was almost as if I were in a trance. My vision was locked upon it. I do remember thinking, ‘I’m going to die. This is it. I’m toast. I’m done!'
I believe it either tried to kill me and failed somehow. Or it was just a defensive tactic. Or, it was an object that was sent here to Earth. What I got in stumbling upon it in the middle of nowhere was that it was on some sort of covert operation. Like, ‘My main objective is to not be discovered.’ That’s what I get from the whole situation, from re-living it over and over again. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I stumbled upon the wrong thing at the wrong time.
YOU COULD SAY FROM WHAT YOU OBSERVED THAT ITS MISSION AT THAT TIME WAS TO GATHER MELTED SNOW INTO THAT ENERGY COLUMN AND TAKE IT SOMEWHERE INTO THAT RING?
Yes. I definitely believe it was studying something, whether it was the snow? Or the snow was just the top layer and it was trying to get to the dirt? Maybe there is something buried under there. I don’t know. I’ve never gone back. I refuse to go back. I will not go back into that area. That’s how frightening this was. I’m scared thinking about it right now.
Public Deserves to Know Truth
WHEN YOU HEARD MY RADIO DISCUSSIONS AND HEARD BRENT YEAROUT UP IN CAMAS, WASHINGTON, DESCRIBE WHAT HE AND HIS FRIEND HAD SEEN, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION? [ See: May 9, 2008 Earthfiles http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1428&category=Environment ]
To tell you the truth – and I’m not afraid to admit this – I broke down crying. I was very glad to hear that I was not the only one who had heard about this stuff and I wasn’t the only one who had seen one of these things. I’m very, very scared of it coming back. I feel that its purpose was not good in nature.
Something big is going to happen – I’m fairly certain of that. One of the staples of modern warfare is reconnaissance. You have to know your enemy. You have to know how they think, how they move, how they work, what they eat, how they eat, when they eat, that sort of thing. I believe these (ring drones) are the tendrils of some sort of recon force, an expeditionary unit that’s going over the target, figuring out what has to be done. That’s what frightens me so much. That is the vibe, the feeling that I felt. I think the public deserves to know the truth about these ring craft.
Police Dispatchers Are Debriefed
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE FACED WITH IF THE RINGED DRONES SHOWED UP MORE PERSISTENTLY FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE?
The first thing that would happen is that we would get the call and I can’t say the police code over the phone, of course. But we would get a call that would indicate there is a mysterious, no-explanation object.
Then what would happen is everyone would be recalled from off duty and some leave of absence officers would be recalled. Then, depending upon how many officers there were, they would either go into crowd control duty or they would go into basically arrest duty. That would dictate that the officers go out and find out what is going on and try to apprehend anyone or any thing that was causing the disturbance. There is a policy for this. We do have a code for an unidentified flying object. I personally have only heard it once. I’ve never actually dealt with the call.
DOES YOUR POLICE STATION INTRPRET THE CODE FOR A UFO EVENT TO MEAN DANGER OR CROWD CONTROL?
The first process that needs to take place once the call (UFO code) is heard is that we call our On Duty Sergeant, the man who is directly above us. We must let him know that this UFO has been sighted. He then goes ahead and calls the captain of the unit. From there, I do not know what happens. I do not know if he calls the Police Commissioner or someone in the state and/or federal government? I don’t know how they report it, but I know they DO report it. There is a sense of urgency, of course, but there is never a sense of fright. There is never a sense of danger.
Stephenville, Texas, UFO Alert
HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES AT YOUR POLICE STATION EVER BEEN DEBRIEFED ABOUT THE NATURE OF UFOS AND WHAT THEIR MISSION MIGHT BE?
We were actually debriefed about the Stephenville, Texas, UFO events.
THAT WAS JANUARY 1, TO FEBRUARY 13, 2008.
Yes, we were told when the UFO code was announced that a UFO had been spotted in Stephenville. That’s quite a distance from where I’m based. A UFO had been sighted. The only information that authorities were allowed to give us was that ‘it had been handled’ and to expect more phone calls coming in over the next few days.
HOW DID YOU INTERPRET THE PHRASE, ‘IT HAD BEEN HANDLED’?
Usually when you hear ‘it had been handled’ in a law enforcement environment, that means that people had not been apprehended, but had been talked to. Basically, it also means the matter is out of your jurisdiction, it’s out of your hands. What had happened is that our Captain had talked to whoever was in charge and told them that if the higher authorities needed our support, we are here. If not, that’s fine. We were not told much more than that.
DID YOU HEAR ANY INSIDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT MIGHT BE HAPPENING IN THE STEPHENSVILLE REGION?
I heard scuttlebut that there was a radio blackout some time in the night on January 24th to 25th.
WHEN YOU SAY RADIO BLACKOUT, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ORDERED OR CAUSED BY WHOM?
Usually when we get radio blackouts, they are very drastic situations – like September 11, 2001. There was a radio blackout at Wright-Patterson AFB then in Ohio where my father worked.
Basically what happens is that all radio communication is shut down, except for 100% vital communications. So 100% emergency communications are the only ones that travel over the radio. The blackout is on military and police band frequencies. Basically, it’s a relic from the Cold War. They do it so they can get the most needed information from point-to-point as quickly as possible in an emergency.
IIF THE STEPHENVILLE REGION HAD A RADIO BLACKOUT FOR A NIGHT, WHAT PROVOKED THE BLACKOUT?
For that area and the surrounding cities like Dublin, Glen Rose and so on, for that small of an area to have a blank radio blackout is bad news. Something went down. Of course, we’ve never been told any details about what happened. The only people who would be involved would be government – federal law enforcement and on up.
DO YOU KNOW IF ANY OF THE ALPHABET AGENCIES TRAVELED TO STEPHENVILLE AND THAT REGION?
I do know that earlier in the month (January 2008), we were handling an incredible amount of FBI and ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) radio calls.
WHY WOULD ATF BE INVOLVED?
ATF has a very broad jurisdiction. They deal with anything exceedingly more dangerous than the FBI deals with. ATF does a lot of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency stuff.
THAT WAS IN JANUARY. DID YOU HEAR ANYTHING BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE, WHICH IS NOW 6 MONTHS LATER, THAT SOMEBODY TOLD YOU, ‘THIS IS WHAT WENT DOWN IN JANUARY’?
DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE RING OBJECT THAT YOU ENCOUNTERED IN DECEMBER 2001 IN THE SOUTHERN OHIO WOODS?
(laughs) Yeah, it’s hard to go through a day without thinking about it, but yes! But I don’t know if there is any connection between those ring things and what happened in Texas.”
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