UFO sighting reported near Mondovi
08/12/04 - Mondovi
Herald-News / Mondovi, Wisconsin
by Cindy Gibson
Two area UFO
investigators are currently examining what
they are labeling a credible UFO sighting by a
Mondovi family that occurred on Hwy. 10
between Mondovi and Durand.
who wish to remain anonymous, were a husband
and wife and their two teenage children --
ages 13 and 14.
Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk said, pending
further investigations, they will not disclose
the side roads where most of the activity took
that the first sighting occurred on Friday,
July 23 between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. as the
family was driving on Hwy. 10 back from Durand
noticed strange red lights in the sky over a
field south of the highway. They turned
off on a side road to turn around and at that
time witnessed a triangular-shaped craft that
was about 300 feet above their car. It was
black and gray with three white lights
underneath. It made no sound and was
slowly moving at about 5 mph.
really weird," said the mother, who
initially joked with her husband that it was a
UFO. "I was afraid to get out . . .
it was low, right over the car."
They watched it
until it disappeared behind the trees.
The father wanted a better look at the object,
so they drove home to Mondovi so he could get
way back, they could see the object on the
north side of the road, but could only view it
from the side, and it was low enough that the
hills, not the sky, provided a backdrop for
to the field where they had initially seen the
strange lights in the sky and drove down
another side road, on the south side of Hwy.
10, to get a closer look.
The lights were
flying in strange formations, and at one
point, the lights and objects appeared to be
on a really fast collision course but stopped
in midair and reversed their direction of
movement, the mother stated. "I
know this sounds crazy."
As the family
drove slowly down the road, watching the
lights in the sky, they noticed a light
directly behind their car and assumed that is
[sic] was another car wanting to get by, so
they pulled into a driveway to let the car by.
stopped and seemed to be waiting for them, so
they assumed that maybe the car had actually
wanted to turn into the driveway, so they
pulled out of the driveway and proceeded to
drive down the road toward the light.
that it was only one light, not two, so they
figured it was a motorcycle, but just as they
were about to meet it on the road, it
completely vanished before their eyes.
The mother said
one of the main reason [sic] they left and
were compelled to call the investigators was
the disappearing light that apparently
followed them. "It was like the
She said that
the three areas that seemed so strange were
that there was no noise coming from the craft,
surprise that that the lights and craft didn't
crash and how the light mysteriously
disappeared behind them. "I was
hoping they (Lewis and Fisk) would see what we
saw, and explain it to me."
The mother said
she is an open-minded person, and an interest
in UFOs has never crossed her mind before
this. However, she stressed,
"absolutely know what I saw; I won't go
thinking my mind is playing tricks on m,"
she added. The family members kept
asking each other what they saw and "were
all freaking out so bad."
The mother said
she expected more cars would have been on the
road and saw the lights as well.
night -- July 24th -- they returned to the
road at about 11:00 p.m. They slowly
drove down the road when suddenly the light
appeared before them. They stopped the
car, and the light waited. They turned
the car around and drove away from the light,
but something seemed to be holding their car
back, and they couldn't drive any faster than
40 mph. Suddenly, the light began to
chase them at a rapid speed.
reached Hwy. 10 and the light was about to
overtake them, it suddenly disappeared.
returned to the road the following day to test
his car and found that he was able to easily
accelerate to 70 mph on the same stretch of
road where the day before his car could not
move any faster than 40 mph.
Fisk said he
and Lewis interviewed the entire family.
"They were quite terrified . . . seemed
sincere, and their versions of what happened
were extremely consistent. They did take
us out to the roads and showed us where the
events took place. Chad and I spoke with
the people who lived on that road. On
the weekend in question, none of them were
there. One of them was working elsewhere
at the time in question and the other was on
vacation. Neither had reported ever
seeing any strange lights in the area.
Both confirmed that neither had been working
in the fields with any field equipment that
might have had lights," Fisk explained.
area after dark, the investigators noticed
that if the source of the light on the road
had been a car, motorcycle, ATV, tractor or
pedestrian with a flashlight, their headlights
would have illuminated the area well enough
for them to discern the source of the light,
Lewis and Fisk
are locally- and nationally- known UFO
investigators from Eau Claire. They host
"The Unexplained," a live paranormal
radio talk show that airs on WOLF 108 FM (WLFK-LP
107.9) every Monday night from 10:00 to
Lewis and Fisk
are interested in finding others who may have
witnessed something on the nights of July 23rd
and 24th on either the north or south side of
Hwy. 10, midway between Mondovi and
Durand. People can reach them by
visiting their website at: http://www.chadlewis.com/
or by emailing email@example.com