Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis demonstrated some of the equipment he and Terry Fisk used to investigate the recent UFO sighting on Zittel Road.

UFO investigators looking into UFO sighting along Hwy. 10

08/12/04 - The Courier-Wedge / Durand, Wisconsin

by Deb Claxton

A Mondovi family is still shaken after their recent encounter with a UFO which took place near Durand along Hwy. 10 on Friday, July 23rd.

After interviewing the family, nationally and locally known UFO investigators from Eau Claire, Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk, are saying it was a credible UFO sighting.

Lewis and Fisk host "The Unexplained" a live paranormal radio talk show that airs on WOLF 108 FM every Monday night from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.  They also present conferences throughout the state on the paranormal.  Lewis has visited paranormal sites in Nevada, New Mexico, Ireland, Michigan, an Scotland.

Lewis and Fisk are also investigating the recent appearance of crop circles near Chippewa Falls.

According to the UFO eyewitnesses, who wish to remain anonymous from fear of public ridicule, the following events happened:

A married couple and their two children, were returning to Mondovi from the Dairy Queen in Durand, at around 10:15 p.m. Friday night when they saw red lights moving around over a cornfield near Hwy. 10 on Zittel Road.

The mother jokingly called it a UFO and her husband pulled off the road to get a better look at the lights.

While they were parked, the whole family watched a large gray triangular shaped craft pass silently over their car.  They estimate that the UFO was about 300 feet above their car traveling at about 5 mph.  They watched until it disappeared behind the trees.  The father wanted to get a better look at the UFO so they returned to Mondovi so he could get his glasses, and then drove back to the corn field on Zittel Road.

The lights were still zooming around above the corn field.  At one point, two lights looked like they were going to crash into each other at a high rate of speed, similar to a head-on collision.  At the last second, they stopped and stayed next to each other.

This is a drawing of what the UFO looked like that was seen along Hwy. 10 between Durand and Mondovi Friday, July 23rd.  Paranormal investigators from Eau Claire are currently investigating the incident.

According [to] the mother, "That's when I knew this was something that wasn't of this earth.  There's no type of aircraft that we know of that can take off at that rate of speed and stop on a dime while in mid air."

While the family was watching the lights in the sky, the noticed an extremely bright light coming down the road behind them.  Since there was only one light, they thought it was a motorcycle with it's high beam on.  They pulled into the driveway of a farm house to let the motorcycle pass.  When it didn't pass, they thought maybe it was trying to turn into [the] driveway they were blocking, so they backed up and headed down the road towards the light.  When they got to the point where they should have passed the motorcycle, the light disappeared.  That's when the family really got scared and decided to return to their house as quickly as possible.

The couple emphasized that before this incident happened, they didn not believe in UFOs and thought the people who reported seeing them were crazy.  Now their beliefs have been shaken and the wife is afraid to drive at night.

"We would just like to know if anyone else in the area saw the same thing we did."

While searching UFO websites, the family kept coming across the names of Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk, so they decided to contact them.

"Chad and I interviewed the entire family.  They seemed sincere, and their versions of what happened were extremely consistent.  They took us out to the roads and showed us where the events took place.  I can't see that they would have anything to gain by making up a story since they wish to remain anonymous," Fisk said.

The two investigators used their equipment to investigate the sight [sic], which includes a Geiger counter, tri-field meter or EMF meter, night vision goggles, video cameras, and audio recorders.  They also spoke to the farmers who live along the road.  They discovered that one homeowner was working that night and the other family was at their cabin.  No one reported seeing any strange lights in the area.  Both farmers also confirmed that neither had been working in the fields with any equipment that had bright lights.

Lewis and Fisk want to warn farmers in the area about the possibility of finding crop circles in their fields or cattle mutilations, events which sometimes follow UFO sightings.

According to the Pepin County Sheriff's Department, they did not receive any calls about unusual lights or UFOs on July 23rd.  Buffalo County Sheriff's Department did not return our call.

Lewis and Fisk are interested in finding other people in the area who may have witnessed something unusual on July 23rd.  You can contact them at their website:  http://www.chadlewis.com/    

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