My friend and MUFON investigator, John Yates, favors us with an on-site report of what is going on with the Stephenville Lights investigation.
In no particular order, here is what I remember of meeting: Room was full of “members only”, no-press allowed meeting of D/FW MUFON on Sunday March 9th. State Director of MUFON Ken Cherry and State Director of Field Investigations Steve Hudgins reported on the investigation conducted in Stephenville/Dublin Texas area. This is a long hour’s drive from the Dallas/Ft Worth Texas cities. The reporter from the local newspaper there and several MUFON Investigators that conducted interviews also reported to the group..
Bottom line after interviewing over 200 “witnesses” and seeing several video clips.pictures, etc is that nothing definitive has been presented to be able to say the sightings were ” a___________”. Data are still being analyzed and this includes more video camera material. Watch for major television program in March/April. With one possible exception, fraud has not been suspected so far in the investigation.
Comments included these blurbs: This area is rural and located in the Bible belt. The expected crowd to come in and “testify” was to be about 50. Over 400 people showed up including tons of media—–trucks, TV cameras, the whole shebang. A few of the science-type channels spent a week or more in the area.
This was not a “first-time, one-time” sighting. It has been going on in this area for years.
Over 80% of the people requested anonymity and the so-called “lunatic-fringe” that show up at events such as this were not in evidence
Much of the testimony came from local law enforcement persons. Those who have read of this event will remember the Air Force and their reactions. First denial, finally a report of F-16s in the area and then denial of this. In a follow-up session for others to come in and “testify”, seventeen people added to the data.
For the most part, the press coverage, radio, TV has been straight-up. None of the little green men type of reporting.
Again, the people reporting these events include pilots, law officers, professional types and people that are well aware of “normal ” aircraft.
Stay tuned for more when available.
John Yates, MUFON Field Investigator