Trace Recently Found Near Denver, North Carolina
Resembles Those Found On Manitoulin Island
- 11 years before!
For the past 40 years, I've been a UFO researcher, and during
that time, I have witnessed many strange things. I've also
had the opportunity to interview many credible witnesses
-- such as police officers, lawyers, former military personnel
and mine workers -- who have related to me some of the most
incredible accounts I had ever heard. Some of my own relatives
have come forward to report what they have seen. But of
all the cases I've investigated, none has struck me more
than that of the unusual physical traces which were discovered
in mid-September 1990, near the small town of Spring Bay,
located on Manitoulin Island. In 1994, I wrote an article
Island "Landing Traces" for The
Canadian Ufologist, a now-defunct newsletter from MUFON
(Mutual UFO Network) Ontario. I'm reporting the story here,
publicly, for the first time.
The case first came to my attention in late October-early
November 1990, a few weeks after I had reported a sighting
of a UFO near the abandoned CFS (Canadian Forces Station)
Falconbridge Radar Base. I was listening to an interview
on Midday Q (local radio station Q92.7) with an investigative
journalist from Reno, Nevada who wanted to open up a UFO
museum and the female interviewer asked him: "What
do you think about these big circles that have been found
in wheat fields and actually, a couple were found just outside
of Sudbury?" With great excitement, I called the station,
got in touch with the woman, and she related the details
to me, subsequently putting me in touch with one of the
people who not only had been at the site, but had also taken
photographs of the circles. When I met the man, he described
to me what he had seen and said the photos had been taken
a few days after the appearance of the circles. He handed
me an envelope containing a strip of negatives which were
later developed into four very clear photographs. As soon
as I saw them, I was stunned! What I was looking at were
not crop circles, but something entirely different -- two
very unusual doughnut-shaped indentations on a gravel-covered
rocky surface. I guess the term "crop circles"
had come up because reports of such crop formations were
prevalent in the news media at the time.
I gathered as much information as I could about the location
of the site, the property owner's name and phone number
and proceeded to make plans to go to the island sometime,
the following Spring. On Saturday, June 8, 1991, I met and
interviewed the property owner, the late Mr. Ivan McColeman
at his home in Spring Bay. I remember asking him how he
made the discovery:
I always go up to my property up there which is a hundred
acres of ranch and I generally go up once a week to check
it. I think it was in the latter part of September when
I went up one morning around 10 o'clock and went into where
they are now located, these circles, and I found them .
. . I could see them before I even got to them . . . there
was something there that wasn't there before. When I got
within 20 feet, I noticed that the gravel which was always
there and was packed very tight there, had been sucked right
away in two different places and the diameter of both circles
would be about 6 feet, I guess. And the gravel was sucked
right away, right down to the bare rock. I looked at them
for, I suppose, 15 or 20 minutes. I had no idea what they
were, although I've heard about these markings from other
places but this was the first one I had ever seen that I
had found on my own property. But, as I say, I've heard
of them in other locations but had never seen them. I saw
pictures of them, not the same as this one; most of the
pictures that I saw were perhaps in a field, not on bare
rock like that."
Once the interview was over, I was given directions to the
site. After driving ¼ mile west of Spring Bay, I
got off the main road onto a dirt trail which led into the
bush. When I got to the area, I was surprised to see only
one circle, still clearly visible on the ground. The other
one was completely covered with gravel, possibly due to
the Spring runoff and rainfall.
The clearing where the circle was located looked to be about
80 to 90 feet in diameter, and completely surrounded by
trees -- out of sight from anyone travelling on the main
road. The ground consisted of a hard limestone surface covered
by a 3/4 inch layer of gravel.
Waiting for us at the site was another witness, the late
Donald Lanktree, long-time friend of Mr. McColeman. I set
up my camcorder and as I was video taping the circle, I
asked Mr. Lanktree about the approximate date when the circles
were discovered. He replied:
I can't be sure of the dates but I remember it was shortly
after the provincial elections. Mr. McColeman, the owner
of the property, came down and asked me to go up with him
and look at it. And we stood there and looked at it and
he said: do you have any ideas? I said: Oh, yes, I think
I realized what it was! You probably didn't support the
present members in the provincial government and they're
coming back to haunt you! We went home at that and I suggested
to him that he phone the Recorder and have somebody come
and take pictures of it. So, during the dinner time I couldn't
be available and Ivan couldn't go, so my son Morris Lanktree
came up with them and they took pictures and put it in the
paper. But they weren't very clear. Other than that, we
were up a few times afterwards and saw it."
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1990
Lanktree stands beside one of the two perfectly shaped circles
in a gravel pit on the property of Ivan McColeman, a resident
in Spring Bay. The two circles about 10' x 10' round in
diameter are indented in the dirt. The inside of the circles
look like they have been swept clean except for a patch
of dirt in the middle of the circle. The circles were discovered
two weeks ago, although no one had been on the property
recently. It makes one wonder how or who made the circles?
the interview with Mr. Lanktree was done, I used the photographs
as reference to pinpoint the location of the second circle,
and cleared it off with a small broom. What I found amazing
was the fact that when I swept the surface, the outline
of the circle was clearly defined. The sand and gravel was
somehow "stuck" to the surface of the limestone.
In the centre of the circle, as well as on the outer edges,
the sand and gravel was solidified, as if it were baked.
Unlike the loose gravel on the rocky surface, which could
easily be swept away with a broom, I had to use a scraper
in order to remove some of the gravel and sand. There was
nothing to indicate a glue-like residue or some other kind
of adhesive compound on the ground.
1 and 2 show both circles individually. Note the central
mound of gravel and sand. There is also evidence of rainfall,
as indicated by the dry mud seen on the surface of the limestone
at the edge of the circles.
Each doughnut-shaped indentation had a diameter of 108 inches
(9 feet) and both were 16 feet apart, from centre to centre.
As I stood back and looked at both circles, I got the impression
that the gravel had somehow been blown away by something
from above. Some of the witnesses used the term "sand-blasted
effect" to describe the look of the circles at the
time of their discovery.
Samples of sand and gravel were not taken, so it was impossible
to determine what would cause the two to "stick"
together and to the surface of the limestone. There was
no evidence of scorching or magnetic anomalies, and I had
no way of knowing whether or not radiation was present at
the site -- In the past, radioactivity had been recorded
at some landing sites.
3 & 4 show both circles, side by side. Note the man
and the vehicle in the photographs, giving us an idea of
the scale of the two doughnut-shaped indentations.
Although there wasn't much of a case for a UFO sighting,
the physical landing trace is evidence enough that something
unusual took place there. Adding to this are the numerous
reports of UFO sightings coming from the island, including
two other reports of physical landing traces that have not
yet been investigated. I have collected a few newspaper
articles pertaining to Manitoulin Island sightings of strange
lights and mysterious flying objects dating back to at least
As I wrote in my report to MUFON Ontario, it is my personal
opinion that if this were a hoax, it probably would have
been located in a field somewhere, in full view, and made
to resemble the crop circles found in England. Because of
the prevalent news reports of crop circles on television
and in the newspapers at that time, the hoaxers would have
tried to do the same, not knowing at all what a physical
landing trace would look like if it were done on solid rock
When I returned to the site two years later, on September
7, 1992, the gravel and sand at the centre and at the edges
of the circles was still in clumps. The last time I was
there, in June 1998, there was no indication of there ever
having been anything unusual on the ground. The gravel and
sand was no longer sticking to the surface of the limestone.
recently, in the November issue of the UFO Newsclipping
Service to which I subscribe, there was an article dated
September 5, 2001 featuring the photo seen below.
truck ran over the unusual circle in the gravel before this
picture was taken
... indentation in the ground was about 3/4" deep with
no visible sign of its cause.
The following is quoted directly from the article:
may sound a little bit strange, but perfectly sane, very
responsible people are wondering what caused that unusual
circle in front of a business in the Denver Industrial Park
Whether you believe in UFOs or not, someone or something
did something in front of FabTech Industries last Wednesday
night (August 29, 2001 -- MMD) that has people scratching
their heads in wonderment. Sometime in the early evening,
an almost-perfect 8-foot circle was made in the gravel drive
in front of FabTech.
In the middle of the circle, the gravel was undisturbed,
and also in a circle. It looked as though something hovered
over the gravel, and with some kind of downburst, cleared
out an area about 3/4 inch deep.
The area of cleared gravel had no sign of being touched
by a person or any kind of tool, vehicle or instrument.
It was as if something simply came out of the sky, cleared
out a circle in the ground for whatever reason, and then
In Missouri, a long-time UFO investigator by the name of
Ted Phillips has collected 4,000 UFO physical trace cases
from 91 countries over a period of 30+ years. Under the
guidance of the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek (former Project
Blue Book Consultant and founder of the Center for UFO Studies
in Evanston, Illinois), Ted began specializing in reports
of physical landing traces left behind by landed UFOs. An
accumulation of his research can be seen at:
For more information about this case and other UFO-related
matters, please contact me by e-mail
or by phone at: 705-670-2759.