February 10, 1977
Location: Flora, Mississippi, United States
County Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Creel and Constable James
Luke were on a routine patrol drive when they witnessed
a 30 to 40 foot UFO which approached them at close range.
"The thing came right over the car," said Creel.
"...The thing just hovered over us, about 20 or 30
feet up, for more than a minute."
of the encounter (credit: Madison Co. Herald).
Madison Co. Herald (Canton, MS), Feb. 17, 1977
Spotting Focuses On Deputy Creel"
Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Creel left on
a routine patrol drive last Thursday evening, he didn't
expect to find his attention completely focused on an
Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).
he reported the incident to the Mississippi Highway Patrol
that evening last week, however, Creel has now found even
more national attention focused on himself.
know I'm not crazy .. I've always said I didn't believe
in this stuff," said Creel. "I don't know what
I saw, but I know I saw something . . It's just hard to
describe what happened."
Creel first saw the object while driving down the Smith
School Road four miles west of Flora, near the county
line. He was with Constable James Luke at the time.
looked like an evening star or something," said
Creel, "but it kept getting brighter and bigger."
when the shape of the object began to form, Creel said
he contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol with his car
kind of thought it was an airplane flying low, or like
it could have been."
when the strange object came within "about 200
yards" of his car "out across
the field" then, Creel said, "I
stopped and cut my engine and my lights to listen."
he heard was a whirring noise "like a blender
. . Like it was straining, when you first put ice in it"
and then the UFO started coming closer.
thing came right over the car," said Creel. "It
came right to us, like it was being piloted."
"the thing" got there is another question,
because Creel says he could not tell if anything or anyone
thing just hovered over us, about 20 or 30 feet up, for
more than a minute," said Creel, who at this time
was looking straight up, from his patrol car window.
didn't get out, I wouldn't."
to Deputy Creel, there was little way to tell much about
the craft. "There was light coming out from little
windows," he said. And the light apparently changed
colors several times, from soft blue to red to green and
UFO was reportedly about 30 to 40 feet in diameter, and
perfectly round. "It didn't spin or anything.
It just hovered around there."
about a minute, Creel began backing up his patrol car
"about 100 yards, to a place where I could turn
this time, however, Highway Patrolman Louis Younger drove
up in his patrol car within a short distance of the UFO,
and reported seeing the same objectwith the same
description Creel had given.
the thing just picked up and took off, north west, toward
unidentified object of the same general description was
reported the same evening by other Flora residents, and
Deputy Charles Bowering and Highway Patrolman Joe Chandler
and others said they saw lights from an unidentified craft
"from a distance."
the sighting last week, Creel has tried to play down the
have been no more reports, but dozens of inquiries have
come to Creel and the Sheriff's Department for further
are "real cranks," according to one department
apparently, are more serious investigators.
as far as Creel is concerned, he would rather not have
the attention. "If I had known how much trouble
it was going to cause, I wouldn't have reported the thing
in the first place," he said from the Sheriff's
Office last Friday.
moments later the telephone rang. It was another radio
station wanting to talk to Deputy Kenneth Creel.