November 21, 2003
Location: Bennett Lake, Michigan, United States
the early morning hours of 21 November, 2003, Robert Williams
and his mother Christine Williams, observed an extremely
bright light hovering over Bennett Lake at an altitude
of about 50-60 feet. As the object approached to within
250-300 yards of the witnesses, the intense white light
began to dim, and both witnesses were able to make out
a defined structure. They agreed that the object had a
definite "frisbee" shape, and was complete with
individual white lights around the perimeter.
Drawing of the object by one of the witnesses. (source:
21 November, 2003
Time: Between 0430 and 0500
Investigators: John Castle, MI State Section Director;
Andrew Fisher, Field Investigator and Melissa Fisher,
Field Investigator Trainee.
the early morning hours (about 0437) of 21 November, 2003,
Robert Williams, 20, of Deerfield Township, MI, went to
the back door of his and his mother's home to smoke. As
he leaned out the sliding glass doors, he noticed an extremely
bright white light out of the corner of his eye.
stated that the light was "brighter than anything
I'd ever seen," and was hovering over Bennett
Lake at an estimated altitude of about 50-60 feet from
the surface of the wetlands that are adjacent to his home.
It was about the size of a fifty-cent piece held at arms
watched this intense light for about 1-2 minutes before
running to the bedroom where his mother, Chistine Williams,
was sleeping, and excitedly asked her to come and see
what he was looking at.
noticing the serious but excited tone of her son's voice,
proceeded to the back deck area of their home. She was
amazed at what she saw.
Robert and Christine watched the object that they estimated
to be about 500-600 yards away, they noticed that it remained
motionless and continued to hover just below the treeline,
even though the wind that morning was coming from the
WSW at about 9 miles per hour.
continued to watch this object for about another 2-3 minutes
before it began to move in a straight Line from the NNW,
where they originally observed it, to the WSW at an estimated
speed of 5-7 MPH..
both witnesses had lived next to Selfridge Air Force Base
prior to their move to Bennett Lake, they were accustomed
to watching various aircraft taking off and landing at
any given time.
witnesses stated that the object moved in a fashion that
was unfamiliar and, in their estimation, far too slow
to be a conventional aircraft.
the object approached the small residential community
and moved to within 250-300 yards of the witnesses, the
intense white light began to dim, and both witnesses were
able to make out a defined structure. They agreed that
the object had a definite "frisbee" shape,
and was complete with individual white lights around the
the bottom of the "craft" were intense
blue lights that appeared to swivel as the craft moved
and lent a bright blue glow to the underside of the craft.
to Christine, it appeared as though the craft was "sightseeing."
Robert reports that the craft appeared to be "looking
witnesses were in agreement that the object moved in complete
silence, and was close enough that, had it been a plane,
the engine(s) would have "blown us back into the
the "craft" approached, Robert wanted
to flash the back porch lights at the object to see what
would happen, but Christine, being understandably apprehensive,
refused to allow Robert to do this.
witnesses continued to watch the "craft"
for another 2-3 minutes before it was blocked from view
by houses that sit across the small inlet from the Williams'
back deck. These houses are about 230-300 yards from the
after the object had gone from view, a large cargo-type
plane, traveling on the same flight path that the "craft"
had taken (WSW), was seen and heard to fly over the exact
area where the craft had been sighted, and was low enough
to rattle the windows in the home of Robert and Christine.
witnesses state that this was highly unusual, as that
type of aircraft had not been seen in that area at any
time prior to the sighting. This may or may not be of
relevance, since Bishop International Airport is located
approximately 15 miles NE of the sighting area (Flint),
and is capable of handling this type of aircraft.
area is a protected wetlands that covers several acres,
and is directly adjacent to the home of Christine and
Robert. This wetlands area surrounds the entire community
located at Bennett Lake, and is constantly alive with
different species of waterfowl and various other wildlife.
the time of the sighting, there were no animal or bird
sounds noted by the witnesses, and everything in the area
was completely quiet.
it is believed that this would normally not be unusual
for this time of day, both Christine And Robert noted
that there wasn't any wildlife activity in the area for
a 5-7 day period following the sighting.
would not land, and normal animal sounds that are present
at any given time of day were not evident.
stated that even birds that normally flock to her birdfeeder
would not approach the area.