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Occurred : 5/1/2003 15:00 (Entered as : 5/01/03 15:00)
Reported: 5/3/2003 9:23:42 AM 09:23
Posted: 5/9/2003
Location: Ashland, KY
Shape: Changing
Duration:10 minutes
Mid-afternoon sighting over Ohio River

#1. Date of the Sighting Thursday, May 1st, 2003 #2. Time - specify AM or PM approx. 3:30-4:00 P.M.

#3. Duration - How long did the experience last? 10 minutes #4. City - or closest town Ashland #5. Province or State Kentucky #6. Distance - how far away? Approx. 1000’ #7. Number of Witnesses - who else may have also had this experience? Anyone in town who had a sightline, cars crossing the bridge, etc.

#8. Details - provide all the minor/major details I was looking out the window of my 5th floor room in the Ashland Plaza hotel at a developing lightning storm to the right. My room faced the river. I am not sure of the orientation but that would be easy enough to determine from a map of the area.

I noticed an object about the size of a small car floating in the air over the river – I’m not sure of the altitude, but it was a little less than twice as high as the bridge, at least from my perspective. It was moving to the left, in the direction of the wind, as I could tell from the flag in front of the courthouse across the street. Although the wind was stiff, the object moved slowly in a controlled and deliberate manner, without the vagrant, flapping, unstable motion of, say, a plastic bag. Apparently, it made no sound. However, this hotel has windows that can't be opened, so that may not be verifiable.

It was black and roughly triangular in shape. It was either changing shape in motion or rolling somehow. I thought it was a kite or a paraglider someone was flying off the back of a boat, as it was following the course of the river. That theory was shattered when it continued over the bridge. Shortly afterwards, it deviated away from the river, and me, and dwindled away to an invisible speck in the distance.

I’m not claiming this was an aircraft or anything else, BTW. It was an UFO at least as far as I’m concerned, if only for the simple fact that I could’nt identify it. Perhaps there were other witnesses or an explanation of some kind. If so, I’d like to know.