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Occurred : 5/1/1983 19:00 (Entered as : 05/01/83 19:00)
Reported: 2/21/2009 4:26:31 AM 04:26
Posted: 3/19/2009
Location: Washington County (rural), MS
Shape: Diamond
Duration:2 hours
Diamond shaped craft sighting followed by missing time

In the spring of 1983 I was driving to through a rural area of Washington county, in Mississippi to see my father and his brothers, who were having a semi-annual get together in a cabin in the woods. I was 16 and planning on stopping by for a few minutes on my way home from work. I was within a few miles of the cabin when I saw a light in the sky, peripherally, to my left. It was bright white with a smaller green light just below and seemed to be diamond shaped. It was descending rapidly, but not straight down. It arced slightly in the direction from which I was coming. It disappeared behind the trees very quickly, the entire sighting lasted only seconds. I can’t say how far away it was from me, but it seemed to be approximately a mile.

Simultaneously with the sighting my car suddenly died. It coasted to a stop on the dirt road. There were no houses nearby, and I was so upset about being stranded in the middle of nowhere that I wasn’t really concerned about the strange lights I had seen, and assumed I was just having car trouble. The last memory I have is my hand on the key, turning it in the ignition to no effect. In the next moment (or so I thought at the time) my hand was still on the key but a feeling of disorientation and confusion washed over me. I knew immediately something was wrong but I had no idea what. Instinctively I tried the ignition again, and to my intense relief, it started right away. I started driving in the direction of the cabin again, feeling quite shaken but not knowing why. When I arrived my father told me about the electricity going out in the cabin and while I don’t remember why, I had the impression it had been an odd event in some way. But I wasn’t concerned until I gathered it had happened a couple of hours before hand, which prompted me to look at my own watch. I was stunned to see it was about 2 hours later than it should have been. I quickly made an excuse about feeling ill, and I did feel nauseous at that moment, so I could go home. Right then I felt an overwhelming desire to leave the area, it felt extremely unsafe being there. Strangely though, I felt no qualms about leaving my father and uncles there, I felt no threat to them at all.

For a long time I tried to convince myself that I had somehow fallen asleep at the wheel, and imagined the whole thing. I told no one what I had seen, sure that they would think I was mentally unstable. A few days ago, some 26 years after the event, I told my husband of many years of what had happened to me as a teenager, and his unquestioning belief in me has led me to explore my experiences further.

Although I didn’t consciously dwell on what had happened to me, it did affect me. For the next several years after the event I was unable to sleep unless the bed was pushed against the wall and my back was against the wall, literally. My anxiety levels were sky high, especially at night. I had frequent insomnia and nightmares, a problem that continues to plague me to this day. My most disturbing nightmares all have the same theme, involving the extinction of mankind at the hands of an alien race. I know this is not a memory of any kind, but a manifestation of deep seated anxieties that for some inexplicable reason , I never tied to the event until I spoke about it with my husband.

To this day I have no memories whatsoever of what happened to me during that missing 2 hours. I currently hold a masters degree and enjoy a fairly wide breadth of knowledge but have never been able to come up with a reasonable explanation.

((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))