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Occurred : 7/4/2016 03:00 (Entered as : 07/04/2016 3:00)
Reported: 7/9/2016 9:20:53 AM 09:20
Posted: 7/15/2016
Location: Sarcoxie, MO
Shape: Unknown
Duration:2 hours
Bright light beams scan interior of house for two hours on July 4.

This email was received by Missouri MUFON Assistant State Director through our website and I thought it would be of interest to you since it is similar to other reports you received: "My friend and I were house sitting at an older, 1 bedroom house in the middle of nowhere outside Sarcoxie, night before last. Neither of us has ever spent the night there before and the house isn't particularly nice, or clean and has the portable kind of air conditioner, with 2 large hoses that you have to wedge in the window.

We had moved it to the bedroom and at 3 a.m., very bright lights came in through the area where the curtain was pulled up and to the side because of the a.c. hoses. It lit up a straight line, going up until reaching the ceiling, about a foot thick. This continued, line after line, almost like the lights under a scanner. When we looked out the corner, the lights were so large and bright, it almost looked and sounded like some type of large farm machinery, and there are 2 big fields behind and beside the house. On the right side there is type of metal barn, then the tree line begins. It would be near impossible to even fit something like that next to the house, much less turn to go to the back.

After several minutes after "scanning" the entire room, it moved to each room in the house, doing the same thing, but not in the front, which faces the highway. This was during a thunderstorm and the rain quit above the house the whole time this went on, which was for 2 hours. The thunder and lightning never stopped and the thunder was louder than any I've ever heard. Almost immediately after the lights left, the rain returned. It was not a drone or farm equipment. The closest neighbors didn't see it, so I'm thankful my friend did, or I might worry I'm going crazy. I don't know what to do or who to call, but I am absolutely terrified. Please contact me as soon as possible, at any time."

The event occurred at 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. in the early morning hours of July 4, 2016.

ASD contacted the witness by phone and obtained further information. The witness went back to the house with her boyfriend the next night (actually later the same night July 4) and again the lights appeared but at the earlier time of 10:30 p.m. The witness was afraid and called her parents to come pick her up immediately, leaving her boyfriend behind. He texted her at 12:30 a.m and said that the lights had finally gone. The witness and her boyfriend searched the exterior grounds during the day but found no evidence of a landing or damages to vegetation or to the house.

The witness contacted me through an email from our missourimufon.org website. I included her entire email in the above initial report. I spoke with her for over an hour on the phone. The witness seemed genuinely upset about this event. There was no UFO sighted, however, the strange lights observed for over two hours are a mystery. The witness said she was awakened by bright lights coming into the bedroom with a beam of light seeming to scan the entire room very slowly, then moving on to the next room and so on until the entire house had been "scanned." She stated that the driveway alarm did not go off, which would have indicated that a vehicle had entered the property. This event continued for two full hours until 5:00 a.m., then stopped.

During the time that the lights were going around the house, no rain fell on the house even though they were in the middle of a thunderstorm. After the lights quit, rain began to fall on the house. This would indicate that some type of craft was possibly hovering above the house during the event. Also, since the driveway alarm did not activate, this would indicate that this was an airborne vehicle.

Oddly, the lights returned the next night and the witness called her parents to come pick her up since she was afraid. They did so, but her boyfriend, who remained in the house, texted her and said the lights were there from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am the next morning.

Her father is a retired psychologist, and is a UFO investigator. He could not explain the event.

Her brother served in the military.

The witness seems very credible.

Conclusion: Likely a drone or UFO, but I'm marking this as Unknown Other since we just don't know what it was.

Note: similar bright light events occurred across the state on and near this date.