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Buffalo Courier Express

Thursday August 4, 1966

Page 2, Column 2

Over Lake Erie

Intensive AF Probe
Of UFO’s Under Way

Special to The Courier Express

Erie, Pa. – Air Force and private
investigators have undertaken
an intensive enquiry into
unidentified flying objects (UFOs)
reported over Lake Erie here on
the last three nights.

Maj. William S. Hall came
here from the air Force base
at Youngstown, Ohio, to take plaster
casts of tracks found in the
sand in Presque Isle State Park
near where two people from
Jamestown, N.Y., reported a
UFO had landed.

The Air Force said it also had
sent an investigator here from its
Air base at Niagara Falls.  Air
Force personnel said only the
Secretary of Air Force in
Washington can release information on
their findings.

James F. Sipprell of Kenmore,
N.Y., Western New York chairman
for the National Investigation
Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP),
said his organization had ‘crews in the area
taking eye witness reports and
gathering firsthand information.”

Taking Statements
“These statements are being
taken down on our official forms,”
Sipprell said.

Betty Jean Klem, 16, of Jamestown
and Douglas Tibbetts, 18, of
Greenhurst, N.Y., touched off the
new wave of UFO reports Saturday.
Their car bogged down in
sand on the Presque Isle Park
peninsula and they claimed to
 have seen a strange object come
in out of the night sky and land
in brush near the beach.

Miss Klem called it “metallic,
sort of silvery’ and said it “landed
between two trees.”  Not only
did she see a UFO, she also told
police a “hairy, gorilla-like” creature,
about six feet tall, came up
behind the car while she was
sitting there alone.

Erie city police said the girl
was so hysterical she couldn’t
talk coherently for an hour.
When she regained her
composure, she insisted the UFO
had landed within 300 yards of
her, so close “the car vibrated.”

Tibbetts, at the time she saw
the “monster,” was trying to
show police where the UFO had
landed.  He described the flying
object as cube-shaped, whitish or
metallic in color..”

Maj. Hall took plaster impressions
of marks in the Presque
Isle beach sand.  These included
“perfect triangle” gouges in the
sand about two feet across and
nine inches deep, as well as what
appeared to be huge animal
tracks-clams and a pad imprint
about 9 inches in diameter, each
track 5 or 6 feet apart.

Radio News Reporters
Two Erie radio news reporters,
Dennis Buckel and Jerry Trembley
of station WJET, reported seeing
bright, flying objects over
Lake Erie off the state park at
different times early Wednesday

Buckel said he took pictures of
the flying phenomenon, which he
said looked like a fast-moving
star.  Trembley described what he
saw as a strange cluster of
flashing lights. 

Article used with the permission of:

Buffalo State College Archives
 and Special Collections
E. H. Butler Library #135
Buffalo State College
          1300 Elmwood Ave.     

   Buffalo,  NY 14222-1095

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