This initial report, case nr. 81691, is being submitted by a MUFON field investigator and star member (ID.18377) whom witness has worked with in the past. The witness provided four photos he secured with his Iphone.
The witness was loading PVC pipe into the back of his pick-up parked at the diesel pump at the VP gas station / convenience store on Hwy 87 in Sutherland Springs, Texas on January 21, 2017 and was facing southeast when he first saw the object to the southeast.
It’s silver reflective color caught his attention (mid day, bright sunlight). It was hovering approximately 450 feet southeast of witness’s position, about 300-400 off the ground, to the right / SE of Hwy 87 but the witness had no idea what it could be so he continued to watch it. He describes the object as a silver disc about 8 – 10 feet in diameter.
He did not see any other markings or shapes (ie dome, lights, etc). From it’s hovering position it made an “erratic” sudden move to the right (south) then ascended somewhat, tilted and began moving off toward the northeast, crossing Hwy 87.
Then he took out is cell phone and took four photos as the object flew off toward the north. Witness describes the motion of the object as it was flying off as an extended arc, similar to skeet being launched on a gun range and remained in has position behind his truck throughout the sighting.
He did not hear, smell or sense anything else from the object. The sighting lasted approximately 45 seconds from when it was first noticed until it flew out of sight and states that later in the day, he felt some anxiety, but does not think this was related to this sighting.