At shortly after midnight on the 13th May 1981 when local mechanic, Jim Shelton finished watching television on Channel 13 and was preparing to take himself to bed for the night. His wife had fallen asleep on the sofa next to him. He was just about to wake her so they could make their way to the bedroom when a sudden bright light was visible through the window.

Shelton would recall how “the whole pasture lit up” causing him to jump up completely from the couch and make his way to the window. When he peered out, he was amazed to see a cigar-shaped object moving across the field outside.

At first, Shelton thought a plane or helicopter was about to crash right outside his home such was the low altitude. However, by the time he had stood on the sofa and pushed the window open a little in order to get a better look, he realized what he was watching was nothing like a conventional aircraft.

Shelton would further describe the object as having “several lit portholes” as well as “green and yellow pulsating lights” announcing themselves from its exterior. Furthermore, there appeared to be “fire streaming in sparks from the rear” of the object as it moved along. Perhaps amazingly, however, there appeared to be no sound whatsoever coming from the craft.

He would estimate the object to be around 20 feet in length and moving at a pace of around 30 or 40 miles per hour. Furthermore, it appeared to Shelton that the object had a purposeful course in mind and was not making an attempt to land. Nor was it hovering. As the huge object passed, the lights made the night appear “bright as day”.

It Was Real And I Saw It!

He would continue to stare at the bizarre sight for several seconds before turning away from the window to call his wife. When he turned back around, though, the craft was no longer in sight. Although his wife didn’t see the object herself, she did recall waking up following her husband’s excited cries and of seeing an intense glow from outside.

He would later state to the Denison Herald:

It was real. I saw it, and if they lock me up, I still saw it. It was long. A cigar-shape!

He would remain at the window hoping to see it reemerge. However, when it didn’t, thinking it might have crashed, Shelton would contact the Denison Police Department. Although they would notify the Sheriff’s Office of the incident, Shelton had the impression that they didn’t take his report very seriously. One thing he was certain of, however, was that the craft was most certainly not anything conventional. Nor was it likely terrestrial.

In fact, so out of this world was the sight that met the technician, he was extremely unnerved by just the presence of it. As would come to light very shortly, Shelton was far from the only witness to these strange events that evening.

At the same time as Jim Shelton was staring out of his living room window at the strange object, another local resident, Karen Robinson, was making her way home from her shift at Texas Instruments, her place of employment.

As she made her way along the quiet highway, she witnessed a strange, long object traveling in a perfectly straight-line overhead. She would describe it as looking “like fireworks trailing behind a falling star”.

The Whole Sky “Seemed To Glow!”

A friend and work colleague of Karen’s, Linda Tingle was also traveling home from work at Texas Instruments at around the same time that evening. She would also witness the strange object while driving home with her husband, Mike along Loy Lake Road.

She would claim that she “thought it was the Moon” initially, but when she saw that it was descending “like it was falling” she realized it was something a little different. Still contemplating more reasonable explanations such as a falling star, she continued to watch the strange objects decent.

She could see that the color of the object was changing from green to yellow. It was then she called out to Mike to look upward also. Although he didn’t see the object itself, he did recall that the night sky “lit up” significantly. Certainly, enough for him to notice while not taking his eyes from the road. He would later claim the whole sky “seemed to glow”.

Strangely, and perhaps because of her focus on the object itself, Linda didn’t recall the sky glowing. But she did recall the object as being like a “ball glowing and flashing as it streaked downward”.

Interestingly, one of the other witnesses to the incident was a neighbor of Jim Shelton, the main witness. They were happy to speak with investigators, but didn’t, however, wish to give their name.

They claimed they had gone to bed that evening sometime around 10:30 pm. However, at some point in the next few hours – they admittedly had not looked at a clock – their bedroom suddenly “lit up” waking them. Their first thought was that a car had pulled into his driveway outside his house. When no knocking came at his door, he simply “pulled up the covers… and went back to sleep”.

There Is “No Way” The Silver, Metallic Object Was A Weather Balloon

Back at the Shelton house, however, after waiting for daylight to arrive the next morning, Jim Shelton would finally give in to his curiosity and venture out into the fields outside his home.

He would walk around “every inch” of the 15 acres of his land. However, he would discover nothing untoward that would suggest anything out of the ordinary had taken place only hours before.

Following his extensive but fruitless search of his land, Shelton decided to use his Air Force “contacts” by informing his father – a retired United States Air Force veteran – of the incident in the hope that he might be able to use his contacts to find out any further information about the incident. Shelton, however, would not hear anything from his father or the Air Force concerning the matter.

Perhaps as a final testament to the dismissive attitude of the Denison police was the decision of the switchboard dispatcher to not record Shelton’s phone call to police on the night in question. Furthermore, according to the police dispatcher, Alton Taylor, the police “get a lot of those calls”. NOTE: The above image is CGI.