“I saw a very large black triangle craft in January of 2000 while hunting for wild pigs on a family farm in southern Illinois. I was there with my brother in law and father in law and the farm was his uncles. The hogs had destroyed crops each year and it was ruining their income. To get as many of them as possible we set up tree stands and corn bait to kill as many as possible. It’s legal in every state to do that. At around 4 am or 4:30 I observed a huge dark object coming south southwest and it was blocking out most of the sky and stars. I never heard any sound. It came almost directly over me at about 500 to 1000 feet and had to be at least large enough to sit a pro football stadium on top without seeing it. It went passed me and stopped directly over where my wife’s brother was. It didn’t move for at least a couple minutes. I was talking to him on a hand held radio and he was in complete panic. I was too but I was also intrigued by it. This was not man made. I know that because it continued Southwest and started doing this step up maneuvering then shot off at a speed I can’t estimate. As we went to check on my father in law I saw it moving across the sky at what had to be several thousand miles per hour. Then shot up into space and disappeared. My father in law couldn’t even speak. We tried to get what he saw and he was in shock. When the object was sitting still earlier I had looked at it through my rifle scope and it had a strange texture to the outside shell. The only source of light coming from it was at the rear and it was an odd glow. I served in the Marines in the Air Wing and my father in law was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran. We weren’t familiar with anything remotely close to that craft. When he finally calmed down back at the house, he too felt it was not human made. I totally agree with you and I don’t feel these triangle UFO’s are black projects. They wouldn’t look like that and be so huge with no sounds and flown in areas where people could observe them. I later read in the newspapers that 5 separate police departments saw the same craft and so did several civilians giving the same report.” Frank Pitts. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
SPECIAL NOTE: The “St. Clair Triangle”, “UFO Over Illinois”, “Southern Illinois UFO”, or “Highland, Illinois UFO” sighting occurred on January 5, 2000 over the towns of Highland, Dupo, Lebanon, Shiloh, Summerfield, Millstadt, and O’Fallon, Illinois, beginning shortly after 4:00 am. Five on-duty police officers around these locales, along with various other eyewitnesses, sighted and reported a massive, silent, triangular craft operating at an unusual treetop level altitude and speeds. One of the police officers even managed to get a single, yet ambiguous polaroid photograph of the object. The incident was examined in various television shows including the ABC special Seeing is Believing with Peter Jennings, an hour-long Discovery Channel special UFOs Over Illinois, an episode of the Syfy series Proof Positive and a half-hour-long independent documentary titled The Edge of Reality: Illinois UFO, January 5, 2000 by Darryl Barker Productions. Sufjan Stevens sang about this incident in the song “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” on his 2005 album Illinois.
On this particular day, sometime in May 1992, Francovich was taking her two large dogs – each of which was trained to attack if necessary – through the lime trees of a deserted stretch of the Miami countryside. Far from the sun-kissed bodies and party atmosphere of downtown Miami, though, here was serene and quiet.
That was until a loud noise from somewhere behind her like “someone chopping down a tree with an ax”. She turned around, and in front of her was a strange “humanoid being” with “grayish pink skin” and approximately just under five feet tall.
She would recall how it looked “plastic” from a distance until she looked closer and could then tell it was “wearing snug-fitting, metallic looking clothing”. This was so tightly clad to the creature that it “clearly showed the shape of its body”. She would state to Moulton Howe:
The most alarming thing that caught my attention immediately was the head!
She would continue that the upper skull was much larger – disproportionately so – than the lower half. What really stood out, though, was the “huge, black, almond-shaped eyes”. These had no whites or pupils to them, just deep black. Where one would expect the nose and mouth to be were considerably smaller than a humans.
Furthermore, although she could see something similar to ears, they were essentially flat to the creature’s head.
Two Halves Of A Body That Simply Didn’t Match
When Francovich went on to describe the creature’s body, she would state it was “as startling as the head”. She would claim to Moulton Howe:
…the upper torso did not match the lower torso. The arms were very long, without what we muscle tone, very skinny, extending into very long hands (which) were six-fingered…!
She would go on to state that she checked the digits several times – again using her experience of studying primates – and was particularly fascinated that the creature had five fingers AND a thumb. And what’s more, the thumb was in the same location as the human thumb resides.
Overall, the creature had a “very slender frame”, at least the top half. Except that is for a “little pot-belly” that jutted out slightly.
However, when Francovich would begin to describe the creature’s lower half, she specifically pointed out how “over-developed” it was by comparison to the upper half. She would continue:
The thighs were actually over-developed. Coming down to the calves they looked like exactly like the legs of a well-trained athlete…The feet were small, I mean too small for the rest of the body!
On its feet was something similar to shoes made from the same metallic material as the tightfitting bodysuit.
Well it is pure speculation on our part, this description of such an out of proportion body is an interesting detail, and one that brings to mind some of the conspiracies regarding the depiction of the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Akhenaten, whose body had very similar dimensions, and who some ancient astronaut theorists have suggested was an alien-hybrid creature.
A Strange Creature, The Likes Of Which She Had Never Seen!
Francovich would state that although she had worked closely with many animals – some of them dangerous in the extreme – she had “never seen a being like this”. She would go on to state how she would feel “shell-shocked” by the sightings.
However, not because she sensed danger, as she “had no time to think about that”, but because she had no idea what she was looking at. For all the creatures and experience she had, during which she had been around the vast majority of species in her part of the world, this new figure was something completely new.
She would also state that she had the profound feeling that the strange creature was just as shocked as she. She would state:
We both were at a dead stand-off, just staring at each other!
Throughout all of this, Francovich’s two dogs had sat patiently by her feet. While she didn’t know if this was because of some kind of mental control over them by the creature, she remained certain that “something out of the normal was taking place”.
She would recall how the very moment they saw the strange figure they immediately lay submissively on the ground. In fact, they had the look of sleeping dogs to Francovich.
The two continued to stare at each other for several moments. Francovich tried to take in as much detail as possible while maintained the safe distance between them. Then, the strange creature began to run.
A Strange Tunnel Out Of Nowhere From “Densely Growing Vines!”
Instead of turning around and running herself in the opposite direction, Francovich stood and stared at this bizarre creature. And more specifically, the way it ran. She would compare its movements to that of a gazelle, which were similar to someone on a pogo stick. She was elaborate:
…leap, leap, leap, with very little effort. This is exactly how this being ran. It would actually spring!
She would estimate that it “easily” jumped to a distance of three feet with each leap.
This is another discreetly interesting detail from Francovich. Several other close contact witnesses have made very similar assertions as to the way such creatures move. Furthermore, if we look back to the legends of Spring Heeled Jack from the 1800s England, its movements, as the name might suggest, were extremely similar.
After a moment, she too began to run. However, she ran in the same direction as the creature, almost “neck and neck” with it. The two dogs followed, remaining just behind her heels. This would continue for a distance equivalent to “several city blocks”. The entire time she would keep her sights on the creature.
Then, out of nowhere, a “tunnel” appeared out of the “densely growing vines”. She would state to Mouton Howe that:
…he darted right into it and disappeared!
She would continue that as soon as it vanished a “wall of stench” of a combination of sulphuric acid and formaldehyde. In fact, the intensity was so bad that it “burned the lining” of her nose.
Although she couldn’t explain why, she “knew instantly that there were others” inside the tunnel. What’s more, there was:
…a lot of them (and) I knew they were waiting for me to follow…!
It was then she would stop dead and turn around. And run.
A “Different Kind Of Encounter” The Following Day
With her dogs close behind her, she ran for around a mile and a half before finally stopping to take stock of the situation. They then eventually returned home. However, she would bring both dogs back to the area the following day. And this time, they would have “a different kind of encounter”.
As she was running along the same track as the previous day, a black car came up the track and straight towards her. The vehicle would show “government plates”. It came to a stop right next to her, the windows rolled down allowing her to see two men sat inside, each wearing a black suit.
They would ask, matter-of-factly, if she had “ever seen anything strange” in the area. As calmly as she could she shook her head.
Whether they believed her or not she wasn’t sure. However, the man nearest to her in the passenger seat stretched out his arm to offer her a business card. When she looked at it she could see a “raised gold emblem of the White House” but no other significant details that might reveal their identity or department.
Again, a strong feeling would run through her that the two men knew of her encounter with the strange creature. And the tunnel that it vanished into. She also believed that they were not sure if she had or hadn’t seen the said creature or not.
She would keep both incidents to herself for several weeks before eventually telling her husband. With her permission, he would write of her account for the aforementioned Unknown magazine.
More Evidence Of An Extraterrestrial Presence On Earth?
The encounter remains unexplained. However, Florida is perhaps one of the states in America with a persistent abundance of UFO and strange creature encounters. Many such sightings would appear to fall into the cryptology field. Such reports of the creatures as the Skunk Ape, for example, surface often – although these are more Bigfoot-type creatures to gray alien.
However, how many of these sightings may be down to the respective witnesses being mistaken about what they saw. Only instead of rationalizing it to an escaped or wild animal, perhaps at least some are sightings of similar creatures in the area?
And what about the apparent Men In Black presence? While many researchers insist such a group and the US government remain separate agencies with no connection, Francovich insisted that the vehicle in which they drove had “government plates”. Is there a shadow agency within the US government that is aware, even protecting, an extraterrestrial presence in America?
While that is a bizarre and outlandish question for some, we should perhaps consider just how respected a researcher, investigator, and author Linda Mouton Howe is. The fact she chose to involve herself in the case should perhaps speak volumes as to its authenticity. NOTE: The above image is CGI.