December 24, 1977
Location: Camas, Washington, United States
Siewell of Springfield, OR and her family witnessed a
UFO hovering over Camas, WA on Christmas Eve, 1977. Two
other adult witnesses reported seeing the same thing on
the same date, also in Camas, WA.
Camas Post-Record (Camas, WA), Jan. 25, 1978
saw it, too! UFO hovering over Camas"
the story in the Jan. 1st POST about the two adult witnesses
who saw something they felt might have been an Unidentified
Flying Object hovering over Camas about 7:30 on Christmas
else saw the same thing at the same time.
Siewell of Springfield wrote in a letter to The Post,
"I'm a little frightened to write this and I suppose
I should have told someone sooner, but my family and I
saw something 'weird' on Christmas Eve as we were en route
were just to the west of Camas, before you get to the
exit. I saw a few lights in the air to the northeast,
but I thought it might be house lights on a hill, not
being familiar with the Camas skyline."
she added, "But as we continued on, the lights
seemed to come directly in our direction, but moving along
the road toward Washougal, too. Then it got real low just
over the highway, just directly between Washougal and
told my girls and my husband to look at the UFO, and immediately,
my husband told us we were imaging things. But both girls
and I saw it."
went on, "It was directly over the highway just
ahead of us (and) just sort of hung there and then turned
on end. Then, it flattened out and went toward Camas at
a slow pace, then changed directions and went (very fast)
to the Portland area."
police, as noted in the previous story, said no one reported
such a sighting to the department, and aviation officials
speculated the "UFO" might have been
a kind of advertising plane.
story about two witnesses reporting the same thing:
Camas Encounter of the First Kind"
Camas Post-Record, Jan. 1, 1978
they call the sighting of a UFO a Close Encounter of the
First Kind. At least two sober, reliable adult witnesses
are certain that the eliptical saucer-like object they
saw low in the sky over Camas on Christmas Eve, had nothing
to do with Santa and his reindeer.
said they would prefer to think it was something other
than some kind of interplanetary spacecraft, but that,
frankly, it didn't look like anything they'd ever seen
witness said she and her children were riding in their
car just past the Minit Mart on SE Everett Road, about
7:30 p.m., when they first sighted the object "over
the city of Camas." The woman remarked jokingly
to her children, "Aren't you scared? You know,
they could come and get you.."
object appeared to be a "flat, round shape, saucer-shaped...
moving like a helicopter... as low as one, as slow moving.
There was a light on top of it, as though on a tall pole.
And.there were windows that went around and around (counterclockwise),
in a sequence of six lighted windows, then six unlighted
woman said one of her children felt there has been "some
lines like wires from the pole (on top)
to the tips of the (object's) extremities."
assuming," she added, "that it could
have been a dirigible, but why did it go (rotate) around?
There's got to be a lot of other people who saw this,
other adult witness also conceded that she had seen the
object that night about the same time. She had been riding
in a car traveling the same route into Camas.
she felt the object, described as "just a streak
of light, could have perhaps been a light plane flying
around with lights rotating from the wings. I thought
it could have been a Goodyear blimp, but I think it traveled
too fast for a blimp."
traveling over Camas, the object reportedly headed off
across the Columbia River toward Portland.
may have seen the object, but the Camas Police Department
log shows no one calling the department that night to
report a sighting. One officer speculated that the thus-far
UFO might have been a kind of plane used by an advertising
company in Portland.