January 24, 2007
Location: Leupp, Arizona, United States
one of the witnesses: "We were about 10 miles out
of Leupp and my sister said she saw something," said
Sean, a senior at Sinagua High School. "It had a
circle around it and was about one-and-a-half miles above
us. It had three lights and was a triangular shape. We
kept on driving and when we reached Leupp we saw it had
four lights," Sean said... "Then two jets intercepted
it in the air," Sean said."
Artistic rendering by Sean Dover of what he claimed to
have saw flying above Leupp, Ariz. on
his way back home from school in Flagstaff.
Daisy Scott-Dover points to the sky as she explains where
she saw a UFO the previous
evening (Photo by John Bianchini).
Winslow Mail (Winslow, Arizona), Jan. 31, 2007
UFO spotted near Winslow
Northern Arizona Navajos watch a strange ship fly around
for over an hour
Ariz. -- The possibility of life beyond earth is indubitable.
So, we all wait on earth until that moment when something
will attempt to make contact or visit this planet.
some residents in Leupp, the wait ended with the most
recent incident of a UFO visiting the area. It reportedly
took place at approximately 7:40 p.m., Wed., Jan. 24 and
was visible until after 9 p.m.
to Sean and Deanna Dover, they were driving home from
Flagstaff toward Leupp when Deanna spotted a curious looking
object above their Honda Accord.
saw a bright light and told my brother to watch it,"
Deanna, 20, said. "Then it disappeared, then reappeared.
I didn't see it as much as he did, because I had to concentrate
were about 10 miles out of Leupp and my sister said she
saw something," said Sean, a senior at Sinagua
High School. "It had a circle around it and was
about one-and-a-half miles above us. It had three lights
and was a triangular shape. We kept on driving and when
we reached Leupp we saw it had four lights,"
UFO then flew over the Church of the Nazarene and the
Leupp Public School, they said.
it reached the edge of town it went into stealth mode
and had only one dim light," Sean remembered.
pair drove through Leupp and rushed home to tell their
parents what they'd experienced.
went inside and got my dad's night vision goggles,"
Sean said, explaining that his father is a Navajo Nation
Police Ranger equipped with the special device enabling
the user to see clearly in the dark.
Deanna and their parents then went outside to watch the
two jets intercepted it in the air. They came from the
southwest," Sean said. "Then it headed
east. Eight minutes later, it lost them and circled back
to Leupp. When it got here, it started blinking its lights."
explained his confidence in the identification of the
object as a UFO and not any other type of aircraft.
was traveling too fast to be an airplane and not emitting
any noises that a helicopter or plane would have made
flying that high," Sean said.
the family viewed the events, their mother Daisy's friend
and colleague Denise Fredericks, a fifth grade teacher
at the Leupp Elementary School, was witnessing the same
things from her nearby home.
was coming home from my son's basketball game in Dilkon.
When I came inside the house, my husband said, 'Daisy
just called and said there was something in the sky,'
then I saw a triangular thing go overhead," Fredericks
and Daisy Scott-Dover then met in the center of Leupp
near the gas station and watched the events with approximately
30 other stargazers.
were two other planes and another aircraft that it looked
like was refueling them," Fredericks said.
was flying straight and then it turned. It went toward
Bird Springs and then turned toward Tolani Lake and then
came back this way," she said.
of the witnesses described the object as triangular with
three or four tiers. On the underside of the craft was
a sphere with a pulsating light.
and Scott-Dover said the UFO emitted a "yellowish"
light and was approximately twice the size of the Leupp
Elementary School gymnasium.
UFO circled the area 15 times.
the last turn, the craft lights went dark, then suddenly
and rapidly illuminated across in a sequential pattern.
Finally, the UFO headed southeast toward Winslow.
to the viewers, several other witnesses attempted to snap
shots of the events. However, due to the darkness and
distance from the ground, capturing the aircrafts in a
photo was not possible.
of those interviewed said the events were unique due to
the proximity of UFO to the ground, as well as the fact
that it was traveling alone. However, it was not the first
time they had experienced the presence of a UFO.
was really interesting to watch. I believe that it really
was a UFO because of my family's history. I've seen [UFO's]
too many times to remember," Sean said. "Leupp
is a hot spot for UFO's."
said that "normally", there are numerous
UFOs traveling together in a triangular formation.
see them, well, I don't want to say we see them all the
time, but it's happened before," Deanna said.
"When they had that big sighting in Phoenix back
in 1991, we saw the same lights here the night before.
I guess it's just that no one ever calls it in or reports
it here. This was pretty cool. I've never seen anything
that detailed beforebecause it was so close."
and Fredericks agreed that Leupp residents are no strangers
to such events and cited similar experiences 15 and 17
get so excited about these things," Fredericks
said. "It was unbelievable because you hear of
sightings, but when it happens to you."
guess people don't talk about it because it's kind of
a mystery," Deanna offered.