February 5, 1977
Location: Jayess, Mississippi, United States
most dramatic sighting of an UFO to be reported in this
part of Mississippi took place near Jayess Saturday, February
5, and was seen at close quarters by at least six adults.
Another sighting was reported in Madison County Wednesday,
February 3, and was seen there by a constable and a deputy
Tylertown Times (Tylertown, MS), Feb. 17, 1977
is sighted in Jayess by six"
most dramatic sighting of an unidentified flying object
(UFO) to be reported in this part of Mississippi took
place near Jayess Saturday, February 5, and was seen at
close quarters by at least six adults.
sighting was reported in Madison County Wednesday, February
3, and was seen there by a constable and a deputy sheriff.
Wednesday sighting was reported by the associated press
and on local television news programs from Jackson. One
version of the Saturday sighting at Jayess, reported by
the Brookhaven Leader-Times, was confirmed by another
Jayess resident in a telephone interview with the editor
of The Tylertown Times Sunday.
Darwin Alexander, who said she had never seen anything
like the object, said that she and her husband both witnessed
looked out our patio window after my sister-in-law called
and told me about it," she recalls. The Darwin
Alexanders live less than a half-mile from the Denver
Alexanders on the same road. The road curves between the
two homes, and the rear of the two houses are about 300
yards apart. Darwin and Denver Alexander are brothers
and live about two miles west of Jayess toward Pricedale.
Darwin Alexander said the object made a "swooshing
noise, hovered silently, then disappeared without a sound."
said red lights were visible from the object. "I
couldn't really make out the shape because of the lights.
I suppose it looked something like a dish turned upside
down, but I'm not really certain. I saw it through a patio
sister-in-law, Mrs Denver Alexander, her son Eddie, and
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Cothern, all viewed the object from
the yard of the Denver Alexander home. The Cotherns had
seen the object from their car on the road and stopped
at the Denver Alexander home.
Brookhaven newspaper reported the sighting that night,
but did not identify the residents who reported it.
adult occupants described the object as grey in color
with red lights at about 16-ft. intervals around a rim
and a smaller dome at the top. It zoomed toward the house
with a roaring noise and stopped about 50 yards away,
they said, hung motionless and noiseless while the observers
stared in disbelief. Then, it just disappeared with no
noise and no visible movement.
belief that they they had "just been seeing things"
was dispelled by a report from neighbors across a field
that they had seen the same thing and by talk in the community
Sunday among several others having had the same experience.
pilot at Brookhaven Municipal Airport says several calls
have been received at the airport from persons who have
seen unidentified flying objects, often in the Ruth-Jayess
himself, tells of having witnessed from Lakewood Village,
in the presence of "12 or 15 others,"
an object of vague shape with lights around a rim hover
in the sky and definitely dodge two passing jets. One
of the jet pilots, he said, was overheard in radio contact
with the McComb FAA Flight Service Station. He answered
negatively when asked if he had seen the object.
February 2 Madison County sighting was reported by deputy
sheriff Ken Creel, 20 feet above his patrol car.
said the craft was round, had portholes and gave off a
soft light. "It moved with ease," he
said. "We turned the engine off to see if it made
some kind of sound, but there was only a very faint noise."
was patrolling in the area with county constable James
Duke. He said he did not believe in "stuff from
outer space," but added that he had no idea what
the object might have been "unless it was some
secret Air Force test."
the years, there have been reports of UFO sightings in
the Tylertown area. Doug Walker said he was on board duty
at the radio station WTYL on the night of Friday, Jan.
28, when a lady called to report a "strange lighted
object in the northern sky." Walker went outside
to look, but failed to spot the object.