The Washtenaw County UFO Incident

When you think of the kinds of people that report unidentified flying objects, you may imagine someone spacey, overimaginative, kooky, or a bit on the crazy side. However, there have been plenty of reports filed by members of law enforcement that have come in contact with unexplainable objects and events.

An example of this is found in the Washtenaw County, Michigan case, where deputies B. Bushroe and J. Foster made a formal statement regarding their experiences. In response to an encounter that took place between March 14 and 20, 1966, a statement from the deputies was as follows:

“This is the strangest thing that [we] have ever witnessed. We would have not believed this story if we hadn’t seen it with our own eyes. These objects could move at fantastic speeds, and make very sharp turns, dive and climb, and hover with great maneuverability. We have no idea what these objects were, or where they could have come from. At 4:20 am, there were four of these objects flying in a line formation, in a northwesterly direction, at 5:30 these objects went out of view, and were not seen again.”

The UFO incident also touched upon other counties that reported seeing some of the same unusual activity. At 3:50 am, Deputies Bushroe and Foster placed a call centered on people seeing suspicious objects in the sky. Descriptions stated that the objects were shaped like a disc with colors like the stars. They were red and green, and moved with great speed. They said the objects were traveling in the northwest direction , making left and right movements.

The sheriff’s department in Livingston County called in at 4:04 am and said that they also saw the objects. A car was being sent to the location. One minute later, the Ypsilanti Police Department also said the object was seen at the intersection of an Interstate and U.S. highway. At 4:10 am, the sheriff’s department in Monroe County called and said they saw objects as well.

Ten minutes later, Bushroe and Foster sighted four additional objects in the same location moving at a fast speed. Not too long later, the county civil defense director, Colonel Miller, was phoned. Miller told them to keep watching the objects because he didn’t exactly know what to do. Questions were also directed to the Willow Run Airport.

At 4:54 am, Bushroe and Foster called and said that two more objects were seen in the southeast in Monroe County. They were described a being side by side. After looking out the window of their office, Deputy Patterson and another person saw a bright light that appeared over the Ypsilanti region. While it looked like a star, it was actually moving from north to east.