Written by Keith Rowell
Last Updated: 28 January 2013

This is another UFO account sent via email to your Oregon MUFON Assistant State Director, Keith Rowell, in September 2012 by West Linn resident David (pseudonym). David and I would like to know if you also saw this UFO. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you did.

UFO Type: Bright, orange, conical structured object with odd behavior.

Sighting Duration: About 30 seconds.

Date: August 16, 2012.

Time: About 9:15 PM.

Place: West Linn, Oregon.

Witness: David (pseudonym).

Here is David's account of his experience:

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, at about 9:15 pm, I was watering my lawn in West Linn, OR.  It was a warm and clear evening.

Above the neighbor’s house across the street, I saw a light coming from the south or SE towards me.  I noticed it because it was flying low and its color was different from the usual white airplane lights with flashing strobes.

As it got closer, I noticed it was a very bright orange fire colored light, moving about 35-40 mph about 300 feet, or so, above the ground.  Due to its height, I thought it was a helicopter, but there was no sound or strobe lights.  The whole object glowed a fiery orange and was extremely bright at the bottom, which I couldn’t see.

The shape reminded me of a ½ tumbler cup, cyclinder in shape, tapering off towards the bottom.  I saw some cross beams, but due to the brightness, I couldn’t make them out too well.  It looked like it was on fire and emitting heat.

The distance from where I was standing to the area where the object was directly above was about 275-300 feet.  I thought I saw some tracers as it headed NE or east and disappeared quickly from view, as if it zipped away at a very high rate of speed.  I could not determine where it went.

The episode lasted about 25-30 seconds.

I did not recognize the object but know it was neither an airplane nor a helicopter.  I looked around and saw no other witnesses.  It seems like someone else should have seen this object as it crossed a residential area.

In David's next email, he sent me a hand-drawn illustration and an explanation.

Attached is a drawing that I made shortly after the event. I estimated the height and distance based upon my hunting experience.  I'm used to estimating the distance of my shots, which are generally between 100-175 yards. However, I could be off. I also walk our dog about 2-3 nights per week and I've been visually measuring many objects (for example, house windows at 100-150 yards) which helped solidify my distance and sizing of the object. When I saw the object, I thought it was about the size of a helicopter cab, but again, a guess.

David's Hand-Drawn Illustration of the UFO