Jan 15 2018

Mysterious UFOs, Bigfoot and Cryptid Encounters Reported Across Pennsylvania in 2017

Mysterious UFOs, Bigfoot and Cryptid Encounters Reported Across Pennsylvania in 2017

From Researcher Stan Gordon


Every year mysterious incidents occur in Pennsylvania. 2017 was a very active year for strange phenomena of various kinds. Observations of mysterious objects in the sky were reported in daylight as well as at night. People reported very close range encounters with mini-UFOs. There were numerous reports of strange creatures being seen as well. From sightings of Bigfoot, to giant birds with huge wingspans, and black panthers, many people encountered creatures they couldn’t explain. There were various other oddities reported such as strange howls, to odd footprints, to mystery booms.

This year will mark 59 years of my research into the UFO phenomena and other strange encounters that continue to be reported yearly from across the Keystone State. I established a Hotline for the public to report UFO sightings in 1969, and I continue to receive such calls on a regular basis along with email reports. In 1970, I founded and directed the first of three volunteer research groups that investigated these incidents across the state. For many years, I was joined in the field by scientists, engineers, and a variety of research specialists that took a serious look into numerous unusual cases.

When I began my in the field investigations in 1965, it became apparent that many UFO sightings and in fact various other oddities reported could be satisfactorily explained with proper investigation. Many UFO sightings were misidentifications such as that of bright stars and planets, lights on aircraft, bright meteors, and weather related events. In more recent years, Chinese lanterns, the International Space Station, and drones have created such reports. Some Bigfoot sightings were determined to be large shaggy dogs, bear, and hunters in ghillie suits.

Smoke Ring over Greensburg, PA was created by an aircraft 2017 copyright Stan Gordon

Smoke Ring over Greensburg, PA on June 28, 2017 was created by an aircraft (copyright 2017 Stan Gordon)

During my many years of investigations of UFO sightings and cryptid encounters, I still have not had my own unexplained encounter. I have, however, interviewed thousands of witnesses from all walks of life including professionals such as police officers, military and commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, engineers, and educators. The vast majority of witnesses I have interviewed were not seeking any publicity. Many of these people were skeptical of these accounts until they had their own personal strange experience.

When I started my UFO Hotline in 1969, there were very few resources for the public to report UFO sightings. In more recent years, many other researchers and research groups have surfaced to take reports on phenomena in Pennsylvania as well. Some of these sources include the Keystone Bigfoot Project, The Center for Cryptozoology Studies, Jim Brown of Jim’s Destinations, Lon Strickler of “Phantoms & Monsters,” the National UFO Reporting Center, and the PA Chapter of MUFON. I continue to maintain contact with many active researchers from across the state and the nation.

The following is a synopsis of some of the interesting reports that came to my attention during 2017.

For many years residents along the Chestnut Ridge area of Westmoreland County who are familiar with the sounds of the local wildlife have been reporting loud howls and screams that they couldn’t identify. In January, very long high pitched siren-like screams were again reported. Two days later from the other end of the state in Schuykill County, very similar sounds were also heard. The witness involved was a wildlife biologist who heard the sounds on three different occasions within 2 days and tried to record the vocalizations. The scientist who was trained to identify animal sounds was unable to do so.

In early February in a rural area near Latrobe, witnesses driving through the area during the early morning hours watched a strange animal run across a road into a field. The animal was described as dark brown and four legged, stood about 4 feet tall, was thin and graceful, and had a long pointy snout with no tail.

Also during February, three daylight sightings of spherical objects were reported within a week from widespread locations. In Forest County, a silent black object hovered low in the sky while a number of small round objects maneuvered near it. Some of the spheres appeared solid while others were transparent. The larger object and the spheres accelerated into the sky and were lost from sight.

A few days later a resident near Kittanning in Armstrong County was observing what appeared to be a military aircraft with a contrail. As the witness watched the jet move across the sky into the distance, he noticed what appeared to be a solid silver sphere hovering higher in the sky near where he had first spotted the jet. As the witness watched, the silver sphere streaked across the sky towards the northeast and was gone in seconds.

Four days later, another observer near Suttersville in Westmoreland County watched an aircraft enter a cloud and exit it that afternoon as it continued on its journey. Suddenly, the man saw a bright silver sphere appear in the sky at a lower altitude. The sphere followed slowly along path toward a cloud that it entered. The witness watched for several minutes but the object never exited the cloud. During the year there were observations of formations of lights as well as triangular and rectangular objects.

In April in a wooded area of Luzerne County, a witness was riding a bike that afternoon when she noticed movement along a tree line. She thought it was a bear and cubs but was startled when it stood up and looked like a 7-8 feet tall gorilla with long dark hair. The creature had very long arms and placed its hands on its face as it took long strides and walked off into the woods. The witness had the impression that creature may have been injured. Bigfoot sighting are reported yearly in Pennsylvania. Additional Bigfoot sightings were reported from various locations in 2017 including Westmoreland, Fayette, Butler, and Cambria Counties.

In late April of 2017 a witness in a rural area of Crawford County, Pennsylvania observed a strange animal near her pond. The animal had a furry body that looked “as black as black could be.” At that distance, the animal appeared to have a body about three feet long, and the tail length was about the same. The tail hung straight back and curved up at the end. The witness felt that what she saw was a panther. There have been many reports for years of what witnesses describe as black panthers, being reported from many areas of the state.

In May at a location near the Chestnut Ridge not far from Ligonier a couple reported seeing some strange huge dark birds unlike anything they had seen before. In one instance, a group of the huge flying creatures landed in their backyard. They were familiar with the local birds and they thought what they were looking at were similar to condors. They estimated that some of these creatures stood between 4-6 feet tall with wingspans from 10-12 feet wide. They were able to obtain a few pictures that shows one of the creatures with a large head and neck extended straight up. There has been a long history of sightings of huge birds in Pennsylvania and elsewhere that are commonly referred to as “thunderbirds.” Numerous such sightings have been reported over the years around this same area.

Fayette County and some general locations along the Chestnut Ridge have had a long history of Bigfoot encounters. In May of 2016, two men reported that a Bigfoot ran out in front of their car on Mud Pike Road and actually touched the front of their vehicle before walking down the road into the woods. In July of 2017, in the same area, odd lights that resembled fireflies were reported. One witness reported that the lights seemed larger than standard fireflies and emitted a bright white neon light that seemed to illuminate the surrounding woods. In more recent years strange globes of light have been reported in areas where Bigfoot had been seen.

Also in early July near the Allegheny National Forest in Forest County, two people noticed something strange on a vertical post near the deck of their house. What they saw looked like a huge oversized moth about 11 inches long, and about 5 ½ inches wide. They estimated the wingspan would have been about 15 inches when open. What appeared to be two antennas or pointed ears at the top near the head looked to be about an inch long. At one point, one person touched the creature but it never moved. They attempted to take pictures with a digital camera but the camera malfunctioned. When they left their home they noticed a second similar flying creature on the outside wall of their home. When they returned home later both creatures were gone. This area has had a lot of history of strange creature encounters such as Bigfoot and thunderbirds.

Two people riding in a car in July in Jefferson County reported seeing a huge bird swoop down from the sky about 10 feet away in the headlight beams. The bird was either dark brown or black and they estimated that it easily had a 10-12 feet wingspan. They could see the feathers on the wings as it swooped down to 2-3 feet above the road near where a deer was standing.

A very strange incident occurred in late August at a rural location in southwest Pennsylvania. The witness was a police officer who while on patrol encountered something unlike anything he had ever seen before. He noticed what appeared to be a dull glowing ball of light resting ahead on the side of the road. Suddenly, that light rose up or stood up and now he could tell that the ball was actually the head of a creature that stood about 6 feet tall or larger. The dull glow from the head that was about 8-10 inches in diameter illuminated the shoulders, the top of the chest, and a section of the arms.

The skin tone of the being was dull grayish-blue. The chest area appeared to be about 18 inches across. The waist was small, but the arms seemed unusually long. The long limbs looked skeletal with no muscle mass. The creature turned and moved off into the dark at a speed that the officer said could only be described as abnormal. The officer searched the area for any evidence but nothing was observed on the ground.

In mid-September only miles away from where the police officer had his encounter, another witness encountered a similar creature. The second observer described the being that was seen as about 6 feet tall, an ivory color and sickly looking. The body was very thin, but wider around the shoulders about 20 inches across. The creature had exited out of a wooded area and began to approach the witness who became alarmed and ran to the house.

sketch of creature used with the permission witness

sketch of creature used with the permission of the witness

I have been investigating reports of small generally spherical objects since the late 1960s. For lack of a better term I have called them, “mini-UFOs.” These objects are sometimes metallic and other times illuminated in various colors. They generally range in size from a few inches to a foot in diameter. In many cases they have been very low to the ground and have approached witnesses to within just inches away. These small flying objects generally exit through an open window or even pass through walls. These incidents continue to be reported in more recent years including during 2017. In September near the Chestnut Ridge and not far from Ligonier, a person was awakened during the early hours and noticed a light shining outside of her bedroom window. She got up to look and saw an egg shaped silver dollar sized luminous object hovering 6-7 feet from the window and about 8-9 feet above the ground. The object was yellowish and pale green in color. It made no sound while under observation.

An even stranger mini-UFO encounter took place in late October near Fayette City, PA in Fayette County. Early that morning, a man went outside to warm up his wife’s car. As he walked down the steps he looked toward her car and saw something only about 10-12 feet away by the right bumper. The lights were on and the area around the car was well illuminated. The witness said he saw an object that was about two feet tall, and shaped like a haystack. The object was translucent, and shiny, and a milky-white color. There were vertical ribs that seemed to be the superstructure that looked like chrome straws that could be seen through the translucent structure. The object which was silent was gliding 1-2 inches off the ground, was motionless when he first saw it.

Whatever the object was, after several seconds it must have realized that the witness had approached until he was about 6 feet from it. It suddenly zoomed extremely fast across the driveway to the left side of the car, then made a perfect right angle turn along the driver’s side of the car into the dark and was not seen again. The entire incident lasted only seconds. The witness wished he had his cell phone with him so he could have taken a picture. The witness has no idea what he saw but feels that it may have been some type of a probe.

sketch of mini-haystack object used with permission of the witness

sketch of mini-haystack object used with permission of the witness

What you have read are examples of some of the strange incidents that are reported annually. The majority of witnesses are not seeking any publicity. Many witnesses are individuals who didn’t believe that there was any truth to these strange reports until after they had their own personal encounter. For some individuals, it was a life changing experience.

If you would like to contact me about a UFO, Bigfoot, cryptid, or other unusual encounter, you can reach me at 724-838-7768. I can be reached via email at: sightings@stangordon.info or paufo@comcast.net. Keep checking me website: www.stangordon.info for updates on sightings and upcoming public events.



















Dec 08 2017

52 Years Later, the Kecksburg, PA UFO Incident Is Still Remembered By Many


52 Years Later, the Kecksburg, PA UFO Incident Is Still Remembered By Many

From Researcher: Stan Gordon


 December 9, 1965, is a date that many area residents still remember. It was on that afternoon just as it was getting dark in the area that multitudes of witnesses observed a brilliant fiery object in the sky. Soon after the object passed over the greater Pittsburgh area, radio and TV stations were breaking the news of the sighting of the mysterious object in the sky. Information was later reported that the object had fallen into a wooded area near the Mount Pleasant Township community of Kecksburg in Westmoreland County.

During the evening, hundreds of curious people found their way to the rural roads around Kecksburg to try to see the object that had reportedly fallen. Many reporters from area newspapers, radio and TV also went to Kecksburg to determine what had occurred. The reporters, local residents, and the many curiosity seekers that arrived in the area, were met at the scene by state police, volunteer firemen, and the military.

That evening roads around the reported landing site were cordoned off, and the woods where the object was said to have fallen, were off limits to those who wanted to try to get closer look. What wasn’t known at the time was that some people had gone down into the woods soon after the object fell and discovered the metallic acorn shaped object with odd symbols on it, semi-buried in the ground.

Many people in that area did see a military flatbed tractor trailer truck carrying an object covered with a tarp leave the area late that night at a high rate of speed. I learned years later from independent sources that the object was taken initially to Lockbourne Air Force Base near Columbus, Ohio. After a short stayover, the truck and its cargo continued onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

There are numerous witnesses who were involved in this incident that are still living today. Unfortunately, many others have passed away, and others are in poor health. On occasion even in the last few years, some area residents have approached me and shared with me their personal experiences with the Kecksburg incident. Some of these people still are able to recall with specific details the events that occurred that day many years ago.

Very recently a man attending a local public event near Pittsburgh noticed a woman wearing a Kecksburg V.F.D. shirt. The fellow approached that individual and asked if she knew anything about the Kecksburg UFO incident. The man was a witness to seeing the object in the sky that day in 1965, and wanted to know more about it. That woman gave him information on how to contact me.

The fellow told me that he had always been interested in the case since as a youngster he saw the object that afternoon pass over his farm not far from Pittsburgh. He was able to provide a detailed account of what had occurred that day as he happened to look up into the sky while playing. The object did not appear to be that high in the sky and was descending as it was moving. He watched the object until it moved out of sight. He said what impressed him about the object was that, “It was moving slowly, not going fast at all, like gliding.”

He went inside and told his family what he had seen. That evening they watched the local news on their black and white TV and there was a news report from the Kecksburg area concerning information that the object that was seen by many people had reportedly fallen near there. The fellow recalled seeing film footage that showed a lot of people walking around, armed personnel, and individuals putting up tape at a location to apparently keep people out.

Another individual who was on the scene at Kecksburg in 1965, and remembers the events of that night, is Robert Gatty, who was a reporter for the Greensburg Tribune-Review at the time. Gatty recently wrote about his experience that night on his blog: https://www.notfakenews.biz/single-post/2017/10/14/The-Story-of-the-Century-to-Come-to-Life

Since the occurrence, there have been numerous theories proposed as to what that object was that fell near Kecksburg in 1965. Hopefully someday we will have the evidence to confirm what that object really was that fell in Pennsylvania so many years ago and is still discussed and debated today.

If you have any information on the Kecksburg case that you would like to share, please send me an email at: paufo@comcast.net.

Nov 13 2017

Stan Will be speaking at the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society on November 19, 2017


Stan Will be speaking at the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society on November 19, 2017

 The illustrated lecture is at 2 PM. Call 724-836-6915 to reserve your seat.

642 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601 Phone: 724-836-6915

Stan will be giving a presentation and do a book signing


Oct 17 2017

Invasion On Chestnut Ridge film Comes Out October 20, 2017

Invasion On Chestnut Ridge film Comes Out On October 20, 2017

The film that many of you have been waiting for will be released on Friday, October 20, 2017. Invasion On Chestnut Ridge, is produced by Seth Breedlove of the Small Town Monsters Production Company. This documentary covers some of the famous UFO and cryptid cases that I have investigated and many of the witnesses in this film are sharing their mysterious encounters for the first time.

The documentary will be premiered on Saturday at the Creature Weekend Conference in Ohio, and at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco. For more information and reviews of the film go to:





Oct 02 2017

Mini-UFO Hovers Near Window-Ligonier PA area- September 20, 2017

Mini-UFO Hovers Near Window-Ligonier PA area

This incident occurred on September 20, 2017, in a rural location in the Ligonier area, not far from the Chestnut Ridge. The witness was in bed when she noticed a light outside the window during the early morning hours. There were no lights in that area of the property. She got up and went to the window. Suspended in the air was an illuminated object about 6-7 feet from the window, and about 8-9 feet above the ground. The object was hovering and moved around a little from left to right.

The object was small and about the diameter of a silver dollar. The color of the object was described as yellowish and pale green. The light was steady, but did not glow brightly. It did not emit any light that reflected on the surrounding area. The object was not completely round, but appeared as a flattened circle and more egg shaped. On the left side there was a small section missing (a dark spot) kind of like a wedge of a pie where no light was emitted from. No sound was heard.

Oct 02 2017

Some Photos from the First Annual Mind-Body-Spirit Healing EXPO 2017 Monroeville, PA

Some Photos from the First Annual Mind-Body-Spirit Healing EXPO 2017

Monroeville, PA 

Stan was on a panel discussion with George Noory, Victor Paruta, Dr. Linda Backman, and Sandra Anne Taylor.

Stan was on a panel discussion with George Noory, Victor Paruta, Dr. Linda Backman, and Sandra Anne Taylor.



Stan with George Noory, Host of Coast to Coast radio

Stan with George Noory, Host of Coast to Coast radio


Stan with Movie Star and Author, Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman.)

Stan with Movie Star and Author, Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman.)








Sep 14 2017

Scenes from the 2017 CRYPTIDCON-Frankfort, Kentucky

Scenes from the 2017 CRYPTIDCON-Frankfort, Kentucky

Stan was one of the speakers at the first Cryptidcon Conference held in Kentucky. It was a great event where many well-known investigators of strange creatures and other phenomena, as well as the public had a chance to meet and talk about these strange ongoing incidents.

I had the chance to meet with some of these nice folks including two members of the cast from the TV show “Finding Bigfoot.” In the photo: (left) James “Bobo” Fay, with Stan (center) and Cliff Barackman.






Stan and famous Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman had a chance to meet again









On Sunday afternoon an interactive panel discussion was held for the attendees. Photo: From left to right, Loren Coleman, Stan Gordon, Seth Breedlove, and Lyle Blackburn.










Stan finally had a chance to meet Bigfoot!







Aug 30 2017

Police Officer Encounters Strange Creature with Glowing Head in Pennsylvania- Late August, 2017

Police Officer Encounters Strange Creature with Glowing Head in Pennsylvania- Late August, 2017

From Researcher: Stan Gordon


sketch of creature used with the permission witness

Sketch Used With Permission of the Witness


On an evening in late August, 2017, a police officer riding down a road in a wooded location in a southwestern section of Westmoreland County, PA saw something that startled him. Ahead of him on the side of the road, the officer observed what appeared to be a ball of very dull white light low to the ground. He was familiar with the area and had never noticed any type of lighting in that location. As he moved closer and was about 50 yards from the round light, it suddenly rose up or stood up from the ground.

It was then that the witness observed something that he couldn’t process. The officer told me, “it was the weirdest thing I have ever seen.” The ball of light was actually the head of a very strange being that looked to be about 6 feet tall or larger. It was tall and almost skeleton thin. The officer was of the opinion that the creature when he first observed it, had been lying on its belly on the ground with its head facing toward the road. It then stood up facing the road. In that dark location, he saw the dull light from the glowing head illuminating the upper section of the body of the creature.

While the officer watched, the creature turned toward the right. The dull illumination from the head lit up the shoulder area. The creature then turned and faced him, then turned to the left and took off at an incredible speed away towards a location away from the road. As it moved off, the witness could see its arms swinging. The officer indicated that it took off at a speed that you could only call abnormal. “it was faster than anything I have ever seen. It was there, then it was gone.”  The witness assumed that the creature moved on two legs, however, he could not see the lower sections of the body in the dark.

The witness described what he saw as standing 6 feet or taller. The head was about 8-10 inches in diameter and shaped like a ball. He said the head was just a ball of light, possibly egg shaped but pretty round. The light emitted seemed to be just a dull white. The light illuminated the shoulders, the top of the chest and a section of the arms. The witness could not see the hands. The chest looked to be about 18 inches across. The waist appeared to be small, but the arms were abnormally long. The long limbs also looked skeletal with no muscle mass. The skin tone of the body appeared to be dull grayish-blue. The witness could not see any facial features.

The entire experience only lasted about 10 seconds. The officer was confused as to what he saw and about what could move so fast. He pulled up his vehicle to the location where the creature and been standing and turned on his vehicle spotlight. He looked around the area but saw no evidence on the ground. The officer, after the experience, continued to try to make sense out of what he had encountered but he could not figure it out.  I was contacted soon after the incident and we later discussed the incident in detail.

Notes: While this is a very strange report, many very odd creature encounters have been reported for years from Pennsylvania and all across the country. There have been other reports somewhat similar, and there have been other cases reported where the creature involved had a glowing effect in the dark.

During the many years that I have been investigating such cases in Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to interview state troopers and municipal police officers who also reported some very strange encounters. In most cases, they talked with me confidentially about what had taken place.
















Aug 30 2017

Photo of some of the Cast and Crew of ” A Wish For Giants” with Stan at the Levity Bigfoot Festival

 Photo of some of the Cast and Crew of ” A Wish For Giants” with Stan at the Levity Bigfoot Festival


The 2nd Annual Knock & Howl Bigfoot Festival was held at the Levity Brewing Company on August 26, 2017, in Indiana, PA. There was a great crowd and the audience was very interested in the Bigfoot subject. Indiana County has a long history of Bigfoot encounters. Some members of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie “A Wish for Giants” took a group photo at the event. The film will be released in February of 2018.

Aug 27 2017

Huge Fireball Reported Over Pennsylvania-August 25, 2017

Huge Fireball Reported Over Pennsylvania-August 25, 2017

What appears to have been an extra bright fireball meteor (bolide) was reported from Westmoreland County, Pa on August 25, 2017 at about 9:12 PM. There were apparently many residents that observed the object from communities from across the county. The object was observed moving from the southeast to northwest and described as bright white-orange fireball with a long blue-green trail. No sound was reported from those I talked with and the object was observed for about 5 seconds.

The American Meteor Society is reporting widespread sightings of the object from 10 states. They also have reports from the counties of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Indiana, and Fayette and from many other parts of the state. If you saw the fireball from the Greater Pittsburgh area, please let me know what you observed and from what location. I can be contacted at paufo@comcast.net or 724-838-7768.

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