(Star News online) “I know a lot of people want to sweep this under the rug, but this is happening.”
Israel Curiel, director of public relations for Mutual UFO Network of North Carolina (MUFON-NC), spoke with conviction as he addressed a capacity crowd at the September meeting of the organization Sept. 15 at the Northeast Regional Branch, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.
Initial nervous energy quickly turned to a supportive gathering of kindred spirits. People from all walks of life report seeing UFOs. And the composition of the audience at the meeting reflected this fact. Retirees and college students, professionals and blue collar workers, believers and those who still hope to see their first real evidence – they all gathered to share crude sketches and enthusiastic tales of their personal experiences with the otherworldly.
Curiel shared statistics, images and data he has compiled regarding sightings of unidentified flying objects from around the state.
“Quantifying it (the data on sightings) makes it more tangible. I want to show you the types of objects reported,” he said. “In the last 18 months, there has been a significant increase. North Carolina is very active. The only ones that outrank us are California and Texas.”
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