NUFORC UFO Sighting 50482

Occurred: 1996-07-03 23:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2006-05-08 23:24 Pacific
Duration: 6 mins
No of observers: 3

Location: Salmon River, ID, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

Red glowing ball of light, chased by black helicopters over the Salmon River

One late night, I had my 11 year old son and his friend, camping on the Salmon River. Actually it was at Pine Bar, behind the town of Cottonwood. We were sitting around the camp fire talking, when we noticed a very large bright red ball of light fly over the top the the ridge. It seemed to be keeping an exactly parallel distance from the landscape, because it moved up and down as if following every contour of the land. It never touch the ground, but seemed to stay exact an approx. distance of 100 feet or more from the ground. It swiftly came over the ridge and down the hill, across the river and up the other side. Once it went over the ridge we lost sight of it. The bright red glowing ball was followed or being chased very closely by two black helicopters. I was surprised that I couldn't hear the helicopters until they came over the ridge. The Red ball made no noise. The boys and I were shocked and surprised by what we had seen.


Hello Mr. Davenport,

Thank you for unexpected response. No I didn't contact the authorities here, I was quite a ways from the nearest town, and it was late at night. I will contact my son to have him make a report. We haven't talked about it for years, so it will be interesting to hear what he remembers.

I also tried to make a report about an incident years ago when I witnessed a bright light above the town of Culdesac, Idaho. It was approximately around April or May of 1996, I would have to double check, because I am sure that I wrote it down. The amazing thing was that a few days later I read in the Lewiston Morning Tribune (LMT)as ad asking for anyone who witnessed something over the town of Culdesac to phone a certain phone number. I again didn't call or report this. Chicken I guess. At that time, I was working as a ((title deleted--public employee)).

When I witnessed the bright light, I at first thought that it was an airplane just reflecting the sunshine, but I realized that it was just way too bright to be an airplane. I then noted that it wasn't moving, it seemed to be positioned in one place high above the town. I was driving home from work, and was actually looking at a double rainbow in the sky when I seen the bright light. Another thought....I remember seeing a picture of that same rainbow in the LMT the next day. The bright white light seemed to be totally still, then after 5 or 6 minutes, it appeared to be falling straight down for a distance, then zipped off at a 45% angle in a western direction. It was immediately out of sight. There was a car in front of me, and I did see that they were also watching the rainbows. I wonder if they also seen the bright light, or could have reported it. Thank you for your time!

((name deleted))



Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD

Posted 2006-05-15

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