They were caught on camera the night of February 16. Mysterious lights that appeared in the sky over the 150 acres that Rainer and Edith Shattles call home in the Cumbest Bluff area of Jackson County. Were they a phenomenon that's simple to explain, or something else?
The Shattles never tire of looking at the strange images caught by their trail cameras on that clear winter night.
"We have unusual things happen around here that happen, but it's usually associated with our grandchildren. But this case, we didn't know what it was," Edith recalled. "I was looking for a nice buck to be showing up on the trail camera actually."
The timeline of the pictures is clear. At 7:24pm, deer appear and all is normal. At 7:29, a dim light appears. At 7:35, it gets brighter. Then at 7:53, a weird shape appears on the camera. The deer are lit up brightly, but how? The cameras are infrared and don't emit light. At 7:56, another sharper light appears, then it gets much closer, seemingly focused on the deer. It looks like headlights, but well off the ground and there is no road. It then flies away.
Rainer takes me to the site deep in the woods. I see the trees where the object appeared. Rainer tells me what he's thinking.
"Well at first, I was trying to see if it was something or a reason for what we were seeing. But the more we looked at it, the more we realized that it was something that was in the air, it was something that I had never seen before."
Edith said reaction from friends is what you would expect.
"Well, actually they are all just like we were. What? What is that? And, let me look at that again."
Another picture shows another deer looking at a light that comes from nowhere. Rainer has a theory.
"Well, if it's alien, I'm not sure about that. But it's definitely a UFO. Now whether it's a government drone or what, I wish if nothing else, one of them would step up and say, 'Yes, that's ours,'" Rainer said.
While Rainer and Edith admit they are wondering what this object was and are enlisting the help of friends to try and solve the mystery, they also say it's been quite a bit of fun.
"It's a puzzle that may never be solved and it's one that's kind of fun, adds a little flavor to life, I guess you could say," Rainer explained.
Flavor and another ingredient tossed in as well for the Shattles.
"We are just fascinated over it because of the fact that it was right here and it's real."
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