Truckers Report Owl-Like 'Winged Humanoid' in Alsip, Illinois

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Manuel Navarette of UFO Clearinghouse recently received a report from two married truckers who claimed to have seen a winged humanoid resembling a “large owl” at around 12:30 a.m. on October 26th, 2018 in Alsip, Illinois.

"The report was submitted by an older couple who work as an over-the-road team for a trucking company in Alsip, IL," Navarette said. "They both have been driving together for over 15 years and have been married for over 27 years. The gentleman was at the wheel of the truck when the encounter occurred and his wife was in the passenger seat. I spoke to both of them at the same time at a local restaurant near the truck yard in Alsip, IL. "

"Both agreed to have the story submitted but asked that their names be kept confidential due to the nature of their work and the fact that they did not want someone from their company (who was also based in Alsip, IL to find out about their sighting," he continued.

The report reads:

We were on our way to park our truck at the yard after being on the road for 2 weeks. As we approached the railroad track crossing, we noticed something standing in the middle of the road and thought it was a homeless person walking along the tracks. We popped on the high intensity lights and to our surprise, it was not a homeless person at all. This thing looked like a large owl, as in it had what looked like feathers and a flat rounded face with large eyes that reflected the LED lights on our truck. This thing appeared to lunge at us, while trying to cover its eyes with its left arm. *Name redacted by request* pulled on the airhorn and this thing turned its back on us and then took a couple of steps and then took off into the air and flew off into the night.

We were left sitting there in complete shock as we watched it disappear into the night. After a minute or two of looking to see if the damn thing would come back around, we continued into the yard. We parked our truck and walked toward the car, as we were almost at the car, we heard what sounded like a scream followed by another and then silence. We hustled our tails to the car and left for home.

"The area [of] the sighting is heavily industrialized with a few residential areas nearby," explained Navarette. "The railroad crossing mentioned sits approximately ¾ of a mile from the entrance and is surrounded by a wooded area on west 122nd street and is across the street from a Coca Cola plant. I accompanied the couple to the location of the sighting and will be posting information on the location in the future."

This sighting location is just southwest of Chicago and approximately 11 miles from Lake Michigan.

The sighting location as seen in daytime.  (Image credit: Google Maps)

The sighting location as seen in daytime. (Image credit: Google Maps)

"The investigation is still ongoing and a [UFO Clearinghouse investigator] is currently speaking with the land owner in order to obtain permission to mount a trail-cam at the sight in order to get round the clock photographic evidence to help us further the investigation," he said of the actions taken to investigate the sighting.

This is the latest in a string of flying creature sightings around Lake Michigan that ostensibly began last spring, but more historical accounts are being reported as more people become aware of the phenomenon.  Most of the sightings have taken place near the lakefront in Chicago within a few miles of Lake Michigan, although there are some reports coming from the suburbs surrounding Chicago and even farther afield in every state bordering the great lake.  The sightings generally take place in the evening or at night, often in or near a park, and around water.  Witnesses consistently describe a large, bat or bird-like creature—although in a small number of cases the creature was described as insect-like—sometimes with glowing or reflective red, yellow, or orange eyes; and humanoid features such as arms and legs are often reported.  Many of the sightings are also of something seen only briefly or are described only as a flying creature with few details, which leaves open the possibility that a large bird or bird-like being could explain some encounters. 

Navarette has said he will post any additional information as it is received.

The Singular Fortean Society has requested contact information for the witnesses in order to confirm sighting data, and will update this article with any new developments.

To report a sighting reach out to us directly at The Singular Fortean Society through our contact page.

An interactive map of the sightings is available here.

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