At least two county sheriff’s offices in Colorado are investigating a large band of drones that appear to have approximately a six-foot wingspan which have been seen in two eastern Colorado county skies during overnight hours. At least one report indicated that one of the drones got close enough to see inside a window of a house.
At least 17 mysterious large drones have been spotted flying search patterns over Colorado every night. However, authorities don’t know who is flying them nor what their intentions are.
They have been seen in the sky over Phillips and Yuma counties each night.
According to a December 21 post on Facebook by the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, multiple reports had come in about sightings of the drones over the previous week and they had been investigating.
Both Phillips County Sheriff’s Office and Yuma County Sheriff’s Office were out on that evening tracking the drones.
Between the two counties, they tracked over 16 drones.
The sheriff’s offices believe the drones are not malicious, but seriously, a six-foot wingspan is not necessarily something you see every day.
The sheriff’s office said it was following up on leads and communications with state and federal agencies to pinpoint the exact nature of their activities.
“As more information comes available, we will keep you informed. If any of these drones fly onto your property or are looking into windows, please call the communications center immediately so a deputy can respond to your location. If you happen to come into possession of one of these drones, please contact the Sheriff’s Office so we can conduct a forensic evaluation of the drone to identify the owners and take the appropriate actions,” read the post.
We are aware of and have been investigating the multiple reports of drone sightings in the county over the last week….
Earlier in the previous day, the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office posted that the drones had begun to fly at higher altitudes, but one had apparently gotten close enough to look through a window.
“These drones have been flying at higher altitudes. We are still waiting for contact from other agencies and since it is the weekend, they are not available. And as of today, we have only had one report of drone getting close enough to look through a window. We are continually monitoring them as well as our neighboring counties,” the PCSO’s comment read.
“They’ve been doing a grid search, a grid pattern,” Phillips County Sheriff Thomas Elliott said. “They fly one square and then they fly another square.”
The Denver Post added:
The sheriff’s office can’t explain where the drones are coming from or who is flying them. The estimated size and number of drones makes it unlikely that they’re being flown by hobbyists, Undersheriff William Myers said.
The Federal Aviation Administration told the sheriff’s office that it had no information on the drones, and the U.S. Air Force said the aircraft aren’t theirs, Elliott said.
A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration told The Denver Post on Monday that the drones aren’t operated by the agency. A spokesman for the FAA said that agency likely has no information on them. Drone pilots aren’t required to file flight plans, unless they’re flying in controlled airspace, like near an airport.
Officials with the Air Force and the Department of Defense did not immediately return The Post’s requests for comment on the mystery aircraft Monday. U.S. Army Forces Command spokesman John Boyce said Monday he was not aware of any training involving military drones in that area.
Additionally, Vic Moss, a Denver-based commercial photographer, drone pilot and co-owner of an online drone school called Drone U said, “We have a number of drone companies here in Colorado, and they’re very innovative. So maybe they’re testing something of theirs out in that area because it is very rural. But everyone that I know of, they coordinate all that stuff with local authorities to prevent this very situation. They all very much want people to understand drones and not cause this kind of hysteria.”
Well, the obvious question is, if you don’t know who is flying them and you don’t know what they are actually doing, how can you be certain there is no malicious intent?
Finally, the drones seem to have moved from just two counties into five in Colorado, including Lincoln and Washington along with Sedgewick, and even into Nebraska.
So far no one is claiming what these drones are doing nor who is flying them, and everyone in government capacity is saying they aren’t theirs.
Who else has drones with six-foot wingspans and flies dozens of them all together in a pattern like this? And if there is no malicious intent, why, after it’s made this big news, has no one come forward to claim responsibility?
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