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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

Summer 1930, Aurora, Arkansas, USS, Jess and Olney Mcelhaney:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

According to the INTCAT catalogue by Bristish "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson, giving "Steele 1983 p18" as source, in the "very appoximate date of the Summer of 1930, at night, Jess Mcelhaney was walking home when he chased a racoon into a field. There he encountered the luminous figure of a "most beautiful" woman in a white dress and dark stockings; which figure cast no shadow.

The figure captivated him so much that he lost the passage of time, and when he got home he found that his brother Olney had also seen the figure.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001689
Date of event: Summer 1930?
Earliest report of event: 1983?
Delay of report: 5 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Steele 1983.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Not known, probable book.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology catalogue.
This file created on: August 31, 2018
This file last updated on: September 8, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Arkansas
Type of location: Field.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Mot reported.
Entities outfit type: Dress, dark stockings.
Entities outfit color: White.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Luminous figure of a most beautiful woman.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Is there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, lost sense of time, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Captivated.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: No credibility, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: Medium.



Summer 1930. (approx. year) Night.


Jess Mcelhaney was walking home when he chased a racoon into a field. There he encountered the luminous figure of a "most beautiful" woman in a white dress and dark stockings, which figure cast no shadow, which seem to so captivate him that he lost the passage of time. When he got home he found that his brother Olney had also seen the figure.

Steele 1983 p18

Evaluation - Date is very approximate

Points to consider:

I am unable to identify the source "Steele 1983 p18" given by [pr1]. A first name, a book title, would have been useful.

Worse, I was unable to find any other source or information on this story.

As of the case, it seems to me that this is one more of the many "ghost story" introduced in ufology by a "skeptical" researcher as an example for his thesis that CE3 are explained as misinterpretations and inventions.

Update on September 8, 2018:

A reader of this page managed to identifiy the source "Steele 1983 p18" given by Peter Rogerson [pr1] as: Phillip Steele, Ozark Tales and Superstitions, Gretna (Louisiana), Pelican Publishing Conpany, 1983. I thus added this information to the Sources References to replace "Steele, page 18, 1983."

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 31, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source badly references and not available. Source reference provided by reader. Closed September 8, 2018.
2 Data Severe September 8, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.


No credibility, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 31, 2018 Creation, [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 31, 2018 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross September 8, 2018 In the Points to Consider, addition of the "Update on September 8, 2018".

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