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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.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Years after events dated vaguely of the summer of 1967, an article in a ufology magazine tells of Lucien Duplaix, 49 executive and his daughter, who at night in their house in Roanne, France seemed to have been worried and frightened by a noise of strange steps outside in the street, a vague motionless silhouette in front of the entry that vanished when the light was switched on, and a quite fugitive glimpse of something dark flying above the roofs of neighbor houses.

The entire experience is of vague impressions by probably half asleep witnesses and deprived of any real strangeness, and, not surprisingly, did not leave much impression in the ufology literature.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000009
Date of event: Summer 1967
Earliest report of event: Probably 1974
Delay of report: 7 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Lumières dans La Nuit.
First certain record by: Figuet et Ruchon.
First alleged record type: Ufology magazine.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: August 23, 2006
This file last updated on: August 23, 2006
Country of event: France
State/Department: Rhône-et-Loire
Type of location: From windows inside house.
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: 49, and his daughter.
Witnesses types: Executive, and his daughter.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Vague silhouette.
Entities height: Not known.
Entities outfit type: Not known.
Entities outfit color: Not known.
Entities skin color: Not known.
Entities body: Not known.
Entities head: Not known.
Entities eyes: Not known.
Entities mouth: Not known.
Entities nose: Not known.
Entities feet: Not known.
Entities arms: Not known.
Entities fingers: Not known.
Entities fingers number: Not known.
Entities hair: Not known.
Entities voice: None.
Entities actions: None.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, frightened.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not known.
Explanation category: Confusion.
Explanation certainty: Medium.



The authors indicate that in the summer of 1967, towards 11:00 p.m. in Roanne, Lucien Duplaix, aged 49, director of a service at the arsenal of Roanne, stands up on the request of its wife who is suffering, to go get a drug which is in a kitchen cupboard. He then hears a noise of strange steps, heavy and trailing, outside, on the side of the Saint-Exupéry street. His daughter who sleeps in a nearby room awakes, and goes at the window in order to find from where the noise comes. She perceives a vague motionless silhouette in front of the entry of their house terrain, which "seems to observe, then disappears as by enchantment" when she lights her room. The silhouette reappears a little further in direction of a wood located at 100 meters. Lucien Duplaix comforts his daughter who expresses a great fright, during five minutes, then goes at the window to inspect the street. He does not see a silhouette. He sees in edge of the wood a dark object which he thinks at that time is parked car and it does not make a connection with the strange noise heard and the silhouette observed by his daughter. Nothing happens and he gets ready to go back to bed, but first goes in the kitchen again to put back the drug which his wife had just taken, and he then sees during a short moment a dark mass with a slightly enlightened top which passes quickly in his limited field of vision above the close neighbor houses at 40 or 50 meters to altitude. Having observed the object from the side, he cannot specify if it was round or of lengthened form, but it appeared to be of 5 to 6 meters length. The authors indicate that their sources are "L.D.L.N., n° 137, p. 22-23".

Points to consider:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium August 22, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing first source "Lumière dans la Nuit" issue 137. Help needed. Opened.


Probably a series of confusions.

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 22, 2006 Creation, [fr1].
0.2 Patrick Gross August 23, 2006 First published.

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