WANAQUE, N.J. – A once-anonymous photographer who 50 years ago snapped a shot of what observers called a UFO over the Wanaque Reservoir has been identified.
“Claude Coutant was the name of the individual who took at least five photos of the Wanaque Reservoir craft in late December 1966, including the ‘beam’ shot,” Anthony Bragalia reports on UFOExplorations.com.
Bragalia said he got previously-unreleased images taken by Coutant, along with his identity, from a woman who once worked for the Star-Ledger – who said she got it from a woman who’d been engaged to the 46-year-old factory worker.
Coutant, who worked for a rubber mill in Butler, died in 1986, Bragalia wrote.
Other sightings had been reported in the months leading up to the photo, the story says.
“The strangest part is that there was no noise attached to this object. None whatsoever. It was absolutely silent,” then-Wanaque Reservoir Police Chief John Casazza was quoted as saying at the time.
“It was a bright white light. It was funnel-shaped. It seemed to come out of some object, like a funnel,” Casazza reportedly said. “In other words, it spread out as if it were focused through a telescope. It was narrow at one end in the sky and spread out into a very wide beam at it approached our upper gate house at the Dam.”
The photo shows a beam stopping before hitting the water and a cube-like area beneath the surface.
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