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Authorities baffled by fleet of mystery drones

Posted on Friday, 27 December, 2019 | Comment icon 67 comments

Who is flying these drones and why ? Image Credit: Dkroetsch
A fleet of drones has been making regular appearances over the last week and even the US military is mystified.
According to reports, as many as seventeen unidentified drones have been regularly showing up over Colorado's Phillips and Yuma counties between 7pm and 10pm in the evening.

The unmanned aerial vehicles will typically form a grid pattern however some of them have also been spotted hovering eerily over houses and empty fields for hours on end.

As things stand, nobody has a clue who is operating the drones or what they are doing.

Authorities don't seem to know who is behind them either with the DEA, FAA, US Air Force and US Army Forces Command admitting to being just as clueless as local authorities on the matter.
"They've been doing a grid search, a grid pattern," said Phillips County Sheriff Thomas Elliot. "They fly one square and then they fly another square. They do not seem to be malicious."

"They don't seem to be doing anything that would indicate criminal activity."

Criminal or not however, the mystery drones have been unnerving many who live nearby.

Investigations into the enigma remain ongoing.

Update: FAA launches investigation into mystery drones.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (67)

Tags: Drones, Colorado

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #58 Posted by stereologist on 8 January, 2020, 21:58
There is a right to privacy. The actions taken by the drones do not violate any laws or regulations according to the interviewed law enforcement people. Whatever the drones are doing appears to be ok.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Eldorado on 9 January, 2020, 15:24
From yesterday... "Sleepy town menaced by drones" https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/09/sleepy-town-menaced-by-by-plague-of-mysterious-drones-each-night-12030845/
Comment icon #60 Posted by bison on 9 January, 2020, 21:25
Examined the map of drone sightings at the website: nightdrones.net, which is color-coded by date. On one recent night, Mon., Jan. 6th, drones were reported over an area of about 600 miles West to East and 400 miles South to North. Since drones are legally required to be operated within the line of sight of whomever is using them, and the drones appear on a very limited schedule -- about 7 to 10 p.m., local time, this would imply  many independent drone operators over half of Colorado and essentially all of Nebraska.  A link to that map is provided, below: https://www.nightdrones.net/map-of-si... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Eldorado on 10 January, 2020, 21:59
Colorado to deploy more teams to investigate mystery drones after close call with medical helicopter https://www.wkbw.com/news/national/colorado-to-deploy-more-teams-to-investigate-mystery-drones-after-close-call-with-medical-helicopter
Comment icon #62 Posted by bison on 11 January, 2020, 0:59
CNN reports that the drone was seen just 100 feet below the medical helicopter. This is one tenth the vertical distance that Federal regulations require be maintained between two aircraft in flight. The observation that this incident will cause greater scrutiny of these mysterious drones and increase the determination to find their source seems fully justified.   
Comment icon #63 Posted by esoteric_toad on 14 January, 2020, 11:45
Update: https://abcnews.go.com/US/mystery-drone-faithful-undeterred-lack-evidence/story?id=68264339&cid=clicksource_4380645_11_comic_strip_sq_hed
Comment icon #64 Posted by joc on 14 January, 2020, 12:09
The Colorado Department of Public Safety says it is scaling back its investigation into reports of unexplained drone sightings after finding zero evidence that groups of large unmanned aircraft are flying strange patterns in the night sky. “To date, CDPS has confirmed no incidents involving criminal activity, nor have investigations substantiated reports of suspicious or illegal drone activity,” the agency said Monday in a statement. Hmmmm....he said.  But what about all the videos all these people have taken of all these drones?  There are videos right?  Apparently not...I haven't seen one...... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by esoteric_toad on 14 January, 2020, 12:28
Here's a photo of them: Here
Comment icon #66 Posted by Eldorado on 15 January, 2020, 22:20
"Speculation persists about drones said to be as big as cars, flying in groups in grid patterns at night. "“Even if the military has plausible deniability with this, defense contractors might be involved,” Dan Carlson, a drone-spotting retired meteorologist in western Nebraska, said Tuesday. “By the time they ‘fess up to it, they’ll have been in sky for four years.” "Four times this year, Carlson said, drones have flown after dark near his farm outside Sidney, Nebraska. "Drones flew in pairs on two nights, he said. Their speed, impressive range — over the distant horizon without landing — and ... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Eldorado on 17 January, 2020, 19:34
Privacy Concerns Abound As Coloradans Continue To See 'Mystery Drones https://www.kunc.org/post/privacy-concerns-abound-coloradans-continue-see-mystery-drones#stream/0

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