The Baker Family UFO Encounter Over Lake Erie

Marcus Lowth
Published Date
August 2, 2018
Last Updated
October 11, 2021
Estimated Reading Time
6 min read
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UFOs, Close Encounters

Although figures vary between different UFO organizations and groups, just under half of all UFO sightings take place near to a significant body of water. This statistic alone creates many theories as to why this might be. Some believe “alien bases” reside deep down at the depths of the Earth’s oceans, seas, and lakes. Others speculate that these cosmic crafts use the underwater world as a way to traverse the planet. Some even go as far as to suggest that “portals or gateways” may exist, or be created under the water, which allows travel to elsewhere in the universe.

A depiction of a UFO over Lake Erie

A depiction of a UFO over Lake Erie

One of these bodies of water, Lake Erie – one of the “five great lakes in North America”- is one that has a plethora of UFO sightings to its name. The ancient lake runs from the Ontario Peninsula in Canada and has shores in four US states. One of these US states, Ohio, was the subject of a highly detailed sighting of a strange, and still unexplained object in March 1988. Not only were there multiple witnesses to the events, these would include two members of the Ohio Coastal Guard, who would make an official report.

Before we look at the Baker case in more detail, check out the short video below. It is from September 2010 and is just one of many pieces of footage of strange aerial craft in this part of the United States.

The Baker’s Usual Friday Night Drive Was Anything But!

The Baker family would eat out every Friday evening. Sheila and her husband, Henry, and their two children looked forward to it each week. On Friday 4th March 1988, all four of the Bakers were driving home following their usual Friday night meal. It was a little after 8:30 pm. Henry was driving, and the two children were in the back. The heavily pregnant Sheila, meanwhile, looked out of the passenger window at the frozen Lake Erie. The ice almost shined in the moonlight. Then, she saw a strangely lit object “rocking on the surface” of the lake.

She nudged her husband who took his attention away from the road for a moment. He could see it also. At Sheila’s insistence, he would turn the car’s direction towards the waterfront. Once there, they instructed their sons to remain in the vehicle before opening their car doors. They stepped out into the cold night and began to cautiously make their way the to the water’s edge. The lights were still there. What Sheila first noticed, though, were sounds that appeared to be the ice of the frozen lake cracking. She would liken them to “claps of thunder”.

As they got as near as they could without stepping on to the ice they could clearly make out a “football-shaped object” with bright white lights at either end. The object itself appeared to be of a “gunmetal gray” color and was hovering overhead as opposed to being on the surface. Despite the obvious movement, the strange craft made no noise whatsoever. All Sheila could hear were the sounds of cracking ice.

Suddenly, as if it had become aware of their presence, the object “swung towards them”, heading in their direction. Panicked and frightened, the couple turned and ran back to their vehicle.

Still Visible From The Baker Home

Henry would drive the remainder of the journey with alacrity. Once the Bakers arrived at their home and settled their children in bed, Sheila would contact the police to report the sighting. They would tell her that she would have to make the report to the Coast Guard. She did, and despite their initial refusal to deal with the case, would eventually agree to pick them up and take them back to the waterfront.

Meanwhile, the Bakers could clearly see the object hovering over the lake from the window of their house. As they watched, six independent triangular objects suddenly emerged from the larger one. They would move around the main object in a darting motion, before stopping suddenly. They would then move in the direction of the Perry nuclear power plant.

The Bakers would ask a neighbor to watch their children, and when the Coast Guard arrived, they would accompany them back to the lake. According to the officers, James Power and John Knaub, several other reports (including from their own employees) had come in regarding the object. As the coast guard’s vehicle pulled up at the waterfront, the smaller triangular objects were once again circling the main craft.

As soon as the coast guards opened their car doors the sound of “rumbling ice” met everyone’s ears. This was constant, as if the object’s purpose was to crack the ice and gain access to the water below. The coast guard’s report would state, “The ice was cracking and moving abnormal amounts”.  Whenever the object came closer to the surface, the cracking sounds became more intense. The coast guards would radio back to their control base stating that “the object appears to be landing on the lake”.

A depiction of a UFO over Lake Erie

A depiction of a UFO over Lake Erie

Triangular Objects “Scouting” The Area

The coast guards would continue to advise the control room of the situation. As the triangular crafts became active once more they would report that “there are other objects moving around it”. Furthermore, these objects were “going at a high rate of speed”.

As Sheila and Henry, along with the two coast guards continued to watch the fascinating display, they noticed one of the triangles suddenly turn in their direction. It was heading straight for the coast guard’s vehicle. Right before what seemed to be an inevitable impact, the object veered upwards in a “blur of light”. It then returned to the main, larger craft, as did the other smaller, triangular objects.

All the while, the sound of ice cracking continued. It seemed that the previously bright, white lights of the craft were now beginning to flash and glow in a display of red, blue, orange, and green. The craft itself appeared to be descending. The lights went out for a second and then returned.

And then, without warning, the lights and the rumbling audible carnage were gone completely. The witnesses were not clear if the craft had sped away or if the lights had simply gone out. Perhaps it was still hovering over the ice only now they couldn’t see it. Sheila, though, would voice her suspicion – for reasons she doesn’t know – that it had plunged directly below the ice and into the frozen waters.

Although several of the smaller triangular objects were seen flying directly overhead a little later that evening, the larger craft didn’t reappear. One of the coast guards would report that the triangular crafts behaved as though they were “scouting” the area. None of the coast guards could identify any of the objects they witnessed.

Corroborating Witnesses

Several other witnesses would come forward in the days that followed. Cindy Hale, for example, would report seeing a triangular object overhead while she walked her dog on the night in question. Before she had noticed the strange aerial object, her dog began to whine and become suddenly very agitated. It was then she looked upwards. The craft remained there for several moments. Long enough for Cindy to take her dog inside and return. She would describe a series of flashing multicolored lights on the craft’s underside. Then, it would suddenly accelerate away at blistering pace, although it remained silent.

At the same time, and from a different location, Tim Keck was viewing the skies over Ohio with his astronomical telescope. Suddenly, one of the strange triangular craft came into his sights. Not quite believing what he was seeing – remember Keck viewed the craft at a magnified level – he reached for his cheap throwaway-type camera. He would manage to get one picture before the craft was out of sight. According to the analysis of the picture by optical physicist, Bruce Maccabee, the photograph was genuine. And if the picture was, then in turn, so was the sighting.

The video below features news clips and audio of the initial interview with Sheila and Henry Baker concerning the 1988 sighting.

Increased UFO Sightings In Ohio?

As we mentioned in the opening, Lake Eire, of all the five great lakes, has a long UFO history. And much of that activity seems to occur in the Ohio area. Perhaps it is coincidence that Wright Patterson Air Force Base – a base synonymous with UFO sightings and recoveries – resides in Dayton, Ohio. We have also examined before the sighting of a UFO from two separate experienced airline pilots in February 1995 near Cleveland, Ohio. One of them would even attempt to open communications with the apparently otherworldly visitor before it vanished from sight.

What perhaps makes this particular stretch of water stand out is that reports of such sightings in the many local publications are on record right the way back to the 1800s. In contemporary times, numerous videos are on YouTube claiming to show sightings of strange lights and objects in the skies over Ohio and near Lake Erie.

In 2007, local station News Channel 5 would run a story on Cleveland’s UFO sightings. According to their research, between 2005 and 2007 over twenty UFO sightings had been reported to authorities. Almost all of them near or around the mysterious lake. [1] These sightings continue in abundance today. Whether of importance or not, one local UFO research, Richard Lee, would state that sightings seem to increase whenever any significant building projects begin.

The short video below features several different news clips and footage of alleged sightings. While the opening section is the same as the video above, it then looks at several other incidents. It is very much worth watching. And maybe puts into perspective just how active the skies over, and indeed the waters of Lake Erie actually are.


1 Does Lake Erie Harbor an Underwater UFO Base?, The Paranormal Pastor, September 18th, 2011

Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years of experience.

Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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