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Investigation underway to find out who's responsible for the  
'mysterious drones' flying around in northeastern Colorado

Author: Allison Sylte
Published: 5:15 PM MST December 30, 2019
Updated: 9:24 PM MST December 30, 2019

Google, Amazon, Uber, NORAD and NOAA have all said they have nothing to do with the mysterious drones that have been spotted in the Colorado sky.

DENVER, CO/KUSA — As of this writing, no one has stepped forward to take responsibility for the drones that numerous people have reported flying over multiple rural counties in northeastern Colorado.

We do, however, have a pretty long list of who the drones don't belong to.

The confirmed sightings began with a Facebook post from the Phillips County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 20, and the flying objects have since been reported in surrounding jurisdictions. Local law enforcement has said they don’t know who the drones belong to, though the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office conceded they probably weren’t “malicious.”

We are aware of and have been investigating the multiple reports of drone sightings in the county over the last week. Deputies were out all night this evening along with Yuma County SO tracking these drones. Tonight we tracked over 16 drones between the two counties. We believe that the drones, though startling, are not malicious in nature. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads and communications with state and federal agencies to pinpoint the exact nature to their activities. As more information comes available, we will keep you informed. If any of these drones fly onto your property or are looking into windows, please call the communications center immediately so a deputy can respond to your location. If you happen to come into possession of one of these drones, please contact the Sheriff's Office so we can conduct a forensic evaluation of the drone to identify the owners and take the appropriate actions.

Deputies didn't say why they believe the drones aren't malicious.

“They were kind of flying in a grid out in the towns, out in the county, you’d see three or four flying in a line out in the east in the county,” Washington County Sheriff Jon Stivers said last week.

Nevertheless, Stivers said the drones “haven’t invaded anybody’s space as far as housing that I’m aware of.”

“It is concerning because you know, one of the reports I had last night was that the drone is way bigger than 6 [feet]; it sounds like a small jet engine when it’s flying,” Stivers said. “These are not drones that people in our county can just buy.”

Micki Trost, the spokesperson for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said her agency has reached out to local law enforcement to offer assistance with the drones, but hasn't gotten any requests to do so.

The drones have been reported at night, and 9NEWS has only gotten a handful of videos of them so far.

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