One of the most interesting UFO cases, leaving physical evidence and also real-time sighting of strange beings coming out of a craft, has been witnesses by two police officers from Socorro, New Mexico.
This case has kept the fire burning in ufology for over 40 years. Even though the Government tried to mask this amazing event, they couldn’t come up with any decent explanation as they were taken by surprise and the witnesses were too convinced of what they saw to think otherwise.
At 5:45 P.M. on April 24, 1964, thirty-one year old policeman Lonnie Zamora was on patrol as usual when he saw a car making haste on the street way over the speed limit. He then started chasing the driver when suddenly, a loud roar followed by a flame in the sky distracted him.
“At this time, I heard a roar and saw a flame in the sky to the southwest some distance away.”
He knew about the existence of a dynamite shack not far from there so at first he thought that someone had triggered an explosion there. Concerned about a bigger threat, he disengaged from the car chase and went in the direction of the shack. He reported the series of events to the sheriff’s dispatcher.
As he approached his destination, he saw fire and smoke rising but, when he got even closer, about 100 to 200 yards, Zamora spotted a mysterious shining object resembling to a large egg.
At first he thought that he was dealing with an overturned car but, after a closer look he realized the UFO was not upside down but sitting on one end, supported by some slender legs. The object also had no windows or doors.
Puzzled by the strange sighting, the policeman decided to investigate even further.He went towards an unusual red insignia which he observed on the side of the object when two bizarre creatures resembling children appeared in front of him.
I SAW TWO PEOPLE IN WHITE COVERALLS VERY CLOSE TO THE OBJECT. ONE OF THESE PERSONS SEEMED TO TURN AND LOOK STRAIGHT AT MY CAR AND SEEMED STARTLED – SEEMED TO QUICKLY JUMP SOMEHOW. I DON’T RECALL NOTING ANY PARTICULAR SHAPE OR POSSIBLY ANY HATS OR HEAD GEAR. THESE PERSONS APPEARED NORMAL IN SHAPE, BUT POSSIBLY THEY WERE SMALL ADULTS OR SMALL KIDS.”
Before noticing anything else, the cop heard a loud noise accompanied by a blue flame coming from under the flying craft. Afraid that it was going to blow up, he found shelter on the ground. After a few moments of panic, he saw the object lifting off the ground, its strange legs disappearing.
“It started at a low frequency but quickly the roar rose in frequency and in loudness… Flames were under the object… light blue and at bottom was a sort of orange color.”
Sergeant Sam Chavez arrived at the scene, just in time to see the UFO depart towards southeast, flying in a straight line. Following these events, the two policemen walked to the spot where the object had landed and collected evidence from what it remained.
After a few hours, state police and the FBI arrived at the reported scene.
Zamora was questioned by US Army Captain Richard T. Holder, Up-Range Commander of the White Sands Missile Range, and by the Special FBI Agent D. Arthur Byrnes Jr. from the Albuquerque office. Zamora declared that:
NOISE WAS A ROAR, NOT A BLAST. NOT LIKE A JET. CHANGED FROM HIGH FREQUENCY TO LOW FREQUENCY AND THEN STOPPED. ROAR LASTED POSSIBLY 10 SECONDS WAS GOING TOWARDS IT AT THAT TIME ON THE ROUGH GRAVEL ROAD… AT SAME TIME AS ROAR, I SAW FLAME.
Flame was under the object. Object was starting to go straight up slowly up… Flame was light blue and at bottom was sort of orange color… Thought, from roar, it might blow up…”
A couple of days after the event, Dr. J. Allen Hynek came to investigate the report for the Air Force’s Project Blue Book. He questioned Zamora and also measured and photographed the landing site. It contained holes in the ground, possibly made by the landing gear, as well as several small footprints. The marks left by the landing legs formed a quadrilateral whose diagonals met at exactly 90 degree angles.
Because the case received large press coverage, the Air Force was put under pressure and had to offer an explanation to the public. They claimed that a rancher’s helicopter or maybe an experimental NASA lunar lander did this.
Zamora was known as a well-respected and reliable policeman, with no personal or professional bad habits. He remembered and described in detail this strange occurrence to all who were interested.
Ultimately, Project Blue Book declared the report “unsolved” and included the following in their report:
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT LOONIE ZAMORA SAW ON OBJECT WHICH LEFT QUITE AN IMPRESSION ON HIM. THERE IS ALSO NO QUESTION ABOUT ZAMORA’S RELIABILITY. HE IS A SERIOUS POLICE OFFICER, A PILLAR OF HIS CHURCH, AND A MAN WELL VERSED IN RECOGNIZING AIRBORNE VEHICLES IN HIS AREA.
HE IS PUZZLED BY WHAT HE SAW, AND FRANKLY, SO ARE WE. THIS IS THE BEST-DOCUMENTED CASE ON RECORD, AND STILL WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE, IN SPITE OD THOROUGH INVESTIGATION, TO FIND THE VEHICLE OR OTHER STIMULUS THAT SCARED ZAMORA TO THE POINT OF PANIC.”
This case remains unsolved and thanks to the pressure the media put at that time, the government did not manage to cover it up entirely. Even though the enthusiasm regarding this ET meeting died long ago, the information still remains for us to draw knowledge.