In 1964 a town in New Mexico named Socorro made quite a stir. It seems a craft had landed, however, the reason this UFO sighting is different among the rest is due to the fact it left trace evidence behind and was witnessed by a Police Officer Named Lonnie Zamora. This intriguing case has been a mainstay in Ufology for over 50 years with no end in sight to its longevity.
Thirty-one year old policeman Lonnie Zamora was on patrol when he was passed by a car which was speeding. Zamora took off in chase of the vehicle, but heard a extremely loud roar in the distance which was accompanied by a bluish, orange flame rising into the air. There was a shack close by that contained explosives and he was worried that may be the cause of the what seemed to him an out of the ordinary type explosion. Radioing the dispatcher he turned his patrol car in that direction and headed toward back towards the shack.
Officer Zamora proceeded cautiously towards the rising smoke and flames, the aftermath of the explosion which seemed to disappear and reappear because of the rising and dipping roads in which he traveled to get there. The route he was on was very narrow made of dirt and gravel winding wildly around a small gully. Approaching the location of the shack, Officer Zamora noticed a shining object about 100 – 200 yards away.
Upon first sight he thought it may be a car which may have overturned and exploded but upon a inspection he discovered that it was an oval shaped type object without windows or doors. He stated that the object was about the same size as that of a medium car. Seeing an unusual red insignia on the side he and then noticed two beings that he thought at first to be children, dressed in white overalls. He recalled that the so called children seemed to jump or become startled when they noticed him. He immediately radioed dispatched explaining the details of the incident.
Deciding to get a closer look at the strange scene he then heard a loud roar and saw a bluish flame shoot out of the underside of the object. Afraid that it was going to explode, he fell to the ground to protect himself. Seeing the object lift off the ground, and head towards the southeast it flew in a straight line for about 10-15 miles. The legs that he had seen earlier had disappeared. Having intercepted Zamora’s earlier radio transmission, State Police Sergeant Sam Chavez arrived at the scene just after the craft disappeared into the sky.
Army Captain Richard T. Holder, Up-Range Commander of White Sands Proving Grounds, along with an FBI agent, D. Arthur Byrnes, Jr. were the first to investigate however it was not until 1968 that the evidence from the sighting became known. Dr. James E. McDonald, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Arizona, said that he had learned of an alleged patch of “fused sand” at the Socorro landing site. It seems “A woman who is now a radiological chemist with the Public Health Service in Las Vegas was involved in some special analyses of materials collected at the Socorro site, and when she was there, the morning after the Apr. 25, 1964 incident. She claims that there was a patch of melted and solidified sand right under the landing area. Dr. McDonald talked to her both by telephone and in person. She had analyzed plant fluids exuded from the scorched greasewood and mesquite plants, and told McDonald, “There were a few organic materials they couldn’t identify,” but most of the sample was just sap. “Shortly after she finished her work,” she told him, “Air Force personnel came and took all her notes and materials and told her she wasn’t to talk about it anymore.”
Analysis reports of physical evidence at the site have never been released to the public however An FBI report dated May 8, 1964, notes that Zamora has been personally known for about 5 years and is “well regarded as a sober, industrious, and conscientious officer and not given to fantasy.”The report also confirms the scorched foliage and the imprints, noting that, “Each depression seemed to have been made by an object going into the earth at an angle from a center line Measurements taken by police verified that there were 4 indentations on the ground; the distance between them formed a quadrilateral whose diagonals intersected at exactly
90 degree angles.
Although the Air Force’s Bluebook was notorious for either debunking or misrepresenting cases they looked into, I was surprised when I read the CIA evaluation of this incident as provided by the Freedom of Information act. The following document was made available for public inspection on January 2, 1981.
It was originally included in the CIA publication, “Studies in Intelligence,” released in 1966. The brief, “Policeman’s Report,” was written by Hector Quintanilla, Jr., the former head of Project Blue Book. “There is no doubt that Lonnie Zamora saw an 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 of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora to the point of panic.”