1964, the intriguing Zamora case

Few are the UFO sightings with physical trace evidence. But in 1964 policeman Lonnie Zamora saw a highly unusual device of unknown origin and its occupants in what became known as the Zamora Case.

Socorro, New Mexico. April 24, 1964 6:00 p.m. While chasing a speeding car, police sergeant Lonnie Zamora hears a loud roar, and sees a flame in the sky. Thinking a local dynamite shack might have exploded, Zamora breaks off the chase to investigate.

In interviews with Air Force investigators for Project Blue Book he describes the noise as “a roar, not a blast. Not like a jet. Changed from high frequency to low frequency and then stopped. Roar lasted possibly 10 seconds”.

As he got to the site, he saw an egg-shaped object, standing on a tripod leg formation with two small creatures outside of it, in white overalls.

According to his account, as Zamora began to approach on foot, the creatures quickly jumped inside the egg-shaped vehicle, and it lifted off into the sky, in a column of fire.

Lonnie Zamora ufo

Fortunately, the landing marks, where the craft had come down were still visible, clearly demonstrating that something had touched to the ground and had left the ground again and took to the skies.

Within days, a team of investigators from the FBI, the Air Force and the nearby White Sands Missile Range examined the site. As soon as the media picked up the story, more witnesses came forward with similar descriptions.

The Hoax claims

As usual many were the “debunkers”. From optical illusions to pranksters students, many tried to discredit Zamora’s sighting.

However, in a secret report prepared for the CIA, Project Blue Book’s director, Major Hector Quintanilla offered further details regarding the Zamora case, “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.”

The initial investigation. Left to right: Sgt. Lonnie Zamora, Mr. Burns (FBI), Maj. H. Mitchell (AFMDC), Coral Lorenzen of APRO, and Sgt. Castle of the Military Police.

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