Nov 05 2009
Lonnie Zamora 1933-2009
One of the most famous UFO witnesses of the 20th century has died. New Mexico police Sergeant Lonnie Zamora claimed that he saw an anomalous object take off from an arroyo near Socorro, New Mexico on April 24, 1964. Zamora was out on patrol when he heard a “roar” from a nearby area where dynamite was stored. When he pulled off the road to investigate:
Zamora struggled to get his car up the steep hill, and on the third attempt, which was successful, he noted no further noise. For the next 10-15 seconds he proceeded west, looking for the shack whose precise location he did not recall. It was then that he noticed a shiny object, “to south about 150 to 200 yards”, that at first he took to be an “overturned white car…up on radiator or on trunk”, with two people standing close to it, one of whom seemed to notice him with some surprise and gave a start. The shiny object was “like aluminum–it was whitish against the mesa background, but not chrome”, and shaped like a letter “O”. Having stopped for a couple of seconds, Zamora approached in his car meaning to help.
Zamora only caught a brief sight of the two people in white coveralls beside the “car”. He recalls nothing special about them. “I don’t recall noting any particular shape or possibly any hats, or headgear. These persons appeared normal in shape–but possibly they were small adults or large kids.”
The figures appeared startled when they noticed Zamora, and disappeared behind the object, which soon after emitted another loud roar and disappeared quickly over a mountain range.
Recently, a small rumpus has ensued over a post by Anthony Bragalia claiming that what Zamora and others saw was a prank by University of New Mexico engineering students. Personally, I don’t think Bragalia has made his case, but he has attracted the attention of original Socorro investigator Ray Stanford, who has vociferously disagreed with Bragalia’s theory. Stanford is the author of the only full length book on the case, entitled Socorro Saucer In A Pentagon Pantry.
A rosary will be recited for Zamora on Friday, November 6th at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, with the funeral set for 9AM Saturday.
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