Location: Deming, New Mexico, United States
Hilda McAfee (a lady in her late 50s) and her elderly
mother were on their way home by car when they were disrupted
by a blinding light shining from straight ahead. As they
passed the object in the road, they saw two men who were
clad in pale, blue, bulky quilted coveralls. In the aftermath
of the event, both women suffered a burning, aching pain
in their chests and arms after the encounter, and "even
their bones" seemed to hurt.
Patti Morris, APRO Bulletin, Vol. 24 No. 6 (Dec 1975)
Mexico Occupant Case"
the course of his investigation of the Walton case, Field
Investigator Raymond Jordan obtained a lead on a possible
occupant report in Deming, New Mexico, dating back to
1972. The case was turned over to Field Investigator Patti
Morris, who submits the following report and accompanying
sketch which was done to the specification of the witnesses:
a clear but dark summer evening in June or July 1972 (exact
day and month uncertain), Mrs. Hilda McAfee (a lady in
her late 50s) and her elderly mother were on their way
home by car from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Deming. Interstate
10 was relatively devoid of traffic as they clipped along
at about 65 miles per hour, heading west. At about 23
miles east of Deming, the evening was disrupted by a beam
of blue light which shone down on them from what seemed
to be a short distance straight ahead, and emanating from
the same lane in which they were driving. The light was
huge and blinding and Mrs. McAfee prepared to swerve around
an object on the ground just ahead.
she pulled around the object, the two women were within
viewing distance of two men bathed in the brilliant blue
light, but only gathered a quick view of them. They appeared
to be of average height and rather stocky. They were clad
in pale, blue, bulky quilted coveralls. Mrs. McAfee's
mother noted that they were wearing wide belts which matched
the coveralls, gloves, with no insignias in evidence.
Mrs. McAfee said they were wearing dark boots which reached
the mid-calf. Both agreed that the "men"
were identically dressed and wore helmets similar in appearance
to those worn by motorcyclists, including a visor (dark)
which concealed the facial features.
figures appeared "rigid" and not aware
of, or if so, unconcerned about, the presence of the two
women. One had his back turned to the women and seemed
to be working on something connected with the object located
above them, while the other was turned sideways, facing
him, and appeared to be talking to his companion. Both
were standing flat on the pavement, either beside or underneath
the presumed object and the blue light which shone down
on them from a point somewhere above. At the same time,
the beam of light which had been focused on the two women
was still glaring at them, and followed the car as it
drove around the men and object.
noted were black rods estimated to be four or five inches
wide located near the "men", but no details
were noted. The entire object was described as being obscure
and no sound was heard. The only lights visible were the
light from above and the spotlight and the object was
vaguely discerned as about the size of a truck and sitting
high off the ground. Mrs. McAfee said she wasn't certain
but that they may have passed partially under the object
in their attempt to avoid hitting it.
they passed the men and the object, the women looked back
but all was dark and no trace was seen of the tableau.
They later speculated that whatever it was, had used the
light to prevent a collision and turned it off after the
women had passed it. Mrs. Morris concurred on this point.
odd aspect of this case is the aftermath. Both women suffered
a burning, aching pain in their chests and arms after
the encounter, and "even their bones"
seemed to hurt. Both ladies thought the pain was caused
by the light which was so brilliant, it lit up the floorboards
of the car and was much brighter than daylight. Neither
of the women had ever had a UFO experience before and
were totally unaware of them.
Investigator Morris was very impressed with the sincerity
of the two women who were eager to tell of their experience.
Mrs. McAfee is landlady to Mr. "Chaney"
Rogers, who is a brother of Mike Rogers, one of the six
witnesses to the Travis Walton incident. It was because
of the Walton incident that Mrs. McAfee and her mother
decided to divulge their experience. Mrs. McAfee decided
no one would laugh at them now.
information about the site of the McAfee incident: Terrain:
flat desert land. Population: sparsely settled. Weather:
Clear, warm. Air Traffic: non noticed. Overall time of
sighting: five minutes. Noise/odor: none.