Reward for Return of Aurora Extraterrestrial's Grave Marker Apr 16, 2018 10:21:36 GMT -5 Sam and jason like this
Post by Joanna on Apr 16, 2018 10:21:36 GMT -5
Reward for Return of Aurora Extraterrestrial's Grave Marker
AURORA, Tex. – Stratton Horres, a Dallas lawyer, is offering $1,000 for the return of a grave marker stolen from Aurora Cemetery that marked the grave of an extraterrestrial killed in a spaceship crash that occurred April 17, 1897.
Horres doesn’t necessarily believe a spaceship actually crashed in the small town 27 miles north of downtown Fort Worth, but he enjoys reading about and researching unidentified flying objects and wants to see if his financial offer turns up any evidence one way or the other. “It’s a legend that persists after 120 years. It’s pretty remarkable,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m skeptical, but would love to find some evidence that something has happened that we could not explain.”
The grave marker was stolen in 1972, around the time the nonprofit Mutual UFO Network published an investigative piece about the Aurora incident. A replacement marker was stolen in 2012, said Aurora city administrator Toni Wheeler, a longtime resident. The marker was an asymmetrical stone that featured a crude etching of the cigar-shaped aircraft with three holes.
Today, the grave site is marked by a boulder, although some visitors to the cemetery have used ink to inscribe the rock with messages such as “Rest in peace, my alien brother.” A small wooden cross and flowers also were seen at the grave during a recent visit.
On April 17, 1897, a story attributed to Aurora cotton buyer S. E. Haydon appeared in The Dallas Morning News: “About 6 o’clock this morning, the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing through the country.” The story went on to explain that an aircraft smacked into a windmill just a few hundred feet north of what is now Texas 114 and crashed into a field. Supposedly, the pilot – whom townsfolk subsequently nicknamed “Ned” – was buried in the town cemetery.
The incident occurred six years before the Wright brothers’ historic first human flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and almost a half-century before the much more famous unidentified flying object reportedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.
Horres said he got the idea of offering a reward after visiting the cemetery on a whim one recent Saturday. He encountered a father and his young son who also were visiting the site and shared with them tidbits of information he had read about the Aurora UFO incident during his research. “Another generation will remember that story because of that visit,” he said.
If someone comes forward with the grave marker, Horres indicated he will not pursue criminal charges. “It will be no questions asked. I don’t want anyone to feel like they were in trouble.”
Horres also said he will hire an investigator he uses in some of his cases to oversee an investigation concerning the grave marker, possibly including a study into who did the etchings and the type stone used. Once such work is complete, he will consider donating the grave marker to either Aurora city officials or the local cemetery association, or otherwise taking steps to ensure it is maintained safely for future generations. “It would be for the return and examination to the original grave site, for everyone to see it.”
Anyone wishing to contact Horres to discuss the reward or other aspects of the case may email him at email@example.com
Officials in Aurora were unaware of Horres’ interest in the grave marker, but would be delighted if he turned up any evidence, new or old, Wheeler said.
Two years ago, the city held an Aurora Alien Encounter to celebrate the anniversary of the reported crash. A subsequent encounter event was canceled after the 2017 death of UFO researcher and former Star-Telegram reporter Jim Marrs, who created a documentary about the Aurora incident and wrote and spoke extensively about the JFK assassination and numerous conspiracy theories. Marrs died of a heart attack on August 2, 2017, at age 73.
This year, the city will host a toned-down event to celebrate the 121st anniversary of the reported UFO crash, featuring a memorial service for Marrs and tour of the cemetery and area near the crash site, Wheeler added.
This year’s event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., April 28, and information can be found on the city's Facebook page. Later, additional information will be provided on the city’s website.
Source: Gordon Dickson, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 30, 2018.
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