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Monday, July 2, 2012

UFOs sighted in Puerto Rico of 1972

The following is an account concerning the multiple appearances of UFOs sighted throughout Puerto Rico in November of 1972, which appeared in the NICAP magazine "UFO INVESTIGATOR".

Hundreds of citizens in towns and villages throughout Puerto Rico are currently scanning the skies to catch a glimpse of the UFO or UFOs that seem to have adopted this U.S. commonwealth island during the past few weeks.

Speculation in the island’s news media has ranged from weather balloons to Martians. The first report appeared October 10, 1972 in the San Juan Star (an English-language newspaper).

The paper, in a story headlined “Is Adjuntas UFO A Balloon?”, reported that numerous reports had been received by local police regarding a mysterious object seen floating over mountains near Adjuntas, a small village in southwestern Puerto Rico.

According to newspaper accounts, eyewitnesses reported the object is sphere-shaped and adorned with yellow lights. A police spokesperson at Adjuntas told reporters for the San Juan Star that the UFO appears frequently over the mountains of Barrio Vega Arriba at night and is visible for approximately five minutes before it disappears.

The National Weather Service in San Juan has speculated the flying object may be a weather balloon released by them at 7:00 pm, each night. According to the bureau, prevailing air currents would likely bring the balloon in the vicinity of Adjuntas.

The “balloon theory” may indeed have merit, according to some reports, but failed to explained a subsequent story in the San Juan Star, October 14, 1972 headlined, “UFOs Seen by Adjuntas Mayor, Others.”

“If I hadn’t seen those things with my own eyes, I would never have believed in flying saucers, but I can’t say no to my own eyes,” said Adjuntas Mayor Rigoberto Ramos, describing the UFOs he and a group of witnesses claimed to have witnessed on October 13, 1972.

The mayor and a group of townspeople were driving towards San Juan on a “lonely stretch of road” around 9:00 pm when they spotted “three bright discs moving along in the sky.” The mayor told reporters the three discs emitted light, which changed in intensity and color as they moved across the sky.

“I had no doubt in my mind that I was looking at something I had never before seen in my life,” said the mayor.

The same newspaper story mentioned another series of sightings, which were reported in Aguadilla, a coastal city at the northwestern end of the island.

Twenty employees of Aguadilla Hospital and a local shoe factory reportedly had witnessed numerous strange objects moving silently across the sky.

Rosa G. DeCastro, the hospital’s supervisor, said she clearly saw the objects. “They were large, saucer-shaped, with a cone protruding from the top and moving lights.” At least four Aguadilla police officers also reported seeing the objects.

Sightings reports and stories of UFOs over Puerto Rico continued to appear in the island’s major newspapers throughout October of 1972. According to the papers, UFO reports have come from both large and small cities and towns: Cabo Rojo, Hormigueros, Lares, Cayey, Caguas and even San Juan.

In the midst of newspaper accounts of various sightings, the Associated Press, in one of its wire service dispatches, noted the following:

And although the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Force disclaim any knowledge, a highly reliable source says a strange fast-moving blip appeared on aviation radar screens at least once in the past weeks.

“It moved faster than any known aircraft, civilian or military and could not be identified,” the source said.

And although the Air Force, which operates huge Ramey Air Base on the island’s northwestern tip (in Aguadilla), declines comments, area residents say that shortly after the sightings began to be reported, “There were a considerable number of aircraft circling at night, over the area, as if on a search mission.”

The lack of assistance from federal and commonwealth agencies in seeking explanations for the sightings has apparently not deterred Lt. Louis Maldonado Trinidad, police chief of the Southern area, from conducting his own investigation of the reports that have plagued his jurisdiction.

According to a story in El Nuevo Dia newspaper, Trinidad told reporters he would try to uncover everything that is back of the appearance of the UFOs and will reveal it to the public if it is a hoax or practical joke by unknown persons.

 Despite Trinidad’s assurances, reports of UFOs over various sections of Puerto Rico continued to increase as October of 1972 came to an end. From Bayamon to Carolina and Caguas and Cayey, dozens of persons insisted they were seeing strange things in the sky.

Written by NICAP magazine “UFO INVESTIGATOR” of November 1972

More on the UFOs sighted by the mayor of Adjuntas


While the State Civil Defense issued orders to investigate all the allege sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in different sectors of the Island, the mayor of the town of Adjuntas, Rigoberto (Pucho) Ramos, has kept on waiting for replies from the federal authorities to answer a letter he sent to President Bush. The mayor wrote to the president, after witnessing, along with other people, strange lights that moved in the Adjuntas skies.

Relatives of the mayor indicated that Ramos was concerned if UFOs were frequenting the local airspace or if federal authorities were conducting an experiment in the area. It is not known if President Bush has answered Mayor Ramos’s letter concerning the UFO sightings or if the president had referred the matter to any government agency.  


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Although there have been many unexplained sightings in the town of Lajas, the situation there has been hyped by the amount of lies and exaggeration by a group of so-called, "ufologists" who ignore other areas of Puerto Rico to promote tourism in Lajas. That was evident when my wife and my daughter confronted a terrifying experience in the town of Aguada with extraterrestrials and that group of charlatans refused our plea for help. Of course, if it happened in Lajas they would have jumped on the opportunity for fame and tourism for that town. Those hoaxes and lies were approved and sanctioned by the then mayor of that town who named route 303 "The extraterrestrial route". The idea of building an "UFOport" (ovnipuerto), “la llorona sightings" and the biggest hoax of them all, "that a UFO crashed there" all this could only be found in a science fiction novel.

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