Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Serious Doubts In the Laconia Abduction Case
A little over a year and a half ago, on March 20, 2010, two Laconia, NH
teenagers claimed that their car was lifted off the ground by a UFO, and then subsequently dropped when one of the teens sounded the car horn. After careful examination of both witness reports, and statements made by the police, it is clear that there are some serious discrepancies and red flags in this case. It appears things are being overlooked or ignored by MUFON and those that are touting the Laconia case as legitimate.
The case which was reported to the National UFO Reporting Center and investigated by MUFON New England, received considerable attention on the web and received over 20,000 views on the Examiner website. It has also appeared on many other UFO websites and forums around the world. The case was also the focus of New England MUFON Director Steve Firmani's recent lecture at the 2011 Exeter UFO Festival.
Discrepancies in the case are immediately apparent when comparing the witness testimony with the statements made by the investigating officers in the Laconia Citizen article, "Youths Claim UFO Lifted them."
The first issue that arises is that the witnesses gave conflicting reports to the Laconia Police and MUFON as to where the alleged abduction attempt took place. The police were told by the witnesses that the incident occurred at Opechee Park, but in their account submitted to NUFORC and MUFON, the witnesses claim the incident occurred at The Fun Spot, a local arcade.
According to Chief Michael Moyer "As of Friday evening, however, the case remains uncleared because of a discrepancy between where Moore told Batstone the incident allegedly occurred and where she and her boyfriend later told UFO investigators it happened — namely the parking lot at Funspot — said Laconia Police Chief Mike Moyer."
"'The long and short,' said Moyer,' is that we got this call to Opechee Park and the officer basically closed the case because there was nothing for us to do; and then I got a call from the UFO guys and they came and took statements and I didn't realize until yesterday in reading the statement they [Moore and her boyfriend] gave the UFO people the discrepancy in what they told the police.'" Chief Moyer also notes that there was no mention of a UFO until MUFON contacted him.
Looking at the testimony of the male witness, when describing the damage to the windshield of the car he claims "It popped outwards like it was pulled out." The male witness also goes on to say "He [Officer Batstone] said that there was no reason for this to have happened to the car when there are no dents or scratches and no reason for the windshield to shatter and pop out the way it did. He had no explanation for why the windshield popped outwards."
This statement is in direct conflict with what officer Batstone says in the Laconia Citizen article, Officer Batstone clearly states that the damage on the windshield was "consistent with the cover to the air bag being launched into the windshield when the passenger side air bag had deployed." You can also plainly see in the photos taken of the interior of the vehicle by MUFON investigators that the airbag has clearly deployed, and caused the windshield to shatter.
During his examination of the vehicle, Officer Batstone also noted that dirt on the car was undisturbed, and that the inside of the vehicle showed "no indications that any sort of impact had happened." After interviewing the witness and examining the vehicle at her house, Officer Batstone went to Opechee Park to search the site of the alleged incident and found that there was nothing "to indicate that a collision had occurred."
There is also the issue of the actual sight of the event, The Fun Spot arcade. The Fun Spot parking lot is known in the area as a place where teens go hang out and jump their cars off a curb in the parking lot. The damage done to the undercarriage of the vehicle and the deployment of an airbag could be consistent with this sort of jumping of a vehicle.
The evidence that New England MUFON Director Steve Firmani has referenced in different lectures, podcasts, and articles consists of: the testimony of the witnesses, marks in the curb at Fun Spot that he claims he was able to match up with parts of the undercarriage of the witness vehicle, and the claim that both witness cell phones ceased functioning after the incident. There was also a mechanic's report of the damage done to the vehicle that supposedly states electrical damage occurred to the vehicle that wasn't consistent with a typical airbag deployment. Pictures of the vehicle and the alleged abduction site can be viewed online at Examiner.com, "UFO picks up Laconia, NH car with teens and drops 180 feet away."
It is unclear to what extent MUFON has analyzed this evidence, but one can only hope that the cell phones and unusual electrical damage to the vehicle were further examined and corroborated, not taken at face value given the problems with the witness testimony. It would be very easy to test the cell phones and request phone records from both witnesses to prove that their phones were functional up until the event, and ceased due to the incident. It would also be very easy to seek out a second opinion on the mechanic's report.
While this is not an all-out debunking of this case, what I have laid out here are some serious reasons to doubt the credibility of the "Laconia Abduction Case." My hope is that by bringing attention to the discrepancies in this case, it will help encourage people to re-examine the facts and evidence involved, and inspire a fresh look at the case.
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"Youths claim UFO lifted them", Koziol, John. Laconia Citizen. April 24, 2010 [cited 29 December 2011] URL:http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100424/GJNEWS02/704249930
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