- [CNI News thanks Cynthia Newby Luce for
forwarding this information from UFO researchers Bob Pratt and Paulo Andrade.
The following is excerpted from several Brazilian newspapers and a report
from Brazilian researcher Marcy O. Monteiro Neto.]
- The paper "Correio Braziliense",
which circulates in Brasilia, Brazil's federal capital, carried this story
on July 9, 1997:
- CUIABA', MATO GROSSO -- Brazil also has its Roswell Case (the crash
of an alleged alien ship in a ranch in New Mexico, USA, in 1947). Although
it happened in the night of July 1st, the report of the crash of an unidentified
flying object (UFO) at Teresopolis, district of the county of Nova Brasilandia,
300 kilometers northeast of Cuiaba', came only yesterday to Cuiaba', State
capital of Mato Grosso. And it became news due to the surprise it provoked
in a former Mato Grosso state representative, Isaias Rezende, who is owner
of a ranch close to Mr. Divino Fogoio's ranch, where the object crashed.
- The former representative has been in
the region and became astonished at the suspenseful atmosphere that overcame
the locals. On Monday [July 7th, 1997], two journalist teams from Cuiaba',
together with the Fire Department, unsuccessfully tried to enter the Divino
Fogoio ranch. But the farmer told them he could allow access only to personnel
authorized by Brazil's federal government.
- Mr. Fogoio, however, confirms the reports
from people who saw an incandescent object descending over the region,
causing a "tremendous bang" that not only shook his house but
also was heard at a distance of over 100 km [62 miles].
- [The following additional information
was provided in "Jornal do Brasil", which circulates in the city
of Rio de Janeiro, on July 9]
- The cowboy Gilberto Braga, who lives
in Nova Brasilandia, was the only one who had courage to touch the object.
"It seems an iron ball, bigger than a tractor, that released an odd
smell," says the cowboy.
- Residents of the region are concerned
about a possible contamination of the herd or of the population who lives
at the riverside, since the UFO crash site lies at the banks of Manso River.
- "It was a disc-shaped object, with
an intense light", said Mr. Claudio Picci, Nova Brasilandia's municipal
Secretary of Industry and Commerce."
- [Brazilian UFO researcher Marcy O. Monteiro
Neto, Vice-President of AMPUP, the State of Mato Grosso Association for
UFO and Parapsychological Research, and a group of associates visited the
alleged crash site on July 8. In a letter to fellow researcher Pedro Cunha
dated July 9, Mrs. Neto reported as follows.]
- We arrived at the city of Nova Brasilandia
July 8. We interviewed several people, who told us the facts in the same
way. According to witnesses, in the night of July 1st, 1997, an object
flew over the city, lighting up the sky. Soon after the sighting, a noise
was heard, like an explosion, and the object crashed.
- We took about 5 hours searching the farm
where allegedly the object would be. The info we have been given was mistaken.
Everybody knew of the happenings, but didn't reveal the crash site. After
we almost lost ourselves among roads that looked like mazes, we decided
- Arriving back in Cuiaba, the local papers
were already publishing the fact as authentic. A television crew arrived
at the ranch but was not allowed inside.
- The owner of the ranch denied he had
witnessed the object, but the ranch's overseer stated he [overseer] saw
the object, touched it but didn't stand close by very longdue to the smell
of the artifact. He also said the object is black and is the size of a
- The issue appeared in the front page
of Cuiaba's major papers.
- [July 9], the president of AMPUP, Ataide
Ferreira S. Neto, phoned me from Gazeta TV Network. He says the object
was found and that the press was already going to the place. The Gazeta
Network, which since the beginning is covering the case, is negotiating
a chopper, together with Ataide, to go to the place. There are rumours
that a plane hired by Globo TV Network [the major TV network in Brazil]
is also flying over the site in an attempt to find some vestiges of the