Mountain Mail, Oct. 10, 1967
Alamosa (UPI) Snippy the horse may not have met death at the hands of
a mysterious flying saucer but a Denver pathologist said Monday the animal
died from strange and unexplained causes.
An autopsy of the three-year-old Appaloosa was conducted Sunday before
the owner of the horse, Mrs. Berle Lewis of Alamosa, and 20 other persons.
The pathologist refused to be identified.
The doctor sawed into the brain cavity and found "abolutely nothing"
and discovered only "a little powdery residue" in the stomach
of the animal, Mrs. Lewis said.
"He was extremely puzzled and had no solution to offer for the death,"
she said. "He took samples of the remains and hopes to come up with
some answers in the laboratory."
The growing theory in this mountainous territory in Southern Colorado
is that Snippy was the victim of a flying saucer. The animal was found
dead Sept. 9, 20 miles northeast of Alamosa, the same time that reports
of flying saucers were received in the area.
The flesh from the head and neck of the animal was "stripped clear
to the bone," and a check by a geiger counter showed high radiation
readings up to two weeks later, Mrs. Lewis said. Only minor actitivy was
discovered in a radiation reading over the week end, however.
A nearby bush had been flattened and there also were reports of 15 black
circular marks about 100 yards from the body of the horse.
"I hope the death will turn out to be man-made," Mrs. Lewis
said. "You can live with that a lot better."