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One of the main investigators of the 1973 Pascagoula alien abduction was Dr James Harder. Dr Harder was a consultant for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO), and he was sent to Pascagoula, Mississippi, to investigate the alien abduction of Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker. For decades after APRO ceased operation its UFO files were left in limbo and securely stored away in Arizona. In late 2023 the ‘lost’ APRO files were donated, free of charge, to the National UFO Historical Records Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Executive Director David Marler went through the files and located five historical audio recordings all related to the 1973 Pascagoula case. These audio files are truly fascinating and are a part of UFO history.  David informed me that there was no paper file on the Pascagoula case found in the large donation of the APRO files. I wasn’t too disappointed, I had after all received these truly unique audio recordings.

I have never given up hope of locating more information on this unique case and just a matter of weeks ago I was sent two historical TV recordings featuring Calvin Parker & Charles Hickson. The first was literally shot the day after the encounter of October 11th, 1973, and is the first-ever TV interview by Hickson & Parker. The second was from 1987 and shows Parker & Hickson interviewed in a TV studio. I was over the moon with these two films and I have transcribed them both. I will publish them in a new book next year.

Today, July 8th 2024 I awoke to find a number of messages on my facebook account from David Marler.  To say I was astonished with what David was telling me is an understatement. I’ll let him tell you this in his own words.

“8th July 2024,

Hello Philip. Well, Brian Myers delivered another batch of APRO material here today. And I just stumbled across the missing APRO case file on Pascagoula! It was found in a miscellaneous lot of papers in a banana box. I will try to get this scanned soon for you. Some pics are attached. 95% or more is newspaper clippings. Also, I also found a set of photocopies with it, of the case file. The receipt was included. It is dated 7/21/18. Apparently Brian made copies for someone that was never sent.

David Marler.
National UFO Historical Records Center”

Brian Myers was one of the custodians of the APRO files and he had, perhaps unknowingly, delivered the ‘lost’ documented APRO  case file. For me and my research partner, Dr Irena Scott, this is yet another historical addition to the best-documented alien abduction case on record. That, of course, was the 1973 Pascagoula case featuring Charles Hickson, Calvin Parker, and an ever-increasing number of independent eyewitnesses. Now we have, or shortly will have I should say, a copy of the lost APRO case file. I am over the moon and I cannot thank David Marler and his colleagues at the National UFO Historical Records Center ( enough for once again supporting us in our research and investigation into the Pascagoula case.

by Philip Mantel

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