Robert Richardson and a friend, Jerry Quay, 21, were on their way to Whitehouse, OH, to see if the Whitehouse Quarry, a well known picnicking and swimming spot, would be open for the coming weekend. It was Thursday night, and the time was 11:30.
At a point about midway between Maumee and Whitehouse, Richardson, who was driving at about 40 miles per hour, turned around a bend in the road and saw before him a very brilliant blue white source of light which completely blocked the road.
Instinctively, he slammed on the brakes and closed his eyes, knowing that he would probably smash into the object. Quay also closed his eyes. A distinct bump was felt and heard by both at the moment of impact, but when they opened their eyes, the road ahead was clear, the object was gone.
Quay was shaken up, but neither of the young men was injured.
Following the incident, the two drove to Waterville to phone the police, but they were not taken seriously. They then went to Maumee, OH, where they contacted the state police. They were instructed to proceed to the Maumee police station and await the arrival of the highway patrol officers, which they did. Present at the station during the questioning were Richardson, Quay, two Maumee policemen, and two state highway patrolmen. After their testimony was taken, Quay and Richardson revisited the scene of the accident along with the two state patrolmen. Nothing was found except the skid marks where Richardson had applied his brakes.
On the next day however, Richardson went back to the spot and found a small lump of metal.
Examination of his car revealed that there were dents and scratches on the hood of the automobile and that some of the chrome plating on the bumper seemed to have been stripped off in some unknown manner. The area surrounding the dent on the bumper was not scratched, cracked, or lifted away from the plating base metal of the steel bumper. Mr. Paquette, who investigated the scene of the alleged collision and also examined Richardson’s car, later observed that the sound and sensation of the impact indicated that the object was probably lifting off just as the car struck it. This was also indicated by the small amount of damage done to the automobile.
One of the most interesting aspects of this case was the series of visitors received by Mr. Richardson in the days following the incident. On the 16th of July at 11:00 p.m., two men in their twenties presented themselves at Richardson’s home and asked to talk to him about the incident. They stayed about ten minutes, mainly asking questions about the incident and its location. They seemed somewhat friendly. They did not identify themselves, however, and Richardson neglected to ask them for their names. When they left, he noted that they were driving a 1953 black Cadillac sedan with the license number 8577-D. He later checked with the Toledo police department to see if he could get a lead on their identities and found that that license plate had not yet been issued.
One week after the first two visitors’ arrival, two other men came to Richardson’s home when he was alone. They were dressed in black suits and were of dark complexion. They impressed Richardson as being foreigners, one had an accent, but the other spoke fluent English. From the conversation of the two men, Richardson gathered that they were trying to make him think he had not hit anything on the road that night, they then contradicted themselves by demanding the two pieces of physical evidence that he had retrieved. Mr. Richardson told them that the material had been turned over for analysis. They asked if there was any way he could get it back. Richardson said no. Just before the two men left, one of them said:
If you want your wife to stay as pretty as she is, then you’d better get the metal back.
Richardson was very upset about this, particularly since his wife was pregnant, he had been very concerned for her safety. He confided that he hated to leave her alone to go to work because of what the man said. When those two men left, he noticed that they were driving a 1967 tan two door Dodge sedan. He couldn’t make out the license number because of the way the car was parked.
In view of the fact that the piece of metal was discussed only on the phone between Mrs. Lorenzen and Mr. Richardson, and later in private between Richardson and Paquette, those concerned are wondering how the information got out. Richardson swears he did not discuss it with anyone but Paquette, his wife, and Mrs. Lorenzen. So it would seem that the telephone call from Mrs. Lorenzen to Richardson was somehow monitored.
Dr. Allen Utke of the Wisconsin State University at Oshkosh, then consultant in chemistry, examined the lump of which was found on the road. He found it to be iron and chromium with traces of nickel and manganese.
On March 13, 1968, a test conducted at the request of Dr. Roy Craig of the University of Colorado UFO Project, showed the following distributions:
Iron — 75%
Nickel — 1%
Chromium — 20%
Silicon — 1%
Manganese — 3%
In conjunction with the above, a test was run on the fibrous metal taken from the front bumper of Richardson’s car. The distribution was reported as follows:
Magnesium — 92%
Aluminum — 5%
Zinc — 2%
Manganese — 1%
While there is nothing unique or mysterious about the alloys involved, an alloy containing 92% magnesium is not what one would expect to find on one’s front bumper.