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UFO researcher: BLM scare ‘a misunderstanding’

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Frank Kimbler, local geologist, stands near a case of materials he found near the 1947 crash site at the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell. Last week, he explained some of the materials and said more tests could determine if they are of this earth, or of extraterrestrial origin. (Alison Penn Photo)

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A Roswell geologist who claims he is one test away from determining whether a material is of extraterrestrial origin last week expressed concern the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) might attempt to confiscate his findings.

Kimbler said this photo shows what could be extraterrestrial material. It was found in August 2017. (Frank Kimbler Photo)

But following a Monday morning meeting with BLM officials at the Roswell Field Office, Frank Kimbler said those fears had been put to rest.

“The whole thing was a misunderstanding,” Kimbler said. “It has a really good ending. We’re going to work together and that’s all that matters.”

BLM officials present for Monday’s meeting, which lasted in excess of 90 minutes, also expressed afterward a desire and optimism for improved relations between the parties.

Since 2010, Kimbler — a college and high school earth science teacher at New Mexico Military Institute — has explored with his metal detector areas related to the famous reported 1947 UFO crash site northwest of Roswell. He said last week his hobby is studying what could be extraterrestrial metals.

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“Something extraordinary happened out at that crash site and I am almost sure there was an extraterrestrial origin because those people are not lying,” Kimbler said, referring to individuals said to have observed and handled debris from the site. “Those kinds of things lead me to believe something crashed out there.

“Do I believe in aliens? We’ve got thousands of planets now around other stars and to believe that some of those don’t have life — I think that’s something we are going to have to contend with.”

Over the past eight years, Kimbler has collected materials related to the alleged crash site with permission from landowners, has been featured in documentaries and lectured during Roswell’s annual UFO Festival. He said his work is not commercial and he is merely trying to use science to find an answer.

“I will mention this,” Kimbler said, “I am one analytical test away from proving that the Roswell crash was of extraterrestrial origin and it will either prove that it is of extraterrestrial origin — or I’ll be a laughing stock and it will be trashed.”

He added, “I’m a scientist. I do good work and I would like to believe that I did it within the confines of the U.S. government because I am not a lawbreaker. I don’t do that.”

After being contacted by the BLM and asked to attend Monday’s meeting, Kimbler expressed apprehension. Heading into this past weekend, he reached out on social media asking for support — one post referencing his appointment with the BLM concluded with, “The enforcement officer will be there. Help!”

Also over the weekend, the online publication Open Minds-UFO News and Investigations produced a story headlined, “Roswell crash site debris may be confiscated by BLM, says researcher” — which according to its author relied on communications with Kimbler. Kimbler was referenced in the article as alleging the government was attempting to confiscate crash site-related materials to stop research into them.

Speaking at the Roswell Field Office following Monday’s meeting, he said, “There’s no government conspiracy. … These people — the BLM is trying to protect a resource.”

In regard to tests to determine the potential extraterrestrial origin of his findings, Kimbler said an isotope test could cost between $600 to $3,000; and an approximately $200 X-ray fluorescence test could determine the percentages of various materials in the materials being tested.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.