Mysterious Floating Cone-Shaped Item Grabbed By MIB?
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - State authorities have a UFO mystery on their hands
" a tale involving an unidentified floating object.
Officials were attempting to identify the cone-shaped item after it washed
onto a Mustang Island beach. Then, a day after it turned up, the object
On Friday, Gary Warmink, Frank Calsbeek and their wives were hunting for
seashells when they found the object, which was about 5 feet in diameter and
5 feet long.
The object's outer covering was made of a dense Styrofoam-like material. On
the inside top end of the cone was the name "Aerospatiale Matra," a French
Nicholas Johnson, manager for orbital debris at NASA, said Sunday the object
could have been a detachable nose cone from an Ariane 5 solid rocket
NASA hoped to have the ID confirmed, but officials were thwarted.
Chris Lawrence, Nueces County Risk Management director, said a Nueces County
Parks and Recreation Department maintenance crew went to the beach Saturday
to pick up the object, but it was gone.
Earl Bennett, a nearby resident, said two men in a black and red Chevrolet
Blazer put a cable on the object and hauled it away.
Bennett said the men told him they were going to take it to Nueces County
Precinct 4 Constable Robert "Bobby" Sherwood. Sherwood said he never got it.
Officials from the Coast Guard also were unaware of the item's location.
Mustang Island Park Rangers said they didn't know, either.