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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

MAY 10, 1977, SERRA BRANCA, PARAIBA, BRAZIL, MARIA DO SOCORRO:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Brazilian newspaper Noticias Populares seems to have reported that in Serra Branca, Paraiba, Brazil, on May 10, 1977, at 11:00 a.m., 3.5 years old Maria do Socorro, accompanying her grandmother to do the laundry, vanished suddenly and was gone for 22 hours, then unexpectedly turned up at the doorway to her family's garden.

She said she had seen a beautiful woman with a white scarf on her head, and was irresistibly attracted to a strong beam of light, which she ran behind. The woman spoke to the child but she "did not open her mouth to talk."

Friends and neighbors spent the entire day searching the area where she had last been seen, without finding a trace. Although no UFO was seen, it was apparently assumed by all involved that it was an abduction by extraterrestrial visitors, and thus the case entered the David Webb and Ted Bloecher catalogue.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000387
Date of event: May 10, 1977
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: Days, weeks, months?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: November 30, 2007
This file last updated on: November 30, 2007
Country of event: Brazil
State/Department: Paraiba
Type of location: House, near house, garden.
Lighting conditions: Not reported
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 3.5
Witnesses types: Little girl.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported. White scarf on the head.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Beautiful woman.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Talks without opening the mouth. Telepathy.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Talks without opening the mouth.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: A pretty lady.
Explanation category: Not UFO related, no credibility.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Serra Branca, Paraiba, Brazil, on May 10, 1977, at 11:00 a.m., 3.5 year old Maria do Socorro, accompanying her grandmother to do the laundry, vanished suddenly and was gone for 22 hours, when she unexpectedly turned up at the doorway to her family's garden. She said she had seen a beautiful woman with a white scarf on her head, and was irresistibly attracted to a strong beam of light, which she ran behind. The woman spoke to the child but she "did not open her mouth to talk." Friends and neighbors spent the entire day searching the area where she had last been seen, without finding a trace. The child mysteriously turned up at the family's home. It was assumed by all involved that the phenomenon was of an apparently extraterrestrial intervention. No object was seen.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Brazilian newspaper, Noticias Populares, and Humcat 1977-26.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on May 10, 1977, a three and a half year old girl, Maria do Socorro, had accompanied her grandmother while she did laundry in Serra Branca, Paraiba state, Brazil and then vanished suddenly at around 11:00 a.m. She was missing for 22 hours. She mysteriously turned up at the doorsteps of her family's garden. She said she had seen a beautiful woman with a white scarf on her head and was irresistibly attracted to a strong beam of light which the lady ran behind. The lady spoke to the child but she "did not open her mouth to talk." Friends and neighbors spent an entire day searching the area where she had last been seen, without finding a trace. It was assumed by all involved that the phenomenon had an apparently extraterrestrial cause, but no UFO was seen.

The source is indicated as David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-26, citing Noticias Populares, a Brazilian newspaper.

Points to consider:

It is blatantly in error to take at face value the testimony of a 3.5 years old; and even more absurd to think she was abducted by aliens when she described no extraterrestrial craft and no extraterrestrial beings at all.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 30, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not correctly referenced and not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 30, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness is 3.5 old and cannot be considered a qualified observer and reporter. - -
3 Ufology Severe November 30, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation, only a newspaper story. - -

Evaluation:

Not UFO related, no credibility.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 30, 2007 Creation, [ar1], [dj1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 30, 2007 First published.

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