The timing of Montoya's visit to the air base coincided with the arrival of debris from the crash of the UFO. The capture of the flying disc had been announced to the press by the military, and then retracted, causing a flurry of rumors in the desert town. Although Montoya's presence at the base has no official explanation, it is only reasonable to assume that the crash itself had warranted his arrival at the base.
We know from eyewitness testimony, that in addition to pieces of the crash, alien bodies began to arrive at or about the same time. The site of the part of the crash that produced the alien bodies had only been discovered early on the day of Montoya's visit. The alien bodies' location, separate from Mac Brazel's site, was found by civilian archaeologists, and called into the Roswell fire department, and Sheriff's department from a phone in the small town of Mesa. More than likely, Major Jesse Marcel and Capt. Sheridan Cavitt were still investigating the debris site found by Brazel at this time.
The crash debris and the alien bodies were being brought to Hangar P-3, today known as building 84. Numerous military personnel have given eyewitness testimony to this fact, having been assigned duties there, and privy to the discreet operations involving the recoveries from the two sites. At that time, they were sworn to secrecy, and only years later did some of them come forward to give account of what they saw that day, and only after the fear of military reprisal, and the possible loss of their pensions had faded.
One Ruben Anaya, active in the Democratic Party, and a staunch supporter of Montoya along with his brother Pete, stated that the lieutenant governor was dedicating a new airplane at the base, and some of his local supporters were present to meet and talk to the popular politician. The two brothers would be among a small group of individuals aware of what Montoya witnessed that day. They were warned by Montoya not to relate what they knew, or they would be called liars.
Montoya, because of his position, would not be able to authenticate their stories publicly. The Montoya family also has remained silent about their knowledge of the event. This cover-up would be enforced by Senator Dennis Chavez, and Roswell Sheriff George Wilcox, working in an "ad litem" capacity for the military.
The importance of the testimony of the Anaya brothers is traced back to 1991, during a book signing in Roswell. Ruben's daughter introduced her father to researchers Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt, author of the book in question, "UFO Crash at Roswell." The facts related here were originally uncovered by the authors of "Witness to Roswell," Schmitt, along with Thomas J. Carey. They conducted interviews with Ruben Anaya, brother Pete, and his wife Mary.
Ruben Anaya was also interviewed in 1993 by the late Karl T. Pflock for his book, "Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe." Both Anaya brothers were also interviewed in 1997 by researcher Tim Shawcross for his book, "The Roswell File." A big thanks to these and other relentless investigators who continue to search out the mystery behind Roswell, a one-of-a-kind case.
Ruben became part of the Roswell event first, when he received an urgent knock on his front door on the same day as Montoya was visiting the Roswell air force base. It was his father telling him that Montoya had called for him. Neither of the Anaya brothers, who lived next door to each other at the time, had a telephone. Montoya needed Ruben to come to the base at Roswell right then. Ruben proceeded to his father's house, and called Montoya to find out what the urgency was. Anaya recalled that there was a sense of panic in Montoya's voice. Often speaking rapidly in Spanish, Montoya stated:
"I'm at the big hangar. Get your car, and pick me up. Get me the hell out of here. Hurry!"
Ruben hurried back to this brother's house. Pete was talking to two other Montoya supporters at the time, Moses Burrola and Ralph Chaes. All four of the men jumped into Ruben's car, and took off to Hangar P-3. Getting through the security gate posed no problem for Pete. He worked as a cook at the base, and was a retired World War 2 veteran. He was still a member of the NCO club, and had an official sticker on his car. The guards at the gate knew him and his car, and waved him through the gate.
He proceeded on into the Roswell base. The timing was also fortunate for the men, since the crash "lock down" mode at the base had not yet been initiated.
The four men, following Montoya's instructions, did not go close to the base headquarters, but took an alternate route to the water tower, which was near the hangar. The men were shocked at the activity near the hangar, there were military police, and city police guarding the entrance. The question must be asked: Why? Were they guarding the remnants of a weather balloon? The men saw a door in the hangar open, and Montoya come sprinting out. He jumped into the back seat, and according to Ruben, exclaimed:
"Come on, lets go. Let's get the hell out of here."
Continue with Joseph Montoya and the Roswell Alien Bodies, part 2
"Witness to Roswell"
"UFO Crash at Roswell"
"Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe"
"The Roswell File"