Dec 09, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Argentine Alien Abduction Case Becomes Battle Between Believers and Doubters

It has never been easy for those who claim to have been abducted by aliens to convince their friends and family, let alone persuade authorities to investigate or plead their case in the court of public opinion. A recent incident in La Palma, Argentina, is becoming a classic case. A woman disappeared, is found wandering a day later 40 miles away, claims the last thing she remembers is a loud noise and bright lights, comes forward to identify herself and explain the experience to the media, and is doubted by UFO experts.

“I got up, drank two or three mates and began to see that the phone had some lines, something like interference.”


“The power went out, I walked outside and from there I don't remember anything else. I did not see a light or anything, I only heard the wind as very strong and nothing else.”


“The next day she was sitting on the street, with her legs extended, her arms above her legs. When I open my eyes, I see the street and I look to one side, I see the edge and the other side the edge as well. I don't remember how long I was sitting." Google translation

Irma Rick, the woman who was said to have been be abducted by aliens on November 16, gave an interview to Canal Crónica TV, which was reported on by and Inexplicata. As noted in the original coverage, Irma also had a UFO encounter in 2002. Initial investigations by authorities mentioned that she was in no physical condition to have walked that far, was found in a severe state of shock and amnesia, and tracking dogs mysteriously lost her scent very near to her home.

“I only discussed it with my husband and my kids. What were they going to say? They’re just as startled as me. I would like to know what happened to me, but I still don’t know anything.”


(Irma, did you have any marks on your body?) “Yes, I have something that was done to my head. That’s all I have.”

Irma told the reporters she had no explanation for what happened to her and nor how she got the mark on her head. The reporters questioned her for any concrete evidence of a UFO or aliens – impressions in the ground – and she could not provide any. At the end, she agreed to be interviewed further by UFO researchers.

Luis Burgos (FAO-ICOU) is a well known South American UFO investigator. While he did not interview Imra Rick directly, he reviewed her testimony and the reports. In his report, he notes immediately that “there is nothing at all beyond the alleged abductee’s story.” No UFO investigators checked the site for radiation, electromagnetism, marks, prints or other signs of a UFO landing or alien contact. Burgos found Irma’s testimony on her UFO encounter in 2002. In that case, she reported seeing a UFO above her silo. Police later found that “bird droppings were burned on the silo and “pigeons no longer stop there like they used to.”

Again, no such investigation occurred after the latest incident, but what really bothered Burgos is Irma’s cellphone. While it’s odd that aliens would have allowed her to take in when abducted, what he finds really odd is that the investigators didn’t take away from her. The battery “was remarkably unaffected” during her disappearance and three calls were made from it. A GPS or phone company search would give the locations of the calls and the path the cellphone and Irma took during her 24-hour disappearance. That would make this “one of the easiest UFO cases to solve.”

If that’s the case, why wasn’t the phone inspected and the case solved? This would have been key evidence if Irma Rick was kidnapped, had some sort of medical lack-of-memory event or some other non-alien incident. Did the alien abduction story taint the investigation? Or was the police investigation controlled by the aliens? At this point, either is possible.

The case of Irma Rick is easy to doubt and hard to prove. It’s still unsolved.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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