Last July, Ridge met with UFO investigators Chuck Zukowski and Debbie Ziegelmeyer who, in turn, showed the rock to still other experts. Anthropologists spoke up, citing that the bas relief design could not have been made in antiquity and required modern equipment. Others noted the stone, which blushed red from the presence of iron oxides, possessed magnetic properties.
From these simple observations, more outlandish claims arose. One termed the specimen a "lodestone" or magical rock. Another claims the embossed design bears striking similarities to that of crop circles that appeared in Liddleton, England in 1996. A local Tijeras woman, Priscilla Wolf, who visited the spot where the rock was located, spoke of feeling her hands vibrate when she held the stone. She also claimed a light shot down from the heavens at that very site.
However, not long after the story first broke, a handful of locals came forward claiming to own similar rocks. They were, they said, once sold as UFO souvenirs and many had crop circle designs carved on them. Quickly, those closest to the mystery began to distance themselves from Ridge and his claims.
But the businessman remains steadfast in his convictions, challenging those who doubt to provide samples of these souvenir stones. Investigators Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer remain convinced, as well. The two have scoured the Internet, souvenir shops, and new age stores in search of similar objects but, thusfar, have come up empty. They also cite that no tourist stands were ever that far away from Roswell, at the foot of the Capitan Mountains.
But none of that discounts that Ridge didn't fabricate the story - or the stone.
In the trio's favor is their willingness to seek the public's help in tracking down any similar stones that may exist, whether they came from a gift shop or somewhere a lot further away.
Others, however, need no such lengths. One Roswell-area ufologist stated that he believes "the government wants to discredit the rock.... That's why people are questioning the rock and its discovery." Well, you certainly can't argue with logic like that.