Case File Details
Orange brown colored materials were noted on the hands of an abductee (Ron Stroh, Tinton Falls, NJ) after two different abduction events on June 8, 1998 and February 3, 1999. The materials were collected for analysis in order to characterize them in hopes it will provide information relating to the purpose of the events.
1. The infrared data from the residue identified as “original sample” shows it is a mixture of components composed of primarily protein amide material which compares to references of human skin. Additionally suggested are small amounts of probable tissue paper and carbohydrate. A trace amount of a phosphonic acid ester is suggested, but this is very speculative.
2.) Infrared analysis of the “2/3/99 Right Index” sample shows it is also a multi component mixture. There are significant amounts of protein amide material (probably skin). Additionally, there is some carbohydrate polymer with the following repeating unit.
Also detected is a small amount of long chain glycerol fatty acid ester.
3.) Most of the materials suggested in this analysis can be attributed to biological materials found in the human body, i.e protein amide (skin), long chain glycerol fatty acid ester (lipid), and possible phosphonic acid ester. The carbohydrate is definitely foreign material and has a common structure found in many materials such as corn starch, flour, bread, dehydrated potatoes, corn flakes, a starch polymer known commercially as Pullulan and more. Paper was used to encase the “original sample” and has contaminated it slightly. This analyst can conjecture two possible sources for this combination of materials. The first: there was with so little material available that it could easily be contamination not only with human biological materials, but also the carbohydrate. The second: most of the components in the samples are related to the abduction event. One can speculate that the skin along with the other materials may be residuals from a biological test, e.g. skin scraping and some test ingredients (the carbohydrate).
4.) The component causing the red brown color is unidentified. However, this is not surprising because it only takes a few ppm (part per million) of material to produce color in a sample. So, the colorant is probably at such low concentration to render it undetectable by most tests.
5.) It is noted that a previous TIC (total ion chromatography) test was done by a clinical biochemistry laboratory. This is an inappropriate test for this type of sample because the sample must be soluble in ethanol, ethyl acetate, or other solvents. The predominant materials (skin and carbohydrate which are both polymeric) in this current FT-IR analysis are insoluble in solvents employed in the TIC test. Therefore, the solvent extract analyzed did not contain the sample. It is not surprising that these results were inconclusive. It was also noted in the TIC analysis they report, “This type of analysis is used routinely to identify small amounts of substances that may be present in clinical specimens”. It should be noted, that by using “routine” tests, if the sample doesn’t match the standard profile, then you usually will mot pick up the anomalies.
6.) The information provided in this analysis will be compared to residues found after other abductions. If the same data is generated, it is hoped a pattern emerges which will provide proof for the abductions as well as establish possible reason.
7.) It is suggested that any future samples be submitted in aluminum foil or glass containers to prevent contamination.
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Originating Organization: Phyllis Budinger