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Saucer memo big hit in FBI ‘Vault’

ALBUQUERQUE — A single-page FBI memo relaying a vague and unconfirmed report of flying saucers found in New Mexico in 1950 has become the most popular file in the bureau’s electronic reading room.

The memo, dated March 22, 1950, was sent by FBI Washington, D.C.- field office chief Guy Hottel to then-director J. Edgar Hoover.

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According to the FBI, the document was first made public in the late 1970s and more recently has been available in the ‘‘Vault,’’ an electronic reading room launched by the agency in 2011, where it has become the most popular item, viewed nearly 1 million times.

Vaguely written, the memo describes a story told by an unnamed third party who claims an Air Force investigator reported that three flying saucers were recovered in New Mexico, though the memo doesn’t say exactly where in the state.

The FBI indexed the report for its files but did not investigate further; the name of an ‘‘informant’’ reporting some of the information is blacked out in the memo.

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