CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The headline raised some eyebrows, but authorities said there's no evidence an alien baby has been found in Casper.
According to a story published in The Weekly World News tabloid,local rancher Phil Merleson found a scaly skinned infant on thefloor of his barn May 7 after hearing a humming sound emanatingfrom the building.
The story added that mysterious lights were seen in the area theprevious night. The creature, the paper reported, has two brainsand three hearts, is in good health and can produce high-frequencywails capable of shattering glass.
Included with the story were several photographs allegedly takenfrom a video shot by Merleson's wife, Cynthia.
FBI Special Agent Ann Atanasio said the agency was not aware ofany alien babies discovered in its territory covering Wyoming andColorado and denied any involvement with such a case.
``But I suggest that you might want to refer any inquiries toFBI headquarters and ask for agents Mulder or Scully,'' shequipped, referring to the stars of the TV show ``The X-Files.''
Natrona County Sheriff Mark Benton was also unaware of any alienbabies discovered in barns in his jurisdiction.
``I wish we had found an alien baby, but we have not found oneand we have not really been looking for one,'' he said.
The newspaper learned of the happenings from the Merlesonsthemselves, who sent editors the videotape, Weekly World Newsexecutive editor Barry Dutter said.
No one named Merleson, however, is listed in Casper-area phonebooks or on any Internet-based telephone directory.
© Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.