A MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) investigation in 1995 uncovered a piece of metal that was 95% aluminum, and 5% iron. This is very uncommon in nature, leading to the assertion raised in MUFON's report that, given the presumption that it originated in 1897, the sample could not be of terrestrial nature. However, even MUFON's report does not discount the explanation that the sample was simply left there at some point during the last century. The graveyard was also searched, where a marker was uncovered that appeared to show a flying saucer of some sort. MUFON asked for permission to exhume the site, but the community resisted.
The report speculated that the people of Aurora did not want to lose the notoriety that the alleged crash had brought them. The previous owner of the land where the crash allegedly had taken place is known to have discarded the metal from the wreckage by throwing it into his well. Having subsequently developed severe arthritis that he blamed on contaminated well water, the same previous owner sealed over the well with a concrete slab. According to the original newspaper account of the event, a document with unknown hieroglyphics was also found after the crash. Numerous details of this article have been shown to be fabricated (for example, there was no Judge Proctor or T. J. Weems in the town).
In an interview with Time magazine in 1979, Etta Pegues claimed that S.E. Hayden, the local correspondent who sent the news of the incident to nearby newspapers in Dallas and Fort Worth, "wrote it as a joke and to bring interest to Aurora. The railroad bypassed us, and the town was dying."