Photographer: Critics out to discredit him
GULF BREEZE — A model spaceship resembling the UFOs reportedly seen above Gulf Breeze was found in a house once occupied by the man whose photographs started a UFO craze that focused worldwide attention on this community.
Ed Walters, the enthusiast who co-wrote a nationally published book about the UFOs, denied any knowledge of the model Saturday and said someone who wants to discredit him must have put the model in the house.
"They will do whatever necessary to debunk a case," said Walters, who refused to take a lie detector test but signed a sworn statement denying any knowledge of the model UFO.
Gulf Breeze Mayor Ed Gray III, whose city has become the focal point for UFO
The model, constructed of four plastic foam plates and some drafting paper, was found by the resident of a house at 612 Silverthorn Road in Gulf Breeze. The man who found the model also signed a sworn statement xxxxxx he did not know
"I was going to install an icemaker, and I needed to turn off the water. I was fooling around in the attic, and I was moving insulation aside when I saw it. I never would have found it if I hadn't been looking for the pipe."
"The model was 9 inches long across the top and 5 inches deep. Made of "two nine-inch foam plates attached to two six-inch foam plates; a six inch square blue-color gel (plastic film) and on six inch round orange paper ring, a 3.5 inch long tube, and a 2 inch wide paper ring between the 2 nine-inch plates. There were windows drawn on the model which was covered with drafting paper. "