There have been questions raised about aspects of this case that are buried in documentation that can be found in many locations. Given the questions about Mary Mayes and the "fused sand," I thought I would publish some of that documentation to prove its existence and let others bring their own interpretations to it. First up is from The A.P.R.0. Bulletin of May, 1964, and provides one of the hints about how extensive the search of the landing site was on the first night.
Next up is a letter from Charles Moore to James McDonald about what was found on the night of the landing. This addresses some of the issues about Mary Mayes, but also shows that others were there before her and none of them saw the fused sand that she mentioned to Stan Friedman. It also provides some commentary on the soil analysis, though the comments are not very extensive.
And here is page two, which might be more relevant.
Please note the name of another who visited the site on the evening of April 24, and who made a careful examination of the landing area. While the information is from Charles Moore, it does reflect what he had been told by John Reiche about his examination of the site. It also provides more information about the search for the fused sand.
Soil samples collected by Captain Richard Holder were turned over to Dr. J. Allen Hynek for analysis. The Air Force provided information about that, though it was not very comprehensive.
Finally, in what might explain why Mayes would have told the tale to Friedman, there is this newspaper article. This is, of course, speculation on my part, but when I saw the clipping, I thought immediately of motivation for inventing a tale. Granted, it is speculation, but it is the first document that I have seen that addresses the issue.
This is from an Albuquerque newspaper and it has been suggested that Mayes was a student in Albuquerque at one time. She could have seen the article, but I freely admitted that this is a stretch. I just thought I would mention it.
If I find other documents that seem relevant to the case, I'll publish them here. I will note that each of these documents is protected by copyright.