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Lake Elsinore Moon Rock Case Strange As Ever

When officers in flack vests took a hold of the 4’11” Joann Davis, 74, she told reporters she was so scared she lost control of her bladder. The 74-year-old grandmother was questioned in Lake Elsinore for trying to sell a moon rock.

Five months after a 74-year-old grandmother was grilled at a for trying to sell a moon rock to undercover NASA agents, no charges have been filed in the case and no one is talking, the Associated Press reported today.

Davis asserts the incident was innocent and that she was trying to sell the rock to raise money for her sick son.

She also insists the rock is rightfully hers, the AP reported. Davis told the AP her husband was given the lunar material by Neil Armstrong in the 1970s.

NASA officials saw things differently.

On May 19 an undercover NASA agent met with Davis at Denny’s and agreed to buy the artifact for approximately $1.7 million, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Todd Pauling said earlier this year.

"After conversation, the moon rock was produced inside the restaurant (and) several (sheriff's) investigators and NASA agents moved in on the suspect, took possession of the rock and detained the suspect,'' the sergeant reported on May 20.

"It's a very upsetting thing," Davis told The Associated Press. "It's very detrimental, very humiliating, all of it a lie."

NASA contends that any lunar material recovered during a NASA mission is government property and cannot be sold for profit.

Davis allegedly triggered the investigation when she emailed a NASA contractor May 10 trying to find a buyer for the rock and a nickel-sized piece of heat shield that protected the Apollo 11 space capsule as it returned to earth from the first successful manned mission to the moon in 1969, the AP reported.

Davis told the AP the items were among many of the space-related heirlooms her husband left her when he died in 1986.

In follow-up phone conversations with a NASA agent, Davis allegedly acknowledged the rock was not sellable on the open market and fretted about an agent knocking on her door and taking the material, which she was willing to sell for "big money underground," the AP reported.

NASA investigators then arranged the sting on Davis and her current husband at the Lake Elsinore Denny's.

Soon after settling into a booth at the restaurant on Grape Street, Davis said she pulled out the goods when sheriff's deputies and NASA investigators rushed in, the AP reported.

When officers in flack vests took a hold of the 4’11” Davis, she told the AP she was so scared she lost control of her bladder and was taken outside to a parking lot, where she was questioned and detained for about two hours.

"They grabbed me and pulled me out of the booth," Davis told the AP. "I had very, very deep bruises on my left side."

NASA declined comment to the AP regarding the incident.

Davis has hired an attorney and the two are considering legal action against the government agency, the AP reported.

miami October 25, 2011 at 08:44 AM
lol, love your comment simple, and you are soooooo right about that, meth rocks not moon rocks. Only in Elsinore...
Michelle Deskin October 25, 2011 at 03:00 PM
How crazy can this be? A little old lady & they want to to take her down for a moon rock that her dead husband left her???
Krissy October 25, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Really? I mean, what is someone going to do with a moon rock? Make a Terminator or something? Doesn't the government have anything else to do at all????
Roberto October 25, 2011 at 03:54 PM
This is just another example of laws gone awry. We need sensible laws and sentencing. People that eventually get out of prison have a recidivism rate of over 50% many due to the lack of opportunities. At 50,000 a year to incarcerate, we need to figure out a different way to spend tax dollars. Going after an old lady? this is silly.
LEResident October 25, 2011 at 05:32 PM
So the government owns the moon??? It is pretty bad when we want to take over the world but then want to take over the moon too! Let the lady sell her moon rock and then tax her, duh....it just shows how this government isn't money savy! Oh by the way they are trying to pass a law that will give away foreign visa's if you buy a house in America since Americans don't have money anymore! Nice!

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