McAllen librarian who wants to believe spoke to Travel Channel about UFO expertise

McALLEN — You won’t find any “out of this world” puns in this story, because for Noe Torres, who’s literally written the book about alien sightings, encounters and UFOs, it’s all about taking a grounded approach. In fact, the McAllen High School librarian said it best Tuesday when he described himself more like Dana Scully than Fox Mulder.

Though not a skeptic, Torres first attempts to scientifically explain the otherwise unexplainable, and will once again be discussing his views and how he came to them on TV.

If you want to believe, tune into Saturday’s episode of “UFO Witness” on Travel Channel’s on demand streaming service, where Torres and other UFO experts will share their views on encounters that proved harmful to people.

The segment was originally scheduled to air at 1 p.m. Saturday, where Torres was going to appear near the end of the episode.

The original broadcast schedule, however, has changed and is no longer listed for 1 p.m. For those who have cable, satellite, or streaming subscription that includes the Travel Channel, they can watch the show on demand at:  Torres’ segment begins at the 16:20 time marker in the show.

This is not the first time he will be featured on The Travel Channel. He first appeared on a Discovery Network program after his first book “Mexico’s Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO Crash” was published.

McAllen High School librarian and UFO enthusiast, Noe Torres, with several books he has authored, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in McAllen. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])

The book’s publishing led Torres and his co-author Ruben Uriarte to participate in various History Channel segments due to their book being the first to talk about the 1974 UFO crash in the Mexican border town, Coyame. In fact, they were featured on three episodes of the History Channel where they spoke more in depth about the case..

Due to his previous work with the Discovery Network he is often invited back to share some of his opinions and knowledge on UFOs.

“Over the course of time, they go back to people who have been in their shows before and they get them to pitch in. They use a number of different ‘UFO experts’ or authors in each of their UFO-related shows, so I hear from them from time to time,” Torres said, adding that he has since appeared on various Discovery Network segments.

More recently, in fact, Torres was invited to speak in the Travel Channel’s newest segment that covers UFO encounters specific to people who were hurt in the encounters.

Given that Torres is well-versed in UFO and alien lore, it’s not difficult to see why his expertise would be sought out.

As of now he has written 30 books that are UFO related. Throughout his time doing research for each book he has categorized the different types of encounters.

“I keep track of cases where people have gotten hurt as a result of seeing a UFO,” Torres said.

What he’s learned is that South Texas has a high number of UFO cases reported.

“My personal opinion is that we still have a lot of what I would classify as wilderness areas,” Torres said. “There are large areas of Starr County for example, Zapata, even areas of Willacy and Cameron County that are mostly unpopulated, or the houses are very spread out even in northern Hidalgo County.”

According to Torres, there is a theory that UFOs avoid large urban areas making the Rio Grande Valley a hot zone for extraterrestrial visits. It is the abundance of possible UFO sightings in the Valley that keeps Torres interested in finding the truth.

McAllen High School librarian and UFO enthusiast, Noe Torres, with several books he has authored, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in McAllen. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])

His interest piqued these past two years after spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whenever the society feels depressed economically or otherwise, UFO sightings seem to go up. It’s like people are seeking an explanation for beyond the ordinary,” Torres said, adding that times like these have allowed people to focus more on the world around them. “…during the pandemic … we had a surge of UFO sightings throughout Texas and the United States.”

Like many who develop an interest, Torres’ fascination began when he was a kid, when his mother told him the story of the time she believed she witnessed a UFO.

He recalled spending hours at the library reading books about UFOs. “Maybe that is why I became a librarian,” he said jokingly.

But he is clearly no ordinary librarian. He explained Tuesday that students who have checked out his books have approached him and told him their stories of UFO encounters and asked him questions about his experience working with a television network.

Torres added he enjoys entertaining the students’ questions and discussing the possibility of extraterrestrial life, after all … they want to believe.

Editor’s note: This story and its headline were updated with new information about the show’s availability.