A small human fetus, Alyoshenka was found by an elderly woman, Tamara Vasilievna Prosvirina. The fetus had an unusual appearance, giving rise to rumours of its extraterrestrialorigin. The local population readily supported this rumour, collecting fees from reporters for interviews – at least two Japanese companies (Asahi TV and MTV Japan) made documentaries about the remains.
Somewhere between a few days to a month after the discovery, Tamara Prosvirina was admitted to a hospital or psychiatric hospital (details vary on this) for treatment, and in some accounts the remains were passed to the local militsiya (police) by a neighbour. In most accounts, once the body was given to authorities in order to get DNA testing, it “disappeared” and Prosvirina’s family was unable to retrieve it from authorities. In 1999, Prosvirina was killed in an car accident in an attempt to escape from the hospital