Travis Walton (born April 23 1957) is an American logger who claims to have been abducted by a UFO on November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Walton could not be found, but reappeared after five days of intensive searches.
The Walton case received considerable mainstream publicity and remains one of the best-known instances of alleged alien abduction. UFO historian Jerome Clark writes that “Few abduction reports have generated as much controversy” as the Walton case. It is furthermore one of the very few alien abduction cases with corroborative eyewitnesses, and one of few abduction cases where the time allegedly spent in the custody of aliens plays a rather minor role in the overall account.
UFO researchers Jenny Randles and Peter Houghe write that “Neither before or since has an abduction story” begun in the manner related by Walton and his coworkers. Furthermore, the Walton case is singular in that “the victim vanished for days on end with police squads out searching … it is an atypical “Close Encounter: Fourth Kind” … which bucks the trend so much that it worried some investigators; others defend it staunchly.” (Randles and Hough,) “I looked at the vague but reassuring forms of the doctors around me.
Abruptly my vision cleared. The sudden horror of what I saw rocked me as I realized I was definitely not in a hospital. I was looking square into the face of a horrible creature . . . with huge, luminous brown eyes the size of quarters! I looked frantically around me. There were three of them! Hysteria overcame me instantly.” — Travis Walton Caller with the best question for Travis will win a free copy of the dvd Fire in the Sky!