Walton (born February 10, 1953) 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.
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.
Randles and Peter
Houghe write that "Neither before or
since has an abduction story" begun in the manner
related by Walton and his co-workers. 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"
(CE4) ... which bucks the trend so much that it worried
some investigators; others defend it staunchly."
personal website: www.traviswalton.com