The distraught crew of loggers called police and repeated the story. The police went straight to the scene and found no evidence of any disturbance, but they also didn't find evidence of Walton either. The next day a massive search took place that included helicopters, men on horseback and volunteers on foot. They scoured the area, but found no trace of Travis Walton. The story became an international sensation with press, Ufologists and Tabloids converging on the small town of Snowflake, Arizona. The police thought the loggers might be hiding a horrible accident or even a homicide. However, the logging crew who reportedly witnessed the events were all given polygraphs and were determined to be telling the truth.
Five days later after numerous interviews of family members including Travis Walton's mother and brother Travis Walton returned. He reportedly had called his brother-in-law from a gas station payphone.
Walton told the story that he had been abducted by aliens and that he woke up in front of a bright light. At first he thought he was in a regular hospital, but as his eyes focused and he became orientated to his surroundings he realized that the people around him weren't human. here is Walton's story from wikipedia:
"As his faculties returned, Walton says he realized he was surrounded by three figures, each wearing a sort of orange jumpsuit. The figures were not human. Walton described the beings as typical of the so-called Greys which feature in some abduction accounts: "shorter than five feet, and they had bald heads, no hair. Their heads were domed, very large. They looked like fetuses [...] They had large eyes — enormous eyes — almost all brown, without much white in them. The creepiest thing about them were those eyes … they just stared through me." Their ears, noses and mouths "seemed real small, maybe just because their eyes were so huge."
Walton went on to describe how he scared the aliens away by threatening them with a glass-like rod. After the aliens left the room he walked down a corridor to a control room with a seat in the center. Next to the seat was a lever and when Walton pulled the lever a planetarium style star-map shifted on the ceiling. Soon a human walked into the room, the human was wearing a helmet, but had strange eyes. The human told Walton to follow him and they walked down a ramp into a large hangar, that had other discs. There were other humanoids too and they gave him an oxygen mask that Walton put on. Soon after he was unconscious.
That is all that Walton remembers, he stated that it only felt like a few hours, but in actuality it was five days. He was later examined by a doctor and they found a red spot in the crook of his elbow and he had lost wait.
The story has been made into a book and in 1993 the story was brought to the big screen in the form of "Fire in the Sky" starring DB. Sweeney. Walton was originally given a controversial polygraph which determined that he was being untruthful, but some experts debate the validity of the test which used methods 30 years out of date. The test was also given by a reportedly derisive interviewer who question Walton about a check fraud charge.
Since that test Walton has passed all following polygraphs except for one on a television game show called "Moment of Truth." Although there are plenty of skeptics who point to different inconsistencies in the story many people believe that this is an actual case of alien abduction. There are a couple of things that may have influenced Walton to create an elaborate hoax. A couple of weeks before his alleged abduction NBC aired the TV movie "The UFO Incident." This was back before cable which meant that their was a pretty good chance that Walton saw the movie. While Walton was missing Walton's brother had stated that Travis Walton was very interested in UFO's.
So what do you guys think: Is this a real case of UFO abduction or an elaborate hoax staged for fame and money?
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