The 1975 Travis Walton Alien Abduction Case

Zereshk took this photograph in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on October 20, 2007. This is the forest from which Travis Walton, an Arizona logger, was purportedly abducted by aliens on November 5, 1975.
Zereshk took this photograph in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on October 20, 2007. This is the forest from which Travis Walton, an Arizona logger, was purportedly abducted by aliens on November 5, 1975. | Source

The Men from Snowflake, Arizona

Mike Rogers, a logger from Snowflake, Arizona, received a contract from the United States Forest Service (USFS) to thin out scrub brush from more than 1200 acres in a portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near the town of Turkey Springs, Arizona. He hired six men from Snowflake to assist him—Allen Dallis, John Goulette, Ken Peterson, Steve Pierce, Dwayne Smith, and Travis Walton.

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Nightryder84 photographed the Apache-Sitgreaves highlands on October 29, 2008.
Nightryder84 photographed the Apache-Sitgreaves highlands on October 29, 2008. | Source

November 5, 1975

The job was big, and the men were behind schedule, so they were working 12-hour shifts. Shortly after 6:00pm on the evening of November 5, 1975, the seven men began their 31-mile drive to Snowflake. They saw a silver disc—which they estimated to be 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall and 20 feet (6.1 meters) in diameter—hovering over a clearing.

Mike Rogers stopped his truck so he and his crew could get a better look at the disc, which was shining very brightly. Much to everyone's surprise, 22-year-old Travis Walton jumped out of the truck and began running toward the object. The six men who remained in the truck shouted for Walton to stop, but he kept running toward the disc. When Walton was almost beneath the disc, loud machinery type of noises began emanating from it. Then, the disc began wobbling from side-to-side.Walton finally realized there might be a problem, and he began to slowly move away from the object.

Zereshk took this photograph near the Arizona-New Mexico border in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on October 20, 2007.
Zereshk took this photograph near the Arizona-New Mexico border in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on October 20, 2007. | Source

Travis Walton didn't move away from the disc quickly enough. A beam of blue-green light emanated from the disc and appeared to strike Walton. The six men reported that Walton rose a foot in the air—with his arms and legs extended stiffly—and then, still above the ground, he shot back approximately 10 feet (3 meters). Walton then fell to the ground, striking his right shoulder, and collapsing in a heap.

Rather than drive toward Travis Walton in order to help him, Mike Rogers drove away as fast as he could. (He later said he thought the silver disc was going to shine the blue-green light on the truck next.) After driving a quarter-mile, Rogers' truck skidded off the road. While stopped, the crew convinced Rogers to turn around and go back for Walton—who happened to be dating Rogers' sister.

When the six men arrived at the site, both the brightly-shining silver disc and Travis Walton were gone. The men spent a short amount of time—a half-hour—searching for Walton. Then, they left.

The Search for Travis Walton

Members of the Sheriff's Department and volunteers searched for Travis Walton on the evening of November 5, 1975. By the following afternoon, the search included law enforcement personnel in helicopters, on horseback, and in jeeps, as well as family members and local volunteers.

The news of Travis Walton's purported abduction by aliens spread. November 8th saw the arrival of news media, UFO investigators, and tourists.

Polygraph Examinations Administered to the Loggers

On November 10, 1975, an Arizona Department of Public Safety employee administered polygraph exams to Mike Rogers and his logging crew. The men were asked if they had harmed Travis Walton and if they knew where Walton or Walton's body was. The polygraph examiner, Cy Gibson, concluded that none of the men had harmed Walton and that they didn't know where he was. Gibson also concluded that the men had seen an object which they believed was a UFO—an Unidentified Flying Object.

The Return of Travis Walton

On November 10, 1975, shortly before Midnight, Grant Neff, Travis Walton's brother-in-law received a telephone call from Walton. Travis said that he was calling from a gas station in a nearby town, that he was hurt, and he needed help

Grant Neff and Duane Walton, one of Travis's brothers, drove to the town of Heber and picked up Travis Walton. Travis was wearing the same clothes he had been wearing when he disappeared. He had not shaved, and he was noticeably thinner. He appeared frightened and nervous and kept mumbling about beings with very large eyes. Travis was very surprised to learn that he had been missing for five days—he thought he had been gone a few hours.

Where was Travis Walton from November 5 to November 10, 1975?

No one on Earth knows.

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Pavlo Badovskyy profile image

Pavlo Badovskyy 3 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I am not a believer in a question of people abduction. Just curios, this man had to be a superstar in 1975. Was he really well known in the USA?


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ahorseback 3 years ago

The movie , the movie ? I can't think of the name of the darned movie about this - excellent movie !...Awesome hub !..Ed


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Food for thought, I suppose.......I couldn't vote in your poll because none of your choices fit my beliefs. I would have voted "who knows" or "maybe".


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Pavlo,

Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment. Travis Walton was interviewed by several newspapers in 1975, and a few books were written about the incident over the years. A movie, Fire in the Sky, was produced from Walton's book.

I had never heard of Travis Walton until I found the title for my article in an Exclusives list of Hub titles. I don't know whether Walton became famous because of the purported alien abduction.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ed (ahorseback),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. The movie which was produced from Travis Walton's book was called Fire in the Sky.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. From what my research told me, the Travis Walton story is the most famous case of purported alien abduction. All of the people involved have been given polygraph exams, some persons more than once. In 2007, Travis Walton's polygraph test results were deemed "questionable."


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Very intriguing story! I am wondering were he was for those 5 days! I am also wondering if after sometimes some of the details of his adventure came back to him!

Voted up and interesting (I would have like to vote "intriguing"....but the choice doesn't exist) :-)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Travis Walton knew what happened to him. He wrote a book about it, and a movie, Fire in the Sky, was made from the book.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

You just never know! Interesting story, not ready to make a claim that it was done, but your post is stirring my curiosity. WEll done!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. There has been quite a bit of confusion regarding this story throughout the years. I'm not certain I know what to think.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Daisy, I do remember watching the film. It was a strange thing to happen, and to be honest I suppose it must have been a hoax, unless...! lol! fascinating reading about it though, voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I don't remember having heard the name Travis Walton before, and I hadn't heard of the film.

My intuitive feeling is that the story is a hoax.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Did I mention to you radio's Coast to Coast? You can find it on iheart station 910.


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

A story which really arouses curiosity if UFO really exists.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Martin (Mhatter99),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Coast to Coast AM is available in Southern California from radio station KFI out of Los Angeles.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Agus (agusfanani),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. One really has to wonder about Travis Walton's story, especially since there were witnesses to his purported abduction who apparently passed lie detector (polygraph) tests.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

Thanks for writing about this case, because I had not heard anything about it for years. I see Walton has a website and a book he sells about his abduction. Something happened to him - he says he had a horrid metallic taste in his mouth when he came to consciousness back on earth. I suppose he could have suffered an electric jolt that sent him wandering in a trance and fugue state around Arizona, but many abductees and UFO wtnessses speak of being burned and have large burn scars - very troubling. Something definitely happened to him, unless his whole group is pranking us.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patty,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your insightful comment. The logging crew, including Walton, passed polygraph tests in 1975. Some of the men were tested more than once, and they passed the tests every time.

Travis Walton took a polygraph test in 2007, and that test was inclusive. I can't imagine how all seven men could be pranking us and manage to pass their respective polygraphs. I also can't imagine why they would have made up the story about the UFO.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

That all makes the case even more interesting!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patty,

Thanks for visiting again. I'm currently researching a UFO armada seen in Farmington, New Mexico. The incident had thousands of witnesses. I expect to publish my Hub in a few days.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I will be looking forward to reading that one.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patty,

Thanks for stopping by again. Have you read my article about the UFO crash in Aztec, New Mexico? This incident apparently was a hoax.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

Not yet and thanks for alerting me to it. I'll look through your Hubs and read at least all the UFO ones. It was only a few months ago I discovered 2 crash sites in the Roswell area rather than 1. Whatever is happening, it's interesting, Thanks!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patty,

Thanks for stopping by again. The Aztec, New Mexico incident sounds like something from a black-and-white B-grade movie to me.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A well-researched & written piece, Daisy. Hoaxes or reality, alien abduction continue to keep us entranced! Thanks for sharing & I'm passing this round.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. What really puzzles me is how six men in the logging crew could successfully pass a polygraph exam (lie detector test).

(The seventh man didn't complete his test, so his results were inconclusive.)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

I would love to hear more of Travis' take on this story. I don't believe we are the only beings in the universe, but no one has offered finite proof.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shauna (bravewarrior),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Travis Walton has told his story, and it's rather difficult to believe. He has described the aliens, the interior of the spacecraft, and what happened to him.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Daisy, have you posted it? If not will you consider?


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shauna,

Thanks for visiting again. The information I found would have caused this article to be too lengthy. Perhaps I could write an article about Travis Walton's story.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Fascinating! It makes me wonder, but the cynic in me still says it can't be true, but who knows. Interesting hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glimmer,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. What has me wondering about this purported alien abduction incident is the fact that there were witnesses to the event, and so many people passed polygraph tests.


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molometer 3 years ago

What an interesting story.

Of course, it could be that they all lying, but if so; for what purpose?

Seems very odd indeed.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michael (molometer),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

Travis Walton and Mike Rogers were the only men who made any money from the incident. The entire logging crew passed polygraph exams. From what I've read, it isn't easy to beat a lie detector test, but it is possible. I don't see how everyone who witnessed the incident, plus Travis Walton, could have beat the polygraph test. It's just not possible.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A mystery to me and a story that must keep readers thinking on.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Devika,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I don't know what to think about this incident. How could so many people pass a lie detector test?


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm curious why the aliens sent him back, that's if he really was abducted. I guarantee Oprah would have had him as guest. She has a way of falling for stories like these. I think Travis needed a solo vaca so he took one and made some cash with his story. Oh and all the men took a valium before they took the lie detector test which is why they passed. I dunno, but my theory might work too. Fun hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your theory. Travis Walton was interviewed, but it was by the people associated with the Coast to Coast AM radio program. This program deals with paranormal subjects, alien abductions, etc., so they were predisposed to believe Travis Walton.

I read in one source that Travis Walton had some minor problems regarding marijuana. Since I only read it in one online article, I couldn't confirm the information, and felt I shouldn't include it in my Hub. This might have something to do with the members of the logging crew all passing the lie detector tests.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hmmm...the marijuana could have been laced with a hallucinogenic substance. There you go, we figured out the mystery. They should have just asked us to begin with! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for visiting again. Maybe we could get jobs as paranormal investigators!


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Emanate Presence 3 years ago from the Head to the Heart

Travis, Travis, what really happened? I suppose we will never know.

But you keep the speculators entertained.

What I know about UFOs is that humans make hoaxes and the universe is full of life.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Gary (Emanate Presence),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. What I can't figure out is how so many observers passed the polygraph test.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Daisy - What a strange fascinating story. I don't really believe in UFOs, but my husband is a believer. It certainly is a mystery. You have a knack in making stories come to life. I can picture the main character standing by a silver disc overcome with fear. I can picture the others being frightened, not knowing what had just occurred. I remember my husband talking about UFOs in New Mexico at one time. I need to read more about it. Thanks for sharing this wild tale that has no answers.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

Once again an interesting story about UFOs. I do resist believing in alien abductions, but the witnesses to this one make quite a case. It does give one pause... :)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (brakel2),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I just visited your HP profile and became your 300th follower.

I have written a few other articles dealing with subject matter similar to this Hub. I hope you have an opportunity to read them.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I honestly don't know what to believe regarding the Travis Walton incident. How could the witnesses have passed the polygraph tests?


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

There have been many credible UFO sitings and this abduction leads one to wonder...who says we're the only ones in the universe? Interesting theories and food for thought. Thanks for bringing this one to light.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I really don't understand what happened with Travis Walton. How could so many people have passed a lie detector test regarding what they saw?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Intriguing hub Daisy. I am surecI have heard the Travis Walton story before. I think I saw the movie 'Fire in the Sky'. I believe in the existence of UFOs and alien abduction. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I've published three other Hubs with similar subject matter. This is the only one about which I just don't know what to think.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I have not heard of this story before, but do not follow alien abduction stories in general. It is certainly puzzling and hard to figure out. Certainly aliens are possible, don't know if I believe or not though.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. This story is so unusual, I just don't know what to make of it. How could so many people who were witnesses to the purported event have passed lie detector tests?

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