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Originally posted by shadow watcher
Personally, I believe he believes it. I have read as much as I could about the incident, and I think he truly believes his story.
Originally posted by Arnold_OldSchool
What do we make of his mother and others just saying basically "Eh, The aliens will bring him back" and not being upset like the authorities expected?
Rogers and Sheriff Coplan went to tell the news to Walton's mother, Mary Walton Kellett, who lived on a small ranch at Bear Creek, some ten miles from Snowflake. Rogers told her what had happened, and she asked him to repeat the account. She then asked calmly if anyone other than the police and the eyewitnesses had heard the story. Coplan thought her reserved response was odd; this factor contributed to the growing suspicion among police that something other than a UFO was responsible for Walton’s absence. On the other hand, Clark notes that Kellett was known as being generally guarded, and had furthermore raised six children largely by herself under often trying circumstances, which "had long since taught her to not to fly to pieces in the face of crises and tragedies. Yet in the days ahead, as events overwhelmed her, she would show emotion before friends, acquaintances and strangers alike — a fact that would go unmentioned in debunking treatments of the Walton episode." (Clark, 631)
A curious episode occurred in the early stages of publicity for the film. Walton was contacted by a man who claimed to have been hunting with his wife in the same area where Walton saw the UFO. The man reported that they'd seen a disc which shot a beam of blue light, then flown off into the sky. As an active military intelligence officer, the man said he’d reported the sighting to his superiors, who told him keep quiet unless Walton's coworkers were actually charged with a crime related to the disappearance.