It is interesting to note that Amy claimed she was gone for days, and strangely enough the hospital confirmed that she had excess hair that had not
been shaven in a couple days, as well no signs of eating anything for at least two days.
Amy stated this has never happen to her before, but she did see a large UFO surrounded by several smaller objects when she was in 5th grade. The
Mackay police set up a motel room for Amy to stay at while she awaited the arrival of her husband, Keith. When Keith and Petra arrived in Mackay they
state they spent a large amount of time discussing the incident with Amy.
The Ufology Investigation
Extensive notes were apparently made and photographs were taken of a triangular arrangement of marks on her inner right thigh, marks on each
heel and the growing out of her hair which she had dyed earlier in the week. Her hair had apparently started to show her former color, suggestive
that some considerable time had passed for her, apparently indicative of rather more than a few hours. Body hair had allegedly also become somewhat
more pronounced that would otherwise would be apparent for the short time involved.
Via an Newsagent's a copy of the Australian Ufologist magazine was purchased, Keith, Petra and Amy started to learn more about UFOs. Keith Rylance
contacted the Australian UFO Research Network office number mentioned in the magazine. Diane Harrison took the call Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 15:20 p.m
and for the next hour or so listened to the story that Keith and Amy told. Petra was apparently sleeping at the time.
Given the nature of the story, its complexity and the fact it apparently featured the alleged use of "solid light", Diane decide to bring Bill
Chalker into the investigation, making contact with him during the evening of Friday, October 5th. Paradoxically Bill was scheduled to talk at a
Brisbane UFO conference on October 13th, and his topics included "solid light" cases and the application of science to alien abduction cases. Bill
put a call through to them at the motel, securing permission to record the conversation.
(Important text underlined and bolded by me.)
Image of newspapers courtesy of www.ourtiaro.com...
Petra was not available to discuss the events she had witnessed, but investigators Bill Chalker and Diane Harrison were able to have a detailed
discussion with Keith and Amy over the phone. The initial ufologist investigation focused on what Petra and Keith experienced, as well Amy's account
of what happened to her, particularly the events that happened before and after
the actual onboard experience.
I must personally say that it appears the ufologists were doing exceptional
in their investigative approach at this point. They were using
correct tactics in attempting to judge Amy's physical and mental state, as well her general responses in what I assume was to check for any
inconsistencies or evidence of lying, or any signs of her having a misinformed memory of events. There was also a good timeline built by asking about
the events prior and after
the reported abduction, which is also useful to spot any possibly inconsistencies and to get a more lucid
understanding of events.
Amy's husband, Keith had a strong desire to contact the media about this incident, as he believed it was important to “get his story out, as it
would come out anyway and this way he could control the way it did.” One thing that I find somewhat suspicious is the way Keith apparently tried to
restrict the way the investigators looked into their experience. He claimed that the investigators did not need to prove the event, I would assume
this is because he seemed to believe everything Amy said even though he did not directly experience the events himself. While some may think this is
expected, since Amy was his wife, it does raise some investigative questions none-the-less:
1.)Why was Keith not concerned with the investigators proving his wife’s story?
2.)While Keith was apparently not concerned with proving Amys story he still wanted to go public with her account. One would think you would want to
have at least some type of evidence to back such an extraordinary claim.
3.)Why was Keith concerned about controlling the course of the investigation? This does not look good, as it could imply he (they) had something to
hide that could be exposed during the course of an investigation.
4.)Why was Keith apparently so concerned about getting this story out to the media?
Now while all those investigative questions could be attributed to the emotional stress of being involved I such an extraordinary event and being the
husband of the victim they are still aspects that need to be looked at. Now let's continue with the incident report:
Given the possible nature of the event, and that irrespective of the ultimate resolution of the affair, it seemed destined to be a big story,
Diane and Bill decided to undertake an investigation. They had been given an indication from Keith Rylance that the three would wait for the
investigators to come to Mackay. The claimants were in no apparent hurry to return to Gundiah. They gave permission for Bill and Diane to visit the
property on the way. Bill arrived in the Brisbane area on Tuesday afternoon, October 9th.
Diane and Bill then traveled to Gundiah, arriving at the Whispering Winds winery property, just after 10 pm. Because of the lateness of the hour, we
got the witnesses permission to stay there overnight and to conduct whatever investigation we needed to do. Keith had arranged for a neighbor to
regularly check on the two pets left behind, namely a parrot and a kelpie dog. He indicated to us that it would be okay to let the dog off for a run,
but warned us it was very friendly but inclined to jump all over people.
We let the dog off at some point and observed its behavior At one point it did jump up on the window where the damaged screen was located.
When the investigators noticed how active the dog was they began to wonder if the dog
may have been responsible for some or all of the damage
to the window screen. They state that some
of the damage appeared suggestive of possible
dog damage. The investigators also noted that
the plant damage could also possibly be explained by prosaic causes, in this case heat stress. This possibility was considered because other plants (
one of the same species) around the house and area had similar damage.
It is vital to note that these observations were only suggestive
at this point, and I am not aware of any further investigations carried out to
confirm or deny this postulate, as more investigation would be required for any certainty. In totality the investigation at the residence raised many
more questions, which were not and have not been properly addressed, even eight years later.
Images of Gundiah area courtesy:www.ourtiaro.com...
The investigations of the ufologists moved on to the service station where Amy made her “re-appearance”. The staff at the gas station were spoken
to and a surveillance video that should have showed Amy's visit there was also acquired. According to the investigators this part of the
investigation also led to many more questions that need to be answered (isn't this ALWAYS the case in UFO reports?).
At this point the investigation and thus the case gets extremely interesting, but somewhat suspicious. Keith, Amy, and Petra indicated to the
investigators they would make themselves available for physical questioning, but when the investigators arrived in Mackay for the interview Keith,
Amy, and Petra were no where to be found. It was soon found out that the three had checked out of their third hotel (in 9 days since arriving in
Mackay) early that morning.
The investigators state they did not hear from Keith until the next day, where he stated they had to “flee the area and had moved to a unspecified
location.” The reason for this move was given by Keith as a result of a “ kind of Men In Black” encounter. Keith stated that their vehicle was
pursued by a “high powered, dark brown 4 wheel truck” Keith claimed they lost they lost the truck and moved to the new, undisclosed area.
The investigators state that they did hear from Keith on more time on October 14th, 2001 (10 days after the event). As far as I can find there has
been no further developments in this case in regards to Keith, Amy, and Petra. The case is over eight years old now and apparently stagnate. This is
also a highly controversial case with the investigating police force believing this a hoax, but without further investigation we are still left in the
dark on what happened. This from the investigators report filed on October 14th, 2001:
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