Amy Rylance, then 22, her husband Keith, and her friend Petra were at the Rylances' home in Gundiah, Australia, in October 2001. Petra was woken at 11.15pm and went into the living room, where she was horrified to find Amy being carried in a sleeping position out through the window on a beam of light to a "huge ship outside".
Petra woke Keith, but by the time he entered the room Amy was gone. The curtain was torn, and bushes outside were burnt. The pair phoned the police, who struggled to take the claim seriously. However, around 90 minutes later, Keith received a phone call from a woman in Mackay, Queensland – an eight-hour drive from Gundiah. She said she was with Amy, who was in hospital, dazed and dehydrated. No one could explain how she had travelled such a distance in such a short time.
Amy was uninjured, except for red marks on her upper thighs and heels. She said she remembered lying on a bed with tall figures leaning over her, reassuring her and taking samples from her. When she was found, her body hair had grown considerably, suggesting she had been gone for much longer than the few, short hours she was missing.