November 9, 1979, approximately between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30
a.m., Taylor, who was at the time working for the Livingston
Development Corporation, parked his pickup truck at the
side of a road with the intention of examining the progress
of some saplings in the forest. Being unable to access the
forest by truck, Taylor and his dog made their way into
the forest on foot along one of the forest paths that lead
up the side of Dechmont Law. Upon entering a clearing approximately
500 metres away from his truck, Taylor saw what he described
as a large domed object totally motionless and silent hovering
above the forest floor.He estimated the object to be about
20 feet in diameter.
had a ring or flange of some sort around it, which caused
it to appear like a brim on a hat. Protruding from the outside
of the UFO were stems pointing up, and topped with propellers.
The object seemed to be constructed from a dark grey metallic
material which appeared transparent in places. Taylor later
described the surface of the object having rough texture
similar to that of sandpaper and suggested that by having
transparent areas on its surface, the object was attempting
to camouflage itself with its surroundings.
began to approach the object and upon doing so two smaller
spheres three feet in diameter, which looked to be made
from the same material, appeared to drop from underneath
the craft and began to roll towards him. Taylor described
the smaller spheres as having appendages, making them similar
to sea mines in appearance. As the small objects moved towards
him, Taylor described them as making a plopping
noise as the appendages made contact with the ground. The
small spheres maneuvered around Taylor and by using their
appendages, attached themselves to each side of his trousers,
just underneath the pockets. Taylor said at this point,
he heard a hissing noise coming from the small objects and
he began to choke due to a strong acrid smell which he believes
was being secreted by them. He described this smell as burning
automobile brake linings which caused him to cough.
By now, Taylor was aware he was being dragged by the smaller
spheres along the ground towards the larger object. He eventually
fell forwards onto his face and lost consciousness.
later regained consciousness and upon doing so discovered
the object had disappeared. Taylor then discovered he had
trouble attempting to speak and could not get to his feet.
He then crawled 100 metres along the ground and managed
to stagger the rest of the distance back to where he had
parked his truck. On reaching the truck he attempted to
call for help on the trucks two way radio, but struggled
due to his loss of voice. Taylor then attempted to get back
home in the truck, but accidentally ditched it in soft earth
while trying to drive in his condition. Due to his vehicle
being stuck, Taylor walked the rest of the way back home.
arrived around 11:45 AM. When his wife saw him, she was
shocked. He had mud all over him, and his pants were torn.
He began to tell her of his ordeal with the UFO. His wife
urged him to call the police, but Taylor felt that they
would only laugh at him. Instead, he called his job supervisor,
Malcom Drummond. Drummond called a doctor, and he drove
directly to Taylors house. He was so eager to hear
Taylors story that he questioned him while he was
in the tub. Drummond and Taylor both felt that there should
be physical proof of the incident in the forest. Since the
doctor was coming to check out Taylor, Drummond headed to
the scene via Taylors instructions, but he could not
find the right location.
awaiting Drummonds arrival, Taylor complained of a
headache and kept saying that he had been gassed.
Drummond and Taylor both attended the scene of the incident
a short while later the same day and discovered strange
indentations in the forest floor which Taylor stated had
not been there earlier that morning. One set were described
as looking like rungs in ladder, the other indentations
which numbered forty in total were suspected to be the tracks
left by the smaller objects. No scorch marks were seen on
the forest floor. Staff of the Livingston Development Corporation
later took photographs of the scene.
the research regarding this incident we noticed that the
craft/object witnessed by Taylor is being depicted spheroid
in most of the available illustrations over the internet.
We based our renderings on the drawing made by Taylors
son-in-law shortly after the incident took place aided with
the verbal description of Robert Taylor. Also, it is important
to know that we did not find in the official reports made
by Taylor indicating that the craft was completely a sphere.
a recently produced documentary by the National Geographic
Channel where this case was featured, new information has
been revealed. In 2012, 30 years after the incident, David
Hammond, Bob Taylors son-in-law and author of the
famous UFO sketch that was used to described what Taylor
saw that morning stated that he believe that the sketch
he created may have mislead people whether the UFO had legs.
Taylor described the object hovering over the forest floor
but Hammond suggested that the UFO should have been resting
on legs based on the tread tracks found on the
ground by investigators.
on these findings, we decided to depict the craft in our
renders without the legs. Still, the fact remains
that those rectangular tracks on the ground seemed to be
made by the object. There is no evidence to this day stating
that these tracks were made from a man-made machine. There
were no matching equipment tracks on the region when police
made their investigation. Neither found evidence that a
machine was entering and/or leaving the area due to the
lack of tracks on the surrounding area.