Granger Taylor vanished from his parents’ home at Duncan, on Vancouver Island, British Colombia, Canada, without a trace at the age of 32 in 1980.
It remains one of the most bizarre unsolved missing persons cases on record.
Granger was a talented mechanic, who dropped out of high school early but was able to build a one-cylinder automobile at just 14.
His most memorable project was constructing a UFO-like shelter from two satellite dishes that he fitted with furniture, a TV and a stove.
But his fascination with the possibility of alien visitations became more serious when he alleged to experience constant contact from alien beings who promised to take him to their world.
On a stormy night on November 29, 1980, he left a bizarre note for his parents Jim and Grace Taylor, and was never seen again.
The note was left in a barn on the property where he was working on a number of projects.
It read: “Dear Mother and Father, I have gone away to walk aboard an alien ship, as recurring dreams assured a 42 month interstellar voyage to explore the vast universe, then return.
“I am leaving behind all my possessions to you as I will no longer require the use of any.
“Please use the instructions in my will as a guide to help. Love, Granger.”
On the back was a map of Waterloo Mountain, 20 miles to the west of the Taylor property, while his 1972 Datsun pick-up truck was gone.
A huge search was launched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for around four years, but no trace of him or the car were ever found.
Hospital, passport, employment, and vehicle records were checked to no avail.
His parents did not give up hope of his return and left the back door open each night, but he never showed up.
They also kept the UFO there, along with his other creations, just as he left them.
Dad Jim is quoted as saying years later: “I can hardly believe Granger’s off in a spaceship, but if there is a flying object out there, he’s the one to find it.”
The tale is often retold on alien conspiracy theory websites as alleged evidence of an alien abduction.
The reports all state that no trace of him was ever found.
But, the March 31 edition of the Montreal Gazette in 1986, five-and-a-half-years after the disappearance, said two pieces of bone that could have been Granger Taylor’s, and parts of what was believed to be his truck, had been found in a dynamite blast site on Mount Prevost.
The report said Granger had taken dynamite from his parents’ home on the night and the blast site was just four miles from the property.
The report said: “Two pieces of bone were found at the blast site and a pathologist confirmed they are human.
“Until further evidence is found, the RCMP is assuming they are Taylor’s.”
It is not known if it was later confirmed they were his bones.
According to UFO folklore, Granger Taylor was never seen again.