Sunday September 9, 2012

GORHAM, Maine (AP) -- UFO believers gathered at a conference in Maine to share their stories of close encounters and hear from speakers who said they've been abducted by extraterrestrials.

Scores of people showed up Saturday for the Experiencers Speak conference in Gorham, where they heard from speakers who've claimed to have been abducted by beings from other planets.

The Maine Sunday Telegram says the conference was organized by twin sisters Audrey and Debbie Hewins of Mechanic Falls, who started a national support group for abductees after what they describe as a lifelong series of encounters with extraterrestrials.

Among the speakers was Kathy Marden, who wrote a book about her aunt and uncle, Betty and Barney Hill, a Portsmouth, N.H., couple whose story about an alien abduction gained national attention in the 1960s.