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Charles E. Hickson Sr., the eldest of two men who made global headlines with their account of being snatched from the banks of the Pascagoula River in 1973 by space aliens, died Friday in Ocean Springs. He was 80.

Hickson was still known to occasionally sell his book, "UFO Contact at Pascagoula," outside local businesses. He reportedly told friends and family -- and sometimes total strangers -- that aliens continued to communicate with him via telepathic means.

Hickson, of Gautier, was 42 when he and then-19-year-old Calvin Parker, also of Gautier, reported to Jackson County Sheriff Fred Diamond that they were fishing on Oct. 11, 1973 off a pier at Shaupeter Shipyard when they heard a buzzing noise behind them.

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