Meridian Star

Local News

April 23, 2006

Ghost hunters probe The Star for paranormal activity

MERIDIAN — Instead of a late night stroll through a cemetery or walking the floors of a home, members of the local ghost-hunting group Orbservations descended on a downtown business around mid-day Sunday.

“This is one of the places we’ve always wanted to check out,” said Gigi Ahrens, co-founder of the paranormal investigation and research group, as she and four other members entered The Meridian Star.

“Several people have told us stories about strange things they’ve seen or heard, like feeling something touch them on the back of their neck, their name being called or seeing people out of the corner of their eye,” Ahrens said.

After four hours of gathering evidence with digital cameras, voice recorders and other technology, the investigative team may be able to shed some light on those unexplained occurrences.

“We definitely got something on video,” Ahrens said with great anticipation of days of reviewing hours of recorded material.

“It was a very, very bright solid orb and it just slowly came through the room,” she said. “It manifested right in front of the press — we got that on camera — and it moved slowly, I mean really slow, just kind of inched across the screen. And then it stopped, continued on, stopped and just kept on going.”

The Star last reported on Orbservations around Halloween, when the group was seeking various places where hauntings have been reported.

At least three times a month, six of the ghost-hunting group’s 25 members search for signs of paranormal activity.

“We’re asked by people to check out their homes or businesses or anywhere there has been unexplained anomalies or phenomenons — things that go bump in the night,” Ahrens said.

“We try to debunk myths and come up with rational explanations for why things happen. When we can’t come up with it or we can’t recreate the anomaly ourselves easily, then we dwell on it a little bit further as far as what’s the paranormal aspect — is it something that can’t be reproduced, is it something we can’t explain — and we try to gather evidence.”

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