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File No: 09-09-020
Location: West Grove, PA - Chester County




Investigation Date and Duration:
May 9th,  2009    Arrive 6:30pm / Depart 12:30am

Location Status:

This is a three story residence with with a full basement built in the year 1919 and occupied by two adults, three children one cat and a dog.


Reported Activity:

When the family moved into this home over ten years ago, they began noticing activity almost immediately. The activity centered around the 2nd floor bedrooms and attic areas with reports of footsteps, hearing a child's voice, seeing shadows and blackish figures and the sound of someone walking up and down the stairs with no one present. In other areas, it has appeared as if someone has walked past a doorway or a grayish smoke-like movement was seen. A little girl of only three or four years old was seen in the kitchen and on another occasion, a kitchen light turned off by itself. The activity appears to go on for a week or so and then is quiet for about three weeks then starts again.




Equipment:
DVR System with four IR cameras
Digital Cameras (2)
Digital Voice Recorders (4)
EMF gauge (3)
Camcorders w/night shot (2)
Flashlights
Motion Sensor (2)
Thermometer (3)

Investigators Present:
Mark
Lauren
Chris


Location Weather:
Partly cloudy and windy
Geomagnetic Field: Quiet
Solar X-Rays: Normal
PWO: Average

Technical Notes:

Nearby street traffic has been taken into consideration along with nearby windchime noise and moderate wind conditions. 


AUDIO and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon):
VR1- Digital Voice Recorder: (Stationary in Master Bedroom) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

VR2Digital Voice Recorder: (Mobile with investigators) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

VR3- Digital Voice Recorder: (Stationary in 3rd floor bedroom) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

VR4- Digital Voice Recorder: (Used as a control at command) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.






VIDEO:

DVR Cam1 - (Viewing 2nd Fl, master bedroom) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

DVR Cam2
-
(Viewing dining room and partial kitchen) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.


DVR Cam3
(Viewing
2nd Fl girls bedroom) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

DVR Cam4 - (Viewing 3rd Fl bedroom and staircaseNo physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

Camcorder #1 – (Mobile with investigators) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.

Camcorder #2 – (Mobile with investigators) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.



Photographs:
No photos of evidential value were discovered.



EMF (Electro Magnetic Field):
Standard baseline readings were taken throughout the building with expected spikes near electrical appliances.
No anomalous EMF’S detected.



Investigator Feelings / Experiences:

Mark and Chris - within minutes of entering the 3rd Fl bedroom at the start of the investigation, Mark and Chris began hearing noises in the ceiling. After spending some considerable time in this area and hearing many more loud noises, it is believed that an animal such as a squirrel or large bird is inhabiting this area. It could not be determined where the animal was entering the house but the animal itself was heard in almost every area of the ceiling on the 3rd floor at some point.
Lauren - Nothing to report



                 



Conclusion:

During the investigation on this particular night, investigators found what appears to be a small animal or bird habitating in the ceiling of the 3rd  floor. Many sounds were heard from this animal throughout the night which could account for a few of the noises heard by the family, but not most. Attempts were made to recreate staircase popping with no success. The cause of the sounds of footsteps on the staircase and 2nd floor master bedroom is still unknown.

Initial EMF sweeps of the residence indicated there were no fields above the normal range that could falsely cause the family to have experiences that would seem paranormal. Even though some factors that could falsely cause a person to have what is believed to be a paranormal experience were ruled out, no evidence of paranormal activity or a haunting was recorded on this date. The activity the family described seems to fit the type of activity that would occur with a haunting and in no way does ThePPA discredit their accounts. Based on the family relating that the activity seems to be active for a week or so and then is quiet for about three weeks until it starts again, it is recommend that the family start a log of activity in an attempt to identify when the activity may be occurring and follow up with an additional investigation around those times.

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