Mississippi Valley Paranormal is a paranormal investigation and research group that was formed in December 2007 to help further research into the paranormal in a strictly professional manner. Our members come from all walks of life and we use only scientific means to research and collect evidence. We are always open to investigating with other teams because we believe that unity in the paranormal community is a must.
Mississippi Valley Paranormal covers Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, including the Quad Cities.
Mississippi Valley Paranormal is a non-profit organization and we do not charge for our services.
MVP was contacted by a member of an Iowa church regarding unexplained activity that has occurred within the church. Reported occurrences include hearing footsteps in hallway upstairs and above sanctuary, a figure seen at the altar, thesound of children giggling, object manipulation, lights turning on and off in the nursery, the feeling of being pushed when upstairs, theelevator moving on its own and lighting up, and noises in the kitchen.
Temperature upon arrival was 18 degrees with an overcast sky. The moon phase was Full.
MVP arrived at the church at 6:30PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith in attendance. Several members of the church met the team at the church for interviews.
Following the interview and church tour, the members and their families left the premises with the investigation commencing around 8PM.
An EMF tour of the church concluded that there were no unusual electromagnetic fields
The investigation concluded around 11PM.
Command Center was set up in the coat room. The Night Owl DVR system was set up with one camera covering the sanctuary and a MiniDV camera set on the second floor covering the hallway, along with the geophone. A motion detector was set up at the altar along with an electromagnetic pump. There was a static voice recorder placed in the basement and two mobile voice recorders.
The team experienced some unexplained occurrences. Both Becky and Diana reported hearing a female moan and other noises in the nursery and second floor.. Diana reported hearing a voice on the second floor. All three investigators reported hearing unexplained sounds in the sanctuary. Becky experienced the elevator light turning on by itself without explanation. Both Becky and Bryce heard what they both described as organ music in the sanctuary. Bryce had reported that the DVR camera covering the sanctuary had moved on its own, however review determined that it was the camera refocusing.
– This was the sound of a chair moving or something similar, heard by all three investigators.
– This was a sound heard on both floors.
– This was a female-sounding moan heard by both Diana and Becky in the nursery.
– This possible organ music was captured in the sanctuary and heard by both Becky and Bryce.
– An unknown noise captured in the sanctuary.
– An unknown voice captured on the second floor and heard by Diana.
No video evidence was captured.
MVP believes it was both an honor and privilege to be invited to investigate a church that still has an active congregation, as some denominations don’t necessarily believe in the paranormal and/or have different views about it. Being the first church the team has investigated, we didn’t know what we were walking into, but it was an experience worth while. While we didn’t experience any of the reported claims, we did experience some activity that has definitely opened us to a return investigation, should it be requested. We would like to get to the bottom of what could possibly be causing the activity in this beautiful building, and maybe even have a few members of the church join us.
Mississippi Valley Paranormal will now be taking applications for membership. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
MVP was contacted by a single mother living in Muscatine, Iowa regarding a fair amount of unexplained activity occurring in her home. Reported occurrences included seeing a black mass, hearing footsteps, objects being moved, whispering, etc. Also reported are various lights in the house turning on by themselves and the pets being bothered often. She also said that her son experienced some activity, including his dresser drawers all pulling out evenly on their own and pounding on the walls.
Temperature upon arrival was 19 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waxing Crescent.
MVP arrived at the home at 6:30PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Sally Jacobs, Mandy Peters, and Terry Enright in attendance.
Following an interview and house tour, the homeowner left the premises with the investigation commencing around 8PM.
An EMF tour of the home concluded that there was an unusually high amount of electromagnetic fields throughout the house. An investigation of the electrical conduit in the basement concluded this to be the primary cause, with the homeowner being informed about it.
The investigation concluded around 11PM.
Command Center was set up in the dining room. The Night Owl DVR cameras were set up facing the kitchen, one covering the basement, and one the master bedroom. The geophone was set up in the son’s bedroom with a minidv camera recording it. Two 360 recorders were set up, one in the living room and the other in the master bedroom. Another recorder was set up in the basement. The cell sensor was set up in the living room. There were 2 mobile recorders, 2 mobile EMF detectors, and 2 digital cameras.
There were few personal experiences. Before the investigation started, at 7:30PM, it was reported that the light in the master bedroom was on when it confirmed that it had been turned off. At various times, everyone reported unexplained noises that were heard throughout the house, with no explaination.
No audio evidence was captured.
: A noise is heard and the geophone flashes.: Movement upstairs and the geophone flashes.: Geophone flashes.
Though the team members didn’t experience any of the homeowner’s claims, we have no reason to doubt the homeowners’ claims about the house. While we usually look at the lack of activity as a good sign, the owner has already reported additional activity occurring within the home. One investigation usually isn’t enough time to try to fully determine what is happening at a location, so MVP looks forward to hopefully investigating this property again so we can end or at least determine the source of paranormal activity.
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Coal Valley, IL Investigation #2 April 27, 2013
Background and Reported Activity
MVP returned to Coal Valley on April 27, 2013 to confront head-on the paranormal activity that had been plaguing the small home and its family for years, and to newly investigate the neighboring house, where the grandmother lives.
For previous activity reports, please refer to the April 6, 2013 investigation report. In the grandmother’s house, her claims included objects moving, a baby crying with no source, and the phone repeatedly ringing with no incoming calls.
Temperature upon arrival was 60 degrees with a clear sky. The moon phase was Full
MVP arrived at the home around 7:10PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Diana Smith, Steve Danielsen, and Mandy Peters in attendance.
Following a follow-up with the family, the team met with the grandmother for an interview and tour of her house. Following this, all the clients left the premises and the investigation commenced at 8:20PM, with the homeowners leaving the premises. This investigation was unique in that the team was investigating two houses simultaneously. The investigation of both houses ended at 12:45AM.
Command Center was set up in the dining, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. In the family’s house, there were 2 voice recorders in the back living room, 1 voice recorder in one of the childrens’ rooms, a videocamera in the master bedroom, and an EM pump, geophone, and video camera in the hallway. At the grandmother’s house, there was an EM pump and 2 voice recorders. Additionally, there were 2 digital cameras, a mobile voice recorder, and a full-sprectrum digital camera.
A K2 session also was performed at both locations with mixed results. A spirit box session was also tried with mixed results. Coins were set out at various locations in the grandmother’s house, with no resulting movement.
The Family’s House
During the follow-up with the family, everyone present heard what sounded like a growl or burp that couldn’t be explained along with two moaning noises. At 8:37, Becky and Bryce both heard bumps coming from the door to the garage, with no explanation. At 8:55, Steph and Amanda witnessed unexplained lights occurring in the dining room. At 9:18, Steph experienced a static electricity-like feeling in the front living room. At 9:28, Steph and Mandy experienced a flashlight moving on its own in the front living room. At 9:34, both Steph and Mandy heard a female voice in the front living room. At 10:36, Becky reported hearing a whimpering sound coming from the master bedroom. At 10:40, Diana experienced a static electricity phenomenon in the front living room. At 11:18 and 11:28, Steve experienced object movement in the back living room and dining room while alone. Starting at 11:29, nearly everyone started smelling a cat urine-like odor in both the kitchen and dining room, this occurring randomly all the way until the investigation concluded. At 11:57, Mandy reported that she was touched on the left arm while in the dining room. At 12:00, Becky and Diana felt a static electricity sensation in the dining room. At 12:06, Steph experienced something kicking her chair in the dining room. At 12:16, both Becky and Mandy reported an orb in the back living room. At 12:18, Mandy reported the sensation of fingers combing through her hair while in the dining room. At 12:21, Steph reported being touched on the shoulder while in the dining room. At 12:23, Becky and Mandy reported a strange, unexplained noise in the kitchen. At 12:26, Steph reported feeling a heaviness in the dining room.
The Grandmother’s House
At 8:52, Bryce reported an unexplainable noise in the living room. At 9:00, Becky and Bryce both heard loud shuffling coming from one of the back bedrooms. At 9:12, Bryce witnessed shadow movement in the hallway. At 9:15, Becky heard an unexplained ‘thud’ in the master bedroom. She also reported another noise at 9:16. At 9:18, Bryce reported a large shadow moving in the hallway. At 9:20, both Bryce and Diana heard a snapping noise coming from one of the back bedrooms. At 9:22, Diana witnessed an orb moving in the kitchen. At 9:30, Becky reported lights in the hallway. At 9:32, Bryce experienced a bed in one of the back bedrooms moving. At 10:15, Mandy reported unexplained lights in the living room. At 10:19, Steph witnessed an orb in the living room.
This was the growl or burp we heard before the start of the investigation:growl or burp
This was one of the moans we also heard before the investigation: moan
The other moan we heard:moan2
This was the shuffling we heard in the grandmother’s house that we were unable to explain: shuffle
An unexplained sound, sounding like something slamming to the ground: slam
No video evidence was captured.
Again, there were several personal experiences, even some unexplained noises that were heard and captured while talking with the family. We do believe that activity is occurring at the family’s house and following our investigation of the grandmother’s house, there also appears to be mild, unthreatening activity in her home as well. We will work with the family in the coming weeks to attempt to reduce, if not rid, the home of any and all paranormal activity so the family can finally be at peace in their home.
Edinburgh Manor March 23, 2013
This building was built in 1911. It housed people of all ages with chronic mental illnesses. Before this building was the Jones County Poor Farm building that was there 1850-1910. Records show that 80+ people died during that time. The property was purchased in 2011 by owners that wish their names to remain private.
Because of the experiences we had at our previous investigation, we decided to investigate the Manor again. The weather was very cold and the building was less than 40 degrees inside so we were not able to stay and investigate as long as we would have liked to. Regardless, we still had a good time and more personal experiences to add to our investigations at Edinburgh Manor.
Becky- Early in the evening, Steve set up his REM pod in the main hallway of the 1st floor. While Diana and I were in the building and Bryce and Steve were outside filming, I heard the REM pod go off. I commented on it, but my audio clip doesn’t catch it good since I was talking at the time.
While Steph and I were in command central, we both thought we heard voices. At the time we both thought they sounded kind of like a tv playing because I commented about we shouldn’t be able to hear a TV even if there might be one on in the house behind the Manor. It’s faint, but it was caught on audio.
While in the large ward on the first floor, we all experienced unexplained taps, knocks, and footsteps that seemed to go from the hallway and around different areas of the room. First a noise was heard in the hall, then over by the right corner of the room and seemed to travel counter clockwise around the room.
I felt very uncomfortable while in the basement. I didn’t have any personal experiences in the basement area, but I remember feeling sad when I saw the piano sitting there.
I also felt uncomfortable on the 2nd floor, as soon as Terry, Steph and I went up there. We set up an EM pump in the hallway. We went into the room at the top of the steps. I asked if someone was up there with us and immediately heard a pop which we attributed to settling. I then started to get a headache. About 5 minutes after that, Steph and I heard a noise in the hallway. Terry heard what sounded like dishes, then Steph heard a scrape and then we heard footsteps right afterward. Steph spoke of being very nervous. We then moved to a room down the hall. I saw a shadow on the door frame while we were sitting in the room. Shortly after that Steph saw a shadow and then Terry heard a noise or voice that was caught on audio. Several minutes later, Terry saw a pinpoint of light, looking down the hallway from the blue room. Terry then heard footsteps. We heard noises come from various areas and while walking back down the main hall, just past the stairway, Steph thought she saw a face peek out of a doorway.
Steph- Towards the beginning of the evening myself and Becky heard what sounded like a conversation outside of the room that we were in, almost like a television playing. After a couple of moments we realized that there was no television and we were hearing something else. There was no one outside of the room that we could be hearing at that time as it was when we first goth there and were all in the room.
While me and Diana were in the “control room” by the front door of the building, we heard what sounded like slippers scraping on the floor outside in the hall near us.
While myself, Becky, and Terry were on the second floor we heard BLATANT footsteps in the hallway from the room that we were in. These footsteps were caught on audio. We also heard a dragging noise out in the hallway that was also caught on audio.
While on the second floor myself, Becky and Terry were walking down the hallway and I felt very creeped out and nervous all of a sudden, more than usual. After just passing the stairwell I felt the sudden overwhelming urge to turn around and when I did I shined my flashlight down the hallway. At this time, I saw what looked like a person sticking his or her head out of one of the rooms on the left side. It was solid and looked like a flesh and blood face, not see through in any way. I only saw it for a second or so as it startled me and I looked away and removed the flashlight from the face. I could not tell if it was a man or woman but it had dark hair.
Upon listening back to that moment on our audio there is a strong EVP of a voice caught right next to the area that we were in that sounds like it is speaking directly to us. I feel that subconsciously I may have heard or sensed that voice and whatever made it and that is what made me want to turn around but of course I cannot prove as this is a personal experience.
Late in the evening, the EMF sensor was going off in the control room with no plausible explanation.
Terry- Upon arriving I went to the first room around the corner from command central to change into a long sleeve shirt. As soon as I got the shirt off, I could’ve sworn I heard a very faint female scream. I’m not certain what else it could have been. No one reported it on audio.
Heard footsteps a few times out loud from the hallways. They were also captured on audio recorders.
At around 10:24 I saw a pinpoint of light dart across the second floor hallway from the Blue Room. It was a while after that I was trying to figure out what I could have seen when Steph saw a face appear from a door way.
A few times during the night I had headaches when Becky said she had them too. Brief sharp pain that didn’t last very long. Mine were all on the right side temporal region. Just an odd occurrence.
Bryce- Reported hearing unexplained noises throughout the night.
Coal Valley, IL Investigation April 6, 2013
Background and Reported Activity
MVP was contacted by a mother who was concerned about her daughter and family that were experiencing some intense paranormal activity in their home. MVP member Steve Danielsen then contacted the daughter for information regarding her home and the occurring activity.
Activity reported includes:
-Witnessing shadow masses
-Experiencing poltergeist-like activity
-Doors being open and shut on a daily basis
-Unexplainable sounds including voices and whispers
The clients had recently built an addition to their house which included a dining room/living room, master bedroom with bath, and a laundry room. They believe that two spirits occupy the house, with the previous owner occupying the original section of the house and a darker spirit occupying the new section of the house.
Temperature upon arrival was 66 degrees with a mostly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waning Crescent. Storms moved into the area during the investigation.
MVP arrived at the home around 7PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Diana Smith, Steve Danielsen, and Terry Enright in attendance.
House had a temperature of 68 degrees with no notable EMF fields detected.
Following an interview and tour of the home, the investigation commenced at 7:45PM, with the homeowners leaving the premises. The investigation was wrapped around 10PM due to severe weather concerns.
Command Center was set up in the dining, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. There was a voice recorder positioned in one of the front bedrooms with a video camera in the same room for a part of the investigation. Another recorder was placed in the dining area, by our Command Center. Another recorder was placed in the master bedroom for half the investigation and was mobile for the rest. There was one additional recorder that was mobile for most of the investigation. A geophone was placed in the kitchen area to detect any movement. Additionally, there were two digital cameras, one Mel meter, and a full-sprectrum digital camera.
The flashlight experiment was attempted, with mixed results. The K2 session also was performed with mixed results.
At 8:24, both Steve and Terry reported an unexplained sound, possibly a growl, coming from the kitchen. At 8:31, Becky reported an unexplained shadow crossing the back living room. At 8:45, Terry reported witnessing a yellow ball of light in the back living room. At 8:58, Diana reported seeing a dense fog or mist in the master bedroom. At 9:02, Becky reported seeing shadow movement in the hallway. At 9:30, Steph and Bryce reported a shuffling-type sound coming from the kitchen. At 9:51, Becky reported more shadow activity in the hallway.
This is a voice that was we were unable to explain: deep demonic voice coal valley home amplified and isolated
This is a cough or similar sound that we were not able to explain: cough
Captured on 2 recorders at 9:01PM is a response to Steve:VOICE and possible response to Steve amplified
Terry’s camera was recording when Becky saw the shadow at 9:02PM, and this is what was captured: 9 02PM bug or shadow that Becky saw
This is again from Terry’s camera, it is the response to Steve that was also captured on our voice recorders: “9 01PM possible response to 9 01PM possible response to Steve
There were several personal experiences that occurred in this residence, some coinciding with what has been experienced by the family. The team did not stay nearly as long as they would have liked, due to the storms, and as a result have already scheduled a follow-up investigation to occur at a later date, and we can hopefully put this family at ease.
Davenport, Iowa Investigation February 12, 2013
Background and Reported Activity
MVP was contacted by a mother concerned about activity surrounding her teenage son as well as other activity occurring within the home. Activity reported to MVP included the following:
-The son woke up and felt something warm on his neck, he then drove to where his mom works because it scared him. He hadn’t even looked in the mirror at that point and she said he was white as a sheet and shaking. She saw the marks on his neck and he had some on his torso too.
-The mother saw shower curtain move for no apparent reason.
-The mother heard the bedroom door slam shut, with no one home.
Temperature upon arrival was 15 degrees with a mostly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waning Gibbous.
MVP arrived at the home around 7:15PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Steve Danielsen, and Diana Smith in attendance. House set-up and environment readings are as follows:
-The entry way had a temperature of 69 degrees and a base electromagnetic field reading (EMF) of 0.1-0.2 milligauss.
-The main hallway had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF reading of 0.2 milligauss.
-The living room had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF reading of 0.1 milligauss.
-The kitchen had a temperature of 71 degrees and a base EMF of 0.1-0.2 milligauss.
-The bathroom had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF of 0.1-0.2 milligauss.
-The son’s bedroom had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF of 0.1 milligauss.
-The master bedroom had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF of 0-0.1 milligauss.
There were no indications of any high EMF fields in the home.
Following a tour of the home and brief interview, the investigation commenced around 7:40PM, with the client leaving the premises. The investigation was wrapped around 9PM.
Command Center was set up in the kitchen, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. A real-time digital voice recorder was set up in the kitchen and monitored by Bryce. A REM pod was set up in the son’s bedroom, then moved to the house’s hallway halfway through the investigation. An EMF pump was set up in the son’s bedroom, next to the REM pod. There were 3 mobile voice recorders, a cell sensor, and a K2 meter. The team also set up a new geophone.
The flashlight experiment was attempted in the living room, with no results. A spirit box session was also tried in both the living room and son’s room, with limited success.
At 7:50PM, both Becky and Diana heard a clicking sound coming from the hallway while sitting in the living room. At 8:10PM, both Becky and Diana witnessed a shadow dart from right to left while sitting in the living room. Becky also felt the couch shift as this occurred. There was no source of the shadow that could be determined.
The team was sitting in the living room and Bryce in the kitchen and clicking noises kept being heard from the hallway: noise in hallway
Here is a response from the spirit box, though it doesn’t indicate any paranormal activity, it is interesting: hes here
No video cameras were used during this investigation.
Because most of the activity that brought us to this home was focused on the son, MVP was hoping to interview him to try to find the source of the activity, however he was either unable or unwilling to speak to us, therefore we can only report on what was found during our investigation. Based on our findings, we cannot say that any activity is occurring in the home at this time.
Camanche Iowa Investigation January 4, 2013
Reported Hauntings: The client and her family have lived in an approximately 120 year old home in Camanche, Iowa since November 2012. Since moving into the home, she reports some unexplained activity of feeling like her hair is being touched and capturing unexplained voices on a digital recorder placed in the area of where she experienced the hair touching. Because of the nature of the recordings she has become very frightened of staying in her home. The recordings include what appears to be a conversation between her son (who talks in his sleep) and another unexplained voice, a male voice saying he is going to stick them and other profanity and unexplained voices.
Equipment Setup: A stationary camera was placed in the basement area since both her husband and she felt very uncomfortable going in that area. She also had reported sounds that sounded like the door knob being rattled that was caught on her audio. Sally set her mini cam in the dining room area along with a dvr and cell sensor. Another dvr was placed in the living room area.
Experiments Performed: The REM pod was placed on the steps in hopes of capturing any movement. We also tried a session with the spirit box.
Becky: At 7:36 While sitting in the dining room conducting an interview, Mandi and I both heard what sounded like a disembodied voice. At first we thought it may have been a cat, but when we checked we saw the cat was on Stephanie’s lap and she said it was only purring. I stopped my recording so I could play it back and some kind of voice was captured.
At approximately 8:30 while all of us were upstairs, I saw what looked like a small white shadow by Steve while he was sitting in the hallway. Then 3 minutes later, Mandi and I both saw another white light to the right of Steve. It was debunked as not being from a car, phone or flashlight.
At 8:40 we all went down to the living room area. Several times during the night I saw lights by the basement door. I also saw a dark shadow up by the top of the doorway. I also heard what sounded like a faint voice. It was caught on audio but very faint.
Sally: My experiences were when I was upstairs with terry before the investigation started and we were setting up equipment the room with the bunk beds seems to have a very heavy feeling. When we were up stairs as a group I heard a scratching sound
In the girls bedroom a few times, Diana stated she heard the noise as well.
Mandi: I didn’t have much in the way of personal experiences. I thought I saw a couple shadows but it could have been people moving, cats, etc. I got a weird feeling being in the kitchen but have no explanation for that.
Steve: My only experience was seeing a three-dimensional dimly glowing mist of some sort in the upstairs hallway that materialized then shot down the steps. Unsure what to make of it, not sure if I could call it paranormal, but part of it was witnessed by Becky.
Steph: I had no personal experiences.
Terry: I was the first one to go upstairs. And, before I got up there I saw some sort of shadow play on the wall. Not sure what it was from. And, I felt a very uneasy feeling in multiple locations upstairs, but had nothing happen.
door While we were in the living room area, Diana, Becky and Mandi were sitting on the couch and were hearing what sounded like the basement door knob, several times
voice mandi and I heard 736 While doing the interview in the dining room, Mandi and Becky both thought they heard a voice. They tried to debunk it as being the cat but the cat was sitting on Steph’s lap to the left of Becky and Mandi and Becky both agreed that the voice sounded like it was coming from the right, in the dining room area.
Knife falling Terry was setting up the camera to monitor any movement from the door as that was one of the claims. He was trying to position a camera so it was up higher. He found something that would work but was very dusty so he was tapping it on a box to get the dust off of it. Watch the door behind Terry. We ruled out anyone going outside or coming in as well as ruling out animals, people, or the furnace, making the door move and the knife fall.
Because of our not being present to record the audio that we were given, it is impossible for us to know if it was from a controlled environment. This made it hard to analyze it. As a result, we would have to consider it inconclusive to our investigation.
We believe that we were either there on a non active night, or that if there is something intelligent there that it did not choose to interact with us or that the recordings that the home owner got could be residual. Since there has been no violent activity and we did not witness any said activity, we do not feel that she is at risk of any type of harm. There may be some comfort to them in stating that the house is theirs and asking any spirits to leave. We encourage them to continue to log any activity that may take place.
We would always be glad to come back at anytime should the owners desire a return investigation and encourage her to keep in touch.