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 is expanding into the Central Southern Missouri region. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Sally Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Residence Clinton, Iowa November 21st 2015
By Sally Jacobs
Background and Reported Activity
In August 2015 a client contacted MVP through Facebook looking for help. She stated that her family and friends have been experiencing multiple claims of activity.
The client reported having seen shadows walking, heard banging, footsteps, and voices. She also reported hearing a cat meowing that wasn’t there. Some of the other claims were that toys have moved when the children were asleep and that the clients’ children have a hard time sleeping as they wake up in the middle of the night screaming that there are shadow people in their rooms.
On the day of the investigation the area was hit with a snow storm that dropped 10 inches of snow on Clinton, IA. The skies cleared for the evening and the temperature was 8* and windy.
At 4:00 p.m. team members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill arrived at Pizza Ranch in Clinton, IA. We reviewed the case file and planned the investigation. We arrived at the location at 5:30 p.m. The clients gave a few of the members a tour of the home then we began the investigation approximately at 6:30 p.m.
Equipment Set Up
A wireless night vision camera was set up with views of the main living area and hall way going to the bedrooms. An additional Sony HI8 was used and relocated throughout the home as needed. There were 7 audio recorders place throughout the home as well as a geophone placed in the hall were shadows were seen walking.
A toy was place in the hall to see if it would move as well as a penny in the basement clearly marked to see any changes in position.
Sally, Tony, and Amanda saw shadows moving in the far back workspace of the laundry room in the basement. Upstairs while in the living room Becky heard a cat meowing, heard voices and saw the geophone flash at the same time. While Stephanie was sitting in the girls’ bedroom she clearly heard a cat and two other members heard it as well.
We caught on audio two different clips of the cat who wasn’t there meowing and two evp’s of a human voice.
Many of the members experienced the same phenomenon as the client had reported. Upon evidence reveal with the client we are able to confirm several of their claims. We are planning a second investigation in March of 2016.
Garner Hall was built in Camanche Iowa in 1913. It was built on land donated by Martha Neesley who passed away on February 4th 1931. It was named by Mrs. Neesley after her deceased daughter May Garner Neesley. The building was the original town hall and was used for meetings, suppers, concerts, a play stage, and a movie theater. The town fire trucks used to be stored in the basement and when the bucket brigade was in need, they would ring the church bells.
Many groups used the building as a meeting hall including:
Chamber of Commerce
The building currently is managed by the City of Camanche. It can be rented for a donation and is used for meetings, parties, and reunions. The basement now serves as a senior meal site. The City of Camanche plans on demolish Garner Hall in the near future and build a new community center on the property.
Garner Hall Investigation Camanche IA November 7th 2015
By Sally Jacobs December 9th 2015
Background and Reported Activity
A member of MVP contacted Camanche City Hall to request permission to investigate Garner Hall as it is going to be demolished and replaced with a new community center in the near future. There was a report from a team members’ child that he saw a shadow figure in the building a few years ago.
The temperature upon arrival was 32 degrees with clear skies. The moon phase was waning crescent.
MVP arrived at Garner Hall at 5PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill in attendance. We had a meeting about best equipment placement and a discussion about best investigation practices for the location. The investigation commenced around 6PM.
The Command Center was set up in the upstairs kitchen, with Bryce doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 6 audio recorders, 3 e.m.f. detectors, a high 8 night shot video camera, and a 4 camera night vision DVR system.
Sally drove around the building with headlights on to induce shadow play from light through the windows.
Upstairs Main Room
Becky, Diana, and Sally noticed random K2 and EMF meter activity during casual conversation. Becky saw a flashing light on the monitor from the camera in the basement level that was played back for Bryce, Amanda, and Sally. The anomaly was unexplained. Sally and Tony both noticed small flashes of light along the north wall of the main room; some traveling up the stairs to the kitchen area.
Audio clips captured on two different recording devices of a voice not belonging to any investigators. Video clip of the camera image completely blocked out, anomaly could not be explained.
MVP went into this investigation with no expectations; just the honor of investigating one of the city’s oldest properties. We are thankful to the City of Camanche for letting us conduct the investigation.
With the lack of activity and little evidence collected at this location it does not warrant an additional investigation.
C.wav Becky’s recorder catch of a voice from the main room upsrecording
052(2) Same voice on different recorder
B0052(2.1) Amplified voice same recording
Background and Reported Activity
MVP returned the Iowa church we had previous investigated on April 26, 2014 to hopefully capture more evidence that something unusual was occurring, as well as to investigate a church member’s home for the first time.
For previous activity reports, please refer to the February 15, 2014 investigation report. In the church member’s house, claims included the sound of walking on the second floor, seeing the spirit of a little boy, among others.
Temperature upon arrival was 64 degrees with a mostly clear sky. The moon phase was waning crescent.
MVP arrived at the church around 7PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, and Andrea Calkins in attendance.
We were going to do a fairly short investigation of the church and then conduct another investigation at the nearby church member’s residence. We did not conduct any interviews during this investigation as we had talked to the church member prior to arriving at the church and would not be home when we investigated the house. Investigation commenced around 715PM at the church and around 9PM at the home.
Command Center was set up in the back of the sanctuary, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. In the church, there were four voice recorders (two stationary, two mobile), a K2 meter, a geophone, a motion detector, and a Nightshot camera. In the home, there were four stationary voice recorders, K2 meter, and motion detector.
No experiments were performed.
Towards the beginning of the investigation, Becky and Diana heard what sounded like heavy footsteps coming from the balcony, loud enough that Diana thought Becky had gone upstairs when she hadn’t. The same noise was captured later, so it is unknown if this was the sound of the building or unexplained phenomenon. The team also heard one of the metal folding chairs in the back make a noise for no reason. While Diana and Becky were on the balcony and Bryce and Andrea in the basement, both Diana and Becky heard the sound of someone walking down the center aisle. Andrea and Bryce did not hear it and were able to prove that if someone walks in the sanctuary, you can hear it in the basement, which they did not.
MVP did a brief investigation of a church member’s home and concentrated their efforts on the second floor as the husband and a daughter had stayed on the premises and we wished to minimize evidence containment. There were no personal experiences at the home.
This was a banging sound captured, though it may not be paranormal.
This was captured while trying to explain the footsteps, as a voice comes up over Bryce while he is on the walkie-talkie.
This was the footsteps captured in the sanctuary.
This was captured at the home. We are unable to explain it as it sounds like several people talking at once. We determined it was not a television, as we could not hear any noises from the first floor during the investigation.
This was the heavy footsteps or banging heard at the beginning of the investigation.
This is the video from the same time as “Noises in front of church.” It has a similar sound to “Noises at Beginning” leading us more towards it having a rational explanation, but still noteworthy.
This is the video of the footsteps in the sanctuary. It is notable that neither the motion sensor or geophone on the piano do not go off in response to the phenomenon.
It was a fairly windy day and discovered during our first investigation, the church building itself does make a lot of noises; therefore a lot of our captured audio was questionable. There were, however, a few that merited inclusion in this report. Our second investigation was fruitful in that we did capture some audio and we continue to believe some sort of activity is occurring in the church, though its source is still unknown. The church member’s house was quiet and the only evidence captured was the unexpected EVP of several voices. This alone does not mean a location has activity, but it is a starting place and MVP would like to investigate the house more thoroughly in the future.
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.
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.
A new page has come to our site entitled “Investigators Favorites”. This will include our choice of favorite evps, videos, photos and anything else we feel might be of interest to those searching our site. New favorites will be added periodically, so make sure and check it out frequently.
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.