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Undisclosed Iowa Church #2 and Undisclosed Iowa Residence April 26, 2014

by on Jun.03, 2014, under Investigations

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.

 

Weather

Temperature upon arrival was 64 degrees with a mostly clear sky. The moon phase was waning crescent.

 

Pre-Investigation

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.

 

Equipment Setup

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.

 

Experiments Performed

No experiments were performed.

 

Personal Experiences

The Church

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.

 

The House

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.

 

Evidence Collected

Audio Evidence:

 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.

Video Evidence:

 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.

 

Conclusions

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.

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