East Hills Paranormal group looking for signs of spirits in Western Pa.
As day fades into night, members of the East Hills Paranormal group gather at the edge of a small cemetery along a Murrysville road.
Hankey Church Cemetery is rumored to be haunted. It's the type of place the group loves to investigate.
“If there's any spirits here, please show a sign of your presence,” says Josh Shelton as he stands along the road with an audio recorder in one hand and a small digital camera in the other. “We are not here to harm you.”
He pauses, waiting for a response. With each breath and pause, he lifts his camera and snaps pictures in different directions, hoping to capture orbs, small circular lights that ghost hunters believe represent spirits captured by cameras.
A few seconds pass and he continues:
“If there's anybody here now with us, please speak into my little red light here. What's your name? How did you die?”
While Shelton waits for a response, the rest of the group walks among the headstones, their flashlights illuminating names and dates. They gather at a few grave markers clumped together just over a small grade, their silhouettes stark against the deep blue sky.
“We're not here to harm anybody; we're paranormal investigators,” Shelton says. “We'd just like to prove that there is life after death.”
Justin Merriman is a Trib Total Media photographer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.