Woman spots 'ghost' in photo of her daughter
On the way to a beauty pageant near Orlando, Fla., 13-year-old Harper Kurtz snapped a few photos of herself.
Her mother realized later, when she was looking back on the pictures, that there was a ghostly image of a boy in the background of one snap.
Here is what a typical photo looked like:
And here is the suspicious one, where the boy appears:
Melissa claims there was no boy in their car.
Melissa Kurtz, 48, investigated the spooky image.
She found that the photo was taken on a highway in the Maitland area of Florida, where a boy died in a car accident.
It was taken in July -- the anniversary of his death.
"It was a real 'Oh my god' moment. I was really shocked by it, incredibly shocked. I ran into the other room and said to friends who were staying with me 'you have to see this'. Everyone was awestruck," she told The Sun.
Melissa noted that Harper was not wearing a seatbelt in the photo, which is usual for her -- and she believes the boy appeared in the photo to serve as a warning.
"I think it's very important to the world to see that picture because I know it's genuine and real and we were the only two in the car," Melissa told The Sun.
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She later sent the image to Greg Pocha, a director of parapsychology, afterlife and paranormal studies at Eidolon Project Canada.
He used an image analysis software to prove that the "boy" in the photo has no temperature or color -- a sign that the child is a ghost.
Melissa said she wasn't afraid that this happens, because paranormal things have happened to her daughter for all of her life.
"She has a lot of contact with the deceased world through work we do at a cemetery and she is very open to stuff like that," Melissa told The Sun.
"She is not scared of the supernatural or the occult."