The building that currently houses the Umatilla Police Department has
had a long and diverse history. On the outside of the building there is a plaque that refers to 1939, and since this
date has housed many things, the general store, the city water plant (there are two sealed wells inside the building), the
electric company, an ice house and the fire department, and prior to this building there was a homestead that sat back
where public works is currently located behind the Police station and this building sits on what was the front
There are also many different reports from the past and present employees,
stating that the back and front hallway, Sergeant's office, copy room, kitchen, storage room, (most of the building)
as per the officers all have some form of activity.
The officers and deputies in the building report hearing and seeing shadows,
footsteps, bangs and music. Several people related that they are disturbed by this activity and a couple will
admit to being frightened. At least two of our officers past and present have complained about being watched, electrical
problems, lights that work when they want to and that most of the activitiy is in the late evening.
Members present Lynn, Erin, Jen and Shereen.We arrived at the Umatilla
Police Department at and called for an officer
to meet with us.Officer Conkling pulled in several minutes later. He was very helpful showing us around the department and relating events and paranormal activity reported
to have happened here.We were then left alone in the building to set up our
equipment.Approximately 15 minutes later Duty Sergeant Bell showed up with his
wife, to tell us about his personal experiences in the building over the past several months.
The Officers confirmed and added to the reports we had already recieved about shadowy figures being seen
in the building.Late at night in the hallway in front of the Sgt’s office
people have reported seeing a shadowy figure moving back and forth.This same
type of figure is seen moving through the hallway and kitchen area.This area
has two rooms that were once cells and have now been converted into storage areas, and one officer believed that this shadowy
figure was a previous officer still guarding the inmates. There were also several
reports of officers hearing footsteps on a wooden ramp going into the kitchen area, when they turn around there is of course
no one there to account for these footsteps. Some of the other activity reported was unaccountable bumps and noises (one noise
is reported to sound like when you scrunch a plastic soda bottle) and problems taking mug shot photos, they would get a strange
white shadow on some of them and when they retake the photo it is gone. (The Sgt. contributed this to the fact that it was
an old camera.) In the back room, where some of the older evidence is stored, there is a bike from many years ago were a young
boy was hit and killed by a car.The officers say they sometimes hear laughter
and music in this room, almost like the sound of a child’s bell on their bicycle.
One story we heard was that during the time that the building housed the water plant, a worker fell into one of the
wells that is located under the current kitchen area and drowned.(We have not
yet been able to substantiate this story.)
We set up the DVR cameras to cover the back room and the child’s bicycle in storage along with the ramp area that
has the reported footsteps.A digital audio recorder was also set up in the back
room to try and recorder the laughter and bell sounds.Three other digital video
cameras were set up to cover the hallway were the old cells and shadow figure is reported, the Sgt’s office hallway
and in the inmate shower/bathroom area just in front of the chief’s office.We
went lights out and the investigation was started at .We conducted a walk through taking baseline readings,
EMF 0.4 and temp was 71 degrees.Erin took the first shift viewing the DVR monitor, Jen stationed
herself at the computer area where the officers report working when they hear the ramp footsteps and see the shadows in the
hallway in front of the Sgt’s. Office.Lynn took the front mug shot room and
Shereen was in the old cell hallway in front of the Chief’s office.During
this time Jen attempted to use her divining rods, with very little success.She
reported that the rods seemed to have a mind of there own and would spin around uncontrollably and when they would slow down
long enough to come together instead of crossing they would meet at the ends and almost tap together.She said she could not get any answers to questions and felt this activity was due to high energy and may
have been because of the reported wells under this area.
Also during this time, Shereen was asking for any spirits to let us know they were present by making themselves known
by making a noise etc.and there was a loud thud on the hallway wall.Lynn was in the next room and reported also hearing this noise, though we could not get a repeat response to this thump.During this time, Shereen felt she saw an orb like light pass in front of her and
said there was the sound of a lot of movement and whispers coming from inside the Chief’s office area.Lynn reported that the front photo room was very quite.Erin reported nothing
unusual seen on the monitor but reported hearing the plastic bottle scrunching sound coming from the garage area, she went
to investigate and the room was empty and nothing could be found to account for this noise.At the group went outside for a break and left cameras running.
We resumed our investigation at , with us shifting locations.Shereen was getting EMF
readings of 3.5 on her cell sensor, in the kitchen and hallway in front of the chief’s office.We could not find any specific cause for these readings and nothing had presented earlier when we obtained
our base line readings.Also, we again heard the sound coming from the garage
area that sounded like someone crunching a plastic soda bottle, and another search of the area revealed no obvious cause for
this noise.We continued this segment of the investigation until , when we again left
the building for a break and left the cameras operating.
Upon our return at , Jen and Erin went into the Sgt’s office to sit for a while.While sitting there, Jen felt a significant nudge to her right leg.Erin
and Jen also reported hearing tapping, banging and sounds of movement coming from the direction of the chief’s office,
which was just on the other side of the wall.Since we did not have access to
this room we could not investigate these noises. During this time, Lynn was stationed at the officer’s computer area with a view of the Sgt’s hallway and Shereen
was monitoring the DVR, both reported no unusual activity or noises.Later in
the evening, Shereen and Lynn went to the back room, where the child’s bike is stored, to do some EMF work, most of
the room was producing a 0.4, but as we came back to the front of the room by the lockers we started getting a reading of
4.2 on the EMF.Again, a thorough search could find nothing to account for this
reading, and it lasted about 5 minutes and then was gone.
We concluded our investigation at .
A complete review of all of our video, still pictures and digital audiorevealed one orbmoving across in front of the chiefs office.No other anomalies were notedduring
review of the evidence.
A follow contact
with the department, reveals that the officers are still reporting unusual activity and we are currently attempting to reschedule
a follow up investigation.
Garage Area w/ light orb in upper right
Lynn setting up equipment in the Officer's room.
Jen taking EMF readings on ramp were footsteps are often heard.