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Date: Nov. 21, 2021    Time: approx. 12:30pm    Location: Undisclosed
Investigators: Holly, Paul, Shae
Equipment: dowsing rods, voice recorders, cell phone cameras, video camera, spirit box
Conditions and Variables: mainly cloudy with occasional sunny periods, mild temperature, occasional but light breeze, cattle grazing and lowing, distant traffic, power lines by the main road

The Investigation

The investigation began with equipment malfunctions. Despite having fully charged batteries, Paul’s voice recorder would not turn on properly, and when it did turn on, it would not access the record settings. The video camera battery – which was fully charged – inexplicably drained by nearly 40% within a minute of starting to film.

Shae opened the investigation with dowsing rods. Using simple yes or no questions and referencing some of the information we already have as verification, we made contact with the murder victim. After several minutes of questioning, the session was closed.

The next step was to conduct an Estes session with the spirit box. Because headphones were unavailable, Paul used ear buds. To ensure that he would not hear the questions being asked or read Shae and Holly’s lips during questioning, he turned his back. Shae and Holly stood approximately 10 feet away from Paul and conducted the questioning very quietly. There was little to no response; Shae suggested there may not be enough radio stations to scan, which in turn could make communication much more difficult. He and Holly did continue the session for several more minutes, but without success.Taking Shae’s opinion into account, it was decided that no further Estes sessions would be attempted.

Conclusion

The team spent just over an hour at the location. Paul used the video camera on his cell phone as a back-up camera to the main video camera, and Shae conducted a second, but shorter session with the dowsing rods. During the wrap-up, Holly and Paul discovered their voice recorders had spontaneously turned off. Aside from a quick battery change after the first battery drained out completely, the video camera was the only remaining source of data; it continued to operate throughout the entire investigation without interruption or malfunction. Both Holly and Paul reported that when they tried to access the files on their voice recorders, the files were completely gone; they did not exist. All folders were checked, but the files were gone.

Neither Holly, Shae, nor Paul can explain the data loss or the rapid battery drain on the video camera. All three team members did, however, report feelings of heaviness, sadness, and even anger and frustration. Power lines were several hundred feet away – as was the main road – there were no buildings in the area that could have housed electrical or other equipment that could interfere with or otherwise cause any of the equipment to malfunction, and to the best of their knowledge, there were no underground lines of any kind to affect the equipment. At this time, the team has no explanation for any of the effects they experienced.

Weather permitting, the second stage of this investigation takes place on Nov. 28, 2021. Holly, Paul, and Shae will be investigating the area where the victim’s body was found. There is speculation that the victim may have still been alive when the killer moved them to the location…

Recently, I took a 10-day vacation in northern Alberta’s Peace River country. It was a part of the province I’d never seen, and I wanted to explore at least some of it. Considering the historical aspects of the places I visited, I also did some location scouting for future investigations.

Hines Creek

IMG_9238IMG_9229 Hines Creek is a strange little village. Entering main street off the highway, I immediately felt as if I’d entered a land forgotten by time. There were no people on the streets, and of the few stores there were, most were closed. A few vehicles drove past on occasion, but otherwise, the village seemed empty.

Hines Creek – named after a fur trader named Jack Hines – first settled in the mid-1880’s as a trapping area for traders trading with the Northwest Company. The village was the furthest point north and west that the Canadian National Railway extended to across the prairies, and eventually became known as the “End of Steel”.

Sadly, due to the covid situation, I was unable to explore the pioneer village. All of the buildings were closed, and the entry gates were closed and locked. But, the energy of the area invites investigation, and I’m hoping the team will be able to do that next year.

Lac Cardinal

IMG_9289 Originally named Bear Lake, the area was renamed Lac Cardinal in 1912, after a local homesteader, Louis Cardinal. The area was a hidden gem I discovered on the way to Hines Creek.

In 1956, the area was given provincial park status and called Lac Cardinal Provincial Park. It was renamed again to Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park in 1978, after Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited the park.

As with Hines Creek, due to the covid situation, the Pioneer Museum and its buildings, as well as the entry gates, were closed and locked. But the area is beautiful and serves as a protective habitat for a variety of song and water birds. I’m hoping next year will allow the team to at least visit the museum.

Blueberry Mountain

IMG_9409 This area was really interesting. First of all, it was actually quite difficult to find, even following the map. Secondly, there were only two buildings: The church shown here, and a large, old community hall directly across the road. There is nothing else – nothing. Just forest and empty fields. Even the gravel road was showing signs of being taken back by nature. Both buildings were locked; there was no access to either one of them.

The energy of the area was interesting. There was a palpable sense of waiting – as if the land was waiting for something undefined. It was very calm, though, and very peaceful, and though it was challenging to find the area, in my personal opinion, I felt the result was well worth the effort.

Spirit River

IMG_9358 This large village/small town was a treat to explore. Sadly, the covid situation has affected this area, too; the pioneer museum and outbuildings, as well as the entry gates, were closed and locked up. Even the little book store was closed. But, I’m hoping next year will be better, and a visit to the museum will happen.

Dunvegan

IMG_9390IMG_9248 This was, by far, my favorite location. The area has a huge fur trading history, and the provincial park was absolutely stunning. The famous Dunvegan Bridge – Alberta’s longest vehicle suspension bridge – was, of course, the major attraction, but the entire location was a real treat. The provincial park itself contains the rectory and St. Charles Mission church; on the other side of the bridge, there are historical buildings and even a cemetery to explore. Unfortunately, the covid situation saw the same closures and lock-ups as the other areas I explored, so I wasn’t able to do much more than take some pictures. But next year… Here’s hoping next year will be better.

Fairview

IMG_9335 The town of Fairview was originally named Waterhole and settled 6km south of where it is now. It was moved to its current location because the railroad bypassed Waterhole. It was incorporated as a town in 1959 and became a regional center for the agriculture industry.

Fairview offers several interesting places to explore, including a pioneer museum. Of course, the museum, its outbuildings, and the entry gates were closed and locked, but Cummings Lake was quite a beautiful park to explore. If you want to see the stars at night like you’ve never seen them before, that’s definitely the place to go. The Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Orion’s Belt, the Milky Way… All are laid out before the eyes like giant spotlights. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

The time I spent exploring seemed to pass by very quickly. I felt a sense of incompletion because I wasn’t able to at least visit the pioneer museums, but I’m hoping next year will see those buildings open again. They offer so much more history of the entire Peace River region, and provide insights into the lives of the early settlers.

When I arrived at the Fairview Inn, I experienced a completely unexpected, very palpable sensation of sentience. It was as if the building itself was breathing and alive. I’ve never experienced anything like it before, so I decided to conduct a recording session in my room that first night. I conducted a second session the following night. A video has been put together and is almost ready to be put on YouTube for public viewing.

I want to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to the owners of the Fairview Inn. Their kindness, help, generosity, compassion, caring, and overall friendliness was unlike anything I have ever experienced at any hotel or motel anywhere I’ve ever been. Harry and Ranjina, you have a customer for life, now. 🙂

Join us this evening at 7pm [MST] for what we hope will be a lively discussion about the black-eyed children phenomenon. We hope to hear from you…. 🙂