Paranormal group: North Park’s Irwin Road shows signs of activity |
North Hills

Paranormal group: North Park’s Irwin Road shows signs of activity

Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Josh Shelton, left, and Fred Broerman, of East Hills Paranormal, prepare their equipment prior to investigating activity along Irwin Road in North Park.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Josh Shelton, left, is taking a photo, while Fred Broerman is taking a thermal reading. Both are of East Hills Paranormal, investigating activity along Irwin Road in North Park.

Rumors, legends and ghost stories brought members of the East Hills Paranormal group to an abandoned North Park road to investigate whether paranormal activity exists.

Irwin Road, a throughway popular with runners, is known locally as Blue Myst Road.

Reportedly, blue-tinged mist rises from the road at night, becoming the subject of local legends.

For members of East Hills Paranormal, a group organized in 2009 to investigate the unexplained, two visits had to be cut short because of health emergencies or a suspected theft of equipment.

“It was something we wanted to look at,” said Fred Broerman of the group. “So we were hoping the third time we (didn’t) have that kind of bad luck.”

The third time was the charm for the group, which totals 15 members. East Hills Paranormal members Broerman, Randy Myers and Josh Shelton, all of Pitcairn, and Brian Reed, of Wall, returned to North Park last week to verify findings from last month.

The members walked the abandoned road throughout the night taking voice recordings, thermal readings and digital photos.

Myers and Reed said they heard the faint sound of Native American drums, Broerman logged unusual temperatures in the valley along the road — abnormally low readings are said to indicate a spiritual presence — and many of Shelton’s photographs contained orbs, circular anomalies that are said indicate a spirit’s presence.

“One picture we got some kind of mad face, like someone upset we were there,” Broerman said.

East Hills Paranormal members investigate locations for paranormal activity once a week and have traveled as far north as New Castle, as far south as Uniontown and as far east as Saxton, in Bedford County.

This week, the group will go on their first out-of-state ghost hunt in Wheeling, W.Va.

“I call it a thrill,” Shelton said. “Sometimes we go to a spot and sit there and won’t feel anything. Then, all of a sudden, you’ll feel sick or light-headed and get pictures (of paranormal phenomenon).”

Members of East Hills Paranormal said they have evidence of electronic voice phenomenon from the locations they have visited and photos of countless orbs and unexplainable mist and shadows in their photos.

“We’ve come across some creepy places,” Shelton said.

And Irwin Road?

“It’s just as creepy,” Shelton said.

“It’s freaky no matter what night you go there. We really don’t know what exactly happened there but there is continuous paranormal activity.”

For more information on East Hills Paranormal, visit easthillsparanormal or contact [email protected].

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or [email protected].

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.