Hotchkiss Paranormal Investigators (HPI) has grown in the number of team members and experiences. Hector Zeferino's fascination with the paranormal led to his forming his own investigative service.
Zeferino and his team have been busy in July. The team went to the Colorado National Monument and investigated three locations on July 13 at Devils Kitchen, Cold Shivers Point and Serpents Trail.
At Serpents Trail, people have reported hearing the sound of horses pulling carriages. The team did not hear those sounds, but did see a shadowy image.
Cold Shivers Point has been a location for suicides. The team heard a male voice say to look at the hillside and Zeferino saw a flash of light on the hillside behind him.
At Devils Kitchen people have heard gunshots and someone in cowboy boots following them. Zeferino was told by park rangers that a gun range is nearby so that debunked the stories about gunshots. But around midnight, his team did hear gunshots. They also recorded the sound of some invisible person walking in cowboy boots. Zeferino was sitting on a rock when he heard the walking.
"We didn't get any video [evidence] out at the monument. We did get audio," Zeferino said.
Doing the investigation at Colorado National Monument was the team's first outdoor investigation. Zeferino said it was both fun and challenging with traffic and animals in the area.
HPI was invited to the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose to investigate the grounds and the building on July 27.
The team has been doing programs for the libraries as part of their Summer Reading Programs. HPI has done programs in Montrose and Crawford and is scheduled to be at Hotchkiss on Aug. 15, Delta on Aug. 17 and Cedaredge on Friday, Sept. 13.
Early in 2013, the team was asked by the manager of the Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction to do an investigation. The hotel has a macabre history. In September 1997 the then owner of the hotel, Marcus Bebb-Jones murdered his wife, Sabrina. It was a cold case murder investigation since her body was not found at the time. Later her skull was found on Douglas Pass. This past February, Bebb-Jones, a British citizen, pled guilty to murdering his wife and in May was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Zeferino said his team used a "spirit box" which reads different FM frequencies. He asked the spirit why the wife was murdered, and heard a voice say it was because of cash and stock.
HPI has a Facebook page where they share video and audio recordings of their investigations.
The team plans to be in the Delta County Fair Parade on Aug. 10.
Zeferino says HPI just "keeps growing and growing." People are fascinated by the paranormal and it is a hot topic and favorite subject of television shows. "I love doing this," Zeferino said. He also loves helping people with the questions they have about paranormal experiences.
Hotchkiss Paranormal Investigators does investigations for free except for reimbursement for traveling expenses.
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Hector Zeferino can be reached at 778-6592.