ESTES PARK, Colo. - A family out of Aurora decided to take a trip to Estes Park and tour The Stanley Hotel. Little did they know, their group would be joined by what appeared to be a ghostly child.
Jessica Martinez-Mausling and her group of 11 were on the "Spirit Tour" in the month of September. Like a lot of other tourists stopping through, they took a few photos.
When the family got home and reviewed their pictures, they noticed something odd. It looked like a young girl was walking down the stairs near them. When asked about the photo, Jessica said there were no young girls in their party. She even double-checked with other members of her family, and they all said there was no child on the tour.
"Yes, we do think it was a ghost. There is no other explanation. She wasn't there when we took the picture," Jessica told KRDO NewsChannel 13.
Of course, there are debates on whether Jessica and her family could have doctored the photo.
Huffington Post contacted Ben Hansen, former FBI agent and host of "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files," and he said he could not find any blatant signs that it was fake.
"I really like this photo," Hansen told Huffington Post. "Assuming that it's not doctored, it ranks up there as one of the best photos of possible paranormal evidence I've seen. If it is faked, I've got to hand it to them for their level of detail and creativity because there's usually enough easy signs to suggest hoaxing."
You may also notice a second blurry figure on the left side of the photo next to a woman on the stairs.
This image is a little harder to make out and Hansen believes it was just another person walking up the stairs. However, Jessica claims the only people at that spot just prior to the photo were the tour guide and someone sitting down taking a photo.
The Stanley Hotel has gained a reputation for paranormal activity and incidents that have left its guests frightened and "running for the hills." It even inspired Stephen King's The Shining.
I guess we will never know for sure if Jessica actually caught a ghost on camera, but according to Jessica, "I was shocked! Still am a little. We still can't believe what we are seeing."
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