A ghostly amorphous figure was reportedly caught on camera at an Iowa restaurant recently.
Pat Orr, owner of Chuck and Edna's Maid-Rite, in Cascade, says the restaurant's security camera captured what appears to be a human-shaped shadow at the kitchen's dish-washing station, the Daily Mail reports.
“We found you can’t make a shadow on the floor back there because of all the lights,” Orr said, according to KOKH FOX25. “Some people said it’s a bug on the lens, I don’t know what the thing is.”
Orr recorded the video on April 14 around 6 p.m and asked Chief Fred Heim with the Cascade Police Department if they would investigate. But Heim believes the shadowy figure could just be an insect that landed on the camera.
“I still can't tell you what I saw. There was a fuzzy thing on there,” Heim said. “He asked me if we investigated stuff like that, and I basically told him that he probably should call Ghostbusters.”
A second video, recorded on April 19 at around 10 a.m., shows a stack of Styrofoam cups flying off a shelf and hitting an employee.
Orr reached out to the Iowa City Ghost Hunters to try to make sense of the strange events in the restaurant. However, Matthew O'Brien, 30, and his team of paranormal investigators hours last month at the restaurant, recording audio, video and electromagnetic field reading and trying to re-create the shadow.
The group is still reviewing the evidence collected and can't say whether the restaurant might be haunted.
“They said they’d get back to me in two weeks, but one of the guys said, ‘If this was a hoax, I did a very god job of hoaxing it,’” Orr told the Cascade Pioneer.
Bradley Burt, Maid-Rite president and CEO, has not seen the tapes and is also skeptical.
“But Pat is a good operator, and if it creates some curiosity and interest around town and brings more people to his restaurant, that’s OK,” Burt said. “He’s having some fun with it, which is fine. I chuckled when I first heard about it. I thought it was amusing. Can’t say I’ve heard of anything similar at other Maid-Rite locations.”
Maid-Rite was established just three years ago, and before the restaurant it was an empty lot for years.
"I've been here in town about eight years but they say there have been quite a few different things that have actually been on that lot over there; a grocery store and there's been some other things in the area such as funeral homes and the old ambulance garage so, who knows?" Heim said.
What do you think? Watch the video of the 'ghost' below: