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Pictured (left to right) are Josh Messersmith, Doorways Investigation Group (DIG); Brian Yount, DIG; Mitzi Gilliam, Seeking Truth, Apparition Research Society’s (STARS) public relations director and investigator; Jay Lynch of Hindsight Paranormal; Teresa Lynch of Hindsight Paranormal; Cammie Ledbetter, STARS co-founder and lead investigator; Jenna Harleman, STARS co-founder and lead investigator; Ray Lepore, Friends of Bear’s Mill; Kara Didier, descendant of Bear’s Mill’s founders, Emanual Hershey and Gabriel Bear; and Merri Niekamp, Friends of Bear’s Mill.
DARKE COUNTY – “A lot of people have a lot of fear about the paranormal,” Jenna Harleman, co-founder and lead investigator for Seeking Truth, Apparition Research Society (STARS). “The only way to fight that fear is through education.”
Bear’s Mill is joining that fight to educate people by opening themselves up for paranormal investigations, with Doorways Investigation Group (DIG) taking the reins and hosting other paranormal investigation groups, said Ray Lepore, president of the Friends of Bear’s Mill.
Brian Yount, founder of DIG, approached Lepore about the possibility of doing an investigation at Bear’s Mill, and at first, the Friends of Bear’s Mill were leery about allowing such an expedition, but upon further consideration, and more communication with DIG, the Friends of Bear’s Mill decided it would be a worth-while endeavor, Lepore commented.