MAY 6, 2020 UPCOMING INVESTIGATION On the night of our last investigation, back in the beginning of February, I, alongside my grandson, was doing some yardwork. To our surprise, my grandson dug up a 357 pistol, loaded with all but two of the shells. It was wrapped in very heavy plastic and overwrapped with duct tape. It has been buried anywhere from 5-10 years according to the sheriff that came to pick it up after we called them. The gun was buried less than 2 feet underground, which led us to think someone was either planning on retrieving it very quickly or someone was burying it in a hurry. We came to that conclusion simply because if someone was planning on getting rid of it permanantly it would have been buried a lot deeper where no one would have a reason to dig that far unless they knew it was there. It seemed, after thinking about it awhile, that someone planned on retrieving it either when they felt safe or when they would want to use it again, simply because it was not buried deep and because of the careful way it had been wrapped. When we found the gun, it became necessary to send a smaller crew on the investigation we had to be at in another hour. The Sheriffs asked us to hold onto it and not leave until they could get here and that actually took 3-4 hours before they did arrive. On arriving and looking at the gun, the sheriff was of the opinion the gun had been buried approximately 4-5 years. My husband is of the opinion it was probably buried a bit longer, up to maybe ten years prior to us finding it. We had told our landlords about the gun and let them know a Sheriff would be coming to get it. When the Sheriff arrived he first came to retrieve the gun and then wanted to see where it had been buried. After taking pics of both the gun and where it had been buried, they asked us a few routine questions and then went to speak to the landlady who lives right down the hill. The landlords were sure that it could not have been the last tenants however prior to them, the tenants before that had been a lot of trouble and even getting them to move had proved to be difficult. They had no problems believing the gun might have belonged to those tenants and gave their name and the address they supposedly would have moved to. We were asked not to disturb the area around where the gun had been found and to make ourselves available should the Sheriffs need to talk with us again. The Sheriffs returned that night and dug deeper into the hole where the gun had lain and about three feet all around the hole but they found nothing more. They had us stay inside our home the entire time they were digging which was for about 3 hours. When they were finished for the night, I asked what the next step would be about finding the owner of the gun. The serial number had been filed off so they could not identify the owner of the gun that way. They told me that they were going to try to find out if the gun had been involved in a crime such as a burglary or possibly to shoot and kill someone. They had a couple of crimes, both murders that they never retrieved the weapon used from those crimes plus a bank robbery that had never been solved and the weapons used in that crime had never been found nor had the crime ever been solved. They were uncertain if they would be able to find any prints after such a long time but were going to try. At this point they had informed us that there should not be any more reason for them to contact us but if there was a need to talk to us again they would let us know and so we figured the issue was closed. A few days later, we noticed the Sheriff was again at our landlords house and they were there for over an hour. When asked, the landlords said they were there about the gun and were looking for more information about the people who might have owned or at least had possession of the gun. They not only wanted info about the people the landlords had first told them about but also about whoever had lived here for the ten years before those people. We did not see them on that visit. Within the next week or so however, the Sheriffs were again at our door. They asked both us and our landlords to remain inside our homes and not leave until they finished what they had come to do. They were at our home for about 3 hours this time, digging around where they had already dug and in a couple nearby spots. Again they left without needing to speak to either our landlords or us. They were back in the next 3 or 4 days to talk with both us and our landlords. Since we had only moved here in September of last year, we were not suspects and didn't have any information that could help them. This time however they were at our landlords for another 2-3 hours. Our landlord told us they were looking into an unsolved murder that had happened here in this area a few years back. They were unsure why the Sheriff kept asking them so many questions because as they said they had never seen the gun before. They were told that because they owned this property where the gun was found and because they had also had access to this property pretty much any time they wanted to come on the property for something they both needed to be cleared from being suspects and then they needed to give all the infomation they could in answer to whatever the Sheriffs wanted to ask them regarding the gun or any other pertinant infomation that might help them solve the case of the buried gun and who might have had access to the gun. The landlords said they were very thorough and that they were glad when the interview was over because it was very long and very grueling. By now, they said, they were sick of the whole subject and hoped the Sheriffs would not continue to bother them. After they were done questioning our landlords, we were both told we could now come and go as we wanted. The Sheriffs came only once more to my door after that about the gun. They had brought their superior out who wanted to look at the burial site of the gun and had a couple more clean up questions. When they left they said as far as they knew then that they were through with both us and our landlords as they had all the information they needed from either of us. They said, of course, that should they need to speak with us anymore they would notify us but they really didn't expect that to happen. They had cleared the landlords at this time they said of being in possession of the gun at any time. They did tell us that they were actively following up any and all leads with the gun because they did believe at this time it had been involved with a crime. They would of course give us no more information than that and cautioned us about talking about the gun or the fact that they had been here so often about the gun anymore than possible. They explained that they did not want the person(s) who used the gun to get any clue about them having it if possible. They said and of course we knew that because the crime they were looking at was so old that it was going to be hard to build their case but they were planning on doing so. To me, that meant they had some idea of what they were looking at and we have respected their wishes. To that note, I called and spoke with the Sheriff who had come out the first night to take possession of the gun. I told him about our paranormal buisness and asked if I could print this story on our website. They said there was nothing to prevent us from doing so but asked that any information we knew be downplayed so as not to give anything away should anyone with knowledge about the weapon happen to read our article. To that end, we have not given the location of our home or our landlords home here, nor have we given even the town or state we are in. We sincerely do not want to do anything to impede their investigation, so of necessity we have given no further information about anything that could possibly cause any damage to their investigation. There was even the thought that if someone who read our article did have any knowledge of the gun, the article might cause someone to worry about being caught and possibly do something to give themselves away. Not knowing any other information than what has been read here could possibly cause someone to get nervous and give themselves away in someway and although there wasn't a lot of worry on that score there was some hope it might break open their case. Now, for the other side of the story. After our grandson had found the gun and after the Sheriffs had come to get the gun and talked with him, he left. Over the next few times he came to visit, he seemed leery when he would leave so I questioned him about it. He said that ever since he had found the gun and the Sheriffs had picked it up, that coming and going, especially going, from our home was spooky. He felt that he was being watched every time he went to leave and it was enough of a feeling that it leaves him very uncomfortable and he has to hurry from our home to get in his vehicle and then he locks the doors. Our grandson is a grown man, very healthy and scared of nothing as far as I've ever known. Now, however, he is not comfortable with coming to our home and hopes the Sheriffs solve the case as soon as possible. He also has not worked on any more investigations or anything else having to do with the paranormal since then. He is not sure why but finding the gun and the way he feels since then coming and going from our house just kinda spooks him and that feeling of being watched has not let up for him since he found the gun. Because of that and because of the Sheriffs being sure the gun was involved in a crime and that it looks as if that crime might possibly be a murder, we cannot help but be intriqued by the possibilities. The sheriff would not tell us anything about the murder they seem interested in naturally, including whether it took place here or near to here. We were told only that there have been two murders in this area in the last few years that remain unsolved and that had a gun involved. We are famaliar with one of these because we were living close to here when it took place and we actually know the family of the person that was killed. It would be wonderful if this gun led to the arrest of the person who did that murder because it was a very violent and horrific scene. It also was a little bit longer than the sheriff is thinking the gun was buried but then again they really have no way of telling exactly how long it was buried for sure. PHPR has decided to go ahead and do our own little investigation from our home. There's been enough random unexplained activity around here that it's possible something may come up in a paranormal situation. We are in the process of figuring out exactly how we want to do that investigation, who we want to be part of the investigation and plenty of conversation about different possibilities surrounding the gun and it's history. All we know about the gun is that it is a stainless .357 snubnose and that there is corrison from it's being buried. It was wrapped very well, both with a very thick plastic first, then with duct tape. The wrapping could not be torn off because it was such strong plastic and we had to use a knife to do it. We also know that the gun was fully loaded with hollow points and that there were only two empty chambers. Although there was corrison on the gun, it did not extend to the point where it covered any details about the gun. It was easy to see that the serial number was filed off, what kind of gun it was, the cylinders etc. The only confusing point was that the gun was cocked and that is pretty darned wierd. Please keep watching for more details about this story and our investigation. We will definately bring you details of the investigation after we have completed it and went through the audio and video and pics we take to see what we might have caught on camera or on audio. In the case that the Sheriffs succeed in solving the crime before then, we will also bring you that information. Until then though, we are as much in the dark as everyone else.