Jamie Gardner’s grave marker at the small abandoned cemetery off Foster Cemetery Road, Stanfield, shows the boy died in 1891 at the age of 6. Chris Dacus of Pendleton said that has not stopped Jaime from communicating with him.
Dacus, 38, and his wife Ashlee Dacus, 31, and their friend, Karen Durkee, 52, of Hermiston, investigate the otherworldly as the Paranormal Soul Patrol. They said the old cemetery, home to thorn bushes, sage brush trees and crumbling graves more than a 100 years old, is also home to spirits. The team recounted using a digital audio recorder to capture the disembodied voice of a little boy at Jaime’s grave saying, “Pow, pow,” and “Vroom, vroom,” as though he were playing with the matchbox-sized toy car they left at the site.
“It does raise the hair on the back of your neck,” Chris Dacus said. “I think that’s what the thrill is for me, the adventure of it. And not knowing.”
Chris Dacus said he was 10 or 11 years old the first time he encountered something outside the realm of normal understanding. He, his brother and a friend were running through their house on Pendleton’s South Hill, he said. When he bolted into the kitchen, a rag flew from the sink and hit him, and a voice whispered “Stop.”
The freaky experience opened the young Dacus to an otherworld of possibilities.
“I’m into Bigfoot, I’m into UFOs, I’m into anything out of the ordinary,” he said.
Ashlee Dacus said the Soul Patrol would look into all of the above. The trio formed in February after Chris Dacus and Durkee met in anther local paranormal outfit. The Soul Patrol has since investigated the Dacus’s home in Pendleton, where ghostly activity seems to center around Ashlee Dacus, mother of three. She said someone tugged on the back of her shirt and uttered “Mom,” but she turned around to find no one there. The couple also said they have seen shadowy figures moving about the place.
“I’ve experienced it myself,” Ashlee Dacus said. “It’s interesting to learn more about it.”
The team employs research and electronic equipment on their quests, including digital audio recorders, a full-spectrum camera and electromagnetic fields detectors.
“We have more than enough to detect anything,” Durkee said.
The patrol has a Facebook page and a number for people to call if they have a haunting or other experience they want to report or is troublesome.
“Our purpose is to help people, families in need, anyone with these problems,” Chris Dacus said.
They have a few places lined up for investigations and are open to more. Chris Dacus, a manager at the Pendleton Walmart, said they work at their own expense, but the group accepts donations. They are also considering adding another member and would open their investigations to non-members so people can witness for themselves what can happen on a case. Particularly between about 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., Chris Dacus said, when spirit activity is highest.
You can find out more about the Paranormal Soul Patrol here on Facebook. And you can contact the team at 541-969-7754.
Contact Phil Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-966-0833.