Final Report & Analysis

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Final Report and Analysis

Case 024

Pocahontas Fuel Building II

August 21, 2010

Pocahontas, Virginia


Rodney Shortridge, Matt O’Quin, Heather Lamantia, Nathan Rasnick & Micki Nelson

     On August 21, 2010 the BDPS team investigated the Pocahontas Fuel Building for a second time located in Pocahontas, Virginia. I would like to take this moment to thank Tom Childress and the Pocahontas Historical Society for giving us permission and the honor to investigate such a historical site once again. We decided because of the amount of team members that were on this investigation we would divide into two teams. One team would watch the camera monitors at our base within the building on the second floor, while the other team would investigate. We switched duties every two hours. We started our investigation around 8:00 p.m. with a walking tour of the building given by me to update the BDPS team of the hotspots and information from our last investigation of the Fuel Building and any new information of any unexplained experiences by Mr. Childress. We started our set up around 7:00 p.m. We then proceeded to our investigation soon after dividing into teams. Team 1 consisted of me and Nathan Rasnick; Team 2 consisted of Micki Nelson, Matt O’Quin and Heather Lamantia. Each team worked on a rotation changing their location about every 2 hours. We finished our investigation around 3:00 a.m. the following morning. This was a great experience and very helpful in our constant training.


  • (4) DVR’s (Digital Voice Recorders)
  • (1) Microcassette Recorder
  • (3) Zero Lux low lever IR (infra-red) cameras
  • (2) Kodak digital cameras
  • (1) Nikon camera
  • (1) Fuji digital camera
  • (1) Canon digital camera
  • (1) Samsung digital camera
  • (1) Motion diction IR (infra-red) Field video/camera
  • (2) K2 Meters
  • (1) EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter
  • (1) Laser Thermometer

     We placed (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) on each of the floors of the building with reports or claims of paranormal activity along with the conference room. (1) IR camera was placed in front of the 1st Floor water cooler with a view of the stairway leading to the second floor. It was in this location at our last investigation where we captured on video the black shadow on our Sony Handheld Camcorder moving left to right towards the water cooler. (1) was placed on the 2nd floor hallway. (1) was placed on the 3rd floor hallway. (1) Microcassette Recorder was carried by me during the investigation. Also, each team carried along with them during their investigations one of the following: K2 Meter, EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter or Laser Thermometer.


Reports & Claims:

     The Pocahontas Fuel Building was built in the early 1970’s and in the late 1970’s a man named James Floyd Harmon was shot to death by a town officer, Ben Wright, for reasons still unknown today.

     There have been many reports of shadows roaming the hallways at night, doors opening and closing on their own, sounds of footsteps when no one else was in the building, unexplained voices when no one else is in the building and lights turning themselves on and off  with no explanation as to how.

Personal Experiences:

No Personal Experiences on this investigation



Photo evidence: There are photos with unexplained orbs.

Video evidence: An unexplained figure or apparition moving towards the bottom right of the camera on the second floor that seems to be moving the camera. Unexplained slight movement of the camera on the second floor throughout the investigation. This happened once while Nathan and I were monitoring the cameras. I went out to check the camera and there was no apparent reason for this movement of the camera I investigated to make sure the camera was stable and found that it was locked in place. 

Note:  BDPS does not support the idea of orbs as evidence of the paranormal because most orbs can be explained away as dust, bugs, rain, mist, fog, etc. There are cases that the orbs we photograph seem to move with some type of intelligent intent. We post these photos because we feel that there needs to be more investigation into the Orb Phenomenon and we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this phenomenon without further investigation and explanation. So we show these photos in an attempt to add another piece to the puzzle and leave this decision up to you to accept or dismiss orbs as evidence. It is also my opinion to show all evidence so we all can learn from what might be an area of the paranormal that may be getting over looked by researchers.


EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)

We heard the following EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and unexplained noises on our DVR’s (Digital Voice Recorders) & Microcassette Recorder:

First Floor:

  • Unexplained noise (Possible gunshot)

Second Floor:

  • Unexplained whisper (OK) & Unexplained Metallic voice (inaudible)
  • Unexplained knock
  • Unexplained male voice whispering (Walking)

Third Floor:

  • Unexplained noise
  • Unexplained breath
  • Rodney knocking and response
  • Two Unexplained whispers (inaudible)



     We have come to the conclusion that the Pocahontas Fuel Building has moderate paranormal activity in the form of EVP’s, interesting photographic orbs, and unexplained video anomalies. This helped us to determine our conclusion.

           I look forward to our next investigation. If anyone would like for us to do a paranormal investigation of their home, business, church, property or a family cemetery please contact us. If you would just like to speak with us about any paranormal activity you may be having we would love to hear from you. No problem is too small. We would be honored to help and we do not charge for our services. Contact BDPS to set up a time and place for us to discuss your paranormal questions and or problems.

            I feel honored to be working with such a great team. Without the team’s hard work and professionalism BDPS would not be what it has become today.


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I would like to thank all of the BDPS members for all their hard work. To all of our clients, a special ‘thank you’ for giving us the opportunity to be able to come in and help to the best of our abilities. I know with the team that I have formed we will have exciting investigations in the future. I would like to let everyone know that our members have become more to me than just investigators, they have become my family. Without them BDPS would not be possible. Just like a family we sometimes agree and sometimes we don’t agree but each and every member of BDPS is very special to me. Thanks guys, you all are the best!!!

     I hope everyone enjoys the photos and the analysis sheet along with the new video we are providing. Also we will have our EVP’s, photos and any video evidence on the website for everyone to view and listen to. You can judge for yourself. If anyone has any questions or comments we would love to hear from you. Let us know what you think.

Thank you,

Rodney Shortridge

Founder/Lead Investigator

Black Diamond Paranormal Society


Heather Lamantia

Case Manager