ESPANOLA, N.M. — Police in Espanola, New Mexico are catching more than just criminals.
They are catching images of what they believe are ghosts on surveillance cameras at the police department.
It started out as a pretty typical Saturday night. Espanola police officer Karl Romero was on duty, keeping an eye on the surveillance cameras around the station when he saw something in the Sally Port.
“At first I thought it was a podilla, a fly or moth, then I saw the legs and it was a human,” the officer said. “But not a real human. No. A ghost.”
So Romero reported it and told his supervisors. Detectives showed the media the camera that captured the image. They say there’s no way in or out of the secured area without an open gate and alarm sounding.
“It walks through the old transport cages,” Espanola detective Solomon Romero said. “There’s not a way for it to get through but it walks through that.”
Detectives say there’s no logical explanation for this. Not an issue with the lighting. Or a technical glitch. Turns out there are a lot of ghost stories around here.
“A lot of officers have seen certain things,” an officer said. “Some officers have felt someone breathing down their necks as they’re working in the briefing room.”
Police at the station have also reported hearing strange noises in the middle of the night and seeing unexplainable images in the lobby area too.
Espanola police say as far as they know this isn’t on an ancient burial ground. The department has been here at this location since 2006. No inmates have died here.
But they do say there have been some unsolved murders nearby.
The police say they’re not afraid of it, but it’s definitely an image that haunts the officers who work here.
CNN contributed to this report