Meet Western Colorado’s real ghostbusters |

Meet Western Colorado’s real ghostbusters

Jack Reyering
Clarissa Vazquez, founder of the Colorado Coalition of Paranormal Investigators, examines a tombstone.
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If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? No, not the Ghostbusters.

If there’s an invisible man sleeping in your bed, you’ll have to call Colorado Coalition of Paranormal Investigators.

OK, so it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same, and, no, they don’t use phasers to implode the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but the CCPI is the closest example to the real thing in our neighborhood.

Clarissa Vazquez is one of the founding members of the team of paranormal investigators. Since 2004, Vazquez and the CCPI have been investigating claims of paranormal activity from people in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The team has five members. They respond to calls from businesses and personal residences and investigate claims of ghostly activity.

“There is no typical call,” said Susan Herwick, another one of the investigators for the CCPI. “Our most frequent calls are to investigate strange noises, but they are all different.”

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In fact, the CCPI has found that oftentimes they receive calls from people looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

“We get a lot of calls from people who just want to be on TV,” said Vazquez, “or they get mad at us when we disprove their claim, because they really want it to be a ghost.”

When they get a call, CCPI investigators have several devices and techniques that they use to assess the situation. Their equipment can be as simple as a motion detector they picked up for under $10 at the hardware store, and as sophisticated as infrared cameras and microphones specially designed for ghost hunting.

“We use this electrical equipment to detect if what’s going on is naturally occurring or if it’s actually paranormal activity,” said Vazquez.

The CCPI’s workload varies from week to week. Sometimes investigators are slammed, and sometimes they don’t have any calls for weeks. In order to expand the number of investigations that they do, the CCPI has proposed a new way to source the workload.

“We have reached out to local law enforcement,” said Vazquez. “We hope that when they get a call about paranormal activity, they can give us a call and we can investigate.”

The team claims several findings through their history. Audio recordings and pictures of these findings can be viewed at

CCPI investigators get that many people are skeptical about the existence of ghosts.

“Until we can prove it scientifically, there are going to be doubters,” Herwick said. “That’s understandable.”

CCPI investigators cater to believers and non-believers alike. They don’t charge anything for their investigations.

“People expect you to produce a result or a product when you provide them with a service,” said Vazquez. “Sometimes we produce something, but other times we don’t experience what they reported. For us, this is a hobby and it’s fun, so for those reasons we don’t charge.”

In fact, according the Vazquez and Herwick, about 98 percent of the time, they find nothing at all.

As for the other 2 percent of the time, well, that’s why they do it.

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