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DATE Feb 07, 2009
TEMPERATURE 75° F
RELATIVE HUMIDITY 45%
BAROMETER PRESSURE 30.06 Steady
WIND SPEED 20.7 MPH S
LUNAR CIRCLE Last Quarter
SOLAR X-RAYS Normal
GEOMAGNETIC FIELD Quiet
U.V. INDEX 0
Jeff
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Canon Rebel XSi KII and Gauss EMF
Panasonic MiniDV Camcorder IR Cameras
Digital Temp Gauge Sony Handheld camcorder
Very clear day and very windy with wind gust up to 24MPH.

Because it was so winding we threw out all our audio.
Story #1: Bordering an old ghost town, about five miles from a church, there is a bridge. The town of Clara was established in the 1800s. Sometime in the mid-1800s there was a woman put to trial and convicted of practicing witchcraft. She was burned alive on the bridge. The whole bridge is burnt, but in one particular spot, there is a perfect circle burned all the way through. She can still be heard screaming at night.

Story #2: Early 1980's an Electra High School Prom Queen named Sheila  had been hung off the side of the bridge for winning the contest by a jealous group of girls. She died screaming as she swung over the river.

Story #3: Another version of the tale is that Sheila was burned alive on the bridge, evidenced by a large hole burnt completely through it.

Story # 4: In the 1970s, a man and his wife were driving in the area, arguing over some marital issues. In the middle of a heated fight, the man swerved and drove off the side of the bridge, where he hit a large tree ,pinning his wife's knees under the dash. The man escaped the car, and hitchhiked back to the Burkburnett Police Department. Several hours later they came back to the bridge to see that fuel had been leaking and the heat from the engine and the tall brush had ignited. The woman (Sheila) was still trapped inside, and burned alive!!! The husband was not convicted, but a suspect of homicide... The large tree that was struck,was removed to clear the wreckage. And the bridge of course was burned clear through,but what of it was left,was kept in tact to allow livestock to cross the creek.
All the stories are off the internet doing goggle searches and one from the MSU Newspaper "The Wichitan" http://wichitan.mwsu.edu/2004-1027/features.asp

We were unable to verify any of the stories, although we are still in the process of researching story #4

We really didn't do a full scale investigation simply because of the stories and of  how the events unfolded at the bridge. Like all our investigations we do what is known as a walk-through (or as we call it a RECON mission) and we were able to disprove stories 1-3 during our recons.

We have been out to the bridge 3 times now; 1 day time recon and 2 night time recons. We do plan to do a full investigation after verifying story 4 and because of the last night time recon.

Our first recon was at night about a year ago, we were unsure of its location, but the stories intrigued us enough to go searching. It took us about 30 minutes to find the entrance because of the over growth rode leading to the bridge and the electric fence keeping a ranchers cattle in. The road is still public access and the rancher asks that you put the wire back up if you take it down. We decided to park and walk about a mile to the bridge (not knowing the full condition of the road). At that time the bridge was still quite in tact except for the hole. Because this was just a recon, we used minimal equipment (basically still cameras and digital voice recorders) for the recon just to get a feel for the location. We did not go under the bridge because of the small stream so we basically took pictures from the top of the bridge and did some EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) sessions. Seeing as how it was windy and cold we decided to attempt another recon during the warmer and not so windy months. Besides nothing too exciting going on except trying to avoid all the cow droppings.

Next recon was done during the day for training purposes with two new members. This time we found the back entrance that you can drive up to the bridge if you remove and replace the electrical wire fence once you drive through. This time we took more equipment and we were able to see more of the bridge. However, a section of the bridge had collapsed where the hole location use to be about on the bridge. We do not recommend you walk on or around the bridge without proper safety gear or be by yourself. Being able to see more of the bridge allowed us to examine the damage up close. Look at the fallen section in the photo to the right, the hole was originally in the middle of where the two pieces lie (they make a "V"). We inspected the area around the two pieces and measured the distance from the ground to where the collapsed pieces were originally constructed. (roll over fallen section) It measured between 3-4ft from the ground to where the bottom of the bridge would have been about. 

During our inspection of the pieces we noticed only the bottom and outer edges were burnt. Also this recon we were able to inspect under the whole bridge. See our video footage of the under carriage of bridge. All of the bridge underneath looks as bad as the picture to the right (#3), although nothing as bad as the collapsed section. You can see fire damage down the entire length of the bridge. The top of the bridge is in aright shape cosmetically and the only damage appears down the outer edges. If one were to only see the top of this bridge they would conclude no fire ever took place. Watch the video footage we shot and you'll see what we seen. After getting doing a good daytime recon, we decided it would be safe to do another night time investigation. However, we being able to disprove the myths, we weren't sure what we would be searching for...
Looking west towards bridge
Joe examining fallen section
Since the road and bridge are on public land we can post are findings .

- We did capture items that appear to be orbs, but they also appear to be dust or bugs..MPI cannot confirm them as orbs
- We did not capture anything on the video or IR cameras
- We did not hear any female screaming
- We did not capture any audio EVP, nothing that couldn't be explained.
- In our 523 photos, nothing that couldn't be explained. However, in the very last photo taken that night...there was something that we can not explain. We were ready to conclude this location is nothing more that a myth or local folklore. We now need to try to recreate this photo, which means another trip to the bridge.
Here is the very last photo that was taken. Take a look and let us know what you think it might be. We are not saying this is something paranormal, but we do think it's enough to go back out there to try to recreate it. It's just something that we can not explain. Post your opinion on our forum or shoot an email to one of our Tech Crew personnel  Rob at  robw@mpi-paranormal.com or Kyle at kylej@mpi-paranormal.com
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During our third trip out to the bridge we decided to hit the surrounding area around the bridge for any signs of "Shelia." We saturated the entire area with two teams. Alpha team covered the south side of the bridge, while Bravo on the north and ensured one team was either east or west to avoid contamination or interference. We set up a mobile command with the tach-quiet generator, 4 IR cameras, 2 super 8mm Sony cameras, 8 digital voice recorders, 4 EMF meters, 3 red strobe light sticks, 3 digital thermometer and 5 digital still cameras.

We did not capture anything out of the ordanary, see anything in the video surrvallance, hear anything (screaming) except an explainable animal, and we did not  find anything of interest except the remains of a cow.  After about 5 hours we decided pack it up and see if we got anything from the physical evidence.
The first photo in this series is the original and the rest are the results after being ran through our filters
Video footage of daytime recon