When we are investigating, we are always looking out for causes for the activity; but we should always be on alert for dangers that are present around us, both seen and unseen.
Today, I was saddened to read about the death of Sara Gibson Harris, (September 12, 1976 – November 25, 2012) a paranormal investigator with PRS.
Sara and her husband Shane had visited the private, vacant home for paranormal investigations three or four times before. On October 19, they went with a team of ten. As far as physical safety was concerned, nothing was out of the ordinary.
Ten days later when Sara became feverish and had trouble breathing, by November 7 she was on life support. She passed away on November 25, at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Shane Harris believes that his wife, who contracted a lung infection, breathed in contaminated air at the vacant house during their investigation.
As one caller into the Paranormal Insider Radio show says: “Those of us who have been in the field for a long time, this is a wakeup call,” And indeed it is.
We must, as a community, make everyone aware of the unseen dangers of paranormal investigation, and the risks we take in our research. We are all aware of the rickety stairs, the crumbling floor and other things we can see; but we must also think of houses that have been unattended may have infestations of vermin, who’s feces can contain disease, or who may bite if disturbed.
The Paranormal Research Association of Boston (And it’s divisions in Colorado, New Hampshire and Ireland) would like to offer our sincerest condolences on this tragic loss.
Please offer your condolances and support for Shane and their team at Sara Harris’ online memorium