Update: All our Galleries should now be back up

all our galleries should be back up at lost and found ohio . Tom has been working behind the scenes with all new photo gallery software and has gotten all of our old content up. Here soon new paranormal investigations and cemetery trips will be joining the thousands of entries we have from past trips. Lost and Found Ohio


Spooky Things for you to Look thru

I am launching a webstore to offer Lost and Found Ohio swag and many of my cemetery pictures as well as some personal artwork and oddball vintage cemetery and momento mori art. I am calling the store Spooky Things

Spooky Things is a shop for all things spooky, creepy and fun. It combines my love of Halloween and my cemetery photography, haunted locations and lost and forgotten places pictures.
If you are a fan and have seen a picture on Lost and Found Ohio you would like to get on a shirt or product let me know and we will see what we can do.
here is a link to the site for you to it check out hope you enjoy


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Neglected Graves home to Invisible Dead

Neglected Graves home to Invisible Dead.

Neglected graves home to ‘invisible dead’

By John Sepulvado, CNN Radio
February 26, 2011 11:51 a.m. EST



 Gore, Georgia (CNN) — Duncan Shropshire stops at the edge of the treeline, where the meadow becomes a forest. His yellow linen shirt is misbuttoned and crooked, leaving the bottom of his belly slightly exposed.

His 8-year-old daughter, Mia-Grace, stands a foot or so behind him, wiping her runny nose with the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. After about a minute, she lets out a sigh of boredom.

Shropshire, 51, clasps his daughter’s hand and begins leading her into the Northwest Georgia forest.

“This is where your ancestors are buried, back here,” Shropshire says. “C’mon, I’ll show you.”

And with a loving tug, Duncan Shropshire shares with his daughter a key piece of their family’s history.

Still holding hands, the pair weaves through the maze of thin pines, stepping over fallen oaks and basketball-sized sinkholes. Mia-Grace stays silent while her father seems singularly focused on moving forward. After five minutes, they reach a large clearing where rows of fist-sized rocks bulge out of the ground.

Each rock sits atop small depressions in the ground.

“You see those humps in the ground?” Shropshire asks.

“Uh-huh,” Mia-Grace replies.

“Those are rows of graves. They’re stacked like spoons here,” Shropshire says. “There was a lot of people here. People of the 1800s are buried here. And I’m trying to keep it in your memory the way granddaddy kept it in mine so it won’t be forgotten.”

The two crouch over a large, flat rock with the words “Lewis Dickson, 4” scratched into it. To the left of the marker is a row of 12 rocks. To the front, there are four other rows of stones, varying in number.

“How long did they bury our kin here?” Mia-Grace asks.

“They started in the early 1800s, baby,” Shropshire answers. “They worked our people to death here. They were slaves. And probably about 1905 is when they stopped burying in this area. Your great-great-great grandfather, a (slave-owning) man named Wesley, he had five children by this slave woman, your great-great-great grandmother. She is buried over here on this side. Her name is Molly.”

Mia-Grace’s light green eyes get big. “I’m worried I might step on them,” she says.

“Oh, baby,” Shropshire says with a laugh, “they’re gone. They’re gone! They’re sleeping right now, waiting for the Lord to come.”

A “rare” and “special” place

The Shropshire gravesite is in the Appalachian foothills outside Gore, Georgia. About 1,000 feet from the clearing is an old, abandoned church on a dusty dirt road. Experts say that if slaves or former slaves are buried at the site, it would be a unique archeological find.

“In Appalachia, it would be extremely rare to have a black or slave graveyard,” explained Ruth Little, co-author of “Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers.” “The farms in Appalachia were small, and there were fewer slaves.”

Little says slave cemeteries in the area would have been marked with field stones, like the rocks at the site, or wooden stakes that burned down.

“It’s very regional and very local,” Little continued. “I’ve seen on the coastal area with graves marked with seashells.”

Other grave markers used in black burial cites throughout the Southeast include iron pipes, broken dishes, cups, bottles and live cedar trees, according to Chicora Foundation Executive Director Michael Trinkley. He specializes in cemetery preservation.

“The problem with preserving these types of sites is that African-American cemeteries are hard to find,” Trinkley said. “You can think of the people buried there as the invisible dead. And not knowing where they are, or how many there are, makes them susceptible to loss.”

Even if gravesites are recognized, they still might be destroyed for development. Trinkley points to the low country of South Carolina.

“The areas that were used for burial grounds,” Trinkley explained, “those areas were close to water. They were considered waste areas, places where burying slaves wasn’t a significant loss to the planter. Those areas today are among the most sought-after for real estate.”

Officials in Chattooga County, where the site is located, say that they are unaware of any grave sites in the hills near Gore and that the site needs to be registered with the library as a cemetery before it can be considered for protection through local ordinances.

Trinkley and Little both say the potential historical importance of grave sites warrant investigation by local or state officials.

“What if in that grave was your mother or your child?” Trinkley asked. “It’s an issue of respect and an issue of dignity. It’s the last decision society and the individual make together.”

“There aren’t many traceable slave graveyards, and each one is special in it’s own way,” Little added. She says the Shropshire family can point to that spot and say, “This is where we’re from; this is where our roots are.”

 the rest of the article can be found following the above links

Man caught Naked in Cemetery trying to Photograph Ghosts

Man caught Naked in Cemetery trying to Photograph Ghosts.

So now onto Lost and Found Ohio blog article of the day and boy is it an odd one. this is the first  and second of three articles included in the blog on my site so please click the link above if you wish to read them all.  This is just another example of why you need to remain cautious and profesional and always apply sound judgement when ghost hunting!  : )


Security camera snaps naked man in Miss. cemetery

PICAYUNE, Miss. – A man caught naked in a south Mississippi church cemetery says he was trying to take photographs of spirits. Robert Hurst told The Picayune Item newspaper that he shed his clothes because he believes skin is the best canvas to show spirits’ orbs of energy.
The 47-year-old said he only intended to remove his shirt, but he took off all his clothes — a move he now calls “stupid.”
Authorities had set up a motion-activated camera to try to catch vandals. Shane Tucker, the chief deputy in Pearl River County, said Hurst was not accused of vandalism, but the camera caught an unexpected image of Hurst naked.
Hurst faces a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. He posted $500 bond after turning himself in Friday.
 2nd article on this case
PICAYUNE — There have been some strange occurrences lately at some Pearl River County graveyards, including a man caught attempting to photograph himself without his clothes on.


However, did you know that some people are saying that some county graveyards are haunted, and some of the graveyards have become so widely known for their spooky manifestations that they have even garnered comments on Internet ghost sites.

The sightings and reports have been so many and so real that a number of postings about Pearl River County graveyards have made it onto the Internet, like on the The Shadowlands and Nightwatchers.

Carmen Farmer, who lives near the New Palestine Baptist Church and cemetery, said that old-timers used to tell the story of a young woman who was “stood up” at the altar at the church and later went out into the graveyard and killed herself she was so distraught.

That might be the reason that ever so often, there are reports that the jilted lover is seen meandering about the New Palestine Cemetery, which is run by the city, and is where most burials in the southern part of the county take place.

At Sycamore Cemetery, there is a bench beside a gravesite, and those who have sat on the bench say that when they do, they feel cold spots on their body and someone standing behind them breathing down their neck.

No, it’s not one of our graveyard flashers, because when you turn to look, there is no one there, according to those who have sat on the bench.

In the old-days most loved ones died at home in bed, and the entire family would gather around in hopes of getting a glimpse into the next world, the spiritual world, from one who was “passing over,” and sometimes they did.

The writer’s mother always told him of the family story of her mother seeing her favorite son-in-law, hovering over her bed. “You can’t see him, but I can,” said grandmother. Two days later grandmother died. The family to this day believes he had come to escort her over to the “Promised Land.”

People were curious and wanted to know what their loved one’s saw as they “crossed over.”

Now, loved ones are so doped up that few comment before dying, and if they do, it can be garbled and incoherent from the drug haze they are in.

There are some who actively seek out the paranormal and investigate it. Reality ghost shows on TV are popular right now. 

3rd article is an interview with the man himself explaining his actions……
can be found thru the link at the top

Greetings from Lost and Found Ohio

 Hello, I am Marty Myers

  Recently I have had to move my blog off of myspace as anyone who has been dealing with their BS knows they are a completely sinking ship with management bailing water into the ship as fast as they can. Its unfortunate as I had been blogging there for years now and had made alot of contacts and friends there. sadly the majority of them have been driven from myspace for simular reasons as I have.

 My blog is centered upon three main topics which I present on my website  www.lostandfoundohio.com 

1  cemetery photography and preservation

2  urban and rural abandonments

3  paranormal investigation and ghost stories/urban legends

 I also collect some odd news items that skirt along the edges of all three of these subjects/interests

 I and my partner Tom Broadwater our the duo behind Lost and Found Ohio. I do almost all of the fieldwork/photography and he covers most of the webwork other than the blogging.

 I am also a paranormal investigator/team member of the Central Ohio Ghost Squad  and one of the 4 Horsemen Paranormal Radio hosts.

 Between these hobbies I usually stay pretty busy with a number of interesting events, trips and adventures so I hope you will join me as I set off for another years jouney closer to the unknown, unexplored and forgotten.

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