For the past several years, I have had several email's and online messages about the old elementary school in Bloomfield, Iowa.
Living within 30 minutes of this school, i have recently asked myself why I waited so many years to try to gain access into this place? I wish I knew. The only thing I can think is we were so busy with so many other locations, that I somehow just let this one continually slip by. Early to mid 2016, I was able to get into contact with the current owner. This individual had only owned it for a few months before I spoke with them and were gracious enough to allow us in for a night. I spoke to the previous owner of the school...asking him if he thought the place was haunted and why. He believed 100% that it was and provided me some additional info.... Constructed in 1903, the school housed both elementary and high school students until the new high school was built in 1923. Another wing was added to the school in the mid 50's and opened in the fall of 1954.
A school was built on the property in 1875 before this one was built there. Here are a few pics of the older school as well as a picture of where the old school stood in relation to this one.
So what are the claims? One of the most common claims was that of a shadow figure on the top floor. People hearing voices after hours. Doors opening and closing on their own. When I asked the previous owner if had any experiences, he shared some stories... He owned the building for 4 years before selling it in 2016. He made a habit after locking up for the evening to say goodnight out loud to whoever may still be lingering in the halls. He would hear doors opening and closing on their own, lights would turn off and on without any explanation. He even seen the shadow figure in the newer wing one night.
Our investigation that night proved to us that something strange was roaming the hallways. Here is our first clip that happens on the top floor. We were all sitting on the hallway floor listening when it sounded like a door was opening or closing. It happens twice. Shortly after, we all hear some sort of child or woman talking or singing...Very very strange
This next clip is of Patrick and Samantha. They both are in one of the classrooms of the newer wing. They are discussing one of their Ovilus sessions from earlier. As they are, a loud banging sound occurs. It even sounds like something may be latching immediately after the bang.
Now this next clip happens right when we are taking a break in the HQ room. As we are chatting away and getting ready to put the equipment down, Samantha looks behind Patrick and sees a figure out in the hallway walk into a room! This clip does not capture the figure but shows Samantha reacting to seeing it.
What is great about this experience is what happened a day after this investigation. As we announced where we investigated the day after, I received an email from a lady. Several years ago she had rented out one of the classrooms for her own store in the school. This event happened in November of 2014. She was closing down for the night. No one else was in the building but her and a friend. She needed to use the restroom (which is in the basement). Her friend waited for her out in the hallway. As she was in the restroom, she heard a woman talking or singing. She just assumed it was her friend in the hallway. When she got back out into the hallway, her friend was frozen still. She asked if it was her talking to which her friend said that it was not. However her friend felt absolutely cold come across her as she was in the restroom. Her friend was right by the doorway to the room Samantha seen the figure at!
There were several more times throughout the night where we heard a woman singing, however on video it was too far away in the building to capture. We have no doubt this school is full of activity. As to who or why, we cannot answer that just yet. We do plan on returning in 2017 to see if we can solve some of these questions...Stay tuned!