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Eerie figure photographed in family photo

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A woman was taking photos of her family last summer and after she reviewed the images, she noticed something strange in one of them. She sent the photo to the paranormal website Ghost Study to be analyzed this month.

Jessika Worcester recently submitted a photo to Ghost Study that she believes might be evidence of the paranormal. In the photo, an eerie figure is seen lurking in the background near a pet cage.

"Not sure if this is a ghost by the cage but it sure gave us a fright when we saw the photo. The picture was taken last summer on August 2, 2013. The little girl standing on the trampoline is my daughter and the little boy running near the ghostly figure is my son. Could our yard be haunted? Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.," Worcester said to Jim Eaton of Ghost Study.

Some people think that it might be visual paredolia or an actual dog. Other folks think that it might actually be a spirit that is visiting the family.

"It looks like a ghostly figure up against a dog kennel in the background, right? And that could very well be the case! But to be professional, we need to consider all aspects of the photo. One observation is that the little boy seems to be running in the general direction of the figure. If that's true, then it could be a living relative and the boy is actually running towards him. And with that in mind, the shadows, the distance away and man's particular clothes could in fact give the illusion of a ghost. At least that's a possibility to consider. To me, if it is a ghost, it looks a bit like a ghost man sitting down and he's holding a child that is standing in front of him," Eaton said in response to the photo.

What do you think the eerie figure is? Is it a real person? Is it a hoax? Could it be a ghost? Post your opinion in the comment section below.

For more ghostly photos and scary stories, visit Ghost Study's website and be sure to check out Jim Eaton's book The Best Of Ghosts Caught On Film.

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