Two county employees in Butte, Montana are in trouble for having a local paranormal team set up a camera in a government building in an attempt to catch a ghost. The employees were reprimanded for the incident, the Billings Gazette reported yesterday.
Chief Executive Matt Vincent said that two county health employees were given reprimands for setting up a hidden camera in one of the offices. The employees were trying to get proof of ghosts because they heard rumors that the building was haunted.
“I mean, for God’s sake, whenever you are talking about ghosts it’s off the wall. But it’s serious in that the public gives trust in us and we need to take that seriously, and setting up cameras in public buildings to catch paranormal activity I don’t think is gaining the public’s trust,” Vincent said.
An investigation began when a motion-sensitive camera was found by a county employee on August 21. The employee that found the camera got concerned that someone was spying on them and contacted Health Department Officer Dan Powers. Powers turned the camera over to Butte police after reviewing the footage.
The camera was set up in a vacant room of the Butte-Silver Bow County Health Department. Authorities found out that the camera belonged to the Butte Paranormal Investigative Team which had set up the camera after work hours.
According to Human Resources Director Penny McElroy, a female employee contacted the Butte Paranormal Investigative Team to set up the camera. Another co-worker knew about the camera.
“She thought it would be fun,” McElroy said. “She suspects they feel if there are evil spirits at the health department they are where the home health nurses had their offices.”
County Attorney Eileen Joyce reviewed the camera's footage and didn't notice anything unusual so she concluded the investigation on August 26 because no crime had committed. After an anonymous letter was sent to Vincent and to several media outlets, another investigation began.
A member of the Butte Paranormal Investigative Team said that they were contacted through their Facebook page and that they believed that they had permission to do a paranormal investigation.
“You know what, we are professionals working with the public’s trust, let’s start acting like it,” Vincent said.