Recently, on a brisk November, Friday the 13th 2015, the COPS (Crossing Over Paranormal Society) Crew conducted their ‘Sunkist Group Ghost Hunt’ in Mesa, Arizona. About twenty paranormal enthusiasts showed up for an opportunity to participate in a full scale paranormal investigation alongside the COPS Crew.
The investigators—some experienced, and some new in the field—spent four hours from 8:00 PM until midnight in the old manufacturing plan. They traveled about the old factory that until recently had not been explored by any paranormal investigative teams. The old Sunkist Factory is now being renovated into a new upcoming business operation.
Mesa Citrus Growers Association operated their packinghouse for nearly 75 years. It was the last major packinghouse in Central Arizona. The 70,000 square foot orange-brick warehouse sits on a little more than 7 acres conveniently next to Mesa’s railroad tracks. In its heyday, they packed 1.2 million cartons of citrus each season. During the packing season, they employed 150-200 people. In 2010, the citrus packing plant closed, and the building remained vacant for several years. With any factory or processing plant there are accidents, injuries, and sometimes death.
This writer appeared at the factory about two hours after the investigators had been divided into smaller groups in order to cover all areas of the factory grounds. The investigators were able to explore the main floor, basement, offices and back buildings on the property of the landmark building in Mesa.
Talking with the guest investigators, they reported seeing shadow people, unexplained sounds, and making ‘contact’ with the unknown using various detecting devices. Some of their equipment was picking up messages in Spanish. In the early days many migrant workers made up the working force of the plant. One group felt a cold spots in unlikely locations of the basement and one gentleman saw a male shadow out of the corner of his eye. Some of the groups utilized the flash light test—asking yes or no questions and waiting for the light to blink on and off in response. Batteries drained and K-ll readings on a small ball were sky high.
Leader and founder of the COPS paranormal team, Jay Yates, added, “Toward the end of the night we found ourselves chasing what appeared to be disembodied voices in the basement and encountered several bizarre temperature changes in the process.”
All of the participating investigators enjoyed the chance to ghost hunt with their peers and under the supervision of a team who could show them the ropes. For many of the guests, it was their initial encounter with the unknown. Would they do it again?
“Yes!” One guest smiled, “This was my first investigation. Now I am hooked!”
The Sunkist Factory is located at 254 W Broadway Road in Mesa, Arizona 85210.
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