Ghost-hunting group hopes to determine origin of skull

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The founder of a ghost-hunting group wants to help police investigators determine the origin of a skull recently found near a cemetery located along old Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

Chasing ghosts and spirits is part of a normal day for Derek Kifer, a local resident who founded Ghosthunters of Southwest Tennessee about a year ago.

"Basically we go in and do just what you see people do on TV," Kifer said. "We've got all the equipment...a DVR system, VCR, night vision and audio equipment.  We go in and try to document instances of paranormal activity."

Kifer and his organization hope to team with investigators, just days after a human skull was located near the Old Raleigh Cemetery.

"It was disheartening," he said. "At first, I thought it was probably one of the residents of the cemetery - one of the people interred here."

Homicide detectives believe the bone came from the body of a young child, but they have not determined the age or where it may have come from.

"If this was a crime, homicide, or even if it wasn't...if it was the death of a transient, still, that went unnoticed until an animal pulled the remains out," Kifer said. "It's pathetic that a cemetery, a historic cemetery such as this one, would be allowed to fall in a poor state of disrepair."

In March, Kifer spearheaded a project to cleanup the overgrown cemetery in hopes of reclaiming it. Now, he hopes to help authorities find out who the remains belong to, so they can get answers to what has been a baffling mystery.

"Usually when they die, tragically or accidentally, that's a trigger that seems to tie them to one spot.  We're definitely going to use our audio recordings and video equipment to find and document. Maybe we'll get this person," he said.

If you have any information that can help with the investigation, contact the Memphis Police Department.

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