A girl’s chilling selfie in a car appears to show a ‘child ghost’ sitting in the back seat which paranormal experts believe was a warning from beyond the grave.
Melissa Kurtz, 48, was driving her daughter Harper to a beauty pageant when the 13-year-old became bored and started taking snaps of herself.
However the mum-of-two claims she later spotted the ghostly face of a young boy lurking behind Harper – despite insisting there was one else in the car with them.
Researching the stretch of road they were travelling on, Melissa discovered that the spooky selfie coincided with the anniversary of a deadly road accident which she thinks could have involved the same little lad.
Multiple paranormal investigators analysed the image with one claiming the ghost’s hand appeared to be reaching for Harper.
But Melissa says she was not scared by the suspected haunting as she claims Harper is a magnet for paranormal activity.
Melissa, from Florida, said: “Where the picture was taken there was an automobile accident one year ago exactly. When I looked into it, someone had been medevacked away in a helicopter.
“However they would not tell me any specific details when I enquired, which leads me to believe that it was a child, as that might be why they couldn’t provide the information.
“I didn’t notice it until about a month later when I was going through my camera when taking pictures for something else.
“It was a real ‘Oh my god’ moment. I was really shocked by it, incredibly shocked. I ran into the other room and said to friends who were staying with me ‘you have to see this’. Everyone was awestruck.
“I think it’s very important to the world to see that picture because I know it’s genuine and real and we were the only two in the car.
“So many people have hope for the afterlife and this proves it – to me anyway. People [who have seen it] have taken comfort in that.
“Harper didn’t have her seatbelt on and one of the investigators who analysed the photo called Greg Pocha thought [the ghost] could be trying to warn her.
“[Her seatbelt] is something I yell at her about all the time. I’ve had 13 traffic tickets in two years due to her not wearing one. She is very stubborn – though I’m always trying to catch her when she hasn’t got it on.
"I'm not sure about that as it really looks to me like he has two fingers up, like he is putting rabbit ears up behind her. I think it is just a little boy playing, trying to be funny. I think it's a positive thing though.
"[However] I very much appreciate that if the child has died because of not having a seatbelt on then that's what he could be doing."
The image was taken in July this year on a highway in the Maitland area of Florida, near Orlando, when Melissa, a photographer and writer, was driving Harper to a junior beauty pageant, where she eventually placed fourth.
Melissa was so shocked by the image she submitted it to Greg Pocha, who is director of parapsychology, afterlife and paranormal studies at Eidolon Project Canada.
He claims that using an image analysis program, also used by the FBI and CIA, shows the boy has no colour or 'temperature' in the picture, which he says adds 'to the possibility that the photo may be authentic as a ghost photo'.
This story originally appeared on The Sun.