The mystery behind a spooky photo captured on a trail camera has been solved, and as it turns out, it’s not very spooky.
A grainy photo of a little girl in the woods was captured on a trail camera in Cambridge, N.Y., earlier this week.
The photo was captured by landowners who recently bought a piece of land in a wooded area and wanted to go hunting on it. The grainy picture captured a little girl playing in the woods.
The new owners set up trail cameras to see if anyone happened to wander through the area, the town’s police chief told WTEN.
Police Chief George Bell said the landowners shared the photo, hoping someone would come forward and explain who the girl was.
People speculated that the camera captured a ghost, citing a local legend that a girl’s spirit wanders the woods after being hit and killed by a train while playing on tracks that used to run through the area.
But police say the girl’s grandfather has come forward, putting an end to the ghost stories.
“I don’t want to give a name until we verify it, but it’s a local businessman in southern Washington County who says around the time frame that this picture was taken that he and his granddaughter were walking a four-wheeler path,” Bell told WTEN.
The grandfather has since been identified at Chic Wilson.
Bell says he’s happy to finally put the story to rest.