A police officer was left baffled when he thought he saw a “ghost” girl running down a street and a smart doorbell caught a similar shadowy figure on camera.
In the clip, recorded in Mentor, Ohio, a dark shape scuttles along the pavement at what looks like a considerable speed.
The object is moving at a steady pace but the surroundings are dark and it is difficult to see it clearly.
Police had arrived at the scene at 10.40 pm following a call from a concerned resident who said they had spotted a child estimated to be seven years old running around in the area alone.
The cop noted the object was running “too quickly for a child” and vanished without a trace when he went to look for the so-called girl, WKYC reports.
He said: “I was surprised by what I saw, the person appeared to be a small child, running rather erect and too quickly for a child.”
Discussing the chilling incident on its Facebook page, Mentor Ohio Paranormal Research Society appeared to be on the fence.
It wrote: “We had a bunch of people ask us what we thought about the new video that has been released of a possible ghost in our city being spotted on a doorbell camera.
“Based from our experience, we believe that this is actually a person running, and the camera is out of focus.
“You also have to consider lighting and shadow effects going on.
“We [are] not saying that it couldn’t be, we are just saying… we need to study the actual footage itself.”
The footage is not of high quality and there are no human-like features visible on the object.
It is possible the clip merely shows a plastic bag being blown around by the wind.