It’s easy to shrug off a vague figure in a burnt piece of toast, but thinking your selfie was photobombed by a ghost is almost impossible to ignore. Florida resident Melissa Kurtz, 48, was scrolling through her phone when she discovered a photo her daughter had taken seemingly captured somebody else.
The image shows Kurtz’ daughter, Harper, smiling in the passenger seat of their family car. Above her right shoulder and sitting in the backseat appears to be the ghostly figure of a young boy.
The mother-of-two uploaded the image to Facebook where it gained so much circulation, she was interviewed for further information. What she said has one paranormal expert believing they know who the boy was and why he was there.
Kurtz told The Daily Mail her 13-year-old daughter had begun taking selfies while they were in the car to relieve her boredom. After the mother discovered the image, she researched the stretch of road she was driving on and discovered something else.
"Where the picture was taken there was an automobile accident one year ago exactly. When I looked into it, someone had been medevacked (SIC) away in a helicopter," she said.
"However they would not tell me any specific details when I inquired, which leads me to believe that it was a child, as that might be why they couldn’t provide the information."
Director of parapsychology, afterlife and paranormal studies at Eidolon Project Canada, Greg Pocha, told the news outlet he believed the ghost may have been trying to warn her daughter to wear a seatbelt.
"The ghost may not be flashing a peace sign, as earlier thought, but rather pointing to your daughter’s seat belt harness," he said.
"The warning may be that she should be wearing one when in a car. That is the Spectral Profiling part of my expertise speaking, to attempt to come up with the reasoning and psychology of the ghost in question."
"To warn may be the purpose, the unfinished business, of this ghost. To warn others how not to meet the same fate as others who have died because seat belt issues. It probably saddens him when he see that."
Kurtz told The Daily Mail she often fights with her daughter over wearing a seatbelt.
"[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 said.
"She is very stubborn - though I’m always trying to catch her when she hasn’t got it on."
It seems this spooky presence may have been trying to send a very important message.