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Maddie thought she had a ghost in her closet. Then it spoke to her.

Not long after Maddie moved into her off-campus apartment, strange things started to happen.

One of her shirts went missing. Then a pair of her pants disappeared.

Handprints began appearing on her bathroom walls.

The University of North Carolina student was convinced she was living with a ghost.

Then, last Saturday, she heard rattling in her closet. Curious, she decided to speak to the “ghost”.

“I just hear rattling in my closet. It sounded like a raccoon in my closet,” she told Fox8. “I’m like, ‘Who’s there?’ And somebody answers me. He’s like ‘Oh my name is Drew’.”

Startled, Maddie began to ask “Drew” a series of questions about who he was and what he was doing in her closet.

“‘Are you gonna do anything to me? Are you gonna do anything?’ And he’s like no, no, no,” she told CBS affiliate WFMY.

The University student then tried to call the police from her Apple watch. When that failed, she opened the closet door.


In the closet she saw a man “in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes,” according to Fox 8.

Maddie then started to text her boyfriend to tell him what was happening, while she calmly spoke to the man in her closet.

“He tries on my hat. He goes in the bathroom and looks in the mirror and then is like, ‘You’re really pretty, can I give you a hug?’ ” she told Fox 8. “But he never touched me.”

The man only left once Maddie’s boyfriend arrived at the apartment.

Police believe “Drew” is 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford. Swofford was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering after the incident on Saturday.

However, Maddie believes Swofford could have been in her house for much longer than a day.

“We always joke that there’s a ghost in here because I’ve been missing clothes since I’ve been living here, like shirts — like a shirt at a time or pants at this time — it makes me think he’s been here before,” she told WFMY.