Man visiting Stanley Hotel captures eerie image

We speak via Skype with Henry Yau, the Texas man who captured a viral photo of what some say is a ghostly figure at the Stanley Hotel while on a recent visit. 9NEWS Web Extra. 4/18/16.

KUSA - A Houston man who was visiting Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel recently captured a ghostly image when he tried to take a panoramic photo of the stairwell and lobby.

Henry Yau says he doesn't remember anyone standing in the grand stairwell when he took the photo. He didn’t notice the figure seemingly standing in the middle until the next morning.

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We circled the part of the photo that shows the figure below. What do you think?

A paranormal investigator told 9NEWS he believes he sees two images there. 

The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society came to a different conclusion.

"It appears to be nothing more than an image of a person rounding the corner of the first landing on the main staircase," the Society wrote. "The photographer has stated they did not look at the image until the following morning and knowing what we do about human memory, it is not out of the question to conclude that they just did not remember seeing someone when the photo was taken. It is being over analyzed by 'experts' and many conclusions discussed, however using the basic scientific process it is most likely a person on the stairs." 

The Stanley Hotel famously inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining,” after he and his wife stayed there and were the only guests.

Rumors that the hotel was haunted has prompted a visit from the show Ghost Hunters, where they explored paranormal instances where people were seen hiding in hallways and ghostly children were heard playing.

According to the Stanley Hotel’s website, the ghosts of F.O. and Flora Stanley still try to run the business as if they are still alive.

“Flora’s antique Steinway can be heard playing in the dead of night, and Mr. Stanley has been captured in photographs surveying the goings-on in the billiards room, once his favorite place,” the Stanley’s website reads.

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