GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction will be featured on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures Saturday at 7 p.m. You may have seen the crew filming around town last fall.
"I get a call from New York, from the producer, he said 'Joya we heard about your hotel,'” said Joya De Pasquale, owner of the Melrose Hotel.
It’s the history behind the Melrose Hotel that still haunts them.
"I’m not afraid of them, the spirits, at all. We get along very well,” said De Pasquale.
Joya has owned the place for the last 20 years. It was established in 1908 when James Ponsford and his family moved from England.
"The word ghosts are a little harsh, I would just like to honor their spirits,” said De Pasquale.
In 1993 Marcus and Sabrina Bebb-Jones bought the hotel from the Ponsfords. One day Sabrina went missing. It wasn't until almost 20 years later that her husband was charged with the murder after her skull was found in the desert near Douglas Pass. Joya says she believes Sabrina’s ghost never checked out.
"He saw vividly, saw a woman in white, and he turned around and looked at him, they disappeared,” said De Pasquale.
Just a few years ago, Joya hired some help to run the hotel. However, she says they did more harm than good.
"The people that I had built a shrine down in the basement to the devil…blood bottle, poison, bones,” said De Pasquale.
After that, things have never been the same.
"Doors were slamming, windows fell out of the door, everybody was in a bad mood,” said De Pasquale.
Hector and Darrel run the Hotchkiss Paranormal Investigators and have investigated the Melrose four times.
"It was incredible but in a very negative way,” said Hector Zeferino.
They’ve captured videos, audio recordings, seen ghosts, and even been touched by them.
“Picture a dog face with the horns and the long fingers,” said Darrel Harper.
They say they’ve worked with the Ghost Adventures crew before in Montrose and this time they recommend the Melrose.
"They actually contacted us at first, and that's what led to Montrose and they trusted us after that,” said Zeferino.
They say they’ve done over a 100 investigations across the state.
"It’s not over yet, its calmed down, I’m not being dramatic but I really felt like there was a fight going on between the good spirits and the bad spirits,” said De Pasquale.
The episode airs Saturday night on the Travel Channel at 7 p.m. It will repeat Sunday and next weekend too. For more details check out the link to the right of this article.