20 May 2014
Mysterious 'lady in white' seen in Illinois elevator
ROCKFORD, Ill. (CNN) -- Police responded to a call about a mysterious woman in white spotted on an elevator that was seen moving with no one inside.
The strange sighting happened across the street from a well-known haunt famous for its ghosts.
"Coronado in the elevator," was what came over the scanner. "It just keeps going up and down, in the elevator. Unknown if they're stuck or what's going on."
It's a call that baffled even Rockford Police Officers at first.
It was a woman looking for answers as to why this elevator in a Rockford parking garage kept going up and down.
It's what always happened, but last week, something different prompted a police call: a mysterious passenger was on board.
"She can see through the glass was to be a person wearing all white inside the elevator," a witness said.
And the sighting happened outside of a notoriously spooky spot: the Coronado Theater.
Haunted Rockford Tour Guide Kathi Kresol says the description of a lady in white actually has some validity.
"It sounded an awful lot like the woman in white that's supposedly seen at the Coronado, so that led me to believe that maybe something could possibly be there," she said.
Kresol says the Coronado is full of ghosts.
"The Van Matres owned the building, and they really loved this building, and I think that's why they're supposed to be still there," she said.
Some are supposedly seen smoking cigarettes, or dancing on stage.
Little is known about the lady in white, which is why Kresol says she might be willing to move across the street.
"I don't think that a ghost is necessarily tied to one place," she said.
But even if she was hanging out in the elevator, she wasn't the one making it go up and down.
Authorities say it just went from the 7th floor to the basement – the door never opened, and no one got off. It could be malfunctioning.
Mystery solved... or is it? The city's public works director later said the elevator was being tested remotely by a contracting company.