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Decorah police officer spends spare time chasing paranormal

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When Dave Smutzler isn't at work chasing criminals, he's spending time chasing the paranormal.

Smutzler serves as the assistant police chief in Decorah.

But recently, he took a trip to a tiny town in Polk County called Farrar.

There sits an old-school building, built in 1921 and closed in 2002.

Not long after it closed, people started reported hearing voices, slamming doors and seeing unnatural figures walking the hallways.

Smutzler joined fellow paranormal investigator Josh Shimak, who was there for the third time.

"He shared with me some of the experiences he had on previous trips here but other than that didn't try to sway me," Smutzler told WHO-TV.

He said he had to see the school for himself.

"Every time a see evidence of someones investigations online I'm skeptical, I'm a big skeptic and i know people are of ours if we post something. If you are not there its tough to say," he said.

He said the thrill of seeking out the paranormal is what compels him to continue these types of investigations.

"The scare, you go into a building that has some paranormal activity and sit by yourself in a pitch black room it gets your heart rate going. Kind of makes you feel alive," he said.

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