Mystery solved: ‘Ghost’ at UNM’s duck pond bridge revealed


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Halloween is over, but there is one ghost story lingering in the Metro, and we can now put it to rest.

It seemed like it could be some type of paranormal activity, but it was not.

The Univesity of New Mexico Duck Pond Challenge had thrill-seekers heading to the UNM Duck Pond to video themselves blindfolded and walking across the bridge. Sometimes, a “ghost girl” would appear at the bridge’s edge.

After scary sighting after sighting after sighting, we now know there was not a ghost, but instead a UNM junior named Valerie Perea who’s very much alive.

“That girl was me, creeping behind people while people recorded videos,” Perea revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

Perea was helping out Clay Space, producer of a short online horror film called “Die Together.”

“The Duck Pond Challenge was created to raise awareness for a short film I created,” Space said.

The fake apparition is that of Jessica Summers, a character who’s a murderous college student who disappeared without a trace. It may be frightening, but it’s all fiction, to promote “Die Together.”

Space admits the campus craze was all a way to draw some attention to that short 14-minute horror film that was shot in Albuquerque.

In the end, it would require no paranormal investigation with fancy equipment to determine this Halloween’s viral ghost story on campus was a publicity stunt.

“There is no ghost–as far as I know,” Space said.

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