Oregon Paranormal


Casey Goodwin 



Field Researcher
Board Member

As a teenager, I was drawn to the mysterious and the obscure, spending long evenings exploring abandoned homes with sordid pasts, as well as other notorious locations in and around his home in Southern California. After relocating to Oregon in 1994, my interest in the unexplained continued to flourish, eventually leading me to co-found Oregon Paranormal in 2009, with the express purpose of conducting related exploration in and around the Pacific Northwest through data collection and analysis, historical research, documentation, education, and collaborative efforts with like-minded teams and independent researchers. Through my work, carried out with both sensitivity and respect, I have helped many families and individuals struggling to comprehend the oft incomprehensible.

Scott Riedel


Lead Field Researcher
Client Relations Director
Board Member 

Stories of the paranormal have fascinated me throughout my life. Through research and personal experience, I have come to understand that there are some things that cannot be explained with current information. My goal is to help people who are experiencing incidents that they cannot explain. It is my commitment to do this using accurate investigating and deductive reasoning. Philosophically I will try to explain and debunk situations so that anything that is left in the normal or ?para? normal. It is our belief that by doing this, we will help people better understand and also further strengthen the field of paranormal research through scientific explanation.
Jay Verburg

Director of Historical Research
Field Researcher
Board Member

Jay Verburg began his unexpected paranormal journey as one of the two Greenhorn miners on SyFy’s Ghost Mine. With a passion for the Old West, he has been casually exploring ghost towns and abandoned locations, striving to discover historically relevant areas for the past 15 years. His fascination with history and the gold that still runs through the mountains of Eastern Oregon unexpectedly led him to the small town of Sumpter. It was there, just few years later, he would find himself not only working as a hard rock miner, but witnessing events that have led him to an entirely new journey — paranormal research.

Nikki Van Ryn


Field Researcher

Ever since I was a child I have been interested in the paranormal. I found myself captivated by other peoples’ personal accounts as well as spooky story books and television shows.  While I am a firm believer, I find it extremely important to study, analyze, and question all possibilities. Having inexplicable experiences of my own, I seek to educate and help those who seek answers, and fully research what I cannot explain. I am dedicated to developing conclusions and obtaining results for the community, my team, the field, and myself. 

Tristan Goodwin

Historical Research Coordinator
Field Researcher

Ghost stories and the paranormal in general have interested me since I was a child. It wasn't until 10 years ago that my interest was peaked again. I can attribute that to the Travel Channel's ghost documentaries on the South. Now that I am older, I am able to do what most people only think about doing.  Being part of Oregon Paranormal gives me the opportunity to contribute more to the field by documenting and further proving the existence of the afterlife. 

State Side Consultants & Extended Support Team

We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we have built over the years with a number of paranormal groups as well as independent researchers and tradesman through out the Pacific Northwest, the United States around the world.  People with varying degrees of discipline within their fields of research be it audio, video or photographic analysis to parapsychological, structural and environmental. When the situation  calls for it, Oregon Paranormal may call upon the assistance of these researchers from outside our organization to either act as investigational support, or as a consultant on a case depending on information collected during an investigation. 

Ben Robison
Born in the Pacific Northwest during the late 70′s, I grew up exposed to ghosts, UFO’s and Bigfoot. Whether it was the home I lived in that was haunted, the many shared stories of aliens that my father spoke of, or seeing firsthand what I believe to be a Sasquatch up in the Olympic Peninsula, I seemingly had anything but a regular upbringing. Like so many other people out there, I experienced something so profound and unimaginable that I was left with only one option…look at it closer. As a result, the things that aren’t so regular are what intrigue me. Being a tech-head by trade, I coupled this with my practical/sensible way of thinking, which in turn gave me a logical method towards researching paranormal events. We all have questions and my aim is to try to offer some answers by taking a scientific approach with a healthy dose of skepticism in my research of the paranormal and enigmatic.
Michael White
My interest in the paranormal began at age seven when I was thrown across a room by an unseen entity. Since then, I have been seeking out paranormal experiences in an effort to understand them. Having been an independent researcher, a member of different teams and organizations, I have been blessed with the friendship and support of two of my dearest friends and we have recently created our own research group. Our group conducts experiments on specific paranormal events to determine if each has defined parameters. Knowing those parameters allows for prediction of events and may lead to equipment designed to detect and record specific activities. My paranormal interests include research into hauntings, ESP, PK, OBE experiences, UFO’s, and cryptozoology.
Neil McNeill
Neil McNeill has been in the field of parapsychology and paranormal education since 1993. He has served as a parapsychology consultant for television, film, and print media, and is regularly asked to speak at ghost conferences, paranormal events, and for literary and other professional organizations. Neil is a member of the Rhine Research Center, the Parapsychological Association, and the Seattle Consciousness Education & Research Society. His work has appeared on "Evening Magazine," KOMO-4 News, and The Seattle Times, among others.

Since 2008, Neil has taught college-level courses about the science and history of parapsychology and paranormal investigation, which are offered year-round in the Seattle area and have been featured among Seattle Met's list of "most sought-after" adult education classes. In 2012, Neil produced "Dark & Stormy Nights: Parapsychology for Ghost Hunters", an educational DVD based on his popular classes.  He recently chaired a panel on parapsychology and education with Loyd Auerbach at the annual convention of the international Parapsychological Association.  

Neil currently lives and works in Seattle, where his Paranormal Studies Institute offers both local and online learning resources to the public on the science of parapsychology and psychic phenomena.
Nicole Robison
I was born and raised in California, but I moved to Washington in 2007 and now proudly call the PacNW home. I spend my time raising my two children, and in my free time I love to bake, cook, paint, teach, draw, dance, read, learn new crafts, and spend time with my family and friends. While my interest in the paranormal has increased in the past year, I have had several experiences with the paranormal throughout my life, my first paranormal memory being of a full-bodied apparition when I was 6 or 7 years old. I was raised being told that these "things" were solely in my mind and did not exist, so I believed that and put the paranormal out of my mind.  Although I was still intrigued, I allowed fear to reign and didn't pursue my interest in the paranormal.  With the aid of my fiancé, I've recently decided to not let my fear deter me any longer, and I've delved into the world of paranormal research.  I continue to broaden my horizon in the paranormal through investigations, research, and reading.