Okie Pinokie

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The Okie Pinokie Woods, according to local legend, are full of disembodied spirits. One of the many legends about the place centers on Joey Peoria, a young man who disappeared while camping in 1976. Brutally murdered men began showing up in the area, and folks say it was Joey who murdered them.

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Address:
N 40° 44.172 W 085° 57.696
United States

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GPS:
40.72901061117148, -85.96512293763226
County:
Miami County, Indiana
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  1. I am a paranormal investigator.My team and I have been to Okie.We have voices on digital voice recorders.We also had some sort of contact because our K2 meters went off. One voice we captured says “Some of us are here.”

    • I would like to hear that because I’ve been out there at least 100 times. Different times of night. Sometimes by myself and I never heard anything in the dead silence. No, I don’t have equipment. That’s why having actual proof would be nice. I’m not criticizing or trying to be rude. It probably seems that way, I just think people get spooked really bad up there and they exaggerate.

    • Guy McAlister  |  

      I don’t know anything of this Joey Peoria either.I believe it to be just a legend.Another legend about the place is that a brother and sister,who lived somewhere near Okie,walked back there one day.Legend says that the the boy had mental issues.He raped and murdered his sister back there.This may be where the “Stephanie” name comes from.However,the legnd never states what the girl’s name really is and no one can really substantiate any truth to the legend.It is truth that the area was once the Osandiah Reserve of the Miamis and many of them lived there.Was also a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the time of the Great Depression.

  2. Went out to Okie on April 1st 2015. We was there for maybe 5 mins when we first heard the first of 5 screams. I actually got one on video. We also took a tape recorder and got what sounds like a voice answering us yes when we asked if some one was there. On the way back from hiking up one of the trails one of the individuals with us stated he got shoved. Once back at the safe circle and in the car he removed his sweat shirt and on his arm was 4 red marks that looked like finger prints. I am a very skeptical person and been on several ghost hunts and have never experienced anything like what I did that night. I will be going back out again to try and gather more information.

  3. This place is DEFINITELY haunted no doubt about it except some nights there are more activity than other nights. I’ve heard the whistle in the woods to seeing shadow figures when walking down the lane to the circle you get this omnious uneasy feeling that you’re being watched and unwanted it’s beautiful during the day time and a great place to check out !

  4. My friends and I used to go to Okie Pinokie back in the day. We haven’t been there in about 8 years, but it’s really not that bad. The noises people usually hear are the tall trees swaying in the wind. It sounds like creaking boards or low moans. We got lost out there one night around 3a.m. and other than getting stuck in the mud and not being able to find our way back in the dark, nothing happened. We’ve heard cows moo-ing from in the distance and a lot of people come out there to camp. It’s become WAY too popular now so I won’t go there, but it used to be pretty cool and creepy.

  5. Also, it isn’t mentioned in the description of this place, but there is a sign when you are driving back there. There used to be anyway. It said ‘Mississinewa Battlegrounds” and there was a description of some important man who fought and died. I think it says something like that. I don’t know anything about a “Joey Peoria”. Or anyone being murdered, but it’d be a good place to kill someone (just being honest). The road back to it is scary enough at night. It is really easy to get lost too. So yea, I just think people get really scared out there and they make themselves see things or hear things. The mind can do that, and it is fun and exciting. But I wouldn’t say haunted.

  6. My friends and I have gotten lost in the woods from midnight to almost 3 am and we had a tape recorder and not once while being there did we hear or see anything. Although one of my friends that was behind the group had said she felt someone touch her back as if they were trying to grab her. And no one was behind her.

  7. Me and somes friends jst got back we saw a black like figure walking in the woods def not human and as were leaving the lil round about area it was chasing us bouncing from going in and out of the woods till we got out of the woods and then we saw it just standing there like it couldn’t leave and as we were leaving we saw a pair of black and white converse shoes that looked to b kid shoes that had fresh blood on them

  8. I was there fishing a few years ago with my brother. The only thing that I can say that was weird about the place was the feeling of death and silence. It was completely, silent, no birds or trees moving and nothing moving in the woods. Also, there were hundreds of dead fish washed up on the bank of the river (multiple species). There were two dead dogs in garbage bags, and a dead deer was lying in the middle of the circle.. Made me feel uneasy. Also, I tried yelling down to my brother, who was was down river, and he couldn’t hear me. The water was calm, no wind, and no other noises. He was only about 40 yards away. Weird

  9. We weren’t able to capture anything on our trip because 3 minutes after walking into the woods our fully charged camera batteries were drained. When we got out there were teens waiting and asking all kinds of questions and then they drove away, we passed them later just sitting on the side of a road.

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