A pair of Stratford psychics have attracted national media attention after it was revealed they were consulted in the search for a missing man.
Donna and Alex Fairclough of Crystal Clear Healings in Stratford were approached by the family of Stephen Murphy after he went missing in September.
The 36-year-old man was found drowned in the Patea River.
Coroner Tim Scott's report about Murphy's death mentioned that the psychics told Murphy's family to search in the park area and said their involvement provided an interesting twist to an otherwise sad event.
Since then the Faircloughs have been fielding calls from media and were interviewed for TV3's Paul Henry show.
Donna said she had been stunned by the request.
She was less surprised by backlash from the Skeptics Society who accused the psychic industry of exploiting vulnerable people and called Scott "excitable" for mentioning their involvement.
"At the end of the day we don't seek people out. They come to us. I don't need to defend myself. Sceptics will be sceptics, we get it all the time.
"Each to their own."
Donna said she had used a pendulum on a map and connected with Murphy to discover where he was.
"We tuned into him like we tune into anyone's vibrations that we are able to. Without doing that, we wouldn't have been able to find him."
She said it was too difficult to explain what that meant and it was a complex process.
Donna said it was the first time they had worked to find a missing person and they hadn't so much as seen a photo of him.
"I still don't know what he looked like."
She was pleased to have been able to help with the search.
"Adelle [Murphy's sister] rang the next day and said they had found him in the exact spot. It was gratifying."
It had also been nice to be able to reassure the family that Murphy had died in an accident, she said.
"We ruled out suicide and any kind of foul play. The worst thing is not knowing. I think they felt better and more comfortable after that."
The pair offer a wide range of alternative therapies which include herbal remedies, spiritual healing, colour and crystal therapy and psychic work.
Donna has been working as a psychic and healer for 11 years while Alex has more than 30 years experience. They work out of their home in Stratford.
- Taranaki Daily News
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