Kay Rothman is a veteran television producer whose credits range from the Food Network’s “Food Detectives” to the History Channel’s “History’s Greatest Mysteries” to the National Geographic Channel’s “Explorer.” Last year she was working on an episode of “A Haunting” for Discovery Plus and enlisted the help of Scott Davis, a paranormal investigator who lives in Middletown.

During the filming, Davis told Rothman he was having a vision of a woman on fire. His description was a spot-on match of a murder victim from another project Rothman had been working on — something, she said, he could not have known about.

“Blonde hair, but she dyes her hair because I can see the roots,” Rothman recalls Davis saying. “He knew what she was wearing, too.”

Rothman was so impressed by Davis that she’s giving him central role in a new project in his backyard — a TV series exploring potential paranormal occurrences in people’s homes. The pilot episode, and ideally many more after that, will take place along Monmouth County’s Bayshore.

Scott Davis of Middletown is shown at the Spy House in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. Davis is a police officer and paranormal investigator who is involved with a developing TV series about paranormal activity along the Bayshore. He is shown using an electromagnetic energy device called a Mel Meter. Port Monmouth, NJ Thursday, January 12, 2023

Davis recently put out a call on social media seeking haunted-home candidates. Rothman and co-producer Sara Nichols are reviewing applications.

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“Right now we’re trying to mine out a couple of good stories,” Davis said. “We’re going to shoot one location first, bring it to a couple of networks and hopefully get the green light to do a series of shows just like it.”

The Bayshore is a fascinating locale because it’s one of the oldest, most history-rich places in the Northeast. Henry Hudson sailed there in 1609 to trade with the Leni Lenape Indians. European settlers arrived in 1665. The region was a hub of Revolutionary War activity, with British soldiers occupying Sandy Hook and skirmishes flaring up in the streets.

“It’s a fertile place to find these stories,” Davis said.

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Davis cuts quite a profile. A Middletown High School North grad, he served in the Marines and then became a Bayshore-area police officer. The 41-year-old father of three moonlights as a paranormal investigator.

“I’ve been a little bit extra sensitive to the paranormal my entire life,” he said.

Scott Davis of Middletown is shown at the Spy House in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. Davis is a police officer and paranormal investigator who is involved with a developing TV series about paranormal activity along the Bayshore. Port Monmouth, NJ Thursday, January 12, 2023

Davis said his investigations aim to help affected families regardless of whether their paranormal claim checks out. Sometimes the root cause is a construction or environmental issue, or a mental-health problem, or addiction.

“If we find other things happening, we will lead them in a direction where they can get help,” he said. “We try to find a logical explanation. But there are also spooky aspects of it, which makes for good television programming.”

A few weeks back, while scouting a potential location for the new project, Davis said he connected with the spirit of an older man. As he described the man to his co-producers, Nichols was in disbelief.

“My God, that’s my grandfather,” she said.

Rothman said she’s most impressed by Davis’ attitude. She’s convinced he won’t ham it up for the cameras, an all-too-common pitfall in the haunted-doc field.