Horicon Police Chief Douglas Glamann says the case of the haunted house and its ghostly spirits has evaporated.

The southeast Wisconsin town of about 3,500 people captured national attention five months ago when Allen and Debi Tallmann and their two children said they heard voices, saw balls of fire and the ghostly figure of a woman after purchasing a set of secondhand bunk beds.The beds later were buried at a landfill "where nobody will ever build," Debi Tallmann said.

Glamann said the case is closed and he hopes the department never has to handle a similar one.

"It is still a nagging question in my mind," Glamann said. "Their story was very convincing, but there was never any physical evidence that there was anything unnatural or supernatural in that house.

"The only thing I can now look at is the power of suggestion: The things the children said they saw were eventually seen by the parents and things just grew from there," said Glamann, whose department recently received a commendation by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its handling of the incident.

The Tallmanns have moved to nearby Beaver Dam and have an unpublished telephone number. The home in Horicon was turned back to the Farmers Home Administration in a deal that cost the Tallmanns about $3,000.

The home has been sold to a new family, Richard and Dawn Rudey and their two children, who refuse to comment on the incident.