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Suspect Identified In National Parks Vandalism

Vandalism in National Parks
Casey Nocket Modern Hiker
The Park Service is investigating vandalism in parks across the West.

A 21-year-old New York woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases affecting eight national parks and monuments in the western United States.

National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks and boulders in Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks in California, Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument in Colorado, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and Zion and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. There may be cases elsewhere.

Investigators continue to collect evidence, conduct interviews and are consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about potential charges.

The vandalism came to the attention of the NPS after photographs were posted on social media sites.