Prime suspect named in RMNP vandalism case |

Prime suspect named in RMNP vandalism case

The National Park Service (NPS) is investigating a string of vandalism cases first reported to the agency on Oct. 20, including an incident in Rocky Mountain National Park.

In a statement released Thursday, Oct. 29, the NPS named 21 year-old Casey Nocket as the primary suspect in a wave of vandalism cases in eight western National Parks.

The NPS has confirmed instances of vandalism in RMNP and Colorado National Monument, as well as Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park, all in Calif.; Crater Lake National Park in Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

Nocket is suspected of painting images onto rocks and various other natural formations in the parks. The vandalism in Rocky Mountain National Park was reported to the park and removed in late September before similar images were found in other National Parks.

The NPS is not releasing details about specific locations of the vandalism.

The image at Crater Lake National Park is covered by ice and snow and will not be accessible for assessment and clean up until next year. An image discovered in Yosemite National Park was removed by an unknown person, according to the statement by the NPS.

The case came to light after images of the vandalized parks were posted to social media accounts ostensibly belonging to Nocket.

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