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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Vandalism Suspects Identified

A spray-painted message on a wooden boardwalk in the Stumpy Basin area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park has identified the suspects involved in the vandalism.
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
A spray-painted message on a wooden boardwalk in the Stumpy Basin area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park has identified the suspects involved in the vandalism.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is thanking the public for helping to successfully identify suspects who vandalized property in the park.

A post from the park’s Facebook page Tuesday shows graffiti in the Stumpy Basin area along the Towpath Trail.

Some of the vandalism that occurred at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on April 15, 2019.
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Some of the vandalism that occurred at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on April 15, 2019.

The suspects engraved initials and spray-painted messages and images on a wooden boardwalk.

Public Information Officer Pamela Barnes said the park received many tips from the public and identified the suspects within 24 hours of the Facebook post. She said the incident is complicated because it happened in a historical conservation area.

“It’s a very well-traveled path in the park, but also, the canal has historic remnants that are all along the entire length of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail," Barnes said. "So whenever you couple vandalism with historic resources on top of recreation resources, that just compounds the issue.”

Barnes said park officials are evaluating the cost of removing the vandalism and whether the property will need any restoration.

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Anna joined ideastream in 2019, where she reports on health news for WCPN and WVIZ in Cleveland. She has also served as an associate producer for NewsDepth. Before that, Anna was a 2019 Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.