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National Park Service Looking for Vandals of Long Point Trail


The National Park Service is looking for those responsible for spray painting graffiti along the New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia.

The Park Service says in a news release that the vandalism occurred at a scenic overlook on the Long Point Trail in Fayette County. Green and orange spray paint was used to scrawl initials and a heart on rocks along the 1.6-mile trail.

The statement says the graffiti measures nearly 8 feet in length, is about 2 feet tall and contains the inscription “AW (heart) TK.”

Acting parks superintendent Jeff West calls the graffiti “disheartening.”

The maximum punishment for the vandalism is six months in prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

The Park Service says anyone with information on the graffiti can contact (304) 465-6516.