Laurel Hill State Park Complex staff members are looking to the public for help catching unidentified vandals. The vandalism was reported recently by hikers on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. It occurred south of the Route 30 trailhead near mile marker 45. The graffiti written on rocks near the trail reads “Jason (loves) Janel 2013” and “Sean (loves) Christi 2013.” Heart symbols are used to represent the word love.
Mike Mumau, complex operations manager, said the vandalism happened last month. He said this is the first case of vandalism along the hiking trail.
“We have a couple of leads that we’re following on Facebook, but we are looking to the public to help us with the continuing investigation,” Mumau said. He said the park service is offering a reward for information concerning the vandalism.
Mumau said he has received an offer to have the graffiti removed for free.
The 70 miles of trail are open year-round and receive between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors annually.
Anyone with information should contact the park office at 814-444-7725.