Casey Nocket's Latest Alleged Graffiti Target: Colorado National Monument

Our Adam Roy recently told you about Casey Nocket, who he described as "a graffiti artist...suspected of leaving her mark on one of the state's most-visited slices of wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park."

Now, Nocket is thought to have done likewise on another beautiful part of our state: Colorado National Monument.

See also: Photos: Casey Nocket, Accused Vandal, May Have Tagged Rocky Mountain National Park

Last week, as Roy reported, the National Park Service issued a statement that didn't specifically name Nocket as having used acrylic paint rather than chalk to create the images she hyped on social media, often using the hashtag #Creepytings. Instead, it identified five vandalized parks -- Yosemite, Death Valley, Crater Lake, Zion, and Canyonlands -- and five for which the National Park Service was still awaiting confirmation of graffiti issues. Included in the latter was Rocky Mountain National Park.

Now, however, an NPS release IDs Nocket as the "primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in the western United States."

The release adds:

National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks and boulders in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park, all in California; Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument, both in Colorado; Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.
The service adds that the graffiti in Rocky Mountain National Park was removed last month. No specific mention has been made about the images at Colorado National Monument, located on the Western Slope, near Grand Junction.

No charges have been pressed against Nocket thus far; the National Park Service notes that it's currently in consultation with the U.S. Attorneys Office on the assorted matters. In the meantime, Nocket continues to be a target on Twitter, via tweets like this one:

She's also become a meme -- and not a complimentary one:

The NPS fears there are more examples of Nocket's scrawls yet to be discovered. If you find one, you're encouraged to contact the nearest park ranger. The service can also be reached via its website, NPS.gov.

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