Death Valley vandals identified

Staff Writer

A press release issued May 10 by Death Valley National Park announced that a multi-agency investigation has led to the identification of three men believed to be responsible for an April 30 trespass and vandalism at Devils Hole in Death Valley National Park. According to the release, the case remains active with no further details available at this time.

At around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, three men in an OHV drove off-road around a gate at the Devils Hole parking lot. They discharged a firearm at least 10 times, shooting locks on two gates, a motion sensor on the security system, and several signs. They damaged scientific monitoring equipment. One man swam in Devils Hole and left his boxer shorts behind in the water. Alcohol was involved; three beer cans were left behind and one man vomited.

The National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch, Death Valley National Park, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nye County Sheriff’s Office are investigating damage to government property and unauthorized entry of Devils Hole on April 30. The National Park Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction in this case. Any tips related to this case can be reported to the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch at: