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Fossils stolen from Death Valley National Park

April 6, 2017

DEATH VALLEY, Calif – Park rangers recently discovered that fossil footprints were removed from Death Valley National Park. Backpackers in the area were photographed and may have witnessed the crime or have information about those responsible. Investigators are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible.

These fossil footprints are Trackways of mammals and birds that were formed about 3 to 5 million years ago, when the animals left footprints in a muddy lakeshore area. Scientists visit the area regularly, photographing and recording the exact location of each footprint. They discovered the fossils were missing during a recent visit and reported it to park rangers.

Help us identify these backpackers, who may have information on this crime. If you have any information, please call the Investigative Services Branch at 888-653-0009.

“It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks,” said Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy.”

Please Contact the Investigative Services Branch with any information: 888-653-0009

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