Authorities looking to find suspects responsible for theft, damage to state archaeological site

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WENDOVER, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is asking for the public’s help in finding suspects responsible for breaking in and damaging Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site. 

In a press release, authorities for the site said the suspects broke through the gated and protected area and stole all contents; including educational artifacts, lighting, and safety equipment.

Site Archaeologist and Steward, Ron Rood, discovered the theft on Saturday morning, May 11, when he came to the site to set up for a public tour.

Park authorities said Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site is one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America and is well-known for having been occupied by humans going back at least 11,000 years.

Excavations of the cave also helped set the timeline for all Great Basin archaeology, said in a press released.

Danger Cave was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 and became a Utah State Park Heritage Area soon after.

Law enforcement officers are asking for the public’s help identifying any suspects and say the damage and theft occurred sometime after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 and before 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11.

Those who may have seen anyone at the site during these times, or have any information about this incident, are asked to please contact Utah State Parks Heritage Resources Manager Justina Parsons-Bernstein at 801-889-7209 or jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov.

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