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Woodland Park Police complete investigation on damaged headstones at Woodland Park Cemetery

Posted at 5:44 PM, Aug 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-24 13:11:33-04

WOODLAND PARK, CO — The Woodland Park Police Department has found the person responsible for damages at the Woodland Park Cemetery. The cemetery is located at 650 Short Ave. just east of the Highway 24 and S. Baldwin St. intersection.

According to the department, they responded to the cemetery in the afternoon on August 17th after reports of criminal mischief around certain headstones. WPPD says the incident appears to involve a vehicle due to the nature of the damage, but the department is still unclear exactly how the headstones were damaged.

Police say the damages to the headstones could have occurred between August 1st and August 17th.

As of Monday evening, Chief Deisler with the Woodland Park Police Department tells News5 a person of interest has come forward on their own. Chief Deisler stated in an email the department does not believe this incident was intentional at this time.

On Monday, August 21, the Woodland Park Police Department recieved a call from the person responsible for the damages. The caller, a local resident, confirmed that she had caused the damage and had reported the incident to her insurance company, believing that that was the proper action to take.

This insurance report has been verified, but the insurance company and the city haven't yet been able to connect and discuss reimbursement.

This case has been reclassified as a traffic accident case and there are no pending criminal charges being sought against the driver.

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