KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Rangers at the Big South Fork National River Park and Recreation Area are looking for those responsible for the theft of five traffic signs on Wednesday, June 16. The signs directed visitors to points of interest along Blue Heron Overlook Road in the Barthell area. on the Kentucky side of the park.
“These signs are essential for providing important directional information in an area where cell reception is often unreliable,” Big South Fork Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas said. “Visitors depend on these signs to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the park. Anyone who knows the location of the signs is asked to bring them back to the park headquarters building, no questions asked.
The signs are worth over $ 1,000, making them criminal theft if prosecuted. The Park Rangers recovered the fingerprints left at the crime scene, as well as video footage of the area.
Anyone with information regarding the theft is encouraged to contact the National Park Service at 423-223-4330, or leave a confidential message on the Resource Protection Tip Line at 423-569-7301. The 24-hour tip line allows callers to remain anonymous.