Witness Comes Forward With Pictures In Lincoln Memorial Vandalism

3:41 PM, Jul 28, 2013   |    comments
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Washington-- A new witness has come forward in the Lincoln Memorial vandalism case with new photos prior to when police arrived. She's also throwing a new color, literally, on the graffiti.

The visitor took several photos, including one of her family and a group of young people, that she says police have not reviewed.

Erin Gilliss of Parker, Co. took photographs that show her Northern Virginia friend and their family members along with a group of unidentified young people in the background prior to when police arrived.

Her friend, Jamie McDaniel of Stafford, Va. expressed concern that police did not interview her or review what she believes might be important photographic evidence.

She says National Park Police hurried them out.

Photographs distributed by Getty Images appear to support the woman's claims that she saw white paint too. She also says she saw soda cans and bottles filled with paint.

She says she saw a group of young people surrounding the Lincoln Memorial and felt U.S. Park Police dismissed her reports.

"My friend and I discovered the vandalism and alerted police about the Lincoln Memorial," says Jamie McDaniel. "I was surprised there was no mention of the footprints we found."

The woman was giving a Colorado visitor a late night tour of the memorial when they came upon the vandalism.

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