Woman Graffitis Nat'l Parks, Leaves Instagram Handle
Feds are on the hunt for 'creepytings' from New York
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2014 8:37 AM CDT
Graffiti near Crater Lake in Oregon.   (Courtesy of Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd)

(Newser) – Cartoonlike images of faces and serpents that appear to be the work of one person are popping up at national parks across the West, and the feds want to know who's behind them. Fortunately for them, the "artist" also signed the graffiti with her Instagram handle, creepytings, and though the account has since been deleted, it appears linked to a Tumblr page showing graffiti at various national parks, including Crater Lake, Death Valley, Zion, and Joshua Tree, reports TakePart. (The Tumblr page has since been wiped clean, save for one choice confessional statement: "i dun f***ed uuuuuuup.")

A screenshot of a now-deleted Instagram comment thread reveals a viewer asking if the graffiti is paint or chalk, to which creepytings replied, "acrylic." When the commenter responded with a frowning emotion, creepytings replied, "I know, I'm a bad person." Now an investigator at Yosemite National Park has taken to Reddit to gather more evidence, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. And while the National Park Service wouldn't comment on the open investigation, a spokesman did say, "Vandalism is not only a violation of the law, but it also damages and sometimes destroys often irreplaceable treasures that belong to all Americans. It is not only criminal, it is thoughtless." (Earlier this year a graffiti suspect upped his charges to a felony when he defaced his courtroom.)