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Officials say they have suspect in Eagle trail vandalism

Nails and barbed wire were found on an Eagle-area trail earlier this month.

EAGLE – Officials said Monday they have identified a suspect in the vandalism of an Eagle trail earlier this month.

The suspect was not named in a press release sent out Monday.

Law enforcement officers investigating the placement of nail boards on a trail in Eagle County believe the case to be isolated to a specific one-mile trail that is not part of an authorized trail system, according to a press release.

The Bureau of Land Management, Town of Eagle Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff's Office initiated a joint investigation after nail boards were discovered on an informal trail in the East Eagle area Oct. 18. Investigators recovered eight, 18-inch wooden strips, each anchored to the trail with 12 to 15 nails facing upwards, authorities said.

"The investigation is continuing, but investigators are confident they have identified the individual who placed the nail boards on the trail," said BLM Colorado Valley Field Manager Karl Mendonca. "Trail users should always be watching for hazards, but we believe this vandalism to be an isolated case specific to this trail."

The BLM manages a network of mountain bike trails in East Eagle area. However, the nail boards were actually found on an unauthorized, user-created trail between two popular trails (Red Neck Ridge and the Pool and Ice trails), officials said. The trail is not a primary route used by mountain bikers, and no problems have been found on the main East Eagle trail system, the press release said.

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