Photo courtesy Erin Gilliss
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - New witnesses who seem to have information that
U.S. Park Police could use in their investigation of the Lincoln
Memorial vandalism case talked exclusively to our sister station WUSA9.
The witnesses have photos and may be the first to spot the wet green
and white paint that someone threw on the famous statue in the early
morning hours on Friday.
Erin Gilliss of Parker, Colorado took photographs that show her
Northern Virginia friend and their family members along with a group of
unidentified 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.
None of the subjects in the pictures are being identified as suspects.
While WUSA was reporting at the Lincoln Memorial, police approached Jamie McDaniel and took down her information.
Workers are expected to finish removing all of the green paint on Monday.