Federal investigators ask public’s help in identifying suspects connected to Lake Mead attack

National Park Service investigators are seeking information on the three people depicted in the photo that are believed to be connected to an attack that occurred Sept. 7, 2018 at Lake Mead Recreation Area, Nevada | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Federal officials with the National Parks Service investigating the attack in the Lake Mead Recreational Area that left a Cedar City man critically injured earlier this month are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals depicted in three photos recently released by the agency.

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National Park Service investigators are seeking information on the man depicted in the photo that is believed to be involved in an attack that occurred Sept. 7, 2018 at Lake Mead Recreation Area, Nevada | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

National Park Service investigators are looking for the older man shown in one of the photos, who is suspected of being involved in an attack on an individual at the Lake Mead National Park during the early morning hours of Sept. 7, National Park Service spokeswoman, Christie Vanover said Wednesday.

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The photo of the man in his 40s depicts the suspect that officials believe is the main person responsible for the attack, while the other two photos, depicting a younger man and woman, are believed to be the pair the suspect is traveling with.

“The older man is the suspect being sought in the attack, and he’s the only one,” Vanover said. “We believe that the other two individuals shown in the photos are the ones he is traveling with, but played no part in the incident that occurred at Lake Mead Recreational Area.”

The incident began with a call to Lake Mead officials at 5:46 a.m. on Sept. 7, reporting that a man was stabbed near Stewarts Point and Blue Point Bay in the northern part of the lake, park officials said.

Responders arrived to find the man severely wounded, and he was flown to an unspecified hospital by Mercy Air to be treated for critical injuries sustained during the attack.

The man was camping with another person who was uninjured during the incident, Vanover said, adding that the suspect fled the area on foot immediately after the attack, leaving behind a backpack found later by police.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the individuals depicted in the photos. Anyone who may recognize the individuals or who has information on the incident that might help investigators is asked to call or text the NPS Investigative Services Branch tip line at 888-653-0009. Tips can also be provided online (click “Submit a tip”) or emailed to the National Park Service at [email protected].

Callers may remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service and U.S. Park Rangers are conducting the joint investigation.

Operated by the National Park Service, the Lake Mead National Recreation area is located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.

This report is based on statements from police or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.


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1 Comment

  • Striker4 September 20, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I was trolling St George news at 7 41 PM when I noticed this article…APB out for the Brady Bunch Gang … book’em Danno !

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