Sheriff seeks information on Sulphur Creek vandalism, stolen backhoe and dead goats


EVANSTON — Local law enforcement officers are seeking information from the public on several incidents that have taken place in the past couple of weeks.

According to posts on the Uinta County Law Enforcement Services Facebook page, officers are seeking tips on a vandalism incident that occurred sometime between the dates of Sept. 22-25 at Sulphur Creek Reservoir. Someone spray-painted multiple areas in and around the restrooms at the reservoir. According to Uinta County Sheriff Doug Matthews, a person of interest has been identified but officers are still seeking additional information.

Law enforcement is also seeking information on a backhoe that was stolen from Sandhill Road near the Lyman Gas N Go Truck Stop sometime within the last week to 10 days. The backhoe is a 1980 Case 580 C two-wheel drive with a missing front windshield. Matthews said officers believe it is likely the backhoe is still in the Bridger Valley and asked that people report any possible sightings.

Finally, officers are hoping to find out how four small goats with ear tags were let loose and run over at the truck pull-out at mile marker 28 on I-80 westbound. The goats were found early on the morning of Monday, Sept. 28, in the travel lane of the pull-out. One abandoned goat was survived and was taken to the Lyman Animal Shelter.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at (307) 783-1000 or texting or calling Crime Stoppers of Southwest Wyoming at (307) 708-2274. Tips to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could result in a reward.

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