Police say masked man approaches High Uintas campgrounds while naked but flees once observed

Posted at 2:53 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 19:03:29-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah -- Police in Summit County are working to identify a suspect who has reportedly exposed himself to campers on eight separate occasions since July of 2014, and authorities said the middle-aged man appears at campsites nude except for the various masks he has used to conceal his face.

According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the suspect has appeared several times in the Crystal Lake area of the Uinta National Forest in Summit County, with the most recent report of a sighting coming September 13.

Authorities state they received reports August 11 the man had approached several juveniles camping in the area, and several reports have been made since that time.

There were similar reports in July through September of 2014, and authorities state there have been a total of eight sightings between the Crystal Lake, Wall Lake, Washington Lake and Clyde Lake areas of the Uinta National Forest.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male between the ages of 30 and 40 who is tall with a skinny build and who has shoulder-length brown hair.

"The suspect has been reported to conceal his face with various types of masks during each occurrence making positive identification of the suspect difficult," according to the press release.

The man reportedly approaches camps in undesignated campgrounds and around lake areas, and he will wait to be observed naked before he flees into the forest. The press release states there have been no reports of, "any physical contact between the suspect and the juveniles."

Law enforcement personnel have responded several times to areas when reports have come in on the same day of the sightings, but so far they have been unable to find the man. Due to the remote locations and a lack of consistent cellular coverage, some reports of sightings have been delayed by as much as several days.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is working with the U.S. Forest Service and other authorities to investigate the incidents, and anyone who has information about the suspect or who has had an encounter similar to those described above is asked to call the sheriff's office at 435-615-3601.