Garfield sheriff calls public meeting about naked-men sightings
Citing a need for greater public information, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario has invited residents to a personal safety meeting Tuesday after recent reports of naked men roaming area trails.
The meeting is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carbondale Fire Station, 300 Meadowood Drive, the sheriff said in an email sent Saturday. Aside from addressing safety, the meeting will include a 45-minute period of open discussion, Vallario said.
The sheriff’s email suggests the forum is a response to published reports, which, Vallario wrote, were critical of the Sheriff’s Department for failing to adequately warn Garfield County residents about past reports of random male nakedness on local trails.
“The fact is we do provide the information to the media, but the Sheriff’s Office has no control over what they deem newsworthy,” Vallario wrote in the email.
The Sheriff’s Department has been receiving men-in-buff reports on local trails, most in the Carbondale area and some over recent years in Glenwood Canyon, since 2008. Several reports were made this spring, including streakers and at least one report of a man who was masturbating.
Authorities have said more than man may be involved.
The Sheriff’s Department on Friday released a suspect photo, showing a shirtless young man wearing sunglasses with his hair pulled back in a ponytail. The photo was cropped at the man’s shoulders.
Garfield County Crime Stoppers, which can be reached at (970) 945-0101, or at http://www.crimestoppers.com, is offering a potential reward up to $1,000 for information on the man’s whereabouts or identity, according to the Sheriff’s Department.