Reporting John Lauritsen
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Bloomington and Eden Prairie police are trying to get to the bottom of some strange and disturbing pictures showing up in parks.
“We just want this to stop and the person responsible held accountable,” said Chief Deputy Rick Hart of the Bloomington Police Department.
Police say the pictures are of a naked man and that they are graphic. The photos have been found in at least two Bloomington city parks where kids play.
“It’s disturbing,” said park-goer Dean Sherman. “I don’t know what they are trying to prove by it.”
When the photos began showing up last July, the man’s body was exposed, but his face was blacked out. Police were able to remove the magic marker to reveal his face, but his identity was a mystery.
The pictures then stopped, but started showing up again last month at two different Bloomington parks; on utility poles, city stop signs, and portable toilets.
The same pictures are now showing up in Eden Prairie.
Police say they aren’t sure right now if the man in the pictures is the victim or the suspect in this case, which is why they are hoping to hear from anyone who may know him.
Every Wednesday, Dan Kind and his wife take their granddaughters to an Eden Prairie park. His family hasn’t come across any of the photos. They want to keep it that way.
“That sort of activity is just appalling and you have a nice, family park like this,” he said, “that’s the last thing you expect to find.”
Police say whoever is posting these pictures faces gross misdemeanor charges, a fine, and jail time.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Bloomington Police Department at 952-563-4924.