Graffiti written on National Park trail in West Virginia

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Posted: Aug 21, 2016 1:56 PM

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Park Service is looking for those responsible for spray painting graffiti along the New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia.

The Park Service says in a news release that the vandalism occurred at a scenic overlook on the Long Point Trail in Fayette County. Green and orange spray paint was used to scrawl initials and a heart on rocks along the 1.6-mile trail.

The statement says the graffiti measures nearly 8 feet in length, is about 2 feet tall and contains the inscription "AW (heart) TK."

Acting park superintendent Jeff West calls the graffiti "disheartening."

The maximum punishment for the vandalism is six months in prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

The Park Service says anyone with information on the graffiti can contact (304) 465-6516.