Possibly the first people to spot the green paint thrown onto the Lilncoln Memorial was Coloradoan Erin Gilliss and her family.
She took some photos as soon as she noticed the vandalism.
A witness has come forward in the Lincoln Memorial vandalism case with photos taken before police arrived and new color, literally, on the graffiti.
The visitor took several photos, including of her family and a group of young people, that she says police have not reviewed. Erin Gilliss of Parker, Colo., took photographs that show her Northern Virginia friend and their family members along with a group of unidentified young people in the background before police arrived.
Her friend, Jamie McDaniel of Stafford, Va., expressed concern that police did not interview her or review what she believes might be important photographic evidence.She says police hurried them out.
Photographs distributed by Getty Images appear to support the woman's claims that she saw white paint, too. She also says she saw soda cans and bottles filled with paint.
She says she saw a group of young people surrounding the Lincoln Memorial and felt U.S. Park Police dismissed her reports. U.S. Park Police Lt. Pamela Smith said Sunday that the police are not aware of the witnesses, haven't spoken to any witnesses to the incident and have no suspects in the case.
She said investigators would be interested in viewing any photographs that might assist in the review. "My friend and I discovered the vandalism and alerted police about the Lincoln Memorial," says McDaniel.
"I was surprised there was no mention of the footprints we found." McDaniel says she was giving a Colorado visitor a late night tour of the memorial when they came upon the vandalism.