Details emerge on flasher in Uintas |

Details emerge on flasher in Uintas

Angelique McNaughton

More than a dozen reports have been filed, including five on Thursday, about an unknown man who has been exposing himself to children in the Uinta National Forest since 2014.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the reports received since Labor Day continue a string of sightings that began July 26, 2014. Since then 13 reports have been filed, including eight during the last several weeks.

The Sheriff’s Office says most of the sightings have occurred around the Crystal, Wall, Washington and Clyde lake areas of the Uinta National Forest. The suspect reportedly only approaches camp sites in undesignated areas. He waits until he is seen before "fleeing into the thick timber," a Sheriff’s Office release states.

Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Fugal said all the reports that have been filed are similar in nature. No physical contact has been made with the victims, Fugal said. Fugal did not comment on the number of sightings reported this year compared to last.

Victims have described the suspect as a white, approximately 30-40 years old, tall, with a skinny build and shoulder-length brown hair. He typically hides his face with masks or sunglasses.

Last weekend, the suspect exposed himself to a 10-year-old boy and several Boy Scouts in two separate incidents. Another sighting was reported over Labor Day Weekend.

Most of the reports that Sheriff’s Office has received have been delayed because of the remote areas where they occur. Law enforcement officials have unsuccessfully responded to the area on several occasions when same-day reports are made. However, most have been made days later.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is working with United States Forest Service officials to solve the case. An investigation is underway.

The Sheriff’s Office urged anyone who has had an encounter or who may have information about the identity of the suspect to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 435-615-3601.