From a watchtower near Bunker, Missouri
Mark Twain National Forest needs your help in identifying people seen in photos and videos being stolen from the Marcotte Lookout Tower near Bunker, Missouri in 2021. They are suspected of removing the Osborne Fire Finder, an essential device that helps monitors locate the exact location of smoke Indicated with a map. They are historical elements and difficult to replace.
If you have any information that could help catch these thieves, please call Mark Twain National Forest’s Patrol Captain Casey Hutsell at 573-341-7463.
Several videos of the thieves were posted on Forest’s Facebook page in the comments section of the post about this incident.
After photos of a watchtower burglary in Oregon were published in August, a suspect was arrested and later indicted by a grand jury. In this case, the thieves stole the batteries, electronic equipment and solar panels used to power the tower’s fire detection camera.