Hit-and-run damages memorial for fallen Uintah deputy

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UINTA COUNTY -- The Uinta County Sheriff's Office is looking for a person who backed a pickup truck into a memorial for a fallen deputy, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Deputies say someone crashed into the memorial for Deputy Kevin Orr on April 4 and took off without reporting the damage. Orr's family erected the monument near Jensen following his death in a helicopter crash during a search for a missing woman in 2006.

According to the Deseret News, the memorial has been vandalized two other times since its construction in 2007. The first two times, vandals shot at it with a shotgun and paintball gun.

Uinta County Sheriff Jeff Merrell says he believes the latest incident was deliberate and malicious because the person who did it failed to report the crash.

Deputies estimate the hit-and-run caused at least $2,000 in damage to the memorial. Orr's wife and father-in-law are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

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