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Information Sought to Identify Person and Witnesses to Reser Stadium Football Field Burning Incident
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP), working in cooperation with Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the person and potential witnesses associated with an investigation into damage to the Reser Stadium artificial turf following Saturday's football game. A photograph taken by a Portland Tribune photographer is being distributed with this news release to help identify an unidentified male holding a burning object near several unidentified witnesses.
Courtesy - Portland Tribune
Following the December 4th "Civil War" football game, thousands of fans went onto the Reser Stadium field. Near the east end of the OSU logo around the 35 yard line, a large group were gathered around an unidentified white male wearing a white #9 University of Oregon football jersey. A Portland Tribune newspaper photographer took a photograph of this person holding a burning object in the air. After the crowd cleared off the field, it was discovered that an unknown burning material landed onto the artificial turf and burned a small section causing a minimum of $1,500 damage.
Photograph links of damage to field valid for 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
OSP is seeking contact from any of the following persons to help with this investigation:
  • Any persons shown in the photograph witnessing the event and/or who took photographs or video of the unidentified person holding the burning object.
  • Anyone with information identifying the witnesses – adults and juveniles – present in the photograph.
  • Anyone with information to identify the person holding the burning object.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Orly Johnson at (541) 737-3010 or email at orly.johnson@oregonstate.edu.