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Police, volunteers scour Pinnacle Park trails after spikes injure 2

Sylva’s Pinnacle Park is closed until the 18 miles of trails can be checked for spikes deliberately placed by persons unknown.

A runner and a walker have stepped on spikes, authorities said Monday.

City officials said a runner’s foot was punctured, and he received medical treatment. In the second incident, the spike only went through the walker’s shoe.

Sylva Town Manager Paige Roberson Dowling said 30-something spikes were found over the weekend, and many more were found Monday as workers used metal detectors to find the nails. More than 60 nails in tree roots have now been found.

"Someone deliberately put them there. It was a very mean and deliberate act," she said.

Dowling said the park gates have been closed while the trails are searched. She said there was no timetable for when the gates might be reopened.

"We still have 12 people up there searching," she said late Monday afternoon. "We want to be sure the trails are safe before they are opened back up. The gates have been locked, and we hope people respect that. We just want to be safe."

There’s a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call 828-586-2916.

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