Someone using water left a shape resembling a swastika in a Deer Valley hotel in late January, the Park City Police Department said.
The police received the report at a little bit before 8 a.m. on Jan. 31. Montage Deer Valley security contacted the authorities. Police logs indicated there was a “drawing” of a swastika.
The Police Department later said the shape appeared to be a swastika, the Nazi symbol.
The police said two men entered the hotel and poured water in the swastika-like shape on a piece of furniture in the lobby. They were not guests of the Empire Pass hotel. There was also a white, powdery substance at the location, the police were told. The police said the water and the powdery substance were cleaned up by the time officers arrived. The two men had left by then.
The suspects had not been identified by Tuesday morning. The police said the hotel wants officers to order the men not to return if they are found. Public police logs initially classified the case as suspected trespassing.
It is extraordinarily rare for a symbol of hate to be reported to the police in Park City. The Jan. 31 case was reported shortly after a pro-Palestinian march on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival. Several hundred demonstrators rallied calling for a ceasefire in the war in Gaza. Several people supporting Israel were seen at the demonstration.
The Park Record was unable to contact a representative of the Montage Deer Valley for comment via phone and email on Monday and Tuesday.