Courtesy of Mashable.com:
A heart carved into an ancient red rock formation is drawing the attention of authorities in Arizona, who are investigating to see if Vanessa Hudgens is the culprit.
The High School Musical star posted a photo of the carving, bearing the names Vanessa and Austin (Butler, her boyfriend), on her Instagram page Sunday, but later removed it. Other photos with the hashtag “sedonadreams” still appeared on her page Tuesday.
The media brought the photo to the attention of the Coconino National Forest, which manages land around Sedona renowned for the towering red rocks, spokesman Brady Smith said.
A representative for Hudgens, 27, did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press. The actress/singer recently earned rave reviews for playing Rizzo on Fox’s live production of Grease, although she is perhaps best known for starring in High School Musical and having on-point Coachella outfits every year.
Smith said he isn’t sure whether law enforcement has located a heart that matches the one posted by Hudgens within the forest’s 250 square-mile Red Rock Ranger District. Authorities will be researching social media posts and trying to contact any witnesses, he said.
On Twitter, the reaction to Hudgens’s alleged misdeed was mixed. Some took it very seriously, while others thought the whole thing was rather absurd.
The red rocks in Sedona are one of Arizona’s biggest tourist attactions and have been recognized as a federal conservation area since 1991, according to AZ State Parks. Aside from being home to a number of large mammals, the main function of the park is education. Local schools make frequent stops to give the students a chance to learn about sediment,sandstone and canyon topography, according to the site.
Forest officials try to maintain the natural beauty of the area, Smith said, for those purposes.
Damaging a natural feature on U.S. Forest Service land is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $5,000 fine. Smith said he’s unaware of any signs in the district to inform people of the law, however. Forest officials try to maintain the natural beauty of the area, he said.
“People make mistakes whether knowingly or unknowingly,” Smith concluded.