Serial soiler leaving marks in Ypsilanti park

Someone has been soiling slides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months, prompting city officials to take measures to put a stop to the so-called mystery pooper.
AP Wire
Apr 6, 2014

"This winter, it wasn't necessarily a problem," City Councilman Pete Murdock said Friday. "Now that the weather is getting warmer, we need to get a handle on it."

Police or other Ypsilanti employees have been stopping at Prospect Park each morning to make sure another surprise was not left overnight, said Murdock, the city's former mayor and the founder of a group called Friends of Prospect Park.

He said there are plans to have Friends of Prospect Park members and other volunteers watch the park at night.

Police Chief Tony DeGiusti, in an e-mail sent in January, ordered officers to "make frequent checks in the area and record them on your daily log."

"We have a problem in Prospect Park with a miscreant that does not understand the difference between a children's playground slide and a toilet," the chief wrote. "Apparently this extremely misguided individual feels the need to defecate on the slide despite the cold weather."

Murdock said the "well-used" park, which sits near a school and features a basketball court, a tennis court being used as a skateboarding venue as well as a picnic area, needs to be protected.

"No one wants to play in other people's feces," he said.


Barry Soetoro

How do they know it's just one person?


Does any useable DNA reside in feces? I would sentence the guilty to scrubbing ALL park play equipment in the surrounding counties or more...this is really disgusting.

Tri-cities realist

Or perhaps it's not a person


police are sniffing around for clues


Mystery Pooper? Serial Soiler? Any skid marks? Cigarette Butts for DNA ? I wouldn't want to be investigating this crime. What a crappy job.

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