Escobar Farm Corn Maze vandals leave clue
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Escobar Farm Corn Maze, the largest corn maze in Rhode Island, was heavily vandalized overnight Friday into Saturday, but the vandals left a very specific clue behind for police.
The operators of Escobar Farm Corn Maze are seeking help from the public after the 8-acres corn maze on Middle Road was heavily vandalized overnight. The vandals tipped over picnic tables and portable toilets, ripped up signs, and pushed down the corn stalks throughout the maze.
“The corn maze was vandalized last night,” writes Bill Clarke. “Port-a-johns were tipped over, picnic tables were flipped over, signs were pulled out of the ground and broken and quite a bit of corn was damaged.”
The vandals, however, left behind vodka nip bottles and a very specific clue – a size 9 Nike sneaker (pictured below).
“A sneaker was found at one of the spots near the corn damage and turned over to the police,” wrote Clarke. “If anyone has any information to help us find out who did this, please PM me or contact the Portsmouth police. Thank you.”
Anyone with information about the vandalism at the Escobar Farm Corn Maze is urged to call Portsmouth police at (401) 683-0300.
Despite the damage and the cold rain Saturday, the Escobar Farm Corn Maze was bustling with visitors. Employees of the farm were able to upright the toilets and tables, and fix the paths before opening. This year’s maze design honors first responders, including police and firefighters.
The maze, located at 255 Middle Road, is open Fridays, 4 to dusk; Saturdays, 10 to dusk; and Sundays, 11:00 to dusk. Admission to the maze is $8 for ages 12 and older; $6, ages 5 to 11; and free for ages 4 and under. Call 401-683-1444 or 401-864-1064 for more information about visiting the maze.