Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal and the floor. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint.
Capt. Steven Booker says the paint spill “appears intentional based off of the splatter.” He says police are reviewing security camera footage to try to identify possible suspects.
Police say the memorial will be closed until the National Park Service maintenance crew can clean up the paint, which is expected to happen later Friday.
The memorial, one of the most popular sites on the National Mall, was dedicated in 1922 to the nation’s 16th president.