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Mail found discarded in South Liberty county area

September 11, 2018

Residents in the CR 4701 area of south Liberty County reportedly discovered a “very large stack of mail,” in a wooded area and called the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at about 8:30 a.m., LCSO’s lead investigator Deputy Chance Maddox said the majority of the mail was postmarked as far back as Aug. 22 up to as recently as Sept. 3 and much of it was rain-soaked and destroyed by the recent heavy rains.

Some of the water-soaked mail had broken open exposing sensitive social security card information, utility bills and other personal information that was addressed to residents in the south Liberty County area. According to Maddox, it appears the mail was mostly incoming mail addressed to residents rather than outgoing mail.

The investigator is working closely with the Dayton postmaster and Postal Inspector to determine how and who discarded the mail in the woods. It does not appear to have been stolen from any mail truck or large outside mail box as no reports of such thefts have been made. The investigation is continuing as the Post Office investigators are looking into former employees and any others who may have had access to such U.S. mail delivery.

In the meantime, postal authorities are sending out notification to the area residents of concern advising them of the discarded mail and the possibility that their mail may have been found damaged or destroyed.

The Sheriff’s Office is advising anyone living in the area of CR 4701 and expecting important personal papers, documents, household bills or other critical papers, but have not received those items, to contact their respective companies or agencies to see if those items have been mailed or, perhaps, now lost or destroyed in this stack of discarded mail.

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