A second batch of almost two dozen FedEx packages was found dumped in the woods bordering a rural road in the Alabama town of Jemison, police said Wednesday.
Hundreds of additional undelivered FedEx packages were also discovered last week in a Blount County ravine located about 75 miles from Jemison. It was not immediately clear, however, if the two incidents are connected, the Associated Press reported.
In a statement posted on social media, Jemison police said they had recovered about 20 or more of the parcels that seemed to have been dumped alongside County Road 166. Those packages included shipping addresses from County Roads 166, 48, 51, 164, 42, 29, 43, 936, and North Dakota Road.
“We are in the process of contacting officials with FedEx so that they can investigate this situation and contact their customers,” the statement read.
Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said that the packages were believed to have come out of the Bessemer terminal, AL.com reported.
“We’re going to try to do [our] part in helping the customers get their packages,” Fulmer said.
“I know leading up to the holidays a lot of people are waiting on packages to come in and having a hard enough time as it is with the supply chain, and here we’ve got packages that should be at people’s homes that get thrown off into the woods for some reason,” he added.
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It wasn’t clear how long the items had been on the roadside or whether there was any link to the earlier discovery in Blount County near Hayden, where Sheriff Mark Moon said a FedEx Ground driver dumped packages into a ravine in the woods at least six times.
Moon said Tuesday that there are about 450 victims after hundreds of packages were discovered dumped last month.
“This will not be an easy or fast case to close,” Moon said. “Again I am asking for patience from our citizens as our investigators work through this case.”
The driver, whose name hasn’t been released, has been identified and questioned, Moon said.
Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx said in a statement that the person involved was no longer providing service for FedEx Ground and added it was cooperating with law enforcement on its investigation.
“The security of our customers’ shipments is a top priority and we are committed to treating our customers’ packages with the utmost care,″ FedEx said, adding that it would deliver recovered packages wherever possible and seek resolution for any damaged shipments.
The ravine is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Birmingham. The discovery was made on private property near the small town of Hayden, Moon said.
Following the discovery, deputies guarded the site, and FedEx sent multiple trucks and drivers from across the South to take away the packages, according to the sheriff.
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