FedEx parcels in Alabama may not arrive on-time.
Between 300 and 400 FedEx packages were found Wednesday in a wooded ravine near the small town of Hayden in northcentral Alabama, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.
Deputies guarded the packages at the scene, which is about 30 miles north of Birmingham, until FedEx workers arrived to pick up the packages, Sheriff Mark Moon told The Associated Press. He said that FedEx had sent multiple trucks and drivers across the South in order to recover the packages.
Photos posted on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page showed workers on Thanksgiving Day retrieving packages that had been tossed towards the bottom of a wooded hillside.
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The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate why the packages were tossed into the ravine, but did not respond to a request for an update Saturday.
Nearby resident Natasha Abney told Birmingham ABC affiliate station WBMA-TV that her neighbor found the boxes on his property. “I mean it was just a river of boxes,” she said. “Some busted open, some not.”
FedEx said that in addition to recovering the parcels and shipping them, it is also working with law enforcement.
“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 in a statement Friday. “We are conducting a review of this situation and will take the appropriate action.”
FedEx advised customers who have questions regarding their shipment to log on to the FedEx website.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.
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