Hundreds of FedEx packages found dumped in Alabama woods under investigation

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Hayden, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff is trying to figure out how hundreds of FedEx packages got dumped in the woods.

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An estimated 300 to 400 packages of various sizes were found in a ravine near the small town of Hayden on Wednesday, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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Sheriff Mark Moon said a deputy was dispatched to protect the scene until FedEx workers arrived to collect the package. FedEx sent several trucks and drivers from across the South to load packages, Moon said.

photos posted Sheriff’s Facebook page Show off packages scattered around the woods and stacked at the bottom of a wooded hill.

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Natasha Abani told WBMA-TV that his neighbor found boxes on his property.

“I mean it was just a river of boxes,” Abney said. “Some opened, some didn’t.”

It was not clear why the packages were in the ravine, the sheriff said, but he expected to get some answers soon.

“The safety of our customers’ shipments is a top priority and we are committed to treating our customers’ packages with the utmost care,” Tennessee-based FedEx Memphis said in a statement Friday.

“We are taking steps to recover and transport the affected packages at the earliest,” the company said. “In addition to cooperating with law enforcement, we are reviewing this situation and will take appropriate action.”

The location where the packages were received is approximately 30 miles north of Birmingham.

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