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FedEx kerfuffle: Investigation continues into hundreds of packages dumped in Alabama ravine

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 11/27/2021 Mike Snider, USA TODAY
Hundreds of FedEx boxes were found near a ravine in Hayden, Alabama, in the state’s Blount County.Between 300-400 boxes of different sizes were found in the area looking as though they had been “thrown off a ravine”, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office reported.The sheriff said FedEx had sent trucks to collect the packages. Credit: Natasha Marie Abney via Storyful © STRF

Hundreds of FedEx boxes were found near a ravine in Hayden, Alabama, in the state’s Blount County.

Between 300-400 boxes of different sizes were found in the area looking as though they had been “thrown off a ravine”, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The sheriff said FedEx had sent trucks to collect the packages. Credit: Natasha Marie Abney via Storyful

Some FedEx packages in Alabama will absolutely, positively not be delivered 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. FedEx sent several trucks and drivers from across the South to retrieve the packages, he said.

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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.

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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.”

In addition to recovering and delivering the packages, FedEx is working with law enforcement on the investigation, the company said in a statement.

“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 did not provide an update on the situation Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow Mike Snider on Twitter: @mikesnider.

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