Mail found scattered along highway from Maryland Heights to Ste. Genevieve Co.__________________________________________________________________________
January 16, 2011 www.stltoday.com
Authorities say mail was found scattered along about 65 miles of area interstates this morning, from Interstate 270 in Maryland Heights to a part of Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County.
The mail was found scattered along the southbound lanes of Interstates 270 and 55. The path appeared to start at I-270 and St. Charles Rock Road.
The Missouri Highway Patrol and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating and retracing the route where mail has been found.
U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor said the mail fell off a contractor's tractor-trailer heading from St. Louis to Memphis. He said investigators believe a rear door was either left open or swung open during the drive.
Taylor said about 25 to 30 trays, or "several hundred" first-class envelopes, were found, likely billing statements or bills from a couple different companies addressed to recipients on west coast via Memphis.
Taylor would not disclose the names of the companies or the contractor operating the truck.
"We don't want to put anyone's name out there when we don't know who's fault it was," he said.
The driver apparently realized the door was open in Ste. Genevieve County and stopped, Taylor said. The scattered mail was reported to the highway patrol about 7:30 a.m.
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