I-Team: Thousands of pieces of mail found in hoarding situation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a story you’ll only see on 22News and wwlp.com.  Thousands of pieces of missing mail delivered years later.

The 22News I-Team first reported this story in April.  Now they’ve dug deeper and discovered new information.  The U.S. Postal service has been delivering mail to people in western Massachusetts that was originally sent back in 2007.   The mail came with a note that vaguely mentioned it had been held as evidence in a federal case.

The 22News I-Team has new information.

We discovered through a Freedom of Information Act request, the mail was found in 2011 when Springfield police condemned the home of a former postal service employee. A federal search warrant was executed and authorities found what appeared to be a hoarding situation.

Here’s what was found, 9949 pieces of undelivered mail including:

  • 4877 pieces of 1st Class Mail
  • 2477 postcards
  • 159 DVD’s
  • 23 bottles of medication
  • $216 in cash
  • Dozens of envelopes addressed to Federal and State Income Tax Departments
  • More than 300 stamps
  • Collectible baseball and football cards
  • 2 student ID’s
  • 5 wallets
  • 2 watches
  • 2 bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Bag of necklaces and charms
  • 4 Postal Service keys
  • 1 Voyageur credit card
  • 14 gift cards
  • 4 cell phones
  • 19 collectible coin packets
  • 1 bag of American Historical Society coins
  • 2 rolls of quarters
  • Financial records
  • Clothing
  • Magazines
  • Dozens of other items believed to be removed from the mail

As the Assistant U.S. Attorney built their case over 3-and-a-half years, the defendant died in late 2014.

The evidence was then released and the postal service has been delivering the eight year old mail since January.

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