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Investigators: Postal Worker Buried Mail at Her House

Posted May 30, 2007

— Investigators said they would spend Wednesday night sorting through hundreds of pieces of mail found underground in Alamance County.

The mail was posted to people in Durham, Orange and Alamance counties as far back as 2003, but it was recently found buried at a postal worker’s home.

Much of the mail, which included checks and carried Social Security numbers or other private information, had been burned, they said.

Alamance County sheriff's deputies said they found the mail buried in two pits in the front yard of Gayle Wilson’s house in Mebane. Wilson delivered mail for the Hillsborough Post Office in Orange County for 10 years, they said.

Deputies charged her with four felonies. They have also charged five of her friends and relatives in the case.

A friend of Wilson’s said her side of the story has not been told. The friend said Wilson is torn up about what has happened, that she never did anything intentionally and that what deputies found was junk mail.

Archie Wilborne is one of Wilson’s neighbors.

“It’s kind of scary, because it does get into your privacy,” he said. “I have been missing some insurance cards that I should have received back sometime around February.”

Post office officials said they will try to deliver any mail they can salvage.

Wilson was released on bond and has a court appearance next week. She may face federal charges.


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  • amyj May 31, 2007

    Bush made her do it!

  • lollly52 May 31, 2007

    @IHave1-2 - good point.

  • Go Figure May 31, 2007

    see, i told all my bill collectors i never received a single bill

  • Gnathostomata May 31, 2007

    Just a thought: has anyone checked the glue on stamps to see if it carries a mind-boggling substance? Too many postal workers are losing it for it to be coincidence. I use a sponge to dampen the stamps 'cause I worry about that kind of thing effecting the population.

  • OLD PIRATE May 31, 2007

    I saved a piece of mail from Hurrican Floyd. It is junk mail in a plastic sealed bag with the following CAUTION

    "please use common sense precautions when handling this mail such as not placing it in your mouth or near your eyes" Also insturctions to wash your hands and be careful of paper cuts and on and on. I quit chewing my mail as soon as I read this caution.

  • baileysmom3 May 31, 2007

    definately a mail carrier who wide BITE a dog, I agree. She needs help. I hope they find some of my missing mail in that pile. Who wouold hide mail and bury it in their own backyard? I think she wanted to go to jail just like that one who sat outside the bank after robbing it.

  • baileysmom3 May 31, 2007

    i bet thats what happend to my bills that never came.

  • Coach K is GREAT May 31, 2007

    why not bury it in the back yard... looking to get caught?????

  • Mad Baumer May 31, 2007

    Ever seen a mail carrier that looks like THEY would bite a dog??

  • Snoopy May 31, 2007

    Have they ever said how they found out she was doing this in the first place? I missed something somewhere.....