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Missing mail baffles residents

July 5, 2013

The United States Postal Service is conducting an investigation regarding reports of mail gone missing within East Greenwich during certain weeks last month. (File Photo: James Bessette)

EAST GREENWICH — Julie Daynor, a resident of King Street who works at East Greenwich Oil on Main Street, said she had never gone a day without receiving mail in the 30-plus years she has resided in her neighborhood.
That, however, changed in peculiar fashion when Daynor’s mailbox, along with the mailboxes of her neighbors, would remain empty for a couple days at a time.

Daynor then knew something was up. And that instance also garnered federal attention.
The United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General is currently looking into numerous reports of alleged mail dumping by a letter carrier within East Greenwich as area residents and business owners noticed they weren’t receiving certain pieces of mail – or any mail, in some cases – at the beginning of June and the problem still exists as of this week.
Steve DeLisle, the owner of East Greenwich Oil, said on Monday he began noticing a delivery problem when a good portion of the June payments from customers weren’t coming in and only noticed it when there was a “fill-in mail carrier.”
DeLisle said he opted to wait another week and, as it came and passed, “a lot of the stuff still hadn’t come in” by June 10 and is currently still missing. DeLisle, from what he had heard and couldn’t confirm it, said a fill-in mail carrier was caught putting mail
MISSING, from 1
in a dumpster.
DeLisle said he had to send out notifications to close to 30 customers because of the approximately $6,000 in payments were yet to be received at East Greenwich Oil and asked them to write out new checks. He said he filed a complaint with the Post Office, but has yet to hear a response from it. Daynor added that she was told that some of her lost mail may not be recouped.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the July 4 issue of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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