Alert Carriers Point Police to Deaths, Thefts

By: E&P Staff

When a worried carrier called 911 to report that papers she delivered daily were still outside an elderly couple’s St. Simons Island, Ga., home, police found that both occupants died after being trapped in the home’s elevator.

The bodies were discovered July 14, but authorities said the two died several days earlier of heat exhaustion, the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald reported.

The small elevator was stuck between floors, according to Jacksonville, Fla., television station WJXT’s News4Jax.com, which also reported that neighbors were aware of the papers, and that one had left a watermelon for the couple on their doorstep, where it was “untouched for days.”

A day earlier, police in Fargo, N.D., were called by witnesses to early-morning thefts from vehicles. One phoned at 3:15, and short time later police apprehended one suspect. Meanwhile, a newspaper carrier called in a description of three other’s seen looking into cars in the same area, according to Forum Communications radio station WDAY. Responding officers found and arrested two young adults and a minor.

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