A FedEx ground driver is responsible for dumping hundreds of packages into a ravine in Blount County, according to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Moon said that investigators working for FedEx had determined that a single driver was responsible for making at least six different trips to the ravine to dump packages. Moon called FedEx a “victim of six different theft of property cases.” He also said there were 450 individual victims.
FedEx, in the meantime, announced that the accused driver, who was not named, was no longer working for the company and apologized for the situation.
The packages were first discovered last week, when a private landowner alerted authorities to the dump site. Blount County deputies responded and ended up guarding the site for multiple days, as officials worked to both recover the packages and determine how they ended up in the ravine.
Many of the packages were destined for addresses in Blount County and the surrounding area.
Moon said that even with the progress made so far the case “will not be an easy or fast” one to close.