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Residents in this KC area community are finding dead animals in mailboxes

An opossum was found inside a mailbox on South Bennett Road near Freeman, Mo., last Friday. One day later, another dead animal was found inside another mailbox.
An opossum was found inside a mailbox on South Bennett Road near Freeman, Mo., last Friday. One day later, another dead animal was found inside another mailbox. Submitted

People in rural Cass County have been finding dead animals inside mailboxes in the last few days, and the post office is asking residents to contact the sheriff's office with information leading to a possible culprit.

On Friday, a mail carrier reported finding an opossum inside a mailbox on South Bennett Road, according to the U.S. Post Office in Freeman, Mo.

It happened again on Saturday. This time, a resident found a raccoon with its foot stuck inside a mailbox on East Poney Creek Road.

It appeared the raccoon was still alive when it was stuffed in the mailbox. Scratches were found on the mail, the post office said.

The issue was made public Monday in a Facebook post by the city of Freeman, a Cass County town with a population of 482, located about 10 miles southwest of Harrisonville.

Freeman FB post
The city of Freeman, Mo., warned residents Monday, April 2, 2018 that dead animals were found inside two mailboxes recently. Facebook

"It's messing with the mailboxes," said Laurie Oakes, the city clerk. Oakes said she had heard of past instances of kids knocking down mailboxes, "but to put dead animals in there is kind of bizarre," she added.

"We're thinking it's probably teenagers," said Julie Eason, a post office employee in Freeman. "But what I'm hoping is that maybe parents will read this to inform them — it's still a felony to mess with the mail."

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