FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says residents in Johnson County will get an explanation and an apology when mail found in the home of a deceased postmaster is finally delivered.
Postal Service spokeswoman Leisa Tolliver-Gay told the Southwest Times Record Friday that a “customer” found 500 letters at the home of Merlin Walters and turned them in this week. The 89-year-old Walters was the Hartman postmaster until his death in March.
Tolliver-Gay says she doesn’t know how the customer found the mail, how the letters got to the home or how long they were there.
He was reportedly the last postmaster to receive his position by presidential appointment, she said.