On Feb. 26, 2007, Robert McLoughlin went to the post office and mailed a small package to his 18-year-old daughter, who had stayed behind in Florida while her parents moved to Rock Hill.
In the package: her Social Security card, birth certificate, family photos and other precious and important mementos. The box never arrived in Florida.
It was the most important package I ever mailed, McLoughlin said. We never knew what happened to it.
Or at least, they didnt until Friday, when the package was delivered back to his home more than six years after the day he mailed it. His postal carrier left it on top of McLoughlins mailbox, a Damaged sticker attached.
I just couldnt believe it, he said of seeing the package again after so much time had passed.
To add to the absurdity, McLoughlin himself was a postal worker for almost 25 years. He knows the strict protocols in place for suspicious or unclaimed packages, so he wants to know where exactly this box has been since 2007.
His family suffered because of the undelivered documents, McLoughlin said. His daughter wasnt allowed to enroll in college because she didnt have her birth certificate. By the time a replacement arrived, it was too late to start classes.
It cost her a semester of school and a lot of aggravation, he said.
Everything turned out all right, though, and now McLoughlin is just looking forward to opening the box very carefully with his wife and photographing everything so they can file a claim with the Postal Service.
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072