Boxes of DJJ, DSS documents discovered in storage unit

Lake City, SC - LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - A number of boxes containing information from the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Social Services have been returned to a non-profit in  in Lake City after being discovered in a self-storage unit.

An employee with M&M Storage in Lake City said she came across the documents while she was clearing out a storage unit she recently purchased at auction. The papers, according to officials, are five to seven years old and belong to Community Organized for Advancement, Inc.

"I knew something was wrong. They looked like medical files. Something wasn't right about it," said Audrey Tyner, who works at the storage facility.

Kelvin Williams, an organizer of COFA, said Tuesday the boxes of papers were stored in a room with the personal belongings of a person not associated with the organization. Williams said when the person moved the boxes out of COFA and into a storage unit, they accidentally grabbed additional boxes containing the documents.

"[It was] just a freak accident, pretty much," he said.

An inspector general at the Department of Juvenile Justice secured the boxes of documents from M&M Storage on Tuesday and returned them to COFA. Officials said the paperwork is secure and no personal information was taken from the documents while in storage.

COFA, a non-profit counseling agency, is required to keep the boxes of paperwork for insurance purposes for up to 10 years.

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Services said the agency's investigative unit is looking into the type of documents found inside of the storage unit. Officials with the Department of Juvenile Justice failed to speak on the matter, but commented it is a "closed case."

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