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Underage girls in at least four states have been receiving creepy, unsolicited packages containing food from what appears to be the same person. Two of the most recent packages, sent to girls at an elementary school in Alabama, pushed the FBI and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to investigate.
So far, the FBI has found over 50 instances of these packages.
School officials notified and warned parents about the packages after the girls received the packages last week said the Covington County District Attorney's Office, Fox News reports. The packages were ordered by an “Atur Bhuck of Santa Fe, NM” and contained food and a letter. The sender claims to be 14 years old, mentally disabled, and a victim of bullying.
According to Fox News, the District Attorney’s office wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post that “each order included the name of the girl and the address of the elementary school she attends. The same IP address has also appeared on websites discussing girls' underwear and types of music to listen to when he visits his pen pal in Phenix City."
In a deleted post documented in the Miami Herald, the FBI details that the sender asks the girls to email him, and that the IP address of the Gmail account seems to trace back to Houston, Texas. So far, it looks like over 50 visitor’s packages were ordered from New Jersey and sent minors in Alabama, South Carolina, and Virginia, including both the girls’ names and elementary school address. The IP address has been associated with websites that discuss “girls’ underwear and types of music to listen to when he visits his pen pal in Phenix City, Alabama.”
Phenix City Schools superintendent Randy Wilkes denied the situation in a comment ot the Ledger-Enquirer. "This statement, 'Just this week, two Phenix City, Alabama girls received packages addressed to them in care of their elementary school' is false. The matter is under investigation." The Ledger-Enquirer has reached out to the Phenix City Police Department and the Russell County Sheriff's Office for comments.
The FBI is still investigating.