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FEMA Documents, Laptop Found in Abandoned Self-Storage Unit in Texas


Two men in Texas discovered documents belonging to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when they purchased the contents of a self-storage unit at an auction.

The unit at West Bay Self Storage in Leelanau County had been rented to a man who worked for FEMA as a subcontractor in 2005. The man currently works for a car dealership.

The abandoned unit contained claims filed with FEMA following 2005’s Hurricane Rita, a laptop registered to FEMA and car loan applications.

The buyers, Lawrence Betz and William Petersen, purchased the contents of the unit for $500 in October. FEMA is investigating why the documents were in the unit.


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