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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--  A Jacksonville man got a lot more than he bargained for when he bought an inexpensive folder at an area thrift store.

Gregory Dunn bought the folder at a Goodwill store on Lenox Avenue for 50 cents.

"Honestly, I though it was a nice folder," he said.

Nothing was wrong with the folder. He didn't think anything of it and brought the folder home.

"I couldn't believe what was in my hands," Dunn said. "It was shocking."

Very personal papers were in his hands.

"I saw diploma's, degrees, transcripts," he explained.

Inside was an old home address, a non-working phone number, applications, high school information and even a "voting for dummies" pamphlet from the 2000 presidential election.

The documents, dating back from 1999 to 2003, belonged to 30-year-old Heather Marie Davis.

"All I could think of, is I need to find her," Dunn said.

That is exactly what Dunn is trying to do. 

He said Davis is an accomplished woman. He showed First Coast News documents detailing her induction to becoming an AP scholar. 

According to the documents in Dunn's possession, Davis was awarded two state scholarships, attended 2 universities and a college. Dunn doesn't want any of her information to fall in the wrong hands.

"Identity theft," he said. "Because I've lost my wallet before."

Dunn said he just wants these documents to find their true home.

"I'm hoping that she's missing them and she might have moved and just misplaced them," he said.

FCN called the Jacksonville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to see what Dunn, or anyone else, should do.

Special agent, Bridgette Frost said:

  • Use online tools to try to find the person.
  • Once you've exhausted your resources and can't find the person, shred the documents.
  • It sounds like no crime is involved so police or the FBI don't offer people finding services unless a crime is involved.
  • When you are donating things, be mindful of any personal information that could fall into the wrong hands.

First Coast News attempted to locate Davis, but the attempts have been unsuccessful so far. 

First Coast News

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