Mail carrier notices untouched mail; finds farmer stranded for days

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Mark Abplanalp (US Postal Service)

GRANT CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Postal Service praised a Missouri mail carrier for following his instincts and checking on a customer when he noticed he hadn’t picked up mail.

Rural carrier Mark Abplanalp delivered mail to a farm in Grant City – two hours north of Kansas City – and when he returned two days later he noticed the mail was untouched, FOX 4 reported. He called the sheriff’s department and a deputy, Abplanalp and the farmer’s son-in-law began searching for him, USPS posted on Facebook.

The group found him about a mile from home, where he had been stranded for three days, the post stated.

The farmer, who walks with a cane, was using his tractor to do some chores when it broke down and didn’t have a cell phone.  The farmer was thirsty, but reportedly okay.

Abplanalp said he is thankful he discovered the man and wished he had been delivering mail each day so he could have found him sooner.