Man wants to return personal docs found in illegal dumping

- Illegal dumping in Detroit is not uncommon - but one case in Brightmoor is especially alarming.

It was bad enough to have to look at the mess, but what Graham Emerson found recently was enough to send the grizzled Detroiter over the top.

"Brightmoor is not a community, I told her before it's a disease," Emerson said.

A moderate pile of junk included personal documents from the Social Security Administration and the Ferndale Housing Commission.

"I don't know if these people are still alive or dead," Emerson said. "But I'm sure if they knew if this was out here in the street, I don't think they would throw it away. I wouldn't."

FOX 2 tried tracking down the woman listed in those documents and stopped by the address listed in the paperwork, but no luck.

Emerson says ditto.

"I called Ferndale housing, I called these other numbers where they lived," he said. "It's from 2009 to 2013."

FOX 2: "Why did they dump it here?"

"I have no idea," Emerson said. "The street light was out, I guess."

Emerson said he called the city about the light going out August 24 and he took note of accumulating trash on the street Sept. 18.

"This is where you put stuff when you don't want to put it out for the garbage," he said. "You put it here in the garage

A city spokesperson said Detroit will get the department of public works out to clean up the mess

In the meantime Emerson is on a mission to get these documents back to who they belong.

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