Hunt for postal worker's murderer continues

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service mobile command center has taken up residence behind the Opelika Post Office.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service mobile command center has taken up residence behind the Opelika Post Office.

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CAMP HILL, AL (WSFA) - The hunt for the killer of a contracted postal worker at the Camp Hill post office last Friday is intensifying. Tuesday the U.S. Postal Service's National Law Enforcement Communications Center (NLECC) set up a mobile command center to coordinate the investigation.

The command center is now situated behind the Opelika Post Office in Lee County. It will remain there as the primary center for investigation into the murder of postal driver Tony Harrelson.

Harrelson, a Dadeville resident, was found shot to death Friday, Oct. 2 around 6:15pm while on the grounds of the Camp Hill post office. A suspect and motive are, as of yet, still unknown.

Postal Inspector Tony Robinson tells WSFA 12 News the center can travel to places where phones and offices are unavailable such as New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. The unit can roll to any area in the field to help secure locations and offer support, Robinson said.

A team of U.S. Postal Inspectors, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett and Camp Hill Police Chief Finley met at the command center Tuesday morning to compare notes and plan the next step of their investigation.

After the meeting the Postal Inspectors and local law enforcement officers fanned out with specific tasks to move the investigation forward. The exact tasks of each were not made available to the media.

"We are grieved by this tragic event. This gentleman was one of our valued postal employees, taking care of his family and working hard to ensure the American people receive timely, universal, service," said William Mitchell, Alabama Postal District Manager; "I cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel with our losing of a member of our postal family. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with his family and friends. All Alabama postal employees share their sorrow and we look forward to perpetrators being arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. "

More than 27,000 reward flyers have been delivered to area businesses and homes. The flyers offer a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Officials say more than 30,000 more flyers have been printed, and a new wave of distributions is about to begin.

If and when the suspect(s) are captured they face a First or Second Degree Murder charge. The first is punishable by the death penalty or life in prison, the later by any number of years in prison.

If you have any information, contact NLECC at 877-876-2455, option 2; the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department at 256-825-4264 or the Secret Witness Number at 256-827-2035.

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