Sheriff Says Missing Records Have Been Found

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The dispute over what happened to Athens County Prosecutor's Office records continues.

Earlier Thursday, Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly wrote on his Facebook page saying the files, which were allegedly improperly disposed of in a landfill, had been located. 

"I have just been informed by Detective Jack Taylor that the Athens County microfilming department has produced the missing prosecutor files," he said on his Facebook page.

He also stated on his personal profile that “the sheriff’s office records are intact and any files that have been destroyed have been microfilmed and/or scanned and there is a copy of these files. The files were taken to the landfill by my office and have all been microfilmed and are accounted for.”

WOUB has not heard confirmation from either the Athens County Prosecutor's Office or the Athens County Sheriff's Office that those files have been accounted for.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn’s office refused to make a comment on Thursday’s incident, and directed all calls to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office confirmed that they are investigating a case involving Kelly, but said they could not make a comment on the details of that investigation.

Earlier this week, The Athens Messenger reported that members of the Athens County Records Commission believed that Kelly did not follow correct procedures when he disposed of the county records.

Kelly was referenced saying he denied the allegations.