Search continues for man accused of threatening judge, attorney, sheriff

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The search continued Monday for a Walterboro man accused of threatening a judge, an attorney and a sheriff.

Colleton County deputies have been looking for Nyah El Day since January when he sent two vulgar, threatening letters to a circuit court judge.

He was ordered to go to jail but never showed up. Investigators say last Thursday, El Dey struck again.

This time, sending a suspicious envelope to the office of Walterboro attorney Christy Scott, who represented the State Department of Transportation in a lawsuit filed by El Dey earlier this year.

Scott says the contents irritated her skin.

Authorities say El Dey's return address was on the envelope.

Scott's law clerk told investigators she saw El Dey and his wife Brenda Rivers, who has since been taken into custody, at the post office the day before.

"It saddens me that people would do something like that to somebody who is an upstanding member of the community," said Eric Lindstrom who is a friend of the attorney. "A good person doesn't deserve that kind of reaction from anything."

"I'm appalled, I'm seriously appalled. This is a small community and we all work together, we live, eat and drink together. There's no reason for this kind of behavior," said Rocki Hodenga who lives in Walterboro.

On Friday, the Walterboro postmaster told deputies Rivers was at the post office to mail another envelope, one addressed to Sheriff Andy Strickland and with El Dey's return address.

On Monday, a sheriff's office spokesman said the letter addressed to Strickland was just a letter.

Lt. Tyger Benton said the letter stated that Strickland needed to stay away from El Dey's property.

The FBI says El Dey should be considered armed and dangerous.

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