Woman accused of sending suspicious envelope will go to trial; husband still on the run

Niyah El Dey (Source: Colleton County Sheriff's Office)
Niyah El Dey (Source: Colleton County Sheriff's Office)

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A woman accused of sending a suspicious envelope to a lawyer will go to trial.

A judge ruled on Monday that there was enough probable cause to send Brenda Rivers' case to trial.

She is accused of sending a suspicious envelope to an attorney in Colleton County.

Her husband, Niyah El Dey, is currently wanted by authorities after the sheriff's office says he sent two vulgar, threatening letters to a circuit court judge. He was ordered to go to jail but never showed up

Rivers' charge stems from an incident when deputies responded to a law office on Carn Street for a report of a suspicious package. The package was an envelope addressed to an attorney at the office with a return address that had El Dey's name on it.

The sheriff's office says the law office had represented SCDOT in a lawsuit filed by El Dey earlier in the year; a judge had issued a six-month detention order after El Dey was found to be in contempt of court.

A report states that when the attorney opened the envelope, she had a reaction to an unknown irritant believed to have been contained inside.

Authorities say El Dey and Rivers were seen by the attorney's law clerk at the Walterboro Post office the day before. The sheriff's office was notified by the post master that Rivers was at the post office mailing another envelope.

According to deputies, the envelope was the same style container and was bearing the same return address that was mailed to the attorney.

Officials with the sheriff's office said that due to the situation stemming from the first package that was sent to the attorney, precautions were set into motion where the package meant for Strickland was isolated in a private office by USPS personnel.

Deputies then initiated a traffic stop on Rivers on Highway 17 near the Beaufort County line.

She was charged with obstruction of justice for the situation stemming from the letter sent to the attorney.

Authorities are continuing the investigation.

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