|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs
Lost items found at Fort McCoy can be turned in to the Fort McCoy Police
Department Found Property custodian.
Any items left on post, including military-issue and personal items,
become government property and should be taken to the Public Safety
Center, building 1681, said Department of the Army Civilian Detective
Jason Matts. Turn-ins are accepted 24/7.
Detective Jason Matts, the Found Property custodian with the
Fort McCoy Police Department, catalogs and stores lost items
that are found at the installation.
“Eventually items found on post work their way here; this is the
central point for lost items,” Matts said.
Personnel turning in found property will be asked to fill out a
Department of the Army Form 4137 Evidence/property custody document,
which includes information about where the item was found and by whom,
and will speak to a police officer. The entire process takes about 10
minutes, he said.
The item is then cataloged and secured in a locker.
“We have 45 days to find the owner of found property,” Matts said.
“After that, the Disposition Board determines if the item should be
destroyed or sent to DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) Disposition
In some cases the board determines that items can be kept past 45 days.
Matts said personnel also can report lost items to the Police
Department. This makes finding the owner of found property much easier.
Personnel who would like to claim found property items must be prepared
to answer questions about the item to determine ownership. Matts said if
someone has a receipt or serial number for an item that’s even better.
Facilities and organizations on post that have their own lost-and-found
areas eventually should take the items to the Police Department.
Matts said he actively searches for owners of found property. If an item
has a serial number or a person’s name, Matts has the ability to use
various Police Department programs to locate contact information.
Items currently in possession by the Found Property custodian are ID
cards, credit cards, a Nikon Camera, knife, key rings, wallet, Rector
backpack with miscellaneous items, and a toiletry bag.
Personnel who would like to inquire about found property can call
608-388-2266, or they can send an e-mail to Matts at