Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms said the hard drives were missing from the sheriff’s department when he took over. When his staff arrived, Helms said, there were several computer systems that weren’t in the office. The computers were located with the IT department and were returned to the sheriff’s department without the hard drives.

The disappearance of several hard drives from computers belonging to the Camden County Sheriff’s Departments is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms said the hard drives were missing from the sheriff’s department when he took over. When his staff arrived, Helms said, there were several computer systems that weren’t in the office. The computers were located with the IT department and were returned to the sheriff’s department without the hard drives.
Helms said he has no way of knowing what was stored on the hard drives. He believes there were no confidential files or documents on the equipment.
Helms said he requested the patrol’s assistance to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest.
Helms said the Missouri Highway Patrol has assigned an investigator to look into the missing hard drives.
Helms declined to say where he thought the hard drives had gone. He did, however, say he didn’t want to find his department under scrutiny for not being open with the public.
Unrelated to the investigation into the hard drives, the sheriff’s department is looking for a former Camden County employee file that has gone missing. Helms said his department took a report late last week from a former employee who had learned their personnel files may have been taken by a county official.
Helms said his department has located one personnel file for the person who filed the report but is continuing their efforts to find a second file. The second file contained a sealed agreement with the county regarding employment issues.
Helms said the file papers too have been misplaced.