Michigan state health officials now say that a laptop and flash driving containing the personal information of over 2,500 people was stolen earlier this year.
Even though the department learned of the theft back on February 3rd, it has only just notified the victims of the theft this week.
The laptop, which was encrypted, and the flash drive, which was not encrypted, was stolen in late January. The laptop and drive were stolen from an employee of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman's Office.
The theft was reported to police, however, the laptop and flash drive have not been found.
According to the health department, the flash drive contained personal information, such as names and addresses, of people both living and dead. More than 1,500 of those records included a Social Security number or a Medicaid ID number.