Lost And Found: WHNT News 19 Connects North Alabama Viewers With Unclaimed Property

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WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help you find lost money.  On Tuesday night, our 'Lost and Found' event put many of you back in touch with cash and property that belongs to you.  It's not too late to see if you have unclaimed property!

When we announced the toll free number on WHNT News 19 at 5:00, the phones didn't stop ringing at the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer's office for two hours.

"I think the people of north Alabama who've seen your telecast are burning up the phones to Montgomery," said Young Boozer, State Treasurer.

And who wouldn't, when millions of dollars were available for free!  In the 10 north Alabama counties covered by WHNT News 19 alone, there are 100,000 claims worth $40 million.

We took action, and viewers got results. If you didn't get a chance to call, the number is 1-888-844-8400.

"Somebody in Hackleburg has discovered $52. There was an individual from Fort Payne, about $1,700 and there was another of over $30,000," said Boozer.

That is something to be thankful for this time of year.

"We certainly hope a lot of people will have extra money for the holidays and that's really our goal to reunite as many people as possible with their unclaimed assets," said Gina Smith, Assistant to the State Treasurer.

Earlier, we found Jeri Clayton by searching the Money Quest Alabama web site.  Her parents died in the 1990s.  The contents of their safe deposit box were sold when the bank couldn't track down an heir.

The state held on to the money from the auction until we found Jeri.  She found out she has more than $1,500 coming to her.

"I had a long journey this past year, and this is just going to help things," said Clayton.  "And you are a blessing too, by doing this project, you are going to bless all those people.  You took all the action, you got the results and I hope this continues."

There are thousands more Jeri Claytons in north Alabama who have unclaimed property waiting for them.  If you didn't get a chance to call Tuesday, you can call 1-888-844-8400 any weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Or, check moneyquestalabama.com any time.

State Treasurer Young Boozer says don't just do this once.  It's a good habit to check once a year.

"That's what you ought to do. At Thanksgiving, you ought to have turkey, you ought to watch a football game and call the Alabama State Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property line," said Boozer.

In two hours alone Tuesday night, WHNT News 19 helped viewers recover more than $40,000.  This is a free service offered by the State of Alabama. It doesn't cost you a dime.  There is no processing fee, either.

You also might want to check the Money Quest Alabama website for auction items.  They've had some unusual items over the years, including a set of dueling pistols and a 30 pound rock that sold for $600.