Lost and Found Event Reunites Lost Property With Owners

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some of our friends and neighbors here in the Tennessee Valley have more money in their pockets after watching our WHNT News 19 Taking Action “Lost and Found” Monday evening. All it took was a phone call to Montgomery.

While State Treasurer Young Boozer joined us in our studio for two hours, his staff answered more than 500 telephone calls from viewers across north Alabama wanting to know if the state was holding unclaimed property or cash for them.

“And of those approximately 500 calls, we've identified 117 claims. The claims total approximately $19,000 and the largest single claim out of all of those is one for approximately $8,400,” said Boozer.

Minutes later, we got word that another WHNT News 19 viewer could be getting a check for $126,000!

In the 10 north Alabama counties we cover, the state is holding somewhere in the neighborhood of $54,000,000 in unclaimed property and cash for 195,000 individuals. One caller says the money couldn't come at a better time.

"We got a call from a lady in Tuscumbia, a mother, a single mother of two and she got a significant amount of money so it's good to have that put into her hands,” said Boozer.

People just don't realize how much unclaimed property is in Montgomery waiting to be returned to its legal owner. Once a year, just like changing the battery in your smoke detector, call Montgomery.

“The advice I give people is on your birthday, call the treasurer's office,” Boozer added. “You'll remember it every year and if we happen to have something for you, it'll be a great birthday present.”

If you missed our Taking Action event, you can still call the State Treasurer’s office Monday through Friday during regular business hours. The number is 1-888-844-8400. Or you can search their website, moneyquest.alabama.gov.

If you have a valid claim, you send in the proper documentation to prove who you are and they can usually turn around a check in one to two weeks.