10-YEAR-OLD GETS TO KEEP THE $10,000 CASH HE FOUND IN KANSAS CITY HOTEL ROOM – CASE DREW HUGE PUBLIC INTEREST

A 10-year-old boy who turned over $10,000 in cash he found at a hotel at the Kansas City, Missouri Airport may get to keep the money after all. Tyler Schaefer (10) found $10,000 worth of wadded bills in a hotel room drawer last May and turned it over to an off-duty police officer who may a report to his Captain, Tye Grant. The money was never claimed, however the boy appeared to be blocked by a 1939 Missouri Law which provided for a complicated and time-sensitive methodology for claiming the money in the event no one claimed it; the boy was required to file an affidavit (describing the details and amount of money) with a state judge within 10 days of the find; posting notices, describing the property outside the courthouse and in four other public places; and publish the same in a local newspaper for three consecutive weeks. The boy and his father, approached a lawyer for assistance but could not afford the $1,000 retainer fee. The time limits expired and it strongly appeared that the money would be kept in the state treasurer’s office forever where it would have went after four years following the abandonment of the money. The case caught the attention of other school kids, and in one Massachusetts classroom, kids were asked whether they would turn in the $10,000 if they found it- there were mixed answers, but the subject and case went viral. From the start, Police Captain Tye Grant thought the money should have went to Tyler but the law stood in the way. Today, the State Treasurer for Missouri, Clint Zweifel, wrote the Captain a letter saying that the boy would get to keep the money once the Captain filed the appropriate paperwork with his office. It was not immediately clear why this procedure wasn’t done in the first place or how the Treasurer’s office was able to get around the archaic 1939 statute.

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