I fought to keep $500,000 I found in the walls of my home – the owner was dead but the money went elsewhere

A COUPLE had the surprise of their life when they found a $500,000 fortune hidden in the walls of their new home – but courts ruled they would not be allowed to keep it....READ FULL ARTICLE

Sarina Jennings and Clinton McCallum bought their house in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2008 from Kim and Karen Spann, the daughters of original owner Robert Spann.

Robert Spann had been president and chief executive of the engineering firm of Corning Gilbert Inc, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

He had been known to hide his valuables, so upon his death in 2001, his daughters spent several years trying to locate them all, while they fixed up the house to be sold.

“They knew from experience that he had hidden gold, cash and other valuables in unusual places in other homes,” Portley wrote.

Over the course of seven years, Kim and Karen found stocks, bonds, and hundreds of military-style ammunition cans–some containing cash and gold–hidden throughout the house.

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The house was sold “as is” to Jennings and McCallum who immediately hired a contractor to remodel their new home. But shortly into construction, an employee found two ammunition cans full of cash hidden inside the kitchen wall.

He continued searching throughout the house and found two other cans concealed inside the framing of the upstairs bathroom. The owner of the construction company tried to keep the cash, worth $500,000, for himself since they were the ones to discover it.

However, the construction worker who had actually found the hidden treasure told the new owners of the find. The police finally stepped in and took possession of the money while its ownership was disputed.

When the dispute made its way to court, Karen Spann filed her own suit on behalf of her father’s estate. Karen’s suit claimed that the new property buyers had no legal claim to the money.

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When the judge of the original trial agreed the money belonged to the estate of Robert Spann, Jennings and McCallum appealed.

The Court of Appeals, however, maintained in 2012 that legally, the money was technically mislaid, not abandoned, so it rightfully belonged to Spann’s estate and heirs.

Appellate Judge Maurice Portley for the Arizona Court of Appeals, therefore rejected the claims of Sarina Jennings and Clinton McCallum that they were entitled to the $500,000.

While it might seem like one-in-a-million chance to find a fortune hidden in one’s house, another person shared their story on Reddit of finding money in the house they inherited from their late great-uncle.

A thread asked Redditors to detail the largest quantity of cash they discovered in a given place. “About $3000 cleaning out the house of a great-uncle who had passed away,” the user said in reply to the prompt.

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Most of the money was hidden by being stuffed in the deceased’s shoes, which were nearly put in the donation pile without even looking. Another reply to the thread was a user who found $1,314 inside a glasses case in the middle of the street with no identifiable markings.

“Found a glasses case walking outside of Horton Plaza in San Diego in the 90s,” they wrote. “Took out the glasses and put them on to make my buddies laugh, but then the glasses wouldn’t go back in the case.”

“Looked inside and found $1310. No name, no address, no identifiers of any sort on the case or in it,” the person continued. “We had an amazing liberty weekend,” the lucky user added....READ FULL ARTICLE

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