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The Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt

You might be entitled to diamonds, gold and cash and just not know it. The state auditor's office announced they've collected $22 million in unclaimed property in 2010, and it's now available to be claimed by the rightful owners.
You might be entitled to diamonds, gold and cash and just not know it.  The state auditor's office announced they've collected $22 million in unclaimed property in 2010, and it's now available to be claimed by the rightful owners.

The unclaimed property includes items like $1300 dollar gold Krugerrands, chump change compared to the rest of the $146-million worth of stocks, bonds, and who-knows-what that makes up the state auditor's collection of unclaimed property.  Much of it is on display at what's called "The Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt."

"You know we've had gold and silver and pearls and everything you can think of that people might consider to be treasure," said State Auditor Jim Wood. "We're just putting that in a vault and saving it for someone to come and get it. We'd love to reunite people with their funds and money."

Some of the unclaimed property has high monetary value, like a diamond ring worth as much as $30,000. Other items seem to have high sentimental value.

"We've had everything from false teeth to human remains," said Clerk Phyllis Conrad. "Very unusual stuff."

Unusual, but also meaningful, like the woman who looked for her late-mother's sterling silver for months and finally found it in her dad's name.

"You should search everyone's name that you think might have something hidden," said Phyllis Conrad.

Treasure doesn't have to be buried, it could be at the state auditor's office.

The Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt website can be found at www.artreasurehunt.com. It lists the names of every person or company in Arkansas with unclaimed property waiting for them.
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