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Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt

Earrings, coins, bars of silver and all kinds of other collectables are sitting in the Auditor of State's Office.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Earrings, coins, bars of silver and all kinds of other collectables are sitting in the Auditor of State's Office.

Millions of dollars in unclaimed property belonging to thousands of Arkansans that State Auditor Charlie Daniels hopes to give back to its rightful owners as part of the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt.

Cash, credit balances, even baseball cards, once someone's collectors items, are now sitting in a vault waiting to be claimed. Some of the items are worth big bucks. Jordan Foster works in the Auditor of State's Office in Special Projects. He says so far this year almost $23 million in unclaimed property has been turned over to the state. "That's in addition to the $150 million we've already received from previous years, so we have almost 600,000 names on our list of people with unclaimed property."

Most of the items come from abandoned safe deposit boxes filled with family heirlooms and valuable property. Someone's awards, their prized baseball cards, telegrams, old letters and documents, even someone's unpublished manuscript. Most of the time, people have passed away without telling anyone about the items, and there are no addresses for next of kin.

Foster says while some things are really expensive like jewelry and stocks bonds, some items are priceless. "Things that are unclaimed memories that really meant something to someone. It's about making a connection to the past, to your relatives. People you maybe didn't even know whose property has now come down to you and you don't even know it.”

Click here to see if you have any unclaimed property.
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