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Boy, 10, finds $10,000 in Missouri hotel room drawer

By Mason White 11:29 AM June 2, 2013
Tyler Schaefer and Cody Schaefer 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A little boy struck it rich when he found $10,000 in cash, but he did the right thing and turned in his new-found riches to the police, according to a statement released by police in Missouri.

The 10-year-old, who found $10,000 in a hotel room drawer in Kansas City where he was staying with his father, returned the money to the police.

Tyler Schaefer found neatly stacked bills Saturday in the room where he and his father, Cody Schaefer, were staying, near the airport, Cody Schaefer, a truck driver and mechanic of Rapid City, South Dakota, meets his former wife in Kansas City every year in order to pick up his three children during the summer holidays.

Cody Schaefer said that Tyler always searches for clues and treasures.
“He looks for random things,” Schaefer said of his son. “He is very attentive,” he added.
Schaefer said that after he checked into the room Saturday, Tyler began opening all the drawers, and it was not long until Tyler said: “I found money!”

Schaefer thought maybe his son had found a forgotten $10 bill, but when he looked closer, he saw the stack of bills totaling $10,000. At first he thought the notes were fake.
“We did not know what to do at first,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer said his son did not want to keep the cash because he did not know who it belonged to. They gave the money to two off duty police officers working as security at the hotel.

Police said it is unclear how long the money had been there, and they cannot locate all the guests who stayed in that room recently. Police spokesperson Captain Tye Grant said Thursday no one had claimed the money yet.

According to a Missouri law, found money is returned to the finder after about seven months, if no one comes forward. The owner then has one year to prove that the money is his or hers and demand it back from the finder.

“I did not come here with $10,000 and I am not leaving with $10,000,” Cody Schaefer said. “So it was a wash,” he added.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view