SHOW ME THE MONEY
Missouri is known as the "Show Me" state, so this Shell Knob real estate agent was a little puzzled when I read a short paragraph in the newspaper that the State Treasurer had returned more than $3.5 million in unclaimed funds and property.
And after this disbursement, the state still is holding more than $220 million in unclaimed property and funds in more than 1.5 million owner accounts. Who are these people who forget where their money is? I can understand not finding your car keys, or even where you parked your car in a large shopping mall, but a large sum of money?
According to the treasurer's office, most unclaimed property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It can also include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs.
This would be a good time of year to find some extra money. Missouri residents, or past residents, can check to see if there is any unclaimed money by using a searchable database at www.showmemoney.com