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Great Iowa Treasure Hunt coming to Jasper County

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 11:46 a.m. CST

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is bringing the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to Jasper County in hopes of returning lost money to its rightful owner. “We are holding over $1,568,836.25 for Jasper County citizens in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt,” Fitzgerald said. 

“We have had tremendous success returning unclaimed property in Jasper County,” Fitzgerald stated. “We have returned $950,342.37 for people in Jasper County, but we are always looking for more individuals. The fall publication is just beginning and we hope to reunite as many people with their lost treasures as possible.” 

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned more than $167 million in unclaimed property to more than 406,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property’s owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the state treasurer’s office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

Check the unclaimed property database to see if the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has property belonging to you. Simply visit greatiowatreasurehunt.com to begin your search.