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KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) ? A 10-year-old boy who found $10,000 in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel where he was staying with his dad turned the money over to police.

Tyler Schaefer found the neatly stacked bills Saturday in the room where he and his father, Cody Schaefer, were staying at a hotel near the airport, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/16sloUJ). Cody Schaefer, a truck driver and mechanic from Rapid City, S.D., meets his former wife in Kansas City every year to get his three children for summer vacation.

Cody Schaefer said Tyler, a Cub Scout, is always on the lookout for clues and treasure.

"He looks for stuff at random," Schaefer said of his son. "He's very observant."

Schaefer said after they checked into their room Saturday, Tyler began opening all the drawers, and it wasn't too long before Tyler announced: "I found money!" :D

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. He wondered if the bills were fake, but saw they had the appropriate watermarks and seemed legitimate.

"We didn't know what to do at first," Schaefer said.

Schaefer told his son they couldn't keep the cash because they didn't know who it belonged to. They handed the money over to two off-duty police officers working security at the hotel. The officers contacted Sgt. Randy Francis, a property and evidence supervisor, who stored the cash at a police facility.

Police said it's unclear how long the money had been there, and they can't track down every guest who stayed in that room recently. Police spokesman Capt. Tye Grant said Thursday no one had claimed the money yet.

According to a Missouri statute, lost money could revert to a finder after about seven months if no one can prove ownership. But the owner then has another year to prove the money is his or hers and claim it from the finder. :/

"I didn't come there with $10,000 and I didn't leave with $10,000," Cody Schaefer said. "So it was a wash."

from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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Wow I would've kept it...and left the hotel.

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19 months? really? I definitely wouldn't have told anyone about that and the interest that 9 years could gain would help with college.

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Look's like the finder is probably going to get it. Unless 50 Cent or Bill Gates was staying there, I don't think the owner is going to be able to legally explain to the cops why they were staying in Kansas City with $10,000 in cash in a drawer and happened to forget it, and just didn't have the time to call the hotel to make sure it was secured. There was probably a whole lot of money in that room if $10,000 was left behind unnoticed as well.

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Wow I would've kept it...and left the hotel.

I would be on the beach somewhere right now with a hot babe.

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If they get to keep it, how fast will the IRS come-a-knockin'

another example of how honesty ****s you in the end

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I would be on the beach somewhere right now with a hot babe.

What about your wife ... :shifty:

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^ Always someone to spoil the fun. :p

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no way. would have kept it... dibs ... super dibs....

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Normally, I'd return that kind of money but if I knew the original owner had 19 months to claim it... then I'd think twice about handing it over to the cops. Of course, that doesn't mean I'd keep the money after thinking about it twice.

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I'd go double the $10,000 at a casino -- then return the 10K. :p

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