It was a once-in-a-lifetime find when a Prince George County man discovered thousands of dollars' worth of savings bonds belonging to someone else in an old boat that was given to him.
John Baxter got rid of the boat a year ago, but just found the savings bonds in it this week.
“If I had to guess, I'd say at least $25,000 or more,” said Baxter.
The notes have been around for decades, and they’ve had quite a journey to get to Baxter.
Last year, a friend gave him a boat that had been passed around. Baxter kept it for a while, but then sold it.
“When I cleaned it out, I threw everything in the yard,” said Baxter. “Well, this year I decided to clean up that part of the yard .”
As Baxter was cleaning up, he picked up one of the boat seats and couldn’t believe his eyes.
“They were just like how they're sitting right now,” Baxter said. “I was just like, ‘Wow, that's a lot of savings bonds.’”
The bonds are from as early as 1967 and there are many of them.
“The family seems to have gotten one every single month,” said Baxter.
Since Sunday, Baxter has been trying to track down the bonds' owners, listed as Samuel and Mabel Finney of Petersburg.
He’s gone to their last known address, but no one was there. He’s called their phone number and it’s been disconnected.
“It’s been a dead end all the way,” said Baxter.
Tuesday night ABC 8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton went to the house, but no one was home and neighbors say they’ve never heard of the Finneys.
Baxter hopes he can find them or their family members, because he knows they’ll want what he has.
“In this world there's been a lot of bad things going on,” said Baxter. “There's always that one good time that you need to say, ‘Alright -- did my one good deed in life. I’ll make sure this person gets what they need.’”
The savings bonds are non-transferable, so the Finneys or their immediately family are the only people who can redeem them.
Many of the bills are in bad shape, but we’re told as long as the red numbers on the bottom can be read, they can still be cashed out.
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