PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
Thousands of dollars of decades-old savings bonds that were found in the seat of an old boat are back in the hands of their rightful owners.
Last year, a friend gave John Baxter a boat. He eventually sold it and cleaned it out, storing everything in his yard.
A few days ago, as he was going through the items, he discovered stacks and stacks of savings bonds.
"I was just like, 'wow, that's a lot of savings bonds,'" he says.
Baxter tried to find the owners: Samuel and Mabel Finney. He didn't have any luck so he called ABC 8News. Hours after that story aired
, Baxter was able to track down Shirley Brown, the Finney's niece.
"I'm just so glad that an honest person found them," Brown says.
Brown says Mabel Finney died 14 years ago and Samuel passed away in 2009. She inherited the bonds but they were stolen after her house was broken into five years ago.
"The person that stole them was a young boy - about 17-18 years old," she says. "How they got on the boat, I have no idea. I would like to know, but I have no idea."
Neither does Baxter but he doesn't care. He's just glad ABC 8News could help him out.
"Need help finding what you need to find? 8News investigators. They work. They helped me," he says.
And he's pleased the rightful owner of the bonds has them back.
"With all the bad things in this world going on, gotta have something nice to do," Baxter says.
"To see someone to be that honest in this day in time is really a great thing," Brown says. "I just appreciate his honesty."
After the bonds were stolen, Brown contacted the US Treasury to have them voided. She plans to contact the Department and let them know the notes have been recovered.Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of RichmondRelated Stories:Prince George Man Finds $25K in Savings Bonds in Old Boat