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MO treasurer, KCPD working to get $10K to boy who found cash

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Missouri's treasurer and the Kansas City police chief are working to get to a South Dakota boy and his father the $10,000 they found in a hotel drawer.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel and Police Chief Darryl Forte agree that the boy did the right thing and should get the money.

This comes after outrage over word earlier this week that the money would likely go to the state because Tyler and his family didn't follow proper procedures in order to claim the money. It's even become a critical-thinking topic among school children across the country.

While the South Dakota family may have followed the spirit of the law, they couldn't follow the Byzantine requirements of the state.

State law requires finders such as Tyler to file an affidavit with a state court judge within 10 days and physically post a list describing the money on the courthouse door and at four other public places in the city, which he didn't do.

On May 25, 2013, Tyler Schaefer and his father found the neatly stacked bills in a hotel drawer. They contacted authorities and the Kansas City Police Department took possession of the money.

No one has come forward to claim the money, which is believed to have been gained through illicit means.

Tyler was 10 at the time of the discovery. His family has said they have raised him to do the right thing.

After reports this week that the police department said to their regret that didn't think the boy could keep the money, Zweifel weighed in.

He quoted state law in saying that nothing in state law "shall prevent the treasurer from accepting property prior to the state it becomes unclaimed or abandoned."

This means KCPD doesn't have to hold onto the money for a full four years after it was found.

"I am certain you and I agree that this young boy and his father did the right thing by turning the money over the Kansas City Police Department," Zweifel said. "When your department turns the money over to my office, I can work with you to ensure the boy and his father are able to claim this money. I believe this is the right thing to do."

Forte definitely agrees.

"We will work with the state in an attempt to allow the state to return the money. The honest youngster is deserving of the money," Forte said.

Tye Grant, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department, said Friday that the police department accepts Zweifel's contention that the money can be turned over sooner than four years.

"Per their direction, we will send the property as soon as possible," he told KCTV5.

That process should be done fairly quickly, he said.

Once the state has the money, the Schaefer family can file a claim for the unclaimed property, and that should take up to a month to process, officials said Friday.

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