State Treasurer of Iowa

Treasure Hunters Discover Lost Treasures at the Iowa State Fair

August 22, 2013

DES MOINES, IA --- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced today that the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt had another successful year at the Iowa State Fair. “Over 8,500 claims of unclaimed property were discovered, totaling over $1.9 million," said Fitzgerald. "The largest treasure found during this annual event was $107,100.00. This was certainly an exceptional year for our booth at the Iowa State Fair."
The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $165 million in unclaimed property to more than 404,000 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. 
“We are dedicated to helping Iowans reunite with their missing money and property,” Fitzgerald said. Visit to see if you have a treasure waiting for you.

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