SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - It's a money mystery that turned into a windfall for two Southaven residents.
An envelope of cash was left in a local business a few months ago. It was found and turned into the police. What happened from there is someone's lucky day, another's loss.
No one knows who the money belongs to or where it came from, but it's now going to pay for much needed medical care.
"We were called to CarQuest on Airways and an envelope that was found," says Lt. Mark Little.
It was a bank envelope "just laying in the counter, right in front of my terminal," says Bob Kennedy, who found the money in March.
The envelope was filled with hundreds of dollars. "22 $100 bills," Little says. "I opened it up and looked in it, saw some money in there, then put it in the safe," Kennedy says he then called the police.
"We researched it with the bank because the bank name was on the envelope," Little tells abc24.com. "We didn't find anything through that."
Southaven police published a notice in the paper and in the store where it was left. "We didn't put that it was money because we didn't want an overwhelming amount of people coming to claim it."
But the owner still hasn't come forward. The money will now go to Kennedy and another customer who was in the store.
"He was standing there when I picked it up, laid claim to half of it," says Kennedy. For his part, the cash will help his wife who has bone cancer.
"I couldn't go through what she's going through I guarantee you. I'm really proud of her." His wife goes to chemotherapy every month and is also on expensive medication. The money will help pay for both.
Police says they're proud to see a citizen who didn't try to take advantage of the situation. "They did the right thing and since nobody claimed it they benefited from doing the right thing," Little says.
"I'm sorry somebody lost it," Kennedy adds. "I never could understand why they didn't come back looking for it."