CHARLESTON (AP) — An old wedding invitation has helped West Virginia officials track down the heir to a South Charleston resident’s estate and give her more than $480,000.
A niece of J.D. Mier will get $481,335.70 after the executor of Mier’s estate found her in Ohio after finding the invitation in boxes of personal documents. State Treasurer John Perdue presented executor Robin Klapproth with the check on Friday.
West Virginia officials didn’t identify the Ohio woman, according to The Charleston Gazette. Klapproth says the woman is thrilled to get the money and to know her genealogical history.
The West Virginia Unclaimed Property Act holds onto unclaimed money in the state’s general revenue account until the original owners or heirs can be found. There currently is about $162 million in unclaimed money.