Special to the Times Vedette

State Treasurer Roby Smith is joining the National Unclaimed Property Day celebration on Feb. 1. “Returning money to rightful owners and heirs is what Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is all about,” said Smith. “National Unclaimed Property Day is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and encourage Iowans to search for their unclaimed treasure. Guthrie County residents have more than $692,000 waiting to be claimed in Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.”         

For the celebration, Smith’s office will be announcing names of individuals, businesses and nonprofits around Iowa who had unclaimed property reported to Great Iowa Treasure Hunt in 2023.

“Join us on Facebook, Instagram and X on Feb. 1 as we highlight names recently reported to the State,” Smith continued. “Even if you’ve checked for your name in the past, check our website again. You never know what might be waiting for you or someone you know.” Past and present Iowans can search anytime for their unclaimed property by visiting GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov.

Administered by the State Treasurer, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is the State’s only legitimate source for unclaimed property. Unclaimed property includes, but is not limited to, forgotten checking and savings accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes. When businesses and entities are unable to locate the rightful owner of a property, it is reported to the State as unclaimed. Great Iowa Treasure Hunt then works to locate the owner or heir of the assets so individuals can collect what is rightfully theirs.