Unclaimed Property: Missouri's Largest Lost & Found

The Missouri State Treasurer administers Unclaimed Property for Missouri. Unclaimed Property comes from financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities after there has been no documented transaction or contact with the owner for a statutorily-defined period of time, generally five years. The Treasurer currently holds more than $942 million in unclaimed assets in more than 4.8 million owner accounts. One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300.

Each year financial institutions, businesses, government agencies and other organizations turn over millions of dollars in cash and the contents of nearly 1,000 safe deposit boxes to the Treasurer’s office. The contents of those safe deposit boxes contain family heirlooms, jewelry and other keepsakes. Some of the most precious items recovered from safe deposit boxes are military medals and insignia, which the Treasurer and his team work to return to the heroes who earned them or their families.

In 2013, the Treasurer developed and saw passage of legislation that allows him to post the names and last known addresses of the safe deposit box owners from which the medals were found. That information is available at Treasurer.mo.gov/Military.

In December 2013, the Treasurer's office announced a new program that allows Missourians to donate their Unclaimed Property to any of 20 charitable organizations operating in Missouri. The process of donating Unclaimed Property can be completed entirely online in most cases.

Missourians can search the Treasurer’s database for their Unclaimed Property 24/7 online. You can also sign up for email alerts when new Unclaimed Property comes in matching your information. The Treasurer never charges any fees for these services.

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Source: https://treasurer.mo.gov/UnclaimedProperty/About.aspx