Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Salt Lake teens find cash in hidden backpack, turn it in
Discovery » Police contacted after boys stumble across $20,000 in wooded area in Avenues.
First Published Aug 30 2011 03:52 pm • Last Updated Aug 30 2011 06:23 pm

Two Salt Lake City teenage boys building a fort on a lazy summer afternoon a little more than a week ago found a hidden treasure that could have built them a much nicer fort — but they turned it in.

"It was a needle in a haystack," said Salt Lake City police spokesman Dennis McGowan. The teens stumbled onto a backpack filled with a pair of gloves, Ziplock bags and more than $20,000 in cash.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"They found it and realized it was valuable and significant," McGowan said, adding that the boys took it to a parent who called police to report it. "It all worked out perfectly from a police perspective."

While working on the fort in a wooded area of the Avenues, one of the boys found a golf ball and let it roll down the hillside, according to a police report. When the boy went to find the ball, he spotted a backpack "shoved under some bushes," according to the report.

Seeing a significant amount of cash inside, the boys brought the backpack home and showed to a parent.

Fearing the cash may have been part of a crime, a parent of one of the teens called police. McGowan said the parent and boys did the right thing.

Finds like this aren’t common, McGowan said, noting that the likelihood of the cash being discovered was a "pretty chance circumstance."

Police were pleased to see the teens doing a good deed and the "right thing by getting it to dad," McGowan said.

The origin or owner of the backpack is unknown at this time.

Investigators are working with multiple agencies to find the original owner or see if the cash was involved in a crime.

story continues below
story continues below

cimaron@sltrib.comTwitter: @CimCity

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.