MERRILLVILLE | Pregnant and in need of money, a young woman came across $4,000 sitting in a Merrillville parking lot.
Some may have viewed the situation as a sign of good fortune and kept the money to pay bills or for a shopping spree.
The woman didn't think that way.
Instead, she went to the Merrillville Police Department on July 5 to turn the money in to police, said Merrillville Sgt. Bob Morgan.
The woman indicated she could use the $4,000 she found at 500 W. Lincoln Highway but decided handing it over to police "was the right thing to do," Morgan said.
About two weeks after the money was taken to the Police Department, Morgan contacted The Times about the situation and asked for assistance in his search for the owner.
A short article appeared in some July 19 editions. Days later, Morgan was contacted by a Crown Point woman who said she read the news item and was the owner of the funds.
The article intentionally left out information describing the amount of cash that was found.
The Crown Point woman told Morgan the exact amount that was located, the denomination of the bills, the color of the money bands around the cash and the type of envelope the money was in.
The woman, who appeared to be in her 70s, also produced a receipt from the check she cashed to receive the money, Morgan said.
He said the Crown Point woman lost the money after she put it in her pocket following her visit to the bank. The funds must have "worked their way out of" her pocket while the woman was out, Morgan said.
The woman told Morgan she was flustered after losing the cash and attempted to retrace her steps to find it.
In addition to returning her money, Morgan also gave the Crown Point woman the contact information for the person who brought the cash to the Police Department.
The Crown Point woman told Morgan she wanted to provide a reward to the person who helped her retrieve her cash.
If the money wasn't claimed within 180 days after it was turned in, the woman who found the money would have been entitled to it, Morgan said.