Nebraska added 30,865 more names to its unclaimed property list.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who oversees the unclaimed property holdings, says the state has money or other property that needs to be returned to about 350,000 people.
“We actually have about $170 million that we’re holding,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The treasurer’s office is required to print the new list of names in newspapers across the state, but Stenberg says you do not need to rely on that.
“If you’re just looking for yourself or a particular family member,” he says, “on the homepage of Treasurer.Nebraska.gov you can type in your name in the box and it will tell you if we have unclaimed property for you.”
He says 16,748 claims were paid last year for an average of $914 per claim.
The property might be from a forgotten safe deposit box, but most of it is cash.
“It can be utility deposits that weren’t claimed when somebody moved, a forgotten certificate of deposit at a bank, forgotten stock brokerage account, life insurance proceeds,” Stenberg explains.
While the treasurer’s office has an online search function, there is also a website that covers most other states.
“That’s sponsored by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and called MissingMoney.com,” Stenberg says.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:57]