Investor finds $10,000 hidden in home, returns it to former owner

CHICAGO — An investor renovating a home discovered thousands of dollars hidden throughout the house and returned the money to the former owner.

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Jim Dow has bought and flipped more than 50 homes over the years, WBBM reported.

“I’ve never seen anything even close to this before,” he said.

He found five envelopes packed with a total of $10,000. The money was hidden throughout the house, including behind a couch, behind an old photo on a wall and behind a phone on a wall, WBBM reported.

“It was kind of surreal,” Dow said. “I thought it might be like being on some kind of reality TV show.”

Dow knew exactly what he would do with the money — return it.

The former owner, Gloria Carter, and her family were grateful. Carter had lived in the house more than 50 years before selling it to Dow earlier this year. They offered him a reward, but Dow declined, asking them to “pay it forward.”

“I didn’t want the reward she was going to give,” Dow told WBBM. “I think there are good people in the world, and I’m not the only one who would’ve done this same thing.”

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