- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state treasurer’s office returned $9 million in unclaimed property to West Virginians last fiscal year.

Treasurer John Perdue says that’s higher than previous years. The Charleston Daily Mail (https://bit.ly/1JPVqgY) reports that Perdue attributes the increase to a database that tracks down property owners.

Examples of unclaimed property include forgotten utility deposits, a final paycheck from an employer or safety deposit box contents.

To search for unclaimed property, West Virginia residents can go to go to www.wvtreasury.com and click on the unclaimed property icon. A partial list of rightful owners is also published and inserted in newspapers twice a year.

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, https://www.charlestondailymail.com

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