DES MOINES — The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is preparing to release its fall publication of names, and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald has prepared a Top 10 list of unclaimed properties in Marion County.

"The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt publication list is gearing up to be released soon," said Fitzgerald. "I'm encouraging all to check your local newspaper for the list of newly added names. You can always search our entire list online at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov."

In the last year, the Treasurer's Office has received the names of thousands of individuals with new unclaimed property. The upcoming Great Iowa Treasure Hunt publication has many of those new names. Overall, the Treasurer's Office is holding more than $394 million for past and current Iowans.

"To celebrate the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt publication, we hope the top 10 list of unclaimed properties in Marion County will spark interest," Fitzgerald said. "We hope to reunite many Iowans in Marion County with their lost treasure. Keep an eye out for your name and the name of family and friends in the area. The search is well worth the time and effort."

Top 10 unclaimed properties in Marion County

1. Thomas R. Petroshak; Roscoe Bane; Marcella E. Suber; Mildred E. Brees; Trisha Orness; Clark Randy; Lucille Anderson; Estate of Irvin Birkenholz; Naomi J. Diaz; and Paul Williams

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $287 million in unclaimed property to more than 546,000 people since Fitzgerald created it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report unclaimed property to the State Treasurer's Office. The assets are then held in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and safe deposit box contents.

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov to begin your search and make your claim.

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