The two spent the years together but slowly everything started deteriorating again. This time it was mostly money. Seth was never happy at his job and it left Betsy to make most of the living. Seth tried many different things at home to try and contribute to the financial part of the relationship but things suddenly turned for the worst.
Seth was on the way home one day from some little job he had found when he needed just to get away and stopped for a few drinks. One thing led to another and Seth was arrested for DUI. Betsy knew what this was going to cost and it was about the last straw. But she hung on; hoping something good would come out of the situation.
Well, things went from bad to worse. Seth lost his drivers license and couldn't find a job close enough to home to get to everyday. Their financial situation got staggering. This included more medical problems, utilities being turned off and their home being put up in foreclosure.
Then about the time all seemed at it's darkest; I ask Seth to take a look at a new website I had created called PeopleProbe.info and to let me know what he thought. On the site he found a link to search for unclaimed money. There was not a lot left to do and they had a total of about $30 left in the bank after paying the power bill so Seth thought why not, couldn't hurt. So he typed in his name and clicked the search button.
Within a few seconds a list came up with 63 different people with his same name and a total of over $246,000 in uncollected funds. Seth told me he remembered thinking that someone out there had a lot of money waiting and it sure would be a blessing if just a little of it was for him.
Well, to purchase the list it cost $19.95. He almost couldn't bring himself to spend most of their last few dollars on a pipe dream, especially since there was not much food left in the house, but he did it anyway.
Seth got the list and started calling the contacts. Then, the forth name on the list, was all it took. Seth found out that his Great Uncle Truman had died a few years back and had owned some land. It was only 16 acres but the location was the key. It was purchased after his death by some shopping center developers as commercial property and today there was a mall standing on it. Truman had remembered Seth from years ago when he had come to visit him when he was very sick and had told him that his farm land would be worth something one day and that that he was going to give him a piece of it.
Well it was more that a piece. Truman apparently had a falling out with the members of his family and had left the entire parcel of land to Seth. A few years later the developers purchased the property and put the money in a trust fund for 20 years or until the owner came forward.
To make a long story short, of the $246,000 dollars in the PeopleProbe.info list, $210,000 of it was all Seth's! The land had been sold for $13,125 an acre. What really got me; Seth didn't even have to go and get the money. He was sent a cashier's check and received it 8 days later by a private courier service. All he had to do was fax a birth certificate and a driver's license and the deal was done.
So today, Seth and Betsy are doing great of course. They paid off their credit cards, caught up all the utilities and brought the house payment current. They also purchased some musical equipment and are making music together.
It seems a little absurd that anyone could have some money like that just sitting and waiting on them. But saying something like "Stranger Things Have Happened" sure made a lot of Seth's friends go to PeopleProbe.info and see what might be out there for them. I really hope to hear from them too!
© 2008 Jonathan Hopkins - May Be Re-Published But Not Edited