Family Out For A Drive Finds Nearly $1M In Cash In The Middle Of The Road

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A Caroline County family was out for a weekend drive when they ran over bags containing nearly $1 million in cash.

Emily Schantz said that she was driving in the car with her family when she noticed the car in front of them swerving around an object in the road. The object turned out to be a large bag, a bag in which the Schantz family car, ran over.

The family stopped the vehicle, thinking that someone dumped trash in the road. Tossing the bag they ran over in the back of their truck, the family noticed another, similar bag, nearby. That bag was also thrown in the back of their truck.

What the family didn’t realize was, they were driving around with nearly $1 million in cold-hard-cash!

“Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said ‘cash vault,’” Schantz said.

The Schantzes called Caroline deputies upon making the discovery.

“They came back to Caroline, and found out they’d been riding around with almost a million dollars in the truck,” said Maj. Scott Moser.

Deputies are investigating, but believe the mail bags belonged to the postal service and that the money was meant for a bank.

But how they ended up on the side of the road remains a mystery.

Moser paid the family a visit Monday.

“For someone so honest and willing to give that almost a million dollars back, it’s exceptional on their part,” said Moser. “Their two sons were there, so I put the lights on for them, but we are proud and they represented this county well by being so honest.”

“Do the right thing and return it,” Emily Schantz said. “Because it didn’t belong to us.”