Police in Austria are stumped as to how over $110,000 in euros ended up floating down an arm of the Danube river this weekend. The bills are now being dried out after special forces came and fished them out of the water.
Not surprisingly, people have been showing up at the river throughout the past two days, looking for any leftover cash, but officials report that all the bills, in denominations of 500 and 100-euro banknotes, have been retrieved. The find was first noticed by a young man, who reportedly jumped into the river after stripping off his clothing. Bystanders saw his jump, thought the man was attempting to commit suicide, and called local authorities, who then came upon the cache of cash.
No criminal activity has been reported in the area. Police are trying to determine if the euros, none of which appear to be counterfeit, are linked to any crime and to whom they may belong. Reports state that the boy claimed he was going to bring it to authorities, but a question has arisen as to whether police found the watery wads or the boy. With a find this significant, someone may have a very happy holiday. Per Austrian law, anyone who finds cash and brings it to the police may claim five- to ten-percent of the sum as a finder’s fee. They also have the right to receive the whole amount if the rightful owner of the money cannot be found within a year. The water may have been a bit nippy, but a finder’s fee that large can help keep you very warm at night.