Dallas police have change of heart on cash found by teen

Found money

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We don't have photos of Ashley Donaldson's discovery, so we have simulated what she saw at a North Dallas shopping center in February.



Posted on May 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 11 at 9:28 PM

Should Ashley Donaldson be allowed to keep the cash that she found?

There are new developments in the story of Plano teenager Ashley Donaldson, who turned in $2,000 she found in an envelope on the ground in North Dallas — only to find out that when no one claimed it the city planned to keep it.

Dallas police Chief David Brown issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the department will follow a provision in state law in determining what happens to the funds.

  • It requires public notice be given 30 days after someone finds money and turns it into the police.
  • There will then be a 90-day waiting period.
  • If a claimant comes forward, the police department will hold a hearing.

If no rightful owner comes forward during this four-month period, the money will be returned to Ashley, a 15-year-old student at Shepton High School.