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Man Turns In Money Found In Mattress

A man finds $20,000 in cash hidden in a mattress and turns it in.

Greg Vernelson runs the Franklin Auction Company in Macon County. He's often hired to clean out homes for estate purposes.

Wednesday, he and his crew stumbled upon envelopes stashed in a mattress inside a house in Bryson City.

"And when they opened them, they were full of $20 and $100 bills.   So he called the attorney and she came by and took them to the bank.  There was a total of $21,080 stashed in that mattress," says Vernelsons associate, Jeanine Long.

Residents who know him, like Brenda McFalls, say they they're not surprised Vernelson turned in the money.

"To me, it's like when he found that there was no hesitation. I'm sure he went Wow! And then it's like okay. Who's the owner of this money," said McFalls.

Vernelson tells News 13, he knew instantly it was the right thing to do to turn the money in.

The elderly woman who had lived in the house is in a nursing home, and has no heirs. The money will help pay for her care.

The auction company's attorney says the $20,000 will help pay for the owner's nursing home care some of it designated for a recliner, new clothes, a TV, and wheelchair.

By Rex Hodge

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