State treasurer seeks owners of unclaimed property

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi State Treasurer's Office will have representatives in Meridian later this week to help people find unclaimed property.

Every year, new items are added to the state's list that may rightfully belong to you.

The law requires that banks, credit unions, insurance companies, retail stores, utility companies and business associations turn over to the state treasurer any unclaimed assets like checks, insurance policies or stocks and bonds that have been abandoned, and for which there has been no contact for a period of five years.

The funds could be from a utility deposit that was never refunded, cash value from a forgotten insurance policy, bonds that were never redeemed, etc.

The rightful owner may have died. In those cases, a relative could claim the property, if they can document their claim.

The local unclaimed property event will be Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lauderdale County Supervisors board room, on the first floor of the county annex building across from the Lauderdale County Courthouse.