A professional treasure hunter from Connecticut was hired by a Massachusetts family to investigate a rumor that money was hidden in their
A professional treasure hunter from Connecticut was hired by a Massachusetts family to investigate a rumor that money was hidden in their home — and he dug up $46,000 under their floorboards.
The family had hired carpenters to search for the loot, which was supposedly concealed in the house in the 1950s, but when no one came up with anything, they turned to Groton-based Keith Wille, WFSB-TV reported.
The treasure sleuth — who in 2016 found a wedding ring in the waters off Waterford, Connecticut, for a retired teacher – last week took his skills to western Massachusetts, where he combed the family’s attic.
“I got a couple of signals over here. I’m going to take my endoscope camera and take a look under the floorboards and into the cracks in the corner,” Wille says in a video he posted on his YouTube channel, RediscoverLost.
“When I dropped it into the second or third hole, I saw something weird. It had letters and numbers on it. It was a small silver something with a slot in it. I realized, oh man, this is a keyhole,” he says.
The long-lost treasure finally emerged inside a gray metal box.
“Here we go, you guys ready? Oh, look at that. I see 20s, I see 10s,” Wille says triumphantly as the $46,000 — in packets wrapped in original bank straps — finally sees daylight.
“I think it was shock. I think we were all in shock,” Wille said.
A family member who identified herself as Karen said the discovery came after decades of wondering if the stories of the hidden money were true.
“I’m just glad it was finally found,” Karen told the news outlet, adding that they have not yet decided what to do with the extra cash.