[Hpn] 87 Year Old Homeless Woman Found With $60,000.00 In Her Purse

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Wed, 17 Aug 2005 12:26:56 -0400


Homeless woman found with $60,000 in purse

Associated Press

August 17, 2005


She had $60,000 in cash - but no roof over her head.

Janesville police say an 87-year-old woman found snoozing in a discount
store over the weekend had the money in her purse.

The woman was examined at Mercy Hospital and released, said Nancy White,
property manager of the Golden Acres Apartments for the elderly across the

White said she fed her, washed her clothes and allowed her to stay with her
until Monday morning.
"She kind of reminded me of a female Scrooge,'' White said. "She was very

Police said they temporarily took the money for safekeeping while the
woman's status was clarified, but they returned it Monday.

Lt. Keith Lawver told the Janesville Gazette the woman does not have a fixed
address and has been staying at various apartments and hotels for the past
year, while under the care of a Rock County social services caseworker.

"Hopefully, her caseworker will help her get a bank account set up and help
her manage it,'' Lawver said.