Found money brings worries

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2000

JUNEAU -- A Juneau construction worker gets to keep $127,400 in cash he found last year, but his father is concerned that publicity about the windfall could endanger him.

Aaron Dimond, 22, found a cache of buried money Nov. 18 near the offices of Trucano Construction on North Douglas Island, according to John Corso, Juneau city attorney.

Dimond turned the money over to police, who had kept the precise amount secret to help identify the owner.

After the city's legal waiting period of six months had passed and no one came forward, the money was transferred to the city treasury and then back to Dimond.

Police on Thursday said they would not release the amount of money, describing it only as in excess of $50,000, or where it was found, at the request of Dimond. Corso announced both Friday.

That upset the finder's father, John H. Dimond, who told the Juneau Empire he is concerned about his son's safety.

''Obviously, whoever hid this money didn't want it to be found, and what does that tell you?'' Dimond asked. ''The police said they wouldn't say anything about it, but you have got to get it on the air and tell them where to get it.''

Aaron Dimond could not be reached for comment.

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