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Germany: Dead homeless woman leaves 45K euros, heir sought

German authorities say they found tens of thousands of euros in cash in the possessions of an 83-year-old woman who lived at a homeless shelter and died last week.

world Updated: Jul 30, 2015 20:50 IST
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German authorities say they found tens of thousands of euros in cash in the possessions of an 83-year-old woman who lived at a homeless shelter and died last week.

They are investigating whether she has a son in the US.

A spokesperson for the Duesseldorf district court, Mihael Pohar, said on Thursday the woman died a week ago. Officials found a bag containing 45,000 euros ($49,700) in 500-euro notes, another 930 euros in smaller bills; $6,648 and Moldovan currency worth $39.

Pohar said a social worker who dealt with the woman told authorities that she may have a son in the US, and a court-appointed administrator is now looking into that possibility as he tries to find any heirs. The woman is believed to have been a Moldovan citizen.