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US boy finds, returns cash-stuffed backpack

world Updated: May 08, 2009 11:05 IST

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A 10-year-old boy picking up litter in a small New Hampshire town found a backpack stuffed with more than $8,000 cash.

Arie Johnston was helping his grandmother with her town's annual roadside cleanup when he spotted the burned backpack on Saturday in Alton, New Hampshire, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Boston.

He told the local newspaper, Foster's Daily Democrat, his first thought was that someone had killed someone for the money. Arie's grandmother called the town clerk, who identified the bag's owner based on documents found with the money.

The owner was a woman who had lived across the street until a fire damaged her apartment last year. Police say the woman has since moved to Maine and has asked that her belongings be given to her sister who lives in Alton. Arie's grandmother says a reward may be coming.