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Woman finds purse with $13,000 on Daytona Beach

Published:   |   Updated: November 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

When a woman and her 16-year-old daughter found a purse stuffed with cash on Daytona Beach, they called police.

Darlene Curley, who was visiting from Etowah, Tenn., said she and her daughter were about to take a dip in the ocean Sunday evening when they spotted the purse and other items on the sand.

“We thought someone might have drowned or something,” Darlene Curley told the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Monday from her Tennessee home. “We called the police because we wanted to make sure the person (the owner of the purse) was all right.”

Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officers responded and put the items inside a lifeguard station to dry.

When they counted $13,087.88 in cash that was inside the purse, they locked the lifeguard bay and left two officers to guard it.

A police report shows that May Self, of Harwood, Md., eventually claimed the items.

Curley said that Self called her.

“She thanked me and said she wanted to meet me in person,” Curley said. “She asked for my address, but I don’t know if I’ll be getting a reward.”