State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced the start of an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians by publishing the names of owners in Missouri newspapers, including the Houston Herald.  

Starting last Friday, the names of more than 145,000 individuals, families, small businesses and non-profits with unclaimed property will be printed in more than 100 publications across the state.

“Our team works hard every single day to financially empower Missourians by returning the money they are rightfully owed,” Schmitt said. “One in 10 Missourians have unclaimed property, and this public awareness initiative is one of the many creative ways we work to get abandoned money back to its rightful owners. I encourage all Missourians to visit to see if they or someone they know has money waiting to be claimed free of charge.”

Missouri law requires these notices be published annually in order to list the names of individuals whose unclaimed property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the state treasurer’s office in the past year.

Individuals, families, small businesses, and others can check to see if they have unclaimed property on They can also sign up for email notifications when new assets come in matching their information and send notifications to family and friends to let them know about money being held in their name.

Schmitt has returned more than $13.5 million to more than 50,000 account holders since taking office in January. The average unclaimed property return is around $300.

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