A treasure hunter has helped a Massachusetts family find $ 46,000 in cash hidden under the floorboards in their home.
Keith Wille was hired by the family to find a cash box that their grandfather is said to have hidden. They wanted to find it before selling the house. Cash registers had already been found in other homes owned by members of the family.
It is not clear why the grandfather hid the cash box.
The family had searched the treasure for years and even hired a contractor to pick up some of the floorboards in the house’s attic to find it. Relatives suspected it had been obscured by isolation.
It was eventually found in a corner of the attic, obscured by other pieces of wood, and served as a false bottom under the floorboards.
The family was running out of time. They had wanted to sell the house for a few years, but these rumored treasures kept them from doing it, ”Wille said.
Keith Wille was hired by the family to find a cash box their grandfather would have hidden so the family could sell the house
This is when Wille opens the cash register for the first time in the video
He then counts the money, which is still marked with the bands from when it was withdrawn from the bank in 1958
Will blows through a pack of money tucked away in the attic of a Massachusetts home
Wille, a Connecticut metal detectorist who has been hunting treasure for 10 years, called it his “ most exciting find yet ” in a video he posted to YouTube.
Most of the hints and clues we had turned out to be false. I’m constantly looking beyond the information I have, looking for little things that are a little out of place, researching and moving on to the next, ‘he said.
It took Wille about an hour to find the hidden treasure, he says in the video. He started by reopening places already built by others who had already searched for the treasure.
“I eventually started and turned on my metal detector and started where the two windows intersected,” he says.
“There was a rumor that you can see light shining through the floor slab and it reflected off the box.”
Wille realized that every location in the attic where the metal detector knocked had already damaged the floor, indicating that others had already tried to search those spots.
“ Actually, if I got a good signal, my plan was to mark it on the floor with a piece of chalk and then come back, drill a hole, drop my endoscope camera into the floor and see what the signal was, ‘ he says.
But what I didn’t want to do is pull up all those old pine, tongue-and-groove floorboards for nothing but wires and pipes. So I thought maybe it would be less intrusive to drill some holes and use the endoscope camera. ‘
Eventually, Wille made his way to a corner of the attic where the signal indicated that the treasure might be hidden. He then started inspecting that area closer with a flashlight and decided to pull out his endoscope camera to see through some of the cracks.
“When I dropped it into probably the second or third hole, I saw something strange. It had letters and numbers on it, ”he says.
‘I realized after focusing on it,’ oh man, this is a keyhole. So I zoomed out a bit and realized, oh this is a box, this is a lock box. ‘
Wille began his search in the middle of the attic where others had previously searched
According to family rumors, the treasure was buried where the light from the two windows converges
Wille eventually made his way to a corner of the room where his metal detector indicated that the treasure might be located
Then he looked under the floor with an endoscope camera through a crack in the attic ceiling
The camera took the lock from the cash box hidden under the floor
A look at the video shows the lock box hidden under the floor of the attic
The woman then went to notify her relatives that Wille was inspecting something “interesting.”
Wille noted that he could see pries from where floorboards had previously been removed.
‘So I removed the lid, and my friends have a lockbox hidden in the floorboards. Look at that. All these years, here it is, ”he says.
Wille noted that the lockbox was heavier than he thought it would be when he took it off the floorboards. He said the box was covered with wood “so you couldn’t see through the cracks and see it from above.”
“Whatever is in it, they didn’t want it found,” Wille tells the homeowners in the video.
Wille said the rumors of being able to see the treasure when light shone through the windows was impossible due to the false floor covering the lockbox.
Then he shakes the box while the money inside makes pounding noises.
‘you know what I think it’s all cash you could hear, you could feel like it’s spinning in there’
The family didn’t have a key to the box, but Wille used a hammer and blow on the hinges to open it instead of breaking the lock.
He opened it while the family watched.
“Oh look, I see twenties and I see tens,” he says in the video.
He adds, “They are $ 5,000 stones. It is marked $ 5,000. ‘
Wille noted that he had to remove two of the floorboards to find the treasure
The lockbox was obscured by pieces of wood placed under the floor to act as false bottom
Wille is seen retrieving the treasure from under the attic, which he said was heavy
Wille poses with the treasure before lifting it off the floor
He then rushes through the box as the stunned family watches
Inside the box, Wille also found two stacks of $ 500 1935 silver certificates – which could be worth a “ small premium over face value, ” according to the Motley fool.
“At least the house can now be sold,” says the woman who owns the house in the video.
She adds, “Well, I don’t think it was a figment of anyone’s imagination!”
In a message about the find to his website, Wille noted that “cash to the lid was taken.”
“All denominations were in the bundles and the individual notes were dated 1934, 1935 and 1950. The date” December 19, 1958, “along with the bank number, was stamped on each coin,” he wrote.
In addition to cash, Wille also found two stacks of $ 500 silver certificates from 1935
The full treasure can be seen in a shot from Wille’s YouTube video about the hunt
He noted that “the purchasing power of $ 46,000 in 1958 was equivalent to $ 421,603 in 2021.”
Wille and a family member identified as Karen spoke with WFSB about the incredible scavenger hunt.
‘I think it was a shock. I think we were all in shock, ”Wille said.
Channel 3 spoke to a family member over the phone.
Karen said, ‘All this story you believe is true, you don’t know if it is true. I am just glad it was finally found. Her family has not yet decided what to do with the treasure.