In the dark corners of a dusty old barn, Lebanon resident Mike Ranney made an unexpected discovery 15 years ago.
Ranney found nearly 50 savings bonds, dating back to the 1970’s. He and his wife, Angie, tried to find the owner, but until recently, they had been unable to track the man down.
“It wasn’t as easy as we thought (it would be),” Angie Ranney said.
This month, though, Angie’s online search turned up the man’s obituary. The Ranney’s were able to track down Harold Hastings’ children, who knew about the bonds but had no idea they’d ever see them.
“I figured years ago it had all disappeared. This is a surprise out of the blue,” Bob Hastings said.
Hastings said his father had always talked about the lost bonds. They were stolen from a safe at his home in 1980 and because Hastings didn’t have the numbers written down, he couldn’t claim the bonds. Even more amazing, the bonds now total around $70,000.
“We thought it was just a small amount. He never mentioned an amount,” Hastings said.
The bonds are now on their way back to the rightful owners. Mike and Angie Ranney said they had always wanted to solve the mystery and hope anyone else would’ve done the same thing.
“Their dad is hopefully looking down, smiling,” Ranney said.