INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2014) – An Indianapolis radio personality is behind @HiddenCashIndy, the Twitter account that took central Indiana by storm, offering clues to hidden cash.
Kyle Smelser from RadioNOW revealed Wednesday morning that he’s the man responsible for it. Smelser went to great lengths to keep his identity hidden, saying he didn’t even tell his mother he was the man behind @HiddenCashIndy.
The last hidden cash drop was Tuesday evening, when Adam Shoemaker was among dozens of people who swarmed Holliday Park off Spring Mill Road to look for the hidden money. He found it in the knot of a tree next to the ruins of the park.
“It was this pack of gum here. I opened it up it said ‘You are very good’ and it had $273 dollars inside,” he said holding it up.
Hoosiers have been running around Marion County for the past two weeks searching for cash. The @HiddenCashIndy Twitter account provided clues and asked only that people “pay it forward” when they won.
The whole thing started with a Twitter phenomenon called @HiddenCash, which claims to have started an “anonymous social experience for good” in San Francisco and other U.S. cities. In essence, the mysterious person uses the account to give out clues that will lead people to money.
Shoemaker donated his winnings to the Humane Society of Indianapolis.
Other people who found the cash were there when Smelser revealed his identity Wednesday morning. The Smith family was out at the Indianapolis Museum of Art when they stumbled upon the envelope.
“I think that it’s fabulous, because like [Smelser] said, this city has seen some tough times in the past few months and we kinda needed something to give us hope,” Buffy Smith said.
The Smiths donated a portion of the found cash to their church and to Down Syndrome Indiana. Smith’s youngest child, Ella, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Each year the family raises funds as a team for the Down Syndrome Indiana walk.
“It’s something very near and dear to our hearts,” Smith said.
Tweets from FOX59’s Vanessa McClure:
And Kyle also weighed in himself via Twitter: