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$400,000 cash found hidden in deceased womans Vancouver home


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VANCOUVER - They say one person's trash is another person's treasure and the crew hired to clean up a Vancouver apartment can attest to that.
The Lido, nominally a deli and convenience store on East Broadway in the Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, has long been something of a local mystery.
For several years it has rarely, if ever, been open, and passersby often noticed old canned food and electronics sitting undisturbed on dusty shelves.
But cleanup crews hired by the family of its former proprietor, Margaret Rothweiler, who died earlier this year, also found $950 in almost 80-year-old bills hidden between two carpets.
The find was in addition to a much larger stash of $400,000 a caretaker discovered in a closet. Some of the cash stuffed into various hiding places dated back to the notes printed in the 1930s.
The caretaker returned the money to Rothweiler's family just before the crew from 1-800-Got-Junk arrived to clean up.
Craig Sexton, the company's general manager and part of the crew that found the smaller amount, called the Lido job "No. 1 or 2" among his strangest assignments yet.
In addition to the cash, his team turned up decades-old German passports, mildewed clothing and enough rotting, canned salmon to fill two trucks - an amount Sexton called "disturbingly large."
Both packages of cash were given back to Rothweiler's heirs, who could not be reached for comment.
A nephew who acknowledged he had not seen her in years suggested the money had come from neighbourhood real estate investments and successful betting on horses by Rothweiler and her late husband, Chris.
Since her death, the Lido and its upstairs apartment have been sold and extensively renovated.

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