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Hendle v. Stevens

224 Ill.App.3d 1046, 586 N.E.2d 826 (1992)

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Hendle v. Stevens

Illinois Appellate Court

224 Ill.App.3d 1046, 586 N.E.2d 826 (1992)

Facts

Jennifer Moore and other teenagers were playing on land owned by William and Gladys Stevens (defendants) when Moore kicked over a dirt mound and found a pile of paper money. Learning of Moore’s discovery, the Stevenses claimed that they were entitled to retain the money because the bills must have been mislaid on their land. Sherriff George Hendle (plaintiff) disputed the Stevenses’ claim and sued. The trial evidence did not clearly establish whether the mound was made deliberately or by burrowing animals, or whether Moore found the bills loose or bundled. The trial court ruled that the bills were presumably lost property that the teenagers could keep. The Stevenses appealed to the Illinois Appellate Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Unverzagt, J.)

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