Man finds lost envelope containing $40,000, returns it to owner

Man finds lost envelope containing $40,000, returns it to owner

CLACKAMAS, Ore. - A Portland woman will be able to buy the home she saved for thanks to the honesty of a stranger.

The woman asked not to be identified. On Friday, Jan. 10, she lost an envelope containing $2,000 in cash and a $38,000 cashier’s check. It was the down payment she needed for a house.

She dropped in in the parking lot of the Safeway at Southeast 122nd and Sunnyside Road in Clackamas. 

Brian DiCarlo, a 23-year-old aspiring teacher, found the envelope on the wet ground.

“It wasn’t dirty, it wasn’t all wet. She must have just dropped it. I must have been moments behind her,” said DiCarlo.

The owner of the cash says she searched frantically when she realized she’d dropped the precious envelope.

“I was so stunned and so stressed, I swear I was going to have a heart attack or a stroke,” she told KATU.

When DiCarlo realized what he’d found he called police.

“I never really had the ‘I could keep this’ thought,” he said. “I think I do believe that at the time I was the exact person who needed to be there at that exact time to pick it up, because maybe someone else wouldn’t have done the same thing that I did.”

The owner is very thankful for DiCarlo’s honesty. She gave him $300 as a reward.

“Just to hear what it meant to her was enough reward for me to do it,” said DiCarlo.

He received a phone call from the grateful owner and a note.

“She was emotional and she was saying I would never know what this truly meant to her,” said DiCarlo.