"It just didn’t make any sense to me. That money just sitting there – and she needed help in the worst way," her father said
Cathy Boone died in a shelter, desperate and homeless, unaware that she had £600,000 ($884,407) of unclaimed inheritance. According to reports, several efforts were made to trace the 49-year-old and hand over the fortune but they just couldn't find her.
Mirror reported that Boone, a mother of two, was the rightful owner of the money her mother had left behind after she died in 2016. All efforts were made to find her, from newspaper advertisements to private investigators but she could not be traced. Boone had been suffering from drug and mental health issues when she passed away while sleeping rough in Astoria, Oregon.
Her father, Jack Spithall, told KGW News that she needed "help in the worst way" at the end of her life. “It just didn’t make any sense to me. That money just sitting there – and she needed help in the worst way," he said during a TV interview.
Mirror reported that Boone grew up in the Portland area and later moved to Astoria, where her mother lived after her parents had separated. Her $884,407 inheritance money now remains unclaimed in a state bank account after the estate's representatives couldn't locate her. The funds were apparently moved to the Department of State Lands amid confusion over who has claims to them. “Given a year and a half of effort taken by the personal representative and the attorney for this particular estate, there really isn’t much more that the state could do,” said Claudia Ciobanu, a spokesperson for the department. “This is a unique case and we sympathize with the family," she added. Boone's two biological children and others could potentially claim her money.