Minn. man loses hunting jacket with $1,700 inside, coat and cash returned four years later

A Minnesota man lost his jacket and $1,700 in cash 2009, earlier this month it was returned
CBS Minnesota

(CBS) CLARA CITY, Minn. - A Minnesota man lost his hunting jacket which contained his wallet and $1,700 in cash in the fall of 2009 and thought it was long gone... until he got a phone call earlier this month, reports CBS Minnesota.

Owen Schipnewski was goose hunting in the fall of 2009 with his 12-year-old son in western Minnesota when he took his jacket off and threw it in the back of his pickup.

What Schipnewski didn't realize is that his jacket blew out of the truck and onto the road. He backtracked but it was to no avail. The jacket was gone.

Not only was the jacket gone, but so, too, was his wallet, along with his driver's license, credit cards and $1,700 in cash.

As the years passed, Schipnewski though he'd seen the last of that favorite hunting jacket, along with the wallet and that big wad of cash.

Then, earlier this month, he got a phone call he never expected.

On the other end was a local farmer, Trent Jorgenson. Turns out he had found the jacket and brought it home where it hung in his garage. Not being much of a duck hunter, he had little use for it and never bothered to search the hidden inner pockets where Schipnewski's wallet was buried.

Jorgenson's wife later found the wallet when she was going to run the jacket through the washing machine and once the discovery was made, there was no hesitation.  They decided to return it.

"Everything was in that jacket," said Schipnewski when he got it back, reported CBS Minnesota.

Schipnewski said he drove to western Minnesota to get the jacket from Jorgenson and thank him personally. He also reportedly offered Jorgenson a large cash reward, but Jorgenson turned it down.

"There are a lot of good people in this world, that's for sure," said Schipnewski. "Four years later, I get the jacket back and hopefully a new friend."