Family finds $45,000 in new home _ then returns it

By CHI-CHI ZHANG | May 19, 2011 | 6:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Josh Ferrin closed on his family's first home, he never thought he'd make the discovery of a lifetime — then give it back.

Ferrin picked up the keys earlier this week and decided to check out the house in a Salt Lake City suburb.

As he walked into the garage, a piece of cloth clinging to an attic door caught his eye. Inside, he found eight boxes full of cash — about $45,000.

Ferrin says he thought about everything he could do with the money, but knew he had to give it back. And that's exactly what he did.

He called the previous owner's son and returned the money. That man says he knew his father had stored cash in the home but never imagined it was that much.