A missing $1.5 million US cash tree in Texas has sparked a nationwide search.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the $1 million, located in the town of Lubbock, was reported missing after being found in a storage shed.
It was reported on Thursday morning.
A Texas Highway Patrol officer said it was “not immediately known if it was stolen or if it had been used for some other purpose”.
“The HPRT does not believe this is a random act, and the HPRTS has been in contact with the owner of the property and is assisting with the investigation,” the agency said in a statement.
“The property was not reported missing on the day of the disappearance.
It is unknown if there was any involvement by anyone with the property.”
The owner of LUBBOCK, a city of around 11,000 people, told the Associated Press news agency that he was shocked to learn of the missing money.
He said the owner had lost the money when he was a child, and had used it for “gifts and things like that”.
“My husband had this cash box for 10 years,” he told the AP.
“We had this thing for 10 of them.”
He was contacted by a local police officer in April after noticing the missing box in a dumpster.
Police said the box was believed to be “in good condition”, but could not confirm the location.
Lubbock is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Houston.
Mr Mabry told the news agency he hoped the missing cash box would lead to “the discovery of a reward”.
“Hopefully, this will bring some closure to the family,” he said.
More than 30 police officers have been deployed in the search for the missing tree, with hundreds of volunteers on the scene.
Many of those in the area have donated their time to help search for clues, including firefighters, law enforcement officers and private citizens.
Authorities have been in touch with a number of private individuals who have offered their time and expertise.
Some have offered to pay for a search of the house, and some have offered help in building a memorial.