On the trail of $51,000, Medford police find $100,000 instead

A Medford police investigation into the reported disappearance of nearly $51,000 in cash from an 86-year-old man's home uncovered $100,000 stashed in the trunk of his caregiver's car and the alleged misuse of $2,000 last winter that garnered criminal charges against her.

However, it hasn't turned up the missing cash, yet.

On July 13, the man reported about $51,000 cash had been taken from his home while he was hospitalized in June, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

During the investigation, detectives interviewed the man's caregiver, Mary Kay Dunlap, 55, of the 400 block of Greenleaf Drive, Eagle Point. They determined that she had accepted $2,000 from the man in December outside of her regular responsibilities and pay. For that, she was charged with first-degree theft and first-degree criminal mistreatment, Doney said.

She then told detectives that in mid-July, after the $51,000 theft was reported, the man had given her $100,000 to hold for safekeeping. She took them out to her car, where she had the money in her trunk.

Police seized the cash — bundles of large bills, many still in the bands from a bank — and are now working with the man and Department of Human Services officials to ensure his assets are safeguarded in a financial institution.

Doney didn't have details about why the man kept large amounts of cash. The man's wife died last fall and he doesn't have other family in the area, police said.

Doney said the investigation into the first $51,000 reported missing is ongoing.

— Anita Burke

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