CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The debate over who should get more than $14,000 found months ago in a box of Christmas decorations at a St. Louis-area Goodwill store has been resolved in court.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a St. Louis County judge ruled Monday that the $14,505 discovered in May should go to Renee Stout of Webster Groves.

Stout had hired a company to hold an estate sale at her parents’ home in Columbia, Ill., just southeast of St. Louis. The money came from there, where Stout’s mother was known to stash cash.

A worker at a Goodwill store found the money among donated items, launching a push to determine whether the cash was a donation or dropped off by accident.

At least 15 people tried to claim the money.

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