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'It didn't belong to us': Family finds nearly $1 million in cash on road, turns it in

"For someone so honest and willing to give ... almost a million dollars back, it's exceptional on their part."

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While out for a Saturday afternoon drive, a Virginia family had a shocking find -- nearly $1 million in cash.

According to WTVR, a car driving in front of Emily Schantz and her family swerved around an object on the road.

The Schantz family hit the object, which was a bag.

The bag was filled with cash, the news outlet reports. But the family, thinking it was trash, picked it up and put it in their truck. They also grabbed another bag nearby, having no idea there was close to a million bucks in the two bags.

When the family discovered the money, they called local authorities, WTVR reports.

"Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said ‘cash vault,’" Emily Schantz said.

Deputies said they believe the bags belong to the U.S. Postal Service. The money was meant for the bank, but authorities don't know how it ended up on the side of the road.

"For someone so honest and willing to give that almost a million dollars back, it's exceptional on their part,” said Maj. Scott Moser.

"Do the right thing and return it,” Emily Schantz said. “Because it didn't belong to us."