German authorities find cash stash on homeless woman who died, check for possible son in US

German authorities say they found tens of thousands of euros in cash in the possessions of an 83-year-old woman who lived at a homeless shelter and died last week.

They are investigating whether she has a son in the U.S.

A spokesman for the Duesseldorf district court, Mihael Pohar, said Thursday the woman died a week ago. Officials found a bag containing 45,000 euros ($49,700) in 500-euro notes; another 930 euros in smaller bills; $6,648 and Moldovan currency worth $39.

Pohar said a social worker who dealt with the woman told authorities that she may have a son in the U.S., and a court-appointed administrator is now looking into that possibility as he tries to find any heirs. The woman is believed to have been a Moldovan citizen.