'Most honest man' returns $50,000 found in used safe

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A thank-you note to a Central Oregon locksmith was addressed to "the most honest man in Bend" after he returned $50,000 he found in a safe's secret compartment.

Bryan Donnell retrieved a customer's 1,000-pound safe last week. He's used to finding jewels and some cash, but nothing like the stacks of $100 bills wrapped in rubber bands.

The safe's former owner, 57-year-old Dale Parkinson, tells The Bulletin of Bend, Ore., that he and his wife pulled the money from their life savings in 2007, fearing a potential financial collapse.

They also bought a safe, and snuck $50,000 into a secret compartment.

Then, apparently, they forgot about it.

Parkinson decided to put the money back in the bank this year and sold the safe to Donnell.

Donnell refused a cash reward, but accepted a bottle of Scotch.