Mystery gets laid to rest
LYLA-ANN Schofield won't be taking Rockhampton's $150,000 cash-on-the-riverbank mystery to the grave when she is buried today.
Ms Schofield is believed to be the woman who hid the neatly stacked pile of $50 notes in a plastic bag at Riverside Park in April, 2003.
A Rockhampton City Council gardener, Ross Roberts, found the money and immediately handed it in.
The money was claimed by a 60-year-old woman a week after the story about the mystery cash find ran on the The Morning Bulletin front page.
For three years her identity remained a mystery until this week, when Ms Schofield's body was found in her Wandal home and neighbours revealed they had heard a rumour the 63-yearold owned the cash.
The Morning Bulletin has received further confidential information to confirm this.
In a remarkable Valentine's Day coincidence, the February 14, 2006 page one story on Ms Schofield's body being found appeared exactly three years after the 2003 front page report of her claiming the money.
The cash had been recognised by bank staff after it was reported in the Bully.
In 2003 Senior Sergeant Graham Richards, who took the statement from the 60year-old owner of the cash, said the details she supplied had left no doubt to her claim. He also said the woman had suffered a medical condition at the time.
Three other people had also contacted police and tried to lay claim to the $150,000, but police said there was no seriousness in their claims.
The Morning Bulletin unsuccessfully attempted to contact Ms Schofield's family and friends yesterday.
The former Eventide worker's funeral is being held at the North Rockhampton Cemetery today.
Her body had lain undiscovered for two days. She died of natural causes.