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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 12. Code of Criminal Procedure
- Chapter 36. Disposition of Recovered or Seized Property
- Section 45. When Finder of Property is Considered the Owner.
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AS 12.36.045. When Finder of Property is Considered the Owner.
- (a) When a private individual obtains property of another that is lost, mislaid, or delivered to the individual by
mistake, the individual delivers that property to a law enforcement agency, and the true owner of the property remains
unknown for a period of one year or does not claim the property within one year, the individual delivering the property
shall be considered the owner of the property under this chapter if possession of the property by the individual is
otherwise legal. If, after the one-year period, the private individual who delivered the property to the law
enforcement agency cannot be found or does not want the property, the property shall be disposed of by the agency as if
the owner is unknown.
- (b) This section does not apply to property that comes into the custody of a law enforcement agency of a municipality that
has adopted an ordinance providing for the custody and disposition of property that meets the requirements specified in
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