Person behind "Hidden Cash Indy" comes forward

Radio Now 100.9 DJ Kyle Smelser
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During the month of June a total of $3,003 mysteriously became hidden at various spots around Indianapolis with clues on Twitter from the "Hidden Cash Indy" account.

Wednesday morning, the person behind it all came forward to talk about the reason behind the movement.

It has had Hoosiers going on a scavenger hunt since the first day.

"I definitely didn't expect to be one of the people to find it just seeing how many people who were out there looking for it," said Adam Shoemaker, who found $273 Tuesday night at Holiday Park.

"Since I just adopted my dog Summer from the Indianapolis Humane Society about a month ago and I had her with me, I decided to pay it forward and give it to them," he said.

Pay it forward is a common theme that's emerged among those finding the money.

"We gave some to church and we gave some to Down Syndrome Indiana," said Buffy Smith.

Buffy Smith's five children noticed an envelope while recently outside the sprawling acres of the IMA.

"It had this like little tiny person and it says you've found me and I was like 'we've got to tell mom,'" her daughter Brianna said.

But the person behind it hasn't been telling their identity. Wednesday morning, that changed with the big announcement on WNOU Radio.

"It's me, and it feels so good to get it off my chest because the last couple of weeks I've felt like I've had this secret identity that I've been running around with," Radio show host Kyle Smelser announced live on the air Wednesday morning.

Smelser is a Hoosier who grew up in Pendleton and attended Butler University.

"My mom Judy didn't even know that I was the Hidden Cash Indy person, that's how you know it's serious," he said.

After hearing about the Hidden Cash movement across the nation, he says he went to his bosses at the radio station who put up the money.

"Part of the reason I wanted to do it was because there's been so much negative stuff that you've seen in the news some unfortunate things happening in our city," he said.

More than $3,000 in cash has been handed out. In addition to benefiting organizations around the city, it's also lifted spirits.

"It's been a good thing for the city. I feel like it has gotten a lot of people out with their friends and family, seeing different parts of the city they haven't seen before and it's been great with the aspect of paying it forward," Shoemaker said.

That's perhaps the bigger surprise to come from the hidden cash mystery.

"It snowballed into something greater than anybody could have expected," Smelser said.