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Gold Bar in Lake Worth $18K Belongs to Girl Who Found It

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Police released a picture of the gold bar alongside a paper clip.

By    |   Friday, 05 Feb 2016 07:10 AM

A gold bar worth $18,000 found in a German lake last year now belongs to the teen girl who found it while swimming because authorities could never identify the owner.

The girl, 16, who has not been identified by the media, found the bar in about six feet of water near the shore of Lake Koenigssee, near Berchtesgaden in the German state of Bavaria in August, 2015, according to the BBC News.

Authorities were able to restore the bar's identity number, which had been defaced, but it didn't give them enough information to find the owner.

The gold bar had numerous markings on it, including references to the bar's weight and fineness, the Daily Mail reported last year. Engraved on the bar was the name Degussa Feingold, a company that has made gold bars for more than 150 years.

Germany's Degussa AG produced gold bars at its refineries in Frankfurt from 1843 through 1975, and subsequently in Hanau and Pforzheim, Germany, according to the website Gold Bars Worldwide.com.

The company also manufactures gold bars through its accredited subsidiaries in The Netherlands, Brazil, Singapore and Canada.

After the girl turned the gold bar over to police, divers unsuccessfully searched the lake for other items.

Some believed the gold was dumped into the lake during the Nazi era, but experts disputed that claim because of the bar's markings. It remained a mystery how the gold ended up in the lake.

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