I heard of a story recently where the kids were cleaning up a basement of a relative and after throwing out half of the news papers something fell out of one.
Stocks and bonds...
Half had already gone to the landfill.
That a story that I had heard before, but this person was talking about one of their relation 40 years ago.
Could be the same story as folklore.
Either way the lesson to learn is make sure you go through everything that your relatives have interest in...NOT just trash the stuff.
I've heard a few local stories over the years.
I know a guy that found rings inside of pill bottles mixed in with prescription pills from a delinquent storage locker.
Had he not looked at everything he could have very well just thrown them out.