The real estate investor who gained worldwide attention in May for stashing cash in public areas for lucky treasure hunters to find is back in the Los Angeles area this weekend.
The once anonymous benefactor, now known to be Jason Buzi, 43, of Palo Alto, returned to the Southland Friday with a drop-and-discover in the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Park in Baldwin Hills.
That treasure quest was cut short when the park had to be cleared just after 8 p.m. when it closed.
Buzi, who Tweets under the handle @HiddenCash, apologized for the mix-up, saying “I’m sorry people. It took me longer to prepare and get there (traffic) and do the drop than I anticipated. We have three more this weekend.”
He later admitted there were five cash packets stashed at Hahn Park and asked his more than 700,000 Twitter followers if anyone knew how many were found before closing time.
It remains unclear whether all five packets were retrieved, or whether there is still money to be discovered in the 309-acre recreational area.
He is planning to do his next drop today in Riverside, according to ABC News.
Late last night, Buzi Tweeted two new hints about his plans for theremainder of the weekend: a query about how many of his followers live near downtown Los Angeles or in Diamond Bar, and his decision to try leaving his next cash drop in sugar packets.
“Why? Easier to hide, harder to find,” he Tweeted, “and fits great.”