Mystery person leaves Roswell Salvation Army oil and mineral rights

Posted at: 02/07/2014 6:37 PM
Updated at: 02/07/2014 6:39 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Salvation Army in Roswell has just found out it could be getting some Texas oil money.

It’s a surprise that likely came from a will.

But as KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, the person behind that will is a mystery.

It’s a surprise 74 years in the making.

"I was stunned.  I was blown away," said Captain Beau Perez of the Roswell Salvation Army.

They got the news Friday morning.

They’ve had mineral rights to land in Texas since 1940.  

 Perez said he was just now approached by an oil and gas company wanting to drill oil on that land.

The lease is for 148 acres in Montague County, Texas.  That’s just north of Fort Worth.

Someone most likely gave the group the mineral rights in their will.    

“Yeah, I just got off the phone with the drilling company and they seem confident that it will somehow produce oil, and I sure hope it does," said Perez.

But there are still a lot of questions about the original owner of the land.

And that person’s connection to Roswell.

Whoever it was, the group is grateful and crossing their fingers.

The oil and gas company said they have 17 other drills near the land.

“There is a lot of interest and he said you might get a good oil well out of this," said Perez.

If they do receive money, the Salvation Army said it will most likely go towards food to feed the hungry.

"I'm amazed and I'm really grateful and this is going to help people in town," said Perez.