We lost my iPad right before our move. I had hoped that we accidentally packed it, but when we opened the last box I realized that wasn't the case. I phoned the hotel we had stayed in right before we left and they didn't have it. I thought maybe we had lost it along the way. That was about seven months ago.
About a week ago I got a call from a room attendant at a hotel we stayed at about a week before our move (not the hotel I called already). Apparently we left the iPad in the closet and he found it and turned it in. He kept telling me that the hotel told him that if we hadn't claimed it in six months he could have it. So, after six months they gave it to him. But he can't do anything with it because I've got it locked up with my iCloud password. I also turned a lock message on it, which I think is how he got my number. I thought he was calling to tell me he'd found it and was returning it, but the longer I talked to him (his English was not great) the more I realized he just wanted me to give him the password, because without it the iPad was "useless" to him.
I asked him to send it to me and he said he couldn't do that because it would be too expensive. So, I asked for his email and said I'd email him money. I emailed him and offered to pay for everything and for a reward. I told him how happy I was that he found the iPad and how thankful I was that he'd contacted me and how excited I was to be getting my iPad back. He told me he was busy working and wouldn't be able to send it right away.
That was a week ago. Today I called the hotel and told them what happened. I'm waiting for someone to call me back now. I really hope I get it back.