Sunday 21 January 2018

Park-bench homeless man gets life-changing inheritance

Jon Swaine

A homeless man in Utah has been tracked down by a private detective and told that he is to receive a life-changing inheritance.

Max Melitzer, who pushed his possessions around Salt Lake City in a shopping trolley, has been left a "significant" amount of money by his brother, who died of cancer, said the detective, David Lundberg.

Mr Lundberg found Mr Melitzer, who is in his 60s, in a park on Saturday afternoon. "He'll no longer be living on the street or in abandoned storage sheds," he said.

"He'll be able to have a normal life, and be able to have a home, provide for himself, and purchase clothing, food and health care".

Mr Lundberg had been searching for Mr Melitzer for the past two months, on behalf of his brother's family's New York lawyers. He declined to name the family or give the precise sum involved.

He said that after news of his search was broadcast on local radio, he received a tip-off that the homeless man was in Pioneer Park. He broke the news to him while the pair sat on a bench and chatted.

"He's still in shock," said Mr Lundberg. "This came out of nowhere. He's a really mellow guy in his 60s, very sweet and more articulate than I thought for a man in his position".

Mr Melitzer has been homeless for several years and previously had occasional correspondence with his brother's family by mail. Members of the family are due to meet him in Salt Lake City next week.

"He does have some emotional issues," said Mr Lundberg. "The family just wants to make sure he's set up and he's taken care of."

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