Strange people are found everywhere. In Salt Lake City, for years Max Melitzer has been living on the streets. Meanwhile his relatives have been trying to locate him since his brother’s death, who left him his estate.
A private investigator, David Lundberg, on an anonymous tip, said he found Max Melitzer pushing a shopping cart filled with all his earthly belongings in Pioneer Park, a park in Salt Lake City, Utah. He gave him the enlightening news on Saturday afternoon, June 18, 2011. Lundberg declined to disclose how much money Melitzer is now worth, but said the man’s brother died of cancer last year, and bequeathed him a “significant” amount in his will.
“He’ll no longer be living on the street or in abandoned storage sheds,” Lundberg told The Associated Press. “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.”
Melitzer’s family’s New York law firm hired Lundberg to locate Melitzer, and finally some family members will meet Melitzer next week in Salt Lake City.
The private investigator reported that he broke the good news to Melitzer while they were sitting on a bench at Pioneer Park. “He’s still in shock. This came out of nowhere,” Lundberg said. “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’s heart-warming rags-to-riches story had a very tragic beginning. Melitzer decline into homelessness began after his wife and two friends were killed in a car crash 21 years ago. Melitzer was driving when the tragedy happened and it may have led to his life on the streets.