David Lundberg said he found Max Melitzer pushing a shopping cart filled with personal possessions in a Salt Lake City park Saturday afternoon. Lundberg declined to disclose how much money Melitzer will receive, but said the man’s brother died of cancer last year and left him a “significant” amount in his will.
Melitzer was “in shock” after learning of the inheritance, Lundberg said. Lundberg was hired by the family’s New York law firm to locate Melitzer. Melitzer has been on the streets for years, floating between Salt Lake City and Ogden and becoming somewhat of a fixture among social service providers such as the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake City, The Deseret News reported.
Melitzer’s family wishes to remain private, and lawyers are deferring questions to Lundberg. “He’d have money where he could take care of himself or hire someone to take care of him,” Lundberg said earlier. “Apparently, he does have some emotional issues. The family just wants to make sure he’s set up and he’s taken care of.”