HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (WJBK) - Ricardo Bush discovered a secret room in his Hamtramck home on Carpenter Street on Friday. Inside he found two old steamer trunks with priceless family photos and documents. He contacted FOX 2 on Saturday to try to find the family, and now a relative has come forward.
We spoke with 70-year-old Kathy Nedaliz-Zakrzewski by phone from her home in South Carolina.
She says she received a Facebook message from her ex-husband on Sunday with our original story. He didn't realize it was his ex-wife's family, he just thought Carpenter Street sounded familiar.
Kathy says she clicked on the link, and says she was shocked when she saw a photo of her father in his military uniform.
"I looked at that picture of my father in a uniform and I swear I about fell off my chair. I have the exact same picture of him in uniform and the one in his tuxedo," she said referencing the photos shown in our story.
Her father was Mike Nedaliz, the stepson of Daniel Kozak. Kozak's name was on the steamer trunk and other documents.
Kathy says she and her parents moved from Texas to Hamtramck to live with Kozak and her grandmother, Katherine, back in the 1950s when her parents were looking for work.
"We lived there until I was 18 and graduated high school. We lived with my grandparents. My grandfather built that house on Carpenter himself," she said.
She says her grandfather, of Russian and Polish descent, didn't speak much English but she remembers his singing.
"He used to walk around the house playing the accordion and singing in Russian - which I didn't understand, of course."
She's grateful Ricardo Bush shared his find and she's looking forward to getting the photographs and documents and reading those letters.
"It is crazy! I mean, it was just meant to be."