No one expected to find love letters from the 1950s during a routine inspection of an Arizona home.
Home inspector Bob Nau was checking the attic of a vacant Mesa home when he discovered dozens of stamped love letters, sent from Pearl Harbor to a Navy seaman on a ship.
“I've never seen anything like this,” Nau told KPHO. “You always find junk up in there that nobody wants – boxes, old Christmas tree, stuff like that. Nothing like this.”
One of the letters read: “How I miss you, sweetheart. I could never tell you just how much. I love you with every breath I take. You are my love, my life and my everything, and without you being with me, life is so lonely. Goodnight my sweet baby.”
He said he believed the letters, dated between 1950 and 1951, were between a woman named Eva Wright and her husband, Roger Wright, who was stationed on a ship. In another letter, Roger wrote that he had just arrived in Guam.
Among the frayed, yellowed letters were also negatives of old photographs.
Nau said he was found an obituary for Roger Wright, listed at the same address, and discovered he died in 1981, survived by three children and five grandchildren.
The home inspector now hopes to reunite the couple’s family with the letters.
“I know if it was me, if it was my great-grandfather, I would have loved to have them,” he said.