Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Soldier's precious belongings found inside a foreclosed home

At least some things in life work out sometimes, and I am happy that it did for this soldier.

By Jeff McShan / 11 News

HOUSTON -- For two years, realtor Kim Stacy has been looking for Army Sgt. Armando Carbajal. This is because she has some of his most precious belongings.


Soldier's precious belongings found inside a foreclosed home
March 9, 2009 View larger E-mail Clip More Video “I want to return these items to him, but I haven’t been able to find him after looking for two years,” said Stacy.

Stacy has two large boxes filled with Carbajal’s belongings, including his Army uniform, jewelry, and even pictures from his wedding.

She discovered the boxes inside a foreclosed home in 2007.

A management company took over the home and hired Stacy to put it on the market. That’s when she went inside and found all of the sergeant’s stuff. She says she didn’t have the heart to throw it away.

Instead, Stacy began to look for him.

“I tried to find him. I called the Army and I called the recruiting office in Rosenberg,” said Stacy.

Digging through one box, our 11 news reporter found a copy of an old driver’s license that revealed his hometown of Alice, Texas.

11 News called Alice High School, and in 15 minutes, the school’s receptionist had found him.

Carbajal said he spent time in Iraq, and then he was shipped off to Korea.

He said the loan for his house was an adjustable rate mortgage, and like so many other Americans, the interest rate jumped too high for him and his wife to handle.

Back then, it was a sad time for the sergeant. But now that he knows someone had finally found his cherished possessions, he’s smiling.

“I am really glad she saved my stuff. Twice, when I went to Houston, I went to the house and knocked on the door and nobody answered,” said Carbajal.

Carbajal said he was never able to get in contact with anybody.

It took Stacy two years to track him down, but he’s thankful she never gave up the search.

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