Claude and the Geography Lesson

By |2016-05-24T22:28:53-07:00May 24th, 2016|

The départements and overseas territories of France. By the time I was asked to find Claude and Marie Dexter* in France, I had pulled a few unclaimed property rabbits out of unclaimed property hats so that I had become the company's patron saint of hopeless cases. Typically, when they finally got around to assigning me a case like Claude's, they had exhausted all their own resources yet had not been able to find their man. My first stop was my favorite website www.numberway.com, with links to telephone directories worldwide. France's online Pages Blanches were tedious to navigate back then. You had to individually search each of the 96 "départements" (France's equivalent of US states) and overseas départements and territories. [...]

They Never Thought I'd Find Them but I Did!

By |2016-05-23T13:03:05-07:00May 23rd, 2016|

When people ask what I do for a living, I tell them "I read minds".  This is not far from the truth. The case of the Chedidi's* stands out in this regard. In about 2007, the international investment company I worked for gave me an assignment to find a couple named Jack and Lily Chedidi* who were owners of unclaimed property in the US. Their last known address was in London. My only responsibility was to return the phone number of the couple or their next of kin, leaving the business end of things to the investment company. Easy enough.  I searched the UK phone books on www.numberway.com, to discover there was only one [...]

An Adventure in International Unclaimed Property – Seeking The Von-Fiorellos

By |2016-05-20T15:00:07-07:00May 20th, 2016|

The Hyatt Regency, Merida, Mexico About ten years ago, when Andy and I were in Merida, Mexico on business, I received an email from the international investment company I worked for.  They had been trying to find owners associated with unclaimed property, but without success.  They contacted me, as usual, for a last ditch effort in solving the case.  The names they gave were Ernest and Maria Von Fiorello* with an address in Innsbruck, Austria, dating back perhaps ten or more years. From what I was told, the company had sent a Private Investigator to the old address of the Von Fiorello's, hoping that the neighbors would be able to tell them where the couple [...]

Maria the Bag Lady from Buenos Aires

By |2010-08-10T23:17:27-07:00August 10th, 2010|

My experience in locating people internationally is quite extensive.  I have located people on all continents except for Antarctica (too cold).  My most spectacular success was the location of a bag lady in Buenos Aires named Maria.  The woman had married a man from an influential Argentinian family.  She was uneducated and had been his nurse.  When the husband died nine years later, the family confiscated all of Maria's inheritance, forcing her out onto the street. However there was real estate in the US that had been forgotten, and had been escrowed by the State.  Since her husband was dead, Maria as the owner had to be located for it to be reclaimed.  When [...]

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