When Melissa Fahy was carrying out renovations to her home in Westfield, New Jersey, she found a letter that didn’t belong to her. Realizing that the envelope was decades old and never reached its destination, she then opened it. And when she read the message contained within, it reduced her to tears.
Fahy and her husband had not long lived in their home on Hazel Avenue in Westfield, but already they were undertaking extensive renovations on the property. In fact, such was the amount of work they were doing that they’d enlisted Fahy’s father, Al Cook, who was in town to help.
And as Cook carried out some major work in the stairwell, he spotted something hidden in the ceiling above. Intrigued, he reached into the crack and grabbed it. It was an envelope – yellowing with age and which had remained unopened – stamped with the words “Refused. Return to sender.”