(CBS) — Lost for several years, the war medals awarded to a south suburban man will be going back to his family thanks to the efforts of the Park Forest Police Department and Facebook.

Park Forest wanted to have a garage sale to benefit veterans and one of the items donated was a shadow box with the World War II and Korean War medals of a Navy veteran, William H. Eggers, who died in 1999 at age 73.

Park Forest Police decided they wouldn’t sell the shadow box but try to find Eggers’ family.

Through some detective work and some networking on Facebook, they found Eggers’ ex-daughter-in-law in Washington State and she referred them back to the Chicago area and Eggers’ daughter, Nancy Griffin.

“I do find it amazing, the whole journey of the thing, even though I don’t know where it was… those several years,” Griffin said. “But now that it did find its way back I think is a cool thing.”

Park Forest Police Chief Pete Green holding the shadow box. (Credit: Park Forest Police Facebook Page.)

Park Forest Police Chief Pete Green holding the shadow box. (Credit: Park Forest Police Facebook Page.)

Griffin says the medals in the shadow box are replicas she had made years ago for her siblings and when one of her brothers fell on hard times, he lost his storage locker and everything in it.

That was in 2008. Where the shadow box has been for the past seven years: anybody’s guess.