Quiet Recluse Leaves Behind Fortune In Gold

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Carson City officials say a substitute teacher from California is the only heir to a fortune of gold coins found in the home of reclusive cousin who died in June.

Genealogical researchers hired to find Walter Samaszko Jr.'s relatives determined Arlene Magdon is the only living heir to what appraisers say is an estate worth more than $7.4 million.

The Nevada Appeal reports a court hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Carson City, when a judge is expected to certify Magdon as the lone heir.

The 69-year-old Samaszko lived in Nevada's capital city since the late 1960s.

His body was found at his home in late June, and a cleaning crew found gold coins and bullion in the garage. There was enough gold to fill two wheel barrows.


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