$7 Million in Gold Found in Dead Man's Home

A San Rafael relative may be the only living relative to claim the find.

By Mathew Luschek
|  Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 AM PDT
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Walter Samaszko Jr. passed away with only $200 in his bank account, but when officials inspected his 1,200 foot home, they found gold. Lots of gold. $7 million worth of gold.

Walter Samaszko Jr. passed away with only $200 in his bank account, but when officials inspected his 1,200 foot home, they found gold. Lots of gold. $7 million worth of gold.

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A dead Carson City, Nev., man makes a good case for the phrase "you can't take it with you."

Walter Samaszko Jr. passed away with only $200 in his bank account, but when officials inspected his 1,200 foot home, they found gold. Lots of gold: $7 million of it. 

"You never anticipate running into anything like this," Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Los Angeles Times." This guy was everybody's next-door neighbor."

Glover said there were dos-pesos, five-peso coins, $20 gold pieces, gold sovereigns, Austrian ducats, Krugerrands, and more.

He had so much gold that it took authorities two wheelbarrows to haul it out, one source said.

According to neighbors, Samaszko was a quiet, recluse, and a hoarder -- he also had a brand new 1968 Mustang in the garage.

Much of the gold was from his mother who died in 1992. His father was a vice president of the J. Harris Pie Co. which later became Mrs. Smith's Pie Co.

Samaszko has a first cousin in San Rafael, who appears to be the only living relative to claim the money.

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