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Published On: Tue, Sep 18th, 2012

Walter Samaszko, dead Nevada man, found a month later with millions in gold coins

A man found dead in his Nevada home had $7 million in gold coins in his home, while keeping only $200 in his bank account.

Walter Samaszko

Walter Samazko died in June but wasn’t found until a month later.

Described as a “recluse” in one report, the man had case of ammunition and a ton of gold.

Joe Baxter, a neighbor who lives across the street, called authorities.
 
“He was a good neighbor. I never saw him that much,” said Baxter.
 
“We opened it thinking it was ammunition and found rolls of $20 gold pieces wrapped up in aluminum foil.  I’ve never seen that much gold in my life or coins that old,” Baxter said.

“Nobody had any clue he was hoarding the gold,” Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Las Vegas Sun. According to the newspaper, there were so many gold bars and coins that Glover had to use a wheelbarrow to haul them to his truck. Glover later deposited the treasure for safekeeping.

Glover says Samaszko had $200 in the bank, stock accounts worth $165,000 and $12,000 in cash at the house.
 
Some additional details from the Tahoe Daily Tribune:

Glover said he gets cases like that periodically. He called in Aftermath to handle cleanup and called lawyer Dawn Ellerbrock to handle the probate and help find any living relatives.

“I needed a favor from her because I didn’t think there was anything in it (the estate),” he said.

Shortly after the cleaning crew called him back to the house. They found gold in boxes in the garage — lots of gold.

“At that point, we took the house apart,” Glover said.

 
Glover says there were cases of ammo, guns and conspiracy theory books as well.
 
“It appears he did not like government very much,” he added.

Because Samaszko didn’t have a will or any close relatives, lawyers tracked down his first cousin, substitute teacher Arlene Magdanz of San Rafael, Calif.

According to the lawyer who contacted Magdanz, her response was simply: “Oh, my God. Oh, my God.”

“Our goal is to get the most money for the heir,” Glover told Carson City’s Nevada Appeal, adding that the IRS could take as much as 75 percent of the $7 million fortune, depending on whether Samaszko’s taxes had been paid properly.

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