A US hoarder who died with just $200 in the bank turned out to be hiding millions of dollars' worth of antique coins, gold bullion and cash inside his home.
Neighbours described Walter Samaszko Jr, 69, as an "anti-government" recluse who had lived alone in his Nevada home since his mother's death in 1992.
He had been dead for at least a month before neighbours called authorities because of a bad smell.
Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover ordered cleaners in to clear out the house but received a call shortly afterwards — the cleaners had found boxes and boxes of gold in the garage.
"At that point, we took the house apart," Mr Glover told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
Before Mr Samaszko's mother died, she had used the inheritance from her late husband, who was the vice president of a successful pie company, to buy antique coins from countries around the world.
Mr Samaszko kept adding to the collection after she died and recorded every purchase.
Over the years, they collected coins and gold bullion worth millions of dollars. Mr Samaszko was hiding $12,000 in cash and $165,000 worth of stocks in his house.
Authorities found the treasure neatly wrapped in foil and plastic.
Based on the weight of the gold alone, Mr Glover estimated $7 million worth was being kept inside the house.
It took two wheelbarrow loads to move it all into an armoured truck.
Mr Glover believes the rare coins in the Samaszko's collection will push the estimated fortune up much higher.
As well as the huge gold stash, Mr Glover and his crew also found conspiracy books, several guns and dozens of cans of tuna and salmon.
Mr Glover is trying to make sure as much money as possible goes to the heir, who is believed to be a cousin living in California.
The vast amounts of gold mean the tax department may want up to 75 percent of the total value, depending on whether or not the Samaszkos filed proper tax returns.
Sources: Tahoe Daily Tribune, Gawker
Author: Ali Best. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.