Possible Heir to Recluse's Fortune Is Found Dead

Kids stumble on Timothy Henry Gray, frozen to death

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 30, 2012 3:45 PM CST

(Newser) – The messy estate of reclusive millionaire Huguette Clark took a sad turn today when a possible heir to her fortune was found frozen beneath an overpass in Wyoming, NBC News reports. Children sledding in Evanston, a small mining town, discovered 60-year-old Timothy Henry Gray dead from hypothermia in freezing temperatures. Described by his older brother as homeless, Gray was Clark's half great-nephew and might have been entitled to a big slice of the family's copper-mining fortune.

The reclusive Clark apparently left the $400 million estate to her nurse, goddaughter, lawyer, accountant, and an arts foundation—but nineteen relatives have challenged her will in court. Should they win, Gray would have collected roughly $19 million before taxes. But he didn't use the money he had—including a pocketed check for a "significant amount," the coroner said. "If we had proper mental health services in this country, we could have been notified and known to do something" about him, says his older brother Jerry.

In this Aug. 11, 1930 file photo, Huguette Clark, daughter of the late copper magnate Sen. William A. Clark of Montana, is seen in Reno, Nev., after being granted a divorce.   (AP Photo/File)
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