NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) – A western New York court has awarded a million-dollar estate to the first cousin of a man whose mummified remains were found buried under a pile of junk in his debris-filled basement.
The Buffalo News reports that Niagara County Surrogate’s Court ruled that 80-year-old Richard Wroblewski of Niagara Falls is the sole heir of Theodore Wroblewski, who was 79 when his body was found in 2011.
Officials say Theodore Wroblewski was a hoarder whose Niagara Falls home was crammed with magazines, canned goods and other objects. Another relative found his body in March 2011 buried under junk in his basement.
Wroblewski’s mother died in 2009 at age 97, leaving him about $1.2 million.
The judge’s ruling mean’s Richard Wroblewski receives more than $900,000, after payment of legal and other fees.