This sounds like a great challenge for Australian genealogists: a $1.2 million (Australian) fortune is up for grabs as a result of the death of a Brighton recluse. State Trustees have been searching for months for beneficiaries to the estate of William Overall, 76, who died last June without making a will.
Mr. Overall never married and had no children. This leaves his fortune to the missing link in his life: his uncle, Percy Marsh, who has not been heard of for 75 years. Mr. Marsh was believed to have once lived in Mr. Overall's house in Dendy St., Brighton, but no records have been found of him since 1930. Mr. Marsh, who would be 103 if still alive, is the sole beneficiary.
If Mr. Marsh is dead, his children would be entitled to a share of Mr. Overall's estate. According to State Trustees genealogy services manager, Rob Skilbeck, searches of death, marriage, and birth records in every Australian state have failed to uncover any information about Mr. Marsh.
You can read more about this mystery here.