First District Judge James Wilson signed an order Tuesday certifying Arlene Magdanz of San Rafael as the rightful heir to the $7.4 million left by Walter Samaszko Jr.
Her 69-year-old cousin had died from heart problems about a month before authorities discovered his body in late June. A crew sent to clean out his house found piles of gold stashed away in the garage of his modest ranch-style home.
Magdanz has had no comment on her newfound wealth. Carson City clerk Alan Glover, the public administrator handling her estate, says she's gone into hiding and won't even tell him where.