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Man found dead was possible heir to fortune

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

EVANSTON — A man found dead under the Sixth Street overpass in Evanston Dec. 27 has garnered national and international attention since his body was discovered.

According to Evanston police Lt. Bill Jeffers, Utah resident Timothy Henry Gray, 60, likely died from exposure.

“The preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play,” Jeffers told the Herald. “An autopsy was performed Jan. 1, and is pending toxicology results, [and it may be] weeks before the official cause of death is known.”

Jeffers said the man’s death brought national and international attention after it was discovered he was a potential heir to a disputed family fortune in New York. He said he had taken calls from all the national news stations, as well as affiliates from Montana, New York, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.

A story that appeared on the online edition of the United Kingdom-based Daily Mail asserted Gray was a half great-nephew the “reclusive and eccentric” New York heiress Huguette Clark, who stood to inherit $19 million of Clark’s $300 million fortune after the women died in 2011.

Clark, according to the Daily Mail story, was the daughter of former U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark, credited with making a fortune in copper mining, banking, construction and railroads. Clark County, Nev. — which includes Las Vegas — was named in his honor.

“The Gray family has expressed their sadness and remorse over his passing,” Jeffers noted. “The family is making funeral arrangements.”

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