News Vendor Had Secret Past

Sacramento news vendor Charles Scheel was a mystery man. When he died, he left $67,000 in cash in a paper bag, but no will. He had no known family. Documents listed his age as 76, but research showed his true age to be 59. An interview with a former customer indicated that Scheel was a native of Pennsylvania. That state's vital statistics records revealed that Scheel was once married and had a daughter. Scheel's former wife died just two weeks before he did, but his daughter-- and 22 cousins -- were found living in Pennsylvania. The daughter, who was determined to be the sole heir to her father's estate, had no idea of his whereabouts or the fact that she had cousins living nearby.