Body to be exhumed in inheritance dispute

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Body to be exhumed in inheritance dispute
Dornbirn. Photo: Dornbirn Tourismus & Stadtmarketing

The body of a man who left over €10 million in his will is to be exhumed in a dispute over who should inherit his wealth.


The man died in 2007 in Vorarlberg and left his estate to his son and daughter. However, a Dutchman has been trying to prove for several years that he is in fact the man’s biological son, and should share in the inheritance. The District Court in Dornbirn has now decided to exhume the grave, and carry out a DNA test.

The man who believes he was cheated of his inheritance was born in Vorarlberg in 1970, but grew up in Holland where he was adopted.

In 2008 he attempted to track down his biological father, and his research led him to Dornbirn. The two children of the deceased man deny there is any possibility that they may have a sibling and have refused to provide saliva for a DNA test.

Meanwhile the son from Dornbirn reportedly threatened to kill the Dutchman if he succeeded in getting approval to exhume his father’s grave. The man does have a gun and gun license, according to a local radio report, and the police have taken him in for questioning.


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