Girl, 15, to inherit fortune after international hunt to find BBC editor’s only heir

Alexander Thomson (deceased). See SWNS story SWNNinherit; A 15-year-old Indonesian girl is set to inherit more than ?400,000 from her estranged father following a global hunt for his heir. The mystery daughter will receive the proceeds from a treasure trove uncovered from an unassuming three-bed semi that included a highly coveted vase, a 60ft boat, and rare Chinese artefacts. The home belonged to Alexander Thomson, a former BBC World Service East Africa and Far East editor, who died in September aged 71. Unmarried and with no known next of kin or a will, detectives searched for any children he may have had. Various rare and valuable pieces of art were uncovered, including a rare 19th century vase and a Straits China wedding footstool measuring just 33cm x 28cm that fetched ?2,200 at auction. The vase, covered in dust and hidden from view, sold for a huge ?20,000. Dawsons Auctioneers & Valuers said the vase has a six-character mark on it related to the late 19th century Guangxu emperor, which made it so valuable.

Alexander Thomson died unmarried and no will (Picture: SWNS)

An Indonesian teenager will inherit more than £400,000 after a global search to find a BBC editor’s only heir.

Alexander Thomson, who worked for the World Service in East Africa and the Far East, died in September, aged 71.

He was unmarried, had no known next of kin and no will, sparking an investigation by detectives to find any children he may have had.

They tracked down the 15-year-old girl who now stands to profit from a treasure trove discovered in his three-bedroom semi-detached in Ramsgate.

Among the items were a highly coveted vase that sold for £20,000, rare Chinese artefacts – including a footstool that fetched £2,200, and deeds to a 60ft boat.

Danny Curran, managing director of Finders International, says many of the items had an Asian influence and so they enlisted the help of Asian art expert Richard Harrison, of Dawsons Auctioneers and Valuers.

Among the items found in his home were deeds for a 60ft yacht (Picture: Finders International/SWNS)
A Chinese vase sold for £20,000 (Picture: Finders International/SWNS)
A footstool fetched £2,200 (Picture: Finders International/SWNS)

He said: ‘Only one of Alexander’s two sisters had children and at first glance the sizeable estate was destined to be inherited by his only niece and nephew.

‘However, deeper and more forensic research by our team eventually revealed a young daughter in Asia.’

Mr Thomson, who was born in Singapore, had a religious marriage ceremony in Indonesia and, while this was not a legal marriage, that union resulted in a daughter born in 2006.

Mr Curran added: ‘As a leading heir hunter one part of our job is to find relatives entitled to inherit an estate when the deceased has died intestate, with no will and with no known next of kin.

‘We are thrilled that we traced Alexander’s daughter, who will rightly inherit his estate.

‘We are sure that this is what Alexander would have wanted.’

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