Hunter on trail of heir

Malcolm Wallis
Malcolm Wallis

A HEIR hunter is looking to track down a woman who could be a beneficiary of an estate.

Malcolm Wallis is trying to find Amanda Jane Miller, who was born in Hartlepool in 1968, and is believed to have a daughter called Danielle.

She could be a beneficiary of an estate Malcolm is currently involved with.

The 57-year-old is a probate researcher – more commonly known as a heir hunter – and it is his job to hunt down beneficiaries of estates of people who have passed away.

Amanda’s parents were Arnold Miller and Christine Miller but Christine sadly died in 1988.

Malcolm believes that Amanda possibly married a David Watson and lived in the Station Town area around 2004.

But he doesn’t have much more information than that so has now appealed for help from Mail readers.

Malcolm said: “I am currently trying to locate a lady who was born Amanda Jane Miller in Hartlepool in 1968.

“Her parents were Arnold Miller and Christine Miller, formally Thompson.

“Christine Miller died in 1988.

“Amanda possibly married a David Watson and lived in the Station Town area in or about 2004.

“She has a daughter called Danielle.

“She could be a beneficiary of an estate I am currently involved with.”

Malcolm, who searches births, deaths and marriages and the electoral roll, was approached by a Darlington-based solicitor dealing with the estate of the deceased, whose identity has not been released for confidentiality reasons.

There is thought to be 24 beneficiaries and Amanda Miller is the last Malcolm needs to get in touch with.

He said the deceased’s mother was a sister of Amanda’s great-grandfather.

Malcolm, who has a passion for genealogy, set up his own business Lineage Research Limited two years ago.

Malcolm, who is married to Ann and has two grown-up children, said: “It is a nice feeling to go and see the beneficiary and let them know they are in line for some money.

“But there are mixed feelings because obviously a relative of theirs has died or perhaps even a relative they didn’t even know about.”

He has been tracing his own family history for the past 20 years and after 35 years in the construction industry decided it was time for a new challenge.

Malcolm, a former sales manager for the timber importing and joinery industries, added: “Every case is different with some having one beneficiary while another I worked on had 48.

“Obviously the more beneficiaries there are then the longer it takes but I have completed about 20 cases in the past couple of years.”

He receives work in three ways, by searching the Treasury’s bona vacantia list, a public document that lists all those people that have died but have not left their estate to anyone.

The government holds the estate for up to 30 years until it is claimed and if not then it goes into the government’s coffers.

He also receives work through a solicitor or if somebody approaches Malcolm independently.

Anyone with any information about Amanda Jane Miller is asked to call Malcolm on 07538006694.