The son Jeffrey Archer never knew will get his Teton County home and likely a lot of other stuff, following a Teton County District Court ruling.
John Selleck will receive the title to Archer’s Game Creek house, property, vehicles, bank accounts and money.
Selleck is the only child of Archer — although he didn’t know his father — and the closest living relative.
When Archer died last fall, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had a hard time finding any of Archer’s living family.
The fate of the 69-year-old’s estate has been working its way through probate court since the county condemned the home in December 2018.
The million-dollar house has been sitting vacant since Archer died a year ago.
Deputies were called to Archer’s La Bonte Road home Nov. 21, 2018, after a neighbor reported not having seen much activity there for a few weeks.
Deputies entered based on the suspicious circumstances and were shocked at what they found — a malnourished puppy wandering around the great room surrounded by five dead dogs, Archer deceased in the next room, piles of trash bags everywhere, empty water jugs and no running water.
It took detectives days before they found an entrance to the basement, where they discovered an abandoned marijuana grow operation and another dead dog.
Archer died of natural causes, Blue said, and the dogs likely died of starvation, although they had plenty of water.
After failed attempts at finding any living immediate relatives, an administrator of the estate was appointed and proceedings began to divide Archer’s properties among distant relatives.
Selleck motioned in June to have Archer’s tissue samples released for DNA testing, and the court approved the request. Results of the DNA tests confirmed that Selleck was a 99.9% match to Archer.
Selleck’s mother confirmed in court documents that Archer fathered her son when they went to high school together.
Investigations and court proceedings have also revealed that Archer had a home in Florida.