A cousin from California discovered that a mutual distant cousin died last month. The body was not claimed after a certain time so the State of Maryland currently has possession of the body. The deceased owned a car and had a storage unit (location unknown) and may have owned undeveloped land in Florida. It is possible that she has debts due to a recent health issue. The deceased was never married, had no children and no known immediate family members. No will or estate has been opened for the deceased. The apartment complex where she lived wants us to clean out her apartment. What legally can we do at this point? Do we need to be name heirs before we can clean out her apartment and storage unit or claim the body? How do we stop loss of property before this is settled legally?