Go for gold? The US government went for it.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were searching for valuable reserves of gold during the Civil War, possibly several tons, when they excavated remote forests in Pennsylvania three months ago this month, according to the government. Mail և Other recently published documents.
2018 On March 13, treasure hunters took the FBI to the Dentz Run, about 135 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Pentsburg, where, according to legend, in 1863, the Union’s gold cargo was either lost or stolen on its way to the US Mint in Philadelphia. ,
The FBI has long refused to confirm why it was dug up, saying only in years of written statements that agents were there for court-authorized excavations, “what evidence could be cultural heritage.”
In any case, the FBI says, the dig has become empty.
But the father-son duo, who brought a small contingent of federal agents to the site, remain convinced that the FBI found something there; their lawyer, Bill Clack, is still suing, successfully suing the government over the excavations.
The documents provided by Clack to the Associated Press show that federal law enforcement agencies were indeed prosecuted after the buried treasure.
“We believe the cache itself is close to the 3x5x8 (foot) 5x5x8 resolution,” wrote K.T. Newton in 2018 with the inscription “Secret”.
Because the Elk County site was located on state-owned land, the FBI had to secure a federal court order to gain access. Legal e-mails were created by Audrey Miner, Newton գլխավոր Attorney General at the Department of Natural Resources, Newton, Pennsylvania.
On March 13, as FBI agents were making their way to the destination, Miner rudely asked Newton: “Can you provide the basis on which the US Attorney’s Office claims that the gold, if found, belongs to the federal government?” »
Newton replied that the federal certificate in the case had been signed. Instead, he suggested “discussing it with you on the phone in general,” according to court records released by the state court.
The federal government was heading for a worn-out road to a forest in northwestern Pennsylvania, where the legendary tales of buried Civil War gold inspired a generation of treasure hunters, including Dennis եմ Kem Parada.
Paradas, which co-owns the treasure hunter Finders Keepers, had been searching for the lost loot for years before going to the FBI with evidence in January 2018, saying their sophisticated detector had detected a piece of gold in the metal tradition.
Within a few weeks, the FBI hired geophysical consulting firm Enviroscan to explore the hilltop. According to Warren Getler, who worked closely with Paradas և FBI, the Enviroscan rifle also showed a large metal density of gold density.
One of the FBI agents told them that the location of the mass was “a couple of meters from Danny’s sweet spot,” recalls Gatler, author of The Rebellion Gold, which explores the possibility of storing gold and silver during the Civil War. “Then I went to ask how big it was. And he said: “7 to 9 tons.” And I literally said: “You have to make jokes.”
So much gold was worth hundreds of millions of dollars today, և assuming it was there, it would almost certainly lead to a lawsuit over how to distribute the loot.
Enviroscan co-founder Timothy Bechtel declined to comment to AP about the discovery of its tools, citing customer privacy. Bechtel said the FBI had asked him to remain silent about what he had found.
John von Louie, a professor of geophysics at the University of Nevada in Reno, says that the excavator is a powerful tool that can provide useful information about what lies beneath the ground.
“But that does not prove it,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. It is indicative, it is hypothetical, but it cannot be proved. “
To prove it, the FBI had to dig.
Paradas and Getler have previously said they have reached an agreement with the FBI to watch the excavations. Instead, the officers confined them to their car for most of the excavation, then escorted them to a place at the end of the second or last day, then a large, empty hole.
The FBI has long been convinced that whatever agents were looking for, they did not find.
“The FBI unequivocally denies the allegations or speculation,” the spokesman said last week.
On March 16, 2018, two days after completing the experiment, Newton emailed Miner that “we are all frustrated, we are scratching our heads because of some science test results.”
It is unknown at this time what he meant by this, but the US Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia said last week that it considered the case closed.
Dig digging time has attracted a lot of media attention. On March 28, Miner asked Newton to update the federal investigation, saying that “the history of gold is still in its infancy, և DCNR is now interested in ‘gold seekers’ who are interested in Dent’s Run.”
In response, Newton told Miner: “For your knowledge only … we have no scientific evidence other than that the excavation was based on the fact that any gold was hidden in the area.”
The miner answered by e-mail. “I guess you can’t be right in saying there’s no gold in Dent’s Run?”
“Unfortunately, we can not,” the prosecutor replied.
Through a spokesperson, Miner declined to comment.
Three years from now, the story of Dent’s Run is unlikely to disappear, although the government denies it. Paradas և Getler are scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday to keep their claims in the spotlight. Residents said they heard a smashing trunk at night when excavations were supposed to be stopped, seeing a convoy of FBI vehicles, including large armored vehicles.
“I need to find out what happened to all that gold,” Dennis Parada said in a telephone interview last week.
The FBI’s assertion about the empty hole “is an insult to all the trusted people who have done such work,” he said. “It was really a slap in the face to think that all these people could make such a mistake.”
At the same time, Clack continues to pursue state-of-the-art case materials of nearly 2,400 pages, such as video files that the FBI has promised to return in response to its Freedom of Information Act.
All documents of the federal court case on the excavation remain sealed. As a result, a state appellate judge recently refused to order the Department of Natural Resources to provide Clack with a federal entry-confiscation document that FBI agents had hoped would gain access to the site.
Despite rejecting Clack’s motion, State Court of Appeals Judge Kevin Brobson left an annoying mark. In the footnote of his January 28 opinion, Brobson first revealed the name of the federal case.
“In this question. Seizure of one or more tons of gold in the United States. “