The FBI’s record of the legendary gold search raises more questions


A scientific analysis commissioned by the FBI just before agents dig up gold reserves deepens the mystery of 2018 excavations in remote areas of western Pennsylvania, according to newly released government documents and photos. Suggested that is below the surface of the earth.

Report, by Geophysicist who conducted a microgravity test in the fieldIt hinted at an underground object with a mass of up to 9 tons and a density consistent with gold. The FBI used the work of a consultant to obtain a warrant to seize gold.

The government has long claimed that the excavation went bankrupt. But the FBI is a pair of father and son treasure hunters who have spent years hunting legendary Civil War gold, taking agents to forest sites, and hoping for finder rewards. I suspect that I’ve doubled and escaped with cash, which may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The newly revealed geophysical investigation was part of a court order release of government records on the FBI’s treasure hunt in Dentzlan, about 135 miles (220 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. On the way to Mentha, USA in Philadelphia.

Dennis and Chemparada, who co-own the Finder’s Keepers, a treasure hunting outfit, Successfully complained Ministry of Justice for records after being disturbed by the FBI. The Finder’s Keepers provided the FBI record for the Associated Press. Subsequent FBI Posted them On that website.

The technical research data collected by the geophysical consulting firm Enviroscan gave credibility to the extensive fieldwork of the Treasure Hunter himself in the field and prompted the FBI to discover it. Large-scale secret operation It lasted for several days at the end of winter 2018.

John Louis, a professor of geophysics at the University of Nevada, Reno, reviewed the Enviroscan report at the request of the AP, saying that the company’s “method was very good” and “their conclusions are physical.” Represents a rational hypothesis. ” The gold was buried in that place.

But he warned that the underground gravity anomaly identified by Enviroscan did not clearly establish the existence of gold. According to Loei, there are other technical reasons that the Enviloscan data may have been that way.

“Therefore, it’s perfectly reasonable that the FBI couldn’t find anything on the site because there wasn’t really any money there,” he said in an email.

Tim Bechtel, co-founder of Enviroscan, refused to comment on his work at Dent’s Run, saying the FBI didn’t give him permission to speak. The FBI did not discuss Bechtel this week, but after the excavation, the agent said it “did not take any further steps to adjust the results of the geophysical survey in the absence of gold or other metals.” rice field.

Other documents in the just-released FBI case file raise even more questions.

A one-paragraph FBI report dated March 13, 2019 (just one year after the excavation) claimed that the agent found nothing in Dentzlan. “No metals, items, and / or other related materials were found,” the report said. “For other priorities … the FBI closes the captioned case.”

Anne Weismann, a lawyer at Finders Keepers, questioned the credibility of the FBI report. She quoted its simplicity and timing — it was written after the Finder’s Keepers began asking the government for records.

“It doesn’t read as people would expect,” said Weissman, a former Justice Ministry lawyer. “If it’s the official record of a file of what they did and why they did it, it says almost nothing, and it’s crazy.”

She added that if the government did not create a more complete and contemporaneous account for the gold search, “this is not an accurate record and would enhance my view that it was created as a concealment.” And I don’t say it lightly. “

In response, the FBI said the one-page document “represents the standard summary submitted when the FBI investigation was officially terminated.”

The agency consistently denies finding something.

In a statement, the FBI acted on the information that Dentzlan “may have been a gold-containing cultural heritage belonging to the U.S. government,” but “the possibility was not supported by archaeological investigations.” The FBI continues to explicitly reject allegations and speculations against it. “

According to the Treasure Hunter, the pile of documents submitted to the Finder’s Keepers contains nearly 1,000 grainy black-and-white photographs showing some (and certainly not all) of what the FBI was doing at the excavation site. Was included.

Residents previously I was told I heard the backhoe and the drifter overnight I saw the convoy of FBI vehicles, including heavy armored trucks, on the first and second days of the excavation (when work was supposed to be suspended).

The FBI said, “Night activities were limited to ATV patrols by FBI police personnel who secured the site 24 hours a day during the excavation period,” denying that the work on site was done overtime. did.

Parada suspects that the FBI collected the gold at midnight and showed the treasure hunter an empty hole on the afternoon of the second day.

Warren Getler, who has worked closely with treasure hunters, said: “They worked that night to hide and avoid in the dark and escape knowledge of what we were supposed to be partners with.”

Many of the FBI’s photos look irrelevant, such as images of hundreds of random trees and forest roads leading to bargain locations, while other photos simply don’t add or ask questions, “Rebels. Claims the authors of “Gold of Gold”, Parada and Getler, “a book exploring the potential for burial of gold and silver during the civil war.

FBI agents have been shown to stand around the holes in the photos that appear in the first half of the series, but are not present in almost all of the images in the second half of the excavation site.

Getler and Parada say the FBI’s chief investigator said the hole was filled with water on the morning of the second day, but the low-quality images released by the government are small puddles or perhaps a few. Only snow is shown. They said the same agent spent most of the second day in base camp — Getler and treasure hunters say they were mostly trapped in their car — and not at the excavation site.

The FBI said the standard was for photographs to “record the situation on the ground before, during, and after the FBI’s operations.”

“I think we were expecting hundreds of photos of night bargains, and I think we were expecting photos of metal coins and bars,” Parada said. “I think there was a photo, but it has disappeared.”

A few weeks before the excavation, agents from the authorities’ art crime team approached Wells Fargo and asked if they shipped gold in stagecoach in 1863, according to FBI records.

Wells Fargo historians did not reveal the evidence, but said the records of that era were incomplete. Wells Fargo shipped gold by stagecoach. Corporate archivists emailed the FBI that gold that had to carry large amounts of precious metals and long distances was “better to be transported by ship or train.”

According to Getler, the gold may have been carried by wagons rather than stagecoaches.

Additional FBI releases are planned for the coming months.

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