FBI agents have found a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.” Special Agent Jill Sanborn says the slippers have been missing since 2005, when they were stolen from a museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sanborn says the FBI doesn’t know where the slippers have been for the past 13 years. They are asking anyone with information to contact the bureau. North Dakota U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says officials have accomplished one of their goals by getting the slippers back.
In 2015 an anonymous fan of the film offered a $1 million reward for their safe return.
The Grand Rapids Police Department sought assistance from the FBI in 2017 over an extortion plot against the owners of the shoes, the Markel Corporation, which led to their recovery. The FBI released few details about that investigation or where they were found in July.
After their recovery, the slippers were sent to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. where conservators studying construction, materials and wear patterns of the slippers were able to confirm that they were the missing pair.
“We were confident this day would eventually come, and we are grateful to the FBI and all those who worked to bring this piece of cinematic treasure out of the shadows and into the light,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson said in a written statement.
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