Secret FBI files on Civil War-era gold have been released under court order

A trove of documents, photographs and records pertaining to the FBI’s search for a lost gold horde has been published.

According to local lore, a shipment of Union gold that was on its way to the US mint in Philadelphia disappeared without a trace in 1863, leading to a treasure hunt that remains ongoing 150 years later.

Dennis Parada, who has been investigating the mystery for years, is one of a growing number of people who believe that the FBI – who previously excavated a site in Dents Run, Pennsylvania – actually found the gold and then covered up the fact that they had recovered it.

According to the bureau, the site had been excavated after testing indicated that the gold could have been buried there. It continues to maintain, however, that the search had come up empty.

Parada and his advisers, meanwhile, believe that the FBI has been distorting evidence, withholding records and concealing key information in order to keep the treasure’s discovery a secret.

The case has certainly been gaining traction, with a federal judge having already ordered the FBI to turn over multiple documents pertaining to the dig and there is a possibility that it will also be ordered to hand over additional files including its operational plan for excavating the site.

There is even a chance that efforts to locate the gold at Dents Run could be resumed.

Whether or not the gold is or ever was at the site, however, continues to remain a mystery.

Source: Independent