The iconic ruby slippers worn by Dorothy (Judy Garland) in the “Wizard of Oz” have been found.
The slippers, one of four pairs worn by Garland in the film, were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the actress’ hometown, in 2005. Police struggled to find the culprits and the location of the slippers because there was no security footage. The suspects had snuck in through a back entrance and smashed the display glass protecting the slippers, which were insured for $1 million.
In the summer of 2017, a man approached the company that owned the shoes and offered information on how to find them. According to the New York Times, officials believed the person was attempting to extort money from the company. An undercover sting operation was launched and on Tuesday, after almost a year of investigating, the FBI announced the shoes had been recovered in Minneapolis.
However, the suspects have still not been found. In a statement on the FBI website, Special Agent Christopher Dudley says that “we are still working to ensure that we have identified all parties involved in both the initial theft and the more recent extortion attempt for their return. This is very much an active investigation.”
The other pairs of shoes have various homes around the country. Two pairs are owned by private collectors, one pair is on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Picture and owned by Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg, and the other pair is on display at the Smithsonian Museum.