Did the FBI find $ 400 million in Civil War gold in a Pennsylvania forest? Harrisburg attorney says he has new clue in the case
A Harrisburg attorney said Thursday that a state appeals court had just given him the next clue to hopefully unravel the mystery of whether the FBI unearthed a cache of lost war gold Civilian worth about $ 400 million in an isolated Pennsylvania forest nearly three years ago.
This clue, said William J. Cluck, is the name of the federal justice of the peace who ordered that all records of the March 2018 excavation in the Dent’s Run area of Elk County be sealed for public view.
Cluck said he could use the information, secured in his last right to information appeal in Commonwealth court, to ask the U.S. judge to unseal the records of the case.
“I got what I wanted,” Cluck said.
This is an intriguing case, which Cluck is pursuing on behalf of his clients, Finders Keepers LLC, a scavenger hunt company, he said, pointed the federal government at the site affected by the excavators. Federal authorities refuse to tell Finders Keepers or anyone else what they have found, if any. If the gold was indeed at the bottom of that hole, then its customers should be entitled to a cut, Cluck argues.
The mystery at the center of it all dates back to the time of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.
According to legend, the Union Army shipped a shipment of gold, 26 or 52 bars weighing 50 pounds each, from Wheeling, West Virginia, to Philadelphia. The gold never reached its destination and was lost or stolen, according to legend. History has fascinated treasure hunters for 157 years.
Cluck and his clients are deeply skeptical of the FBI’s claim that he found nothing during the Dent’s Run dig. Cluck said the fact that the FBI’s Art Crimes Division was involved in the investigation and the federal government’s veil of secrecy over the case only added to their suspicions.
He said the federal government sealed the documents in the case on the pretext that it was an ongoing criminal investigation.
Cluck said his clients had been informed by the federal government that an FBI-ordered ground penetration investigation before excavation began indicated that something large, possibly even gold, had been buried in the Dent’s Run area.
“They had 50 agents there… We have witnesses that they were there all night with armored cars. So what are we supposed to believe? Said Cluck. “We are convinced that they have found gold.”