Authorities recover Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers

One of the pairs of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the “Wizard of Oz,” as seen at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. An identical pair of slippers were stolen from a museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 2005. (PHOTO: George Martin, Flickr CC)

In 2005, someone stole a pair of ruby slippers worn in the 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz” from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

For the next thirteen years, Dorothy’s missing slippers became the subject of an exhaustive search that even included several dives into a nearby mine pit.

Today, the slippers have been found.

At 1 p.m., the Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a press conference to explain how authorities recovered the slippers.

UPDATE: Well, the FBI and local authorities showed us the ruby slippers. They’ve got them. But they’re not telling us who took them or who had them when agents found them during a Minneapolis sting last July. The investigation remains open.

The owner of the slippers was not involved and will have an opportunity to buy them back after accepting an insurance settlement for them years ago.

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