Thirteen years ago, a pair of ruby slippers from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz were stolen from a Minnesota museum. Now, the FBI says the search is over.
It was a classic smash-and-grab in August 2005: Some unknown thief or thieves broke in through the back door of the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., and swiped the slippers, reportedly leaving nothing but broken glass and a single red sequin in their wake.
One long-running theory held that local kids had stolen the slippers, then got scared and threw them into a nearby abandoned mine pit. A dive team searched the Tioga Mine Pit in 2015, but came up empty.
The missing slippers are two different sizes and may be the mates of a mismatched pair at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, The New York Times reports. In 2016, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund preservation work on the pair there. The museum notes that five pairs of ruby slippers made for the movie are known to have survived.