FBI searched cave for Civil War gold over fears Pennsylvania officials claim it, court documents show

The FBI has obtained a warrant to search a cave in Pennsylvania for Civil war gold without permission from state officials, fearing they would claim it as lost property, court documents show.

A warrant request, released following a petition from the Associated Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer, reveals that Dennis and Ken Parada, a father-son treasure-hunting duo, have gone to the FBI to share rumors about the final resting place of the gold bullion cache, according to Washington post.


Although some historians doubt the very existence of the lost gold, the FBI has obtained a warrant to excavate a cave in Elk County on state-owned land, the supposed resting place of the treasure, without notify Pennsylvania authorities.

“I’m afraid that even though [Department of Conservation and Natural Resources] gave his initial consent for the FBI to search the gold cache secreted at the Dent’s Run site, that consent could be revoked before the FBI reclaims the property from the United States, with the result that the DCNR illegally declared that this cache of gold is abandoned property and therefore belongs to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, ”said one affidavit filed by an FBI agent.

The warrant request was approved by US magistrate Richard Lloret.

Dennis Parada, right, and his son Kem Parada. (AP Photo / Michael Rubinkam, File)

Legend has it that in the summer of 1863, a Union detachment tasked with escorting a large amount of government gold to Philadelphia was intentionally misled by their guide – then disappeared. Investigative journalist and author Warren Getler speculated that the gold was stolen by the Knights of the Golden Circle, a Confederate secret society that sought to expand Confederation into Mexico and Central America.

Based on the rumors, the Paradas searched for the treasure and located a cave in County Elk.

A lawyer for the couple, Bill Cluck, told Fox News they had a gadget that indicated that “precious metals” were buried at the site, and the FBI used a device known as a gravimeter which also detected something. The Paradas and Getler said a government contractor found several tons of a precious metal that could be worth $ 250 million if it was just gold, the Associated press declared in 2018.

When the FBI excavation team arrived in 2018The Paradas said they were ordered to wait in their car away from the dig site, a move the couple claim was a waiver of their agreement to let them observe the dig.


The FBI says nothing was found and the case has been closed. However, the Paradas found the FBI’s behavior “suspicious”, accusing them of lying about not having found anything at the excavation site.

Neighbors reported hearing drilling tools in the area overnight, long after the excavation was said to have ended. The Paradas are currently engaged in a legal battle with the FBI to uncover documents and video footage of the excavation.

The Washington Examiner has contacted the FBI and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for comment.

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