FBI joins secret treasure hunt for legendary gold stash ‘worth $500 million’

An enormous row has erupted over the search of gold thought to be worth $520 million after a decades-old legend said it was hidden in rural America.

The gold, thought to have been lost or stolen during the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War, has stumped US bounty hunters for years.

Legend says the booty was being taken to the US mint in Philadelphia in 1863 by horse and cart when it went missing.

The tale has inspired bounty hunters to search for the lost loot for decades, but so far nothing has been discovered.

But newly-released government documents show the FBI has joined the search under the radar.

The Bureau carried out a secret dig in land 200km away from Pittsburgh three years ago – but claims nothing came of it.

The revelation had caused a blistering row between the Bureau and a dad-and-son bounty hunting duo.

Dennis and Kem Parada of Finders Keepers claim to have tipped off the FBI about the patch of land in 2018 when their metal detectors were set off in the area.

They hoped their information would lead agents to the hidden loot, and secure a finder's fee for their help.

Now the pair have sued the FBI for access to 2400 pages of documents to find out more about the secret overnight dig.

According to family lawyer William Cluck, the FBI told the Paradas a probe of the area suggested there was a "large metallic mass" somewhere on the site that could be gold.

After the FBI dig, the bounty hunters went back to the site, called Dents Run, but this time they claim there was no evidence of treasure.

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  • Speaking to ABC news, Cluck said: "Everything pinpointed gold at the exact same location. It’s flabbergasting that they say they didn’t find anything."

    He added: "They had 50 agents there. We have witnesses that they were there all night with armoured cars."

    An FBI spokesperson insisted no treasure was ever found and said the agency "unequivocally rejects any claims or speculation to the contrary."

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