FBI raids Rush County home in ‘significant artifacts case’

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WALDRON, Ind. (April 2. 2014) – A man who collected thousands of archeological artifacts might have acquired some of them improperly.

Dozens of agents were sent to 91-year-old Donald Miller’s farm to collect and process the Native American and foreign artifacts that he owned. The FBI could not say during a press conference Wednesday if Miller would face charges.

“The exact number of artifacts in the collection is unknown at this time, but it’s believed to be in the thousands,” said FBI spokesman and Special Agent Paul Bresson. “The monetary value of the entire collection and its individual pieces is yet to be determined.”

The FBI says it could take up to a week to figure out what all the artifacts are and where they are from. They’ve brought in archeologists and anthropologists to help. Police say Miller is cooperating with all law enforcement and is working to help identify the artifacts.

“I’m amazed at how much was in the collection, you would see some items at museums,” said IUPUI Professor of Anthropology Larry Zimmerman.