Over the rainbow: Dorothy's ruby slippers still missing despite scuba search


The search continues for a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz," after a scuba diving team failed to find them at the bottom of a Minnesota mine pit.

The shoes, one of five pairs used in the legendary film, were stolen 10 years ago while on loan to the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota – hometown of the "Oz" star herself.

In light of longstanding rumors that the slippers were thrown by the thief (or thieves) into the nearby Tioga Mine Pit, the Itasca County dive team searched the waterhole for the ruby slippers last week – an event coinciding with the annual Wizard of Oz Festival, which is hosted by the museum.

Despite four dives, searchers came up empty-handed, Duluth News Tribune reports.

However, "something that was of interest" was found – apparently a small duffel bag and a "partially deteriorated" tin can and a rifle, all of which were turned over to Grand Rapids police, the newspaper says.

Despite the disappointment, Garland museum volunteer Rob Feeney told the paper that "this is really just the beginning...we're never going to stop doing this until they're found or we know what happened to them."

To learn more about the museum, the festival, and Dorothy herself, click here.

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