Wizard of Oz 'superfan' puts up $1M reward for ruby slippers stolen in MN


What will it take to solve the movie mystery that began a decade ago when a pair of "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers disappeared in Minnesota?

Those searching for the iconic, glimmering shoes – which were stolen in 2005 – are hoping $1 million might do the trick.

The reward, put up by an anonymous donor in hopes of encouraging anyone with information about the slippers to come forward, was revealed during a Friday afternoon press conference in Grand Rapids, Minnesota – hometown of Dorothy herself, Judy Garland, and the museum dedicated to her.

This comes after a recent search of a lake near the museum – where it's rumored the thief (or thieves) threw them after the robbery – failed to turn up any sign of the famous pair.

Rob Feeney, media consultant speaking on behalf of the reward benefactor, told BringMeTheNews that the donor is a Wizard of Oz superfan who lives in Arizona.

The donation, as Feeney described it, significantly ups the previous reward amount of $250,000.

Not in 'Kansas' anymore

The famed ruby slippers – one of three pairs seen in the film – were stolen ten years ago while on loan to the Judy Garland Museum.

Searchers have been on the lookout ever since, and last month, Itasca County divers scoured the bottom of the Tioga Mine Pit, where it was thought the shoes might be residing.

They were unsuccessful in finding Dorothy's slippers, but Garland museum organizers and volunteers hope the new reward will resolve their disappearance.

If you happen to know something about where they ended up and want a cool million dollars, there's a couple of stipulations to be aware of: One, the informant must know where the slippers are "right now" (or simply turn them in). And two, the name(s) of the perpetrator(s) of the robbery must be handed over.

The tipster who comes forward, however, will remain anonymous, according to a press release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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