FBI: Dorothy's ruby slippers stolen from Grand Rapids museum have been found

They have been missing for 13 years.
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The pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" have been found 13 years after they were stolen from a Minnesota museum.

The slippers, one of four pairs used by Garland as she played Dorothy in the iconic movie, were taken from The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids – Garland's hometown – in 2005.

A $1 million reward had been offered to whomever found the slippers, an offer that expired in 2015.

There were long-maintained rumors that the slippers had been thrown by the thieves into the nearby Tioga Mine Pit, prompting regular searches by diving teams.

The FBI on Tuesday has confirmed that the slippers have indeed been recovered, with more expected to revealed about the circumstances of the discovery at a 1 p.m. press conference.

The thieves struck in August 2005, smashing a rear-door window at the museum and walking out with the slippers, which are valued at $2 million.

Two private investigators hired by the museum to find the culprits did say that they'd had two "big breaks" in the case ... but that was 5 years ago.

The slippers had been on loan to the museum by owner and collector Michael Shaw, who received an insurance settlement after they were stolen.

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