WALDRON, Ind. (WISH/WANE) — The FBI raided a home known for its historical artifact collection in Rush County on Wednesday. Officials said they had never seen a collection of this size, except for in museums.
The FBI had a large presence, including a command center, at the southern Indiana home of Don Miller while they worked through all the artifacts.
A neighbor told WANE’s sister station WISH that Miller had what many referred to as a museum, and he would sometimes provide tours of his artifacts.
Officials said the collection includes items from World War II, Australia, Haiti, Russia as well as Native American artifacts. Robert Jones, Special Agent in Charge with the FBI Indianapolis Division, said during a press conference that officials believe some of the items may have been acquired improperly.
The FBI also said collected relics may be in violation of several treaties of state, international and federal. Jones did also state that some of the artifacts may have been obtained before those laws were in place to regulate them.
The FBI is working to inventory the artifacts in order to get them back to their rightful owners. The process could take days or weeks. Officials said Miller was cooperating with officials.