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FBI, treasure hunters digging in Elk County, Pa.

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Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and local treasure hunters were digging in Elk County Tuesday. (WJAC)

DENTS RUN - Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and local treasure hunters were digging in Elk County Tuesday.

The agencies were set up off Route 555 in the community of Dents Run in Benezette Township.

Public Affairs Specialist for the FBI Carrie Adamowski could only confirm that FBI agents were conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity.

6 News cameras also caught Dennis and Kem Parada on site, owners of Finders Keepers.

Finders Keepers is a lost treasure locate and recovery service.

In 2008, Finders Keepers told 6 News the gold in Dents Run is from the Civil War era.

Parada said Abraham Lincoln ordered a gold shipment to help pay union soldiers. He said the wagon left West Virginia with 50 pounds of gold, and came right through Elk County.

In 2012, Finders Keepers claimed they found the gold, but federal law prevented them from digging it up.

The FBI did not allow Finders Keepers to speak with 6 News Tuesday, but residents who live in the area said they believe officials are searching for the lost gold.