FBI returns artifacts to Haiti that were found in Rush County home

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WALDRON, Ind. (WTHR) — More than 450 cultural and historical artifacts found at a home in Rush County are now back in Haiti.

The FBI found them at the home of Donald Miller in 2014.

Miller amassed a collection of tens of thousands of items from around the globe. Artifacts from China to Puerto Rico and Russia to Australia were no secret to his friends, neighbors and school children who took field trips to his farm to view the display.

Experts said much of what he collected came before laws and treaties about such artifacts were in place.

In 2013, though, a tip to the FBI revealed Miller also had hundreds of human remains that were not on display, a collection that surprised even seasoned experts.

Before he died in 2015, Miller agreed to return the items he likely obtained illegally, which led to the massive operation on his property in 2014. In all, the FBI acquired 7,000 artifacts, most still stored in a warehouse outside Indianapolis.

With the help of the anthropology department at IUPUI, the items were documented and preserved.

In January of 2019, more than 360 artifacts were returned to China.