SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The undercover operative who helped
federal officials build a case against more than two dozen people
for allegedly looting American Indian artifacts in the Southwest
has apparently committed suicide.
Police say 52-year-old Ted Dan Gardiner apparently shot himself
Monday at a home in a Salt Lake City suburb. That man shares the
name, date of birth and address of the man identified in court
documents as the informant in the artifacts case.
Gardiner worked with the FBI and the Bureau of Land Management
for more than two years, coordinating deals with artifacts
collectors, dealers and diggers in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and
Twenty-six people have been indicted. Two defendants committed
suicide last year.
The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Salt Lake City
declined to confirm Gardiner's identity.