Melbourne: A Californian treasure hunter has claimed that he has found the body of Osama bin Laden 200 miles to the west of the Indian city of Surat.
Bill Hunter revealed recent photos released by the US Navy depicting the burial at sea gave him the final clue to the terrorist leader’s final resting place. It hasn’t moved, he said, because it’s in a weighted bag.
“I’ve located where they threw him away,” News.com.au quoted him as telling Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
“I’m the only one with this information. He’s 200 miles (320km) to the west of the Indian city of Surat,” he stated.
Warren - whose stock-in-trade is “salvaging history from shipwrecks” - announced he was on the case back in June last year.
He said he would need USD 200,000 to bring bin Laden to the surface, but he admitted that he’s not doing it for the money.
But Hunter asserted that his goal is purely personal and needs to prove to himself that the man is dead.
“We do this because we are patriotic Americans and feel that President Obama failed to provide the proof,” he told TMZ.
Warren said he’s located more than 200 wrecks. He admitted that there’s a danger this latest search could be his last, because the US Government has a vested interest in sinking his boat.
Once he’s cashed up, he said he will have bin Laden’s corpse in his possession within anywhere between a week and three months.
However, he told El Mundo he didn’t plan to raise it to the surface - just photograph and videotape it before taking a chunk of DNA.
First Published: Thursday, May 03, 2012, 11:53