A safe that was hidden in Pablo Escobar's pink Miami mansion, which is in the midst of a demolition, may have been stolen recently, though it's not known whether it was empty.
Escobar was one of the biggest drug traffickers in the 1980s before he was killed by Colombian military in 1993. Now, his iconic residence is being torn down by its current owner, restauranteur Christian de Berdouare, who bought it in 2014, according to Miami Herald.
It's common knowledge that Escobar liked hiding some of his wealth in secret compartments inside the walls of his homes and inside furniture, so de Berdouare and his wife, television journalist Jennifer Valoppi, hired professional "treasurer hunters" to give the mansion one last look before it was demolished this week. The couple reportedly plans to build a more modern house in its place.
Earlier this month, a handyman reportedly noticed that a 10-inch round metal safe was missing from its hiding place underneath a staircase, NBC Miami reported
. A police report said that the handyman first noticed the safe in 2014 when it was purchased by de Berdouare. He also reported seeing broken tiles and a "large hole" where the safe was once hidden, the local news site said.
It is not known whether the safe was empty.
The Herald, though, told a different story. The newspaper reported that the "owners also said that they found a safe hidden under a removable marble tile directly under the main staircase," adding that it had been emptied "within the last 30 days."
"Four of our workers saw it and didn't tell us anything because they thought we already knew of its existence," de Berdouare told the Herald. "The safe was 10 inches wide and 18 inches in length . . . we don't know what it had inside or if it was empty."
De Berdouare said that the treasure hunters did find a white or cream-colored package, approximately one foot long, wrapped in plastic with metal seals on the ends under an old stove in the garage consisting of "a white paste."
Miami Beach Police confirmed that the package was examined over the weekend and officials determined that it did not contain cocaine or ecstasy.
Overall, the hunt turned up no real treasures. In 1986, television journalist Geraldo Rivera came up empty at the abandoned Chicago Lexington Hotel when he blasted open mobster Al Capone's "secret vault" on live television revealing only dirt inside, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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