A mystery over how Michael Kons suitcase went missing for more than a year has now evolved into a $7 million multimillion dollar national investigation into the murder of a 16-year-old girl.
The investigation, dubbed “Pelican” by police, is one of the largest in the country, with the FBI and state and local police involved in the investigation.
Pelicans said they’ve made at least $500,000 from the investigation and have secured warrants for $7.5 million in property from the family of the girl, who was last seen in July 2016.
They have secured a warrant for $1 million in a bank account linked to the family’s accounts and $400,000 in an IRA account linked with the family.
The family has also obtained a court order for their daughter’s passport, but declined to comment.
Pelicas, the mother of the family, declined to discuss the case or what she knew about the girl’s disappearance.
The father, who said he is a “good guy,” has said he has no information on the case.
Pelsons husband, Steve, who lives in Arizona, has said his family had no idea the family had any money.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Steve Pelican said in an interview last week.
Police are looking for two people who may have been involved in either killing or stealing the suitcase.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said: “We have no other information to provide.”
In court documents, Pelican’s attorney, Steven Schoonheim, said he was not involved in investigating the case and declined to speak about it.
“The allegations are without merit and without foundation,” Schoonham wrote.