A California treasure hunter who salvages shipwrecks claims he has located the watery grave of Osama bin Laden in the Arabian Sea.
Bill Warren, 59, first announced his quest to search for the body of bin Laden in June last year. He was openly skeptical of U.S. government claims that the former al-Qaeda leader had in fact been killed in Pakistan and hastily buried at sea.
Announcing his intentions he told the New York Post "I'm doing it because I am a patriotic American who wants to know the truth. I do it for the world."
Warren has now announced he has been able to pin point the location of what may be bin Laden's body. According to Gizmodo Warren claims the weighted body bag has not moved since it was buried at sea and he is determined to recover it and establish through DNA tests if it does indeed contain the remains of bin Laden.
The IB Times quoted Warren saying "I've located where they threw him away. I'm the only one with this information. He's 200 miles to the west of the Indian city of Surat." However, recovering the body bag may take months and major financing. Warren is due to begin his quest on June 1 but declares "that his only fear is that the U.S. Government would kill him or sink his boat."
Warren will need to raise the $200,000 to finance the operation. Even if he is successful the prize reward money of $25 million for the capture of bin Laden dead or alive is no longer on offer.