According to Clyde Yee, a special agent for the National Park Service's Office of Criminal Investigations, the rifle was made in Pennsylvania between 1845 and 1870 and was the type popular with white hunters and American Indians.
The next day, Yee
informed Kea's probation officer that Kea had violated his probation.
It will be a while before the items are returned, Yee
said, because the investigation is ongoing.
The investigation, he
added, was a textbook example of agencies working together to crack a case - one with a sometimes ingenious target who, despite health problems, managed to stay one step ahead.
In the end, Yee
said, it was probably Kea's passion for collecting that did him in.
just had a real fixation," Yee
also said that on the day officers forced their way into Kea's Aurora home, the "collector" didn't seem overly surprised.