Help Find Four Eco-Terrorists
It has been 10 years since a group known as “The Family” torched a ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $26 million in damage and drawing international attention to eco-terrorists—those who break the law in the name of the environment and animal rights.
Since that time, we’ve joined our federal, local, and state law enforcement partners in establishing Operation Backfire to bring these criminals to justice.
Our efforts have been successful, but four individuals under indictment remain at large. At a press conference in Washington today, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced an increase in the reward for the capture of these four fugitives and released the latest information we have about where they might be.
“These individuals are terrorists. Regardless of their political or social message, their actions were criminal and violated federal laws,” said Michael B. Ward, Deputy Assistant Director of our Counterterrorism Division. “The FBI has remained steadfast in the search for these individuals.”
We are offering a reward of up to $50,000 each for information leading to the arrest of Joseph Dibee, Josephine Overaker, Rebecca Rubin, and Justin Solondz, all believed to be living abroad.
Because the crimes were acts of domestic terrorism, we took the lead in the investigations, working closely with our local, state, and federal law enforcement counterparts. In 2004, separate investigations were condensed into Major Case #220, otherwise known as Operation Backfire.
To date, Operation Backfire has had impressive results: more than 40 criminal acts ranging from vandalism to arson have been solved. Seventeen individuals have been indicted, and 15 of them pled guilty and were sentenced in 2007 to jail time ranging from 37 months to 188 months.
You can help. If you have any information on the four fugitives, please contact us in one the following ways: