Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2009
Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Possible Sighting of FBI Fugitive in British Columbia

The FBI is working with Canadian authorities to confirm the possible sighting of one of its Domestic Terrorism fugitives.

Last November, the Bureau announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of four eco-terrorists known as “The Family.”

Rebecca Rubin, one of the four fugitives, was spotted by a tipster who may have seen her near her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

We received several tips about all of the fugitives as a result of the publicity.

Some of the information was pretty specific about Rebecca Rubin.

The FBI is working through its agents assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to follow up on this information.

Rubin and three other fugitives, Joseph Dibee, Josephine Overaker, and Justin Solondz, are all believed to be living abroad.

It has been 10 years since the group 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.

Here are the charges against the four:

Dibee was indicted in 2006 on charges of arson, conspiracy, and animal enterprise terrorism. He is believed to be living in Syria with family members.

Overaker has been on the run since 2001. She was indicted in 2004, with subsequent indictments in 2006, including for her involvement with the 1998 Vail arson. She is believed to have spent time in Germany and may have settled in Spain. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Rubin was indicted in 2006 for the Vail arson and other domestic terrorism crimes. A Canadian citizen, she has strong family ties to Canada and may be living there.

Solondz was also indicted in 2006 on charges that include arson, conspiracy, and animal enterprise terrorism. He was out of the country when he was indicted and has never returned. Solondz has traveled in Russia, China, and India.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any fugitive should contact their nearest law enforcement agency, FBI Field Office, or U.S. Embassy.

View photos and more information about the four fugitives.

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