Stolen Stradivarius violin is recovered after 35 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Stradivarius violin stolen from renowned violinist Roman Totenberg after a performance in 1980 has been recovered.

The late musician’s daughter, Nina Totenberg, says she was informed by the FBI in June that the violin had been found. She says the chief suspect in the theft has died and no one will be charged, and the violin will be returned to the family.

Nina Totenberg is the legal affairs correspondent at NPR. She spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors in New York plan to announce details of the recovery at a news conference Thursday.

Roman Totenberg, a native of Poland, died three years ago at age 101. He bought the Stradivarius in 1943 and performed with it exclusively until it was stolen.

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