ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It has been a long summer for investigators with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office looking into possible wrongdoing at the Missouri History Museum.

The probe began with concerns that an earlier investigation by the Zoo-Museum District was hindered by someone destroying financial records. ZMD board member Charlie Valier hopes Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce can tell us what happened.

“Some of those financial records were never produced and if those were destroyed during the course of the investigation then I think that verges on criminal activity,” he said. “We know that a number of the files at the History Museum were destroyed. We would like to know what they were. I mean, they weren’t just brochures.”

Valier is also hoping the grand jury investigation answers why the History Museum paid $650,000 more than it was worth for an acre of land on Delmar owned by former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.

Museum President Robert Archibald stepped down in December after two dozen years as the museum’s leader. He faced controversy over the land deal and his own six-figure salary.

The Circuit Attorney’s office declined to say when the investigation will be complete but says its team has conducted dozens of interviews and looked at thousands of documents. When they have finished, the results will be made public.


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