A neighbor of the woman reported to authorities that he had seen men digging a hole in the woman’s garden for several weeks.
“The elderly lady said the suspects told her that they were working on behalf of the municipality and electric company to fix pipes and other things,” said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
“Every time she asked them what they were doing, they replied ‘fixing, fixing, fixing,’” he said, which has led police to suspect the men may have been digging the tunnel for the purpose of stealing.
The Rockefeller museum has not reported any theft or missing archaeological artifacts. No such artifacts have been found inside the tunnel.
“Police are searching for the suspects to determine what’s behind this,” and the men “have not returned since officers inspected the tunnel on Monday,” Rosenfeld said.