According to local reports, when security officials opened the suspect suitcase, they allegedly found mummies of a cat and an ibis, both dating back to 300BC. They also allegedly found 19 figurines of the ancient Egyptian gods of Horus and Thoth, wrapped as gifts.The individual was due to take a flight to Thailand.
The Herald Sun (Australia) reported (January 1, 2009):
- "Hawass: Linen bandages seized in Cairo Airport used in mummification", Egypt State Information Servce December 25 2008.
- Aaron Langmaid, "Accused mummy smuggler Frank Bottaro an antiquities dealer", Herald Sun December 26 2008.