Washington state teen solved mystery behind Tom Brady's missing jersey

A Kent, Washington, teen alerted authorities to a jersey worn by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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A Kent, Washington, teen alerted authorities to a jersey worn by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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A Kent, Washington, teenager led police to recovering New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey.

Brady’s jersey disappeared after the team’s 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in February. The FBI and NFL security officials announced weeks later the jersey was found in Mexico, along with a second jersey worn by Brady during the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl XLI Xvictory against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Dylan Wagner, 19, was recently cleared by the FBI to reveal that he was the one who solved the mystery.

Wagner, a big Patriots fan, said that he collects NFL uniform gear.

Last year, Wagner sold a jersey to a collector in Mexico through eBay. The two shared photos of their collections.

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Wagner explained items in one of the photos caught his eye -- “a Tom Brady jersey and a Joe Montana game worn jersey, and the Tom Brady one in the Super Bowl 49 jersey when we faced the Seahawks,” he said.

“If he sent me everything else in his collection I would have never questioned it, but just because of that one jersey, you know, I threw off the red flags,” Wagner said.

After the news of Brady’s stolen jersey broke, Wagner said he knew the collector had it.

He called Houston police, the NFL and the Patriots. No one took him seriously, until he sent an email to the Texas Ranger Division.

“Within, you know, that hour, they called me back and they were like, ‘You know, what you have is ... real information,’” he said.

Wagner gave detectives the Mexico address for Martin Mauricio Ortega, who had an International Media Press Pass for February's Super Bowl. Authorities found Ortega on security cameras carrying what's believed to be Brady's jersey under his arm.

Police raided Ortega’s home, but he has not been arrested. The jerseys were returned to Brady.