The search for The Just Judges has fascinated art experts and ordinary people alike. Hopes were raised that a breakthrough might be near. However, the excavation work that was started to try and find the painting was soon aborted and nothing was found. The hole has been filled up again.
Although the painting was stolen almost 85 years ago the criminal investigation into the theft of the painting is still ongoing. Over the years there have been many theories about where the painting could be. Now it is believed that the man suspected of having stolen the painting Arsène Goedertier mas hid the painting in an underground chamber or tunnel.