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San Diego deep-sea diver plans controversial hunt for bin Laden's body

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(CBS News/CBS 8) Conducting one-man manhunts of the world's most-wanted terrorist is so 2010. Well, by land at least.

In a possible ploy to one-up the Colorado construction worker arrested last year in Pakistan with a pistol, a sword and night-vision equipment while hunting by himself for Osama bin Laden, a Fallbrook man reportedly plans to search the Arabian Sea to find the now-dead terrorist's body.

Salvage diver Bill Warren, 59, told the New York Post in an article posted to the tabloid's website Sunday that he wants to photograph bin Laden's body and show the world evidence of the al-Qaeda founder's death.

U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden during a raid on his Pakistani compound May 2 and then buried his body at sea. President Obama first told "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft that he had seen pictures of bin Laden's body and decided not to release them to the public.

Warren, who the Post reports has found more than 200 shipwrecks, disagreed with Mr. Obama's decision.

"The Obama administration should have released the photo, like we did with Billy the Kid, or [John] Dillinger, or even Saddam Hussein," Warren told the Post. "I have a Russian girlfriend, and she tells me that over there, in intelligence circles, they don't believe bin Laden's really dead."

Warren's quest won't be cheap. He told the Post he plans to set sail for two weeks in July and will likely spend about $400,000 total on the hunt, including the $10,000-per-day cost of renting a ship in India and the $1,000 daily charge for a remote-controlled submarine.

Warren claims he has a good idea where the body may be, but is still awaiting more detailed information from sources he refuses to identify.

"I'm going to pull out all the stops to try to find some more information on where we should really begin to search," he said.

If he's lucky, what will he do next?

"Videotape him, do a documentary, we're going to do a 2-hour documentary and possibly take some hair from him and hopefully get DNA sampling done," Warren said.

News 8's Adrienne Moore contributed to this story.

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