AP Exclusive: US helping Venezuela's Guaido track stolen art

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Carlos Vecchio, an exiled politician who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, points to a blank section of a ...
This image released by the Inter-American Development Bank shows “La Muneca Rota” by Venezuelan painter Hector Poleo, taken from an advertisement for ...
This image released by the Inter-American Development Bank shows “Juanita” by artist Armando Reveron, taken from an advertisement for an exhibit on La...
This image released by the Inter-American Development Bank shows a landscape of Caracas’ imposing Avila mountain by Manuel Cabre, taken from an advert...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Carlos Vecchio, an exiled politician who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, points to an area above the fir...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a staff member walks past a section of blank wall space above a piano where artwork once hung inside the Ambassador's r...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Carlos Vecchio, an exiled politician who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador,  points to a section of a wall ...
This Sept. 17, 2019, photo shows the main entrance to the Venezuelan Ambassador's residence in Washington. U.S. officials are investigating the possib...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, people walk in front of the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas, Venezuela. Only about a third of the 18 galleries are open ...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Henri Matisse's Odalisque in Red Pants hangs on a wall in front of a copy of the same painting in the Museum of Contemp...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, water filtrations threaten a Jesus Soto sculpture in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Venezuela. The museum, ...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a man walks in front of Marisol Escobar's sculpture The Airplane in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Venezuel...
In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a woman walks between European paintings in the dark in the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas, Venezuela. Only about a thi...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Carlos Vecchio, an exiled politician who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, points to a blank section of a ...

This image released by the Inter-American Development Bank shows “La Muneca Rota” by Venezuelan painter Hector Poleo, taken from an advertisement for ...

This image released by the Inter-American Development Bank shows “Juanita” by artist Armando Reveron, taken from an advertisement for an exhibit on La...

This image released by the Inter-American Development Bank shows a landscape of Caracas’ imposing Avila mountain by Manuel Cabre, taken from an advert...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Carlos Vecchio, an exiled politician who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, points to an area above the fir...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a staff member walks past a section of blank wall space above a piano where artwork once hung inside the Ambassador's r...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Carlos Vecchio, an exiled politician who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, points to a section of a wall ...

This Sept. 17, 2019, photo shows the main entrance to the Venezuelan Ambassador's residence in Washington. U.S. officials are investigating the possib...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, people walk in front of the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas, Venezuela. Only about a third of the 18 galleries are open ...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, Henri Matisse's Odalisque in Red Pants hangs on a wall in front of a copy of the same painting in the Museum of Contemp...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, water filtrations threaten a Jesus Soto sculpture in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Venezuela. The museum, ...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a man walks in front of Marisol Escobar's sculpture The Airplane in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Venezuel...

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a woman walks between European paintings in the dark in the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas, Venezuela. Only about a thi...

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating the suspected looting of valuable European and Latin American artwork they believe is being quietly plundered by Venezuelan government insiders as Nicolas Maduro struggles to maintain his grip on power.

The U.S. Treasury has sought the cooperation of the FBI, Italian police and experts to identify and locate the missing artwork. Among the objects being traced are three Venezuelan masterpieces that hung for decades on the walls of the ambassador's residence in Washington but were nowhere to be found when opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy took over the diplomatic mission in May.

The paintings are the only ones unaccounted for. But there are fears many more could be missing as Venezuela's dire economic situation takes its toll on the country's once prized collections.