Ventura police say that by next week they hope to release a painting by artist Michael Balog that was confiscated Friday from an exhibition at the Ventura College gallery.
Police seized the late artist's painting after a woman who claimed to be the owner reported that the picture had been lost or stolen about a year ago.
The woman, Karen Bruns, could not be reached for comment. Police said Bruns notified them last week that she had a receipt proving ownership of the painting, which depicts a nude swimmer.
Detective Dan Elliott, who is investigating the case, said he does not expect criminal charges to be filed. Unless ownership is disputed, he said the painting probably would be returned to Bruns next week.