I don't know exactly where the Ark is, but I know ruffly where it is and who has it?
Everyone is asking the wrong question. If you ask the wrong question you will never get the answer you need. The question is not where the Ark is, the question is, who has it? Because it can be moved very easily.
And yes there were many false trails. Some look very good and the Ethiopian trail was hatched by the wisest of all. Solomon. Think about it for a moment. Would Solomon the wise really send such a sacred item so far from the Temple? Where he could lose control of the Ark?
The answer is simple based on the real history. What are some of these facts?
The Ark was once stolen by Israels enemies, who were killed by the hundreds of thousands and begged the Israelites to come take the Ark back. So this cuts out all the theories that the Romans or someone else stole it. They or anyone else do not have the authority to handle the Ark.
Who kept the records of the Israelites?
Who is authorized to handle the Ark?
The LEVITE'S Very simple, they still have it. There are many Rabbi's in the world, but if a Levite walks into any synagogue, he immediately has the authority to lead. This is his right. The Levite's are pretty much hidden in Society outside of Judaism, and it is deliberate. They have all the Jewish Records, and the Ark and everything else. It was removed by the Levite's before anyone had a chance to damage the Ark.
It is also my understanding that only 3 Levites at any one time know the location. And if you are wondering, I am not a Levite. I will also state this, you won't find the Ark because they don't want you to.