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Fifth person dies in hunt for Fenn's treasure

Posted on Thursday, 26 March, 2020 | Comment icon 12 comments

Is Fenn's treasure really out there ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Daniel Mayer
Said to be hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, the treasure is believed to be worth over $2 million.
Consisting of a bronze chest filled with gold nuggets, rare coins and jewellery, this real-life treasure trove was allegedly hidden at a secret location by art dealer Forrest Fenn.

A former United States Air Force pilot who recovered from a terminal cancer diagnosis later in life, Fenn published a book - The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir - which contained a set of clues allegedly pointing to the treasure's location "in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe."

Several people have journeyed to the region over the years in an attempt to make their fortune however so far nobody has succeeded and as of this month, the hunt has claimed five lives.

The most recent was 58-year-old Michael Wayne Sexson who, along with a second man, had rented snowmobiles before becoming suck in snow near the Colorado-Utah border.

When rescuers arrived Sexson was pronounced dead, however his partner survived.
Another victim of the treasure hunt was 52-year-old Paris Wallace, a pastor from Colorado who sparked a major search and rescue operation after he disappeared.

It took multiple helicopters, dog teams and police officers to eventually locate his remains.

His death came one year after another Colorado resident - Randy Bilyeu - also died while searching for the treasure in a remote part of New Mexico.

"The backcountry and wild areas are open to explore," said spokesperson Sonya Popelka for the National Park Service and Dinosaur National Monument.

"(But) people need to be aware of their own limitations."

Source: CBS Local | Comments (12)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 26 March, 2020, 14:01
Little did they know the real treasure was inside of us all along.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jowasmus on 26 March, 2020, 14:50
Yeah it must be one of those "it's the journey, not the destination" things. LOL
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum on 27 March, 2020, 4:36
Why not waiting for summer?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Bed of chaos on 27 March, 2020, 6:14
Look up Fenn's background. He's a grave robber and con artist. Got raided by the feds. Good luck with book money (i wouldnt want five deaths on my conscience) ..hope it was worth it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Alchopwn on 27 March, 2020, 15:51
Dying alone in the wilderness is the extreme sports form of social distancing.
Comment icon #8 Posted by White Crane Feather on 27 March, 2020, 17:18
That was odd. I was just on UM and found this story somewhere else and it lead me right back here. I have heard from a good friend of this person that died, and she relayed the whole story. Oddly I have been to this exact place in dinosaur national monument. I have inspected the abandoned house they left their truck by, and I know the ravines, cliffs, and caves there very well. I have even taken my Jeep over  the rocky pass between Wild mountain north and wild mountain south.  That was a hair raising rock climb for my poor jeep. I stood exactly where butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid would ha... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by White Crane Feather on 27 March, 2020, 17:38
People get hurt and die doing outdoor activities all the time. It doesn't matter if it’s hiking, dirt biking, fishing, hunting, or whatever. The odds are such that if enough people do these things something will happen to some people. It’s not the fault of this guy who hid the treasure anymore than it’s the fault of fish an game if someone dies hiking to and fishing for the trout they stock rivers with.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Bed of chaos on 27 March, 2020, 23:23
Well, five families are left to mourn loved ones and he does nothing. I consider him partially responsible. He gives others false hope and reeks of deception. Yes, people make their own decisions however some have become obsessive, spent thousands, relocated, in search of 'treasure'. Also, I doubt all the victims take the same regular precautions hiking. They're looking for money.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney on 28 March, 2020, 0:32
He evaded NAGPRA laws by grave robbing on private properties. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Bed of chaos on 28 March, 2020, 1:18
He stated before San Lazaro Pueblo purchase "These sacred ruins need a guardian" (Robbreport.com, The Robb Reader: Forrest Fenn). Afterwards "I have all the artifacts in my possession and will never sell them".

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