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Fenn's treasure has been found at long last

Posted on Monday, 8 June, 2020 | Comment icon 14 comments

It turns out that Fenn's treasure was real all along. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Daniel Mayer
Hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, the mysterious treasure has claimed many lives.
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."

As time went on and word of the treasure got around, many set out to find it but fewer came back alive - their lives claimed by a combination of the treacherous terrain and the remoteness of the area.

The most recent victim was 52-year-old Paris Wallace, a pastor from Colorado who sparked a major search and rescue operation after he disappeared during an ill-fated hunt for the treasure.

It took multiple helicopters, dog teams and police officers to eventually locate his remains.
Now though, against all odds, Fenn himself has announced that the treasure has been found.

The victor was a man from "back East", he claims.

"It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago," he said.

The man who found it reportedly did not want his identity revealed but had proved to Fenn that he had indeed claimed the prize by sending him a photograph of the treasure.

"I don't know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over," said Fenn.

Whether he will ever reveal exactly what the treasure contained however remains unclear.

Source: BBC News | Comments (14)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by DreadLordAvatar on 9 June, 2020, 17:25
This anonymous person claiming to have found it is Fenn himself.  Fenn is a hoaxer and at it again stirring up the media for attention.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 9 June, 2020, 19:30
I don't think Fenn is a hoax, I do though want him to reveal the location. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by micahc on 9 June, 2020, 19:36
Seems like the IRS would want to know who got it.  If it's treated like a gift, Fenn would owe the taxes.  If it's a contest, the finder would owe the taxes.  Not sure if there is an exemption.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timothy on 10 June, 2020, 13:11
Yep, details quite vague.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Alchopwn on 11 June, 2020, 4:46
You do realize that the treasure sent many people to their deaths in the mountains?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Myles on 11 June, 2020, 13:18
Yeah, but they died doing something they chose to do.    Many people enjoy treasure hunting.   It's a fun activity and if a wealthy person made it worthwhile for someone, good for them.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by micahc on 11 June, 2020, 15:26
not really.  I think there were a few who died because they took risks they shouldn't have. I am pretty certain it was around 4 or 5.  I use to spend time in the mountains of Colorado in my younger days, and if I had died, would you blame fishing or the mountains or camping?  First of all forrest said, its not in a dangerous place, its in a place an 80 year old man can get to easily. so if I were to go looking for the treasure, it would just be one more excuse to get out there and have fun. I had a buddy and we would go hunting for gold, but we really didn't care much for the gold as the hunt.... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by seanjo on 11 June, 2020, 18:07
Male bovine scatology...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Still Waters on 19 June, 2020, 11:50
Comment icon #14 Posted by micahc on 19 June, 2020, 13:44
if someone found the treasure, why would he give it back to forrest?  And in another article it said he was in contact with the finder in 2018.  I am now convinced it is a hoax.

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