Eccentric art dealer Forrest Fenn has allegedly hidden a bronze chest containing a £2million bounty in the Rocky Mountains. Five men lost their lives searching for the treasure
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The location of a £2million hidden treasure has finally been revealed after five men died trying to find it.
The man behind the worldwide search, art dealer Forrest Fenn, died in 2020 after a fall at his New Mexico home at the age of 90.
He allegedly hid a million-pound box full of pre-Columbian artifacts, gold and ancient Chinese jade carvings somewhere in the Rocky Mountains in 2010.
Then, in his self-published autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase, he included a 24-line poem containing a series of cryptic clues to the location of buried treasure.
Five hunters lost their lives in search of riches and fame.
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In 2016, 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu disappeared. His skeletal remains were discovered seven months later on the Rio Grande in New Mexico.
Then, in the summer of 2017, three more men died.
Jeff Murphy fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park; Eric Ashby died in a raft on the Arkansas River and the remains of 52-year-old Colorado pastor Paris Wallace were found floating in the Rio Grande.
Months before the chest was discovered, Michael Sexson, 53, never returned from the Utah-Colorado border after he and a companion got stuck in the snow with little to no water and just a few bars of chocolate to cope with the frigid temperatures to defy. said rescuers.
His companion, a 63-year-old man, survived.
Although Fenn called the deaths “tragic,” he never called off the hunt.
He once told the New York Times, “If someone drowns in a pool, we shouldn’t drain the pool. We should teach people to swim.”
It took 10 years for the bounty to be discovered and more than 350,000 people fought it hoping to be victorious… and become extremely wealthy.
The finder, who turned out to be medical student and former journalist Jack Stuef, said it took him 25 days to locate the treasure in a specified area.
He claimed to have solved the mystery in 2018, but it was two more years before he found the actual chest.
He said: “This treasure hunt was the most frustrating experience of my life. There have been a few times where, exhausted, with scratches and bites, covered in sweat and pine tar, and nearing the end of my day’s water supply, I’ve sat down on a fallen tree and cried in frustration alone in the woods.”
But despite the disbelief of thousands of other treasure hunters that Stuef actually found the treasure, Fenn himself confirmed in 2020 that it’s true.
He made the announcement on his blog, keeping the identity of the finder secret but saying photographic evidence was sent to him to confirm the find.
If he’d been waiting ten years, why had he suddenly decided to end the hunt unless someone actually found the chest?
We’ll never know what really inspired Fenn to create global chaos since the eccentric art dealer and former fighter pilot passed away at his home in 2020.
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But in what can only be considered a parting riddle, Fenn had recently revealed the chest’s location in another cryptic, mysterious way.
He said, “It was under a starry sky in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and hadn’t moved from where I hid it more than 10 years ago.”
In fact, it could be argued that he didn’t reveal his location at all.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/location-hidden-treasure-revealed-after-27005167 The location of the hidden treasure is revealed after five men die in their quest for fortune and fame