The search for treasure might be over, but the fight sure isn’t.

Forrest Fenn, an 89-year-old Santa Fe author and artifacts dealer, said his treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains in 2010 was found last week.

“It’s true,” Fenn told The New Mexican in a phone call Sunday, adding that the finder of his chest located the valuable goods “a few days ago.”

Fenn wouldn’t say where the treasure was found or who found it.

“The guy who found it does not want his name mentioned. He’s from back East,” he said, adding that it was confirmed from a photograph the man sent him.

Fenn declined to produce the photograph Sunday.

An estimated 350,000 people have hunted for Fenn’s treasure. Some quit their jobs to do so. But it’s had deadly consequences. At least five people have died while searching for the chest.

Barbara Andersen, a Chicago real estate attorney, said she is filing an injunction in federal District Court alleging she solved the puzzle but was hacked by someone she doesn’t know.

“He stole my solve,” she said in an interview. “He followed and cheated me to get the chest.”

Andersen, who has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1998, is representing herself.

In the injunction, she seeks to stop an unknown defendant from selling booty from the treasure chest. She is also asking the court to give the chest to her.

And that’s not the only court case involving Fenn’s treasure.

In December, David Harold Hanson of Colorado Springs, Colo., sued Fenn for $1.5 million, claiming he has deprived him of the treasure through fraudulent statements and misleading clues.

A judge threw out the case in February, citing mishandled procedure for serving Fenn with the lawsuit. But last week Hanson petitioned the court to reopen the case.

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Hanson could not be reached Sunday for comment.

One treasure hunter taking Fenn to court was skeptical of the timing.

Brian Erskine of Prescott, Ariz., said in his complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, that he “solved the quest.”

Erskine said the site in question is in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, between the towns of Silverton and Ouray and accessible by U.S. 550, also known as the “Million Dollar Highway.”

“He just got served with my lawsuit, and now we have this press release,” he said in an interview Sunday.

Among other arguments for his case, Erskine says abandoning a chest of valuables in the wild, as Fenn says he has done, means he couldn’t “give title” as Fenn writes in his memoir, The Thrill of the Chase.

Erskine said he’s confident his lawsuit will proceed.

And still others believe the treasure never existed — or had already been given away.

“I think his announcement is at least a few years, and a few lives, too late. But he has to live with that. I believe this was over much earlier than today,” said treasure hunter Seth Wallack.

“I think 2019 is the year he said was his last to do any interviews about the treasure, which I interpret as he lost interest because the hunt was no longer,” Wallack added. “In 2020, he said the treasure was found, but doesn’t reveal any details so his narrative can’t be questioned.”

Saying he wanted others to take part in an old-fashioned adventure, Fenn published clues online and in a 24-line poem published in his memoir.

In 2017, he told The New Mexican the chest weighs 20 pounds and its contents weigh another 22 pounds. He said he delivered the chest to its hiding place over two trips, by himself.

Asked how he felt Sunday, Fenn said it’s been quite the decade.

“I don’t know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over,” Fenn said.

Staff writer Robert Nott contributed to this report.

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Lucky Charms

I Was the one who not only first solved the poem but found AND retrieved the treasure first. But first, It was also MY idea to take a little something out and leave the rest there where I found it and It was also MY idea, to sell off the treasure piece by piece, and to put the whole treasure in a museum for all to marvel gaze at but I would be the first. On my way there I found Occums razor at that Holiday Inn and it was ME that returned it to him first! I am sueing everyone who found the treasure before me first because I was hacked first! But first I am the guy from back east who slept under the canopy of stars, because I slept there First. Next to that treasure. The one that was my idea to hide....first. To all the haters, don’t even bother, I hated me first. Before the next person posts a comment, I was here first. I’m outta here...First.

Fernando Pascal

Please consult a shrink.

Lucky Charms

Do you know any that could help me with satirical humor? I obviously failed.

SK DREAMERS

I was the one who figured the poem out on November 19, 2019. I emailed a pirated Fenn site the solution. I then told the real Fenn either myself or someone else would find it when opened I 2020. Location opened June 1. Was with my family on the way on June 6th and found out on the way I was a week late. I will be sharing the video soon with complete solution so hunters can have resolution. I was 1st to solve, 2nd to arrive. Good for me, I can share :)

Lyndale Quesenberry

It was only found it because of me posting this video a few weeks ago.

https://youtu.be/DLjCwvPQsbY

Kyle Corcoran

A recent YouTube video about the solving of the poem!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twG6mriejN4&t=17s

Isle Boggs

Too bad it wasn't found in the Rockies.

Fernando Pascal

I read it was found on foothills of Brown Mountain, Co which is part of the Rockies. Home of the Brown was one of the clues.

Cris De

why tell Fenn if privacy is important. then fenn tells the world. and now a great hacker may be able to check Fenn. So unless it was a printed hard copy that was dropped off or mailed to him. The messages have went through the internet. Not very bright if privacy was so important. .....the best path forward is a reveal. In my opinion. Before a brilliant hacker shows up...... Or is that too far to walk.

Cris De

It is impossible to cash in the treasure and also stay anonymous. So it is either put it on a shelf to collect dust or deal with some level of publicity. JARED...You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Forget Occam's razor. I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express once. So my take on things is solid.

Jared Pierce

People sell gold every day and nobody knows or even asks where they got it. I've done it myself. It will be easy to remain anonymous unless the finder bags and labels each piece "Forrest Fenn's treasure" especially if they don't unload all at once.

Cris De

Gems and Jewels too ....And the buyer will just never talk either......and some of it will get much much more value as one piece at auction than melting it down and selling the gold. A buyer would want to buy the piece not the gold. They can get gold elsewhere......

Jared Pierce

You assume the seller values money over freedom.

Jared Pierce

And yes, gems and jewels too. There's 1000 pawn shops in every area, eBay, etc

Cris De

if a person does find a way to unload it all anonymously..... then it essentially becomes a myth/hoax because any evidence of it being real has been dispersed. There is so much more money to be made in a reveal than selling it off secretly. It seems odd to me someone would say no to opportunity to make so much money off a reveal.

Jared Pierce

I believe your opinion is valid, to you, which doesn't make it wrong, but there are facts you just seem unwilling to consider. Lack of evidence doesn't make it a hoax. There is no guarantee that selling it secretly will yeild less profit. I can't imagine anyone being willing to pay more just because something was in the chest. To many people privacy is more important than what you perceive as opportunity.

Cris De

I don't assume the finder values money over freedom. I'm just pointing out that there is much more to be gained from a reveal. And I don't see any loss of freedom at all. Some unwanted publicity and headaches. But it seems Better than secretly trying to unloaded some of it and a nefarious person tracks/traces/hacks ......is that the type of freedom this person wants....looking over his shoulder. Seems like a reveal after getting all the legal documents in order and talking with a great legal team would protect the treasure and the finders freedom more than anonymity would. Just my opinion and it could be a terrible one.

Jared Pierce

Taxes, currently 3 lawsuits, and everyone knowing you have money would cost way more than I would part with. Secret money is security and peace of mind.

Cris De

People often pay more because of the story that goes with the item, its history. Its one of a kind. Its at auction and only one person can have it, so that drives the price up too. and sometime much higher than the value of the weight in gold. Just seems odd not to go for max value on all levels. But ok.. lets say the person needs privacy and kept a secret above all else. That path has it own set of risks involved with it too but with less to gain.

Cris De

why tell Fenn if privacy is important. then fenn tells the world. and now a great hacker may be able to check Fenn. So unless it was a printed hard copy that was dropped off or mailed to him. The messages have went through the internet. Not very bright if privacy was so important. .....the best path forward is a reveal. In my opinion. Before a brilliant hacker shows up...... Or is that too far to walk.

Jared Pierce

Signing up for free webmail from any public computer under some random name just to send a quick anonymous email is both quick and easy. Hackers have no power to crack it.

Cris De

Hopefully the guy is a smart as you and didn't send email from his mobile phone or home computer. I still think there is more protection, freedom and opportunity in a reveal. And more risk in trying to keep it hidden and cash in undetected. For example......The finder is not as unknown as he thinks. Is it at all possible he could already be a target.

Again.... Just my opinion....but I would be much more worried about keeping it a secret and something bad happening. Than reveal and something bad happening.

Cris De

If he took the pic with a mobile phone and sent it on to Fenn without trying to clean up the metadata. It very well could have the gps coordinate of where the photo was taken. So.......if he slipped up already. The info is already out there to be hacked. The safer more profitable move is a reveal sooner than later. Which is what I am expecting if the treasure was real.

Cris De

Would be nice to get a bit of info from Fenn on region....while the finder figures things out. Just a simple...Southern Colorado or Northern New Mexico or whatever area...something like that would be a very nice gesture. For the finder, Seems like staying anonymous to start makes a lot of sense. I would do that. But only until I had figure out all the plans moving forward. Then I would reveal. So, unless the guy has no need to cash in, is super introverted and it was only for his personal satisfaction and he just wants it to be in his private collection....then there is too much value in a reveal. To get it appraised sold at auction....to sell exclusive book or tv deal to highest bidder. To decide to quit your day job and do a treasure hunter show on discovery channel and travel the world. There is a lot of adventure in a reveal. There is more to adventure to chase after a reveal. But, the adventure dies staying anonymous and setting the box on a shelf. So, if its real it will come out. If it does not come out. It is a hoax. Time will tell. I did not get a chance to go look. Was eyeing summer 2021 or 2022 to go out for an adventure. I do wonder if taking a long hike up Joe Brown Creek snooping around there would have been close (although I figure that spot was worn out) Or Jump across the Yellowstone River from Joe Brown's creek to the old Yellowstone blazed trail and hike up Sphinx creek and snoop around there to solve the riddle. Go for a hike up Pebble Creek in East Yellowstone. Or go to Northern New Mexico hike up Red River. Not nearly as excited about those future hikes anymore.

Jared Pierce

Not true. If I found it I wouldn't tell anyone. Keeping it secret doesn't make it a hoax. I wouldn't want a hint of publicity or any related "adventure" after the fact. No way! Not a chance!

Cris De

So you just set it on a shelf. You cannot cash in and remain anonymous, there will be an exchange and a receipt or some sort. So you would have to unload it illegally to stay anonymous. And that seems more likely to invite authorities to investigate you.

But you certainly could put in on a shelf and admire your find. And keep it a secret.

Cris De

And that is why if it is never revealed. Occam's razor says it was a hoax.

Jared Pierce

Occam's razor? Seriously?! The only people who bring that up are trying to sound smart. BTW Occam's razor requires remaining anonymous. Legal or not. For anyone wishing to remain anonymous publicity will seriously complicate the finder's life more than the IRS. Especially with the current lawsuits.

Cris De

wow...... how about this..... you are right! care to argue with that?

Cris De

wow......how about this statement Jared, you are right! I am wrong. Care to argue with that?

Cris De

Jared you are so wise. You know how to stay anonymous and unload the find. And also insult my intelligence. Good job.

DANIEL GOWE

My thirteen old grandson loved the idea of the thrill of the chase. He really looked forward to our trips afield. He asked how close we might have been. I have no way of knowing was all I could tell him. He asked if it was a joke. I have no way of knowing was all I could tell him.

Todd Lamb

Some thought it was down by lake Powell, near the 4 corners area?

-Congrats D.C. on your new babies!-

Ss Dd

Whoever supposedly found this stands to make much more than the treasure is worth in TV show appearances, a book deal and even TV commercials or a documentary or 2 as the guy who found what no one else could. Hope I'm wrong but this thing has been a hoax from the get go in my opinion and Fenn decided this was a good way to end it and save face after lying to the public for ten years. If this is true I'm guessing the IRS will find the person and verify it's real even if his identity isn't given out and the location is not revealed

jeff warren

Why not just wait until he passed away, then he would have to not face any music? It was real. And the finder is rich now, and goes not have to become "famous", with all the problems that brings. No he/she will just ride off into the sunset with their loot! Sounds like jealously to me. I had planned if I found it, which I was it clever enough o do in the two trips I made from Indiana to look, was to mail Mr. Fenn hi bracelet back that he said meant a lot to him, a picture of the treasure and where I found it, and to remain completely anonymous. I have no desire to be famous. Had a great time in the search.

jeff warren

This second attempt, the first never posted.. If Fenn was so worried and it was a hoax, why not just wait until he passed away, and no facing of any music. To your other point, so.e peopleike myself are not interested in becoming famous. This way the guy is rich, has the satisfaction of the solve, and can now ride off into the sunset with his/her loot! I was going to do the same thing. I was going to mail Mr. Fenn his bracelet that he said meant so much to him, along with a photo of the chest (and not with me in the picture), thank him for his generosity and for coming up with the idea, and remain strictly anonymous.

Dawn McReynolds

I wonder if the bracelet has been returned. That's the first thought I had after the initial "Where was it?" that I assume hit us all immediately upon learning the chest had been found.

rick smith

All in all it was awesome. It was fun coming up with solves and heading out! I live in the yellowstone area and spend mist time looking for wildlife photos, so this just added to the adventure. Thanks ff for doing what you did

Kopf Jager

Mr Fenn - No doubt that you or someone close to you is reading these . I always said that if I didn't get to my solve(s) ,only 2 within 4 miles of each other , because of the travel distance involved, I'd be happy just knowing if I was right or wrong. Thousands of people have bought the books and put in a lot of time. A simple 4 digit grid would be enough for me.

Thanks

Steve Ivie

Well, with my solve in hand, I went, I sought, I wandered. I will return to Jemez, NM again.

Lyndale Quesenberry

Hi. My screen name on YouTube is HushWhisper. 4 weeks ago I posted a video with my solution and offered it to anyone who wanted it. I said then in a few weeks someone would find it and they did. I'm not looking for anything from that chest, only the recognition and truth of how it was found. I will include a link here for you to see my video. If It doesn't work, please come to my channel and find it. Its only 39 seconds long, just watch it on a computer monitor, the details are to small for a cell phone. https://youtu.be/DLjCwvPQsbY

Warren Williams

In the last week of May; I spent 4 days between Silverton and Ouray, CO searching for the treasure; left Virginia early one morning convinced I was on to something. I learned that: My search area is referred to as a “fen”; I did not see a single animal in or around the fen and below the fen is a caldera that extends to Silverton,CO. In hindsight, I believe it was found in the vicinity of the West Mineral Creek campgrounds, SW of Silverton. Forrest never wrote/spoke on the actual journey each year from TX to West Yellowstone. It would be too telling if he did. I think the Fenn family camped in the area every year on about the 5th day of their trip. There is a road that passes through to the Western edge of CO. I feel lucky to have “gotten a stab at it”; boots on the ground and etc.

Fred Kline

TALK ABOUT FAKE NEWS, AND FROM THE BEGINNING! HERE IS THE EVIDENCE OF FENN'S BOGUS TREASURE...THE "TREASURE" WAS----1. NEVER APPRAISED, 2. NEVER ITEMIZED, 3. NEVER PHOTOGRAPHED, 4. NEVER SEEN, 5.TRANSFORMED FROM A TREASURE WORTH $20K IN THE BEGINNING TO $2M+ THANKS TO HIS PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM, 6. NOW, ONCE FOUND, THE INVISIBLE TREASURE AND THE INVISIBLE DISCOVERER HAVE DISAPPEARED. HAAAA! THIS CAPER BOGGLES THE MIND. FENN IS A VERY SMART SLY FOX, A WEALTHY ART DEALER, A CYNICAL AND CLEVER TEXAS HORSE TRADER FROM THE GET GO, AND A FORMER AIR FORCE/CIA-ATTACHED FIGHTER PILOT WHO I WOULD HATE TO HAVE LURKING AROUND THE CLOUDS READY TO ATTACK. HE IS UP THERE WITH P.T. BARNUM; BOTH KNEW "A SUCKER IS BORN EVERY MINUTE!" FENN, A FELLOW GALLERIST IN SANTA FE WHO I HAVE KNOWN FOR 40 YEARS (AND WHO, IN MY OPINION, ALWAYS SOLD AUTHENTIC HIGH QUALITY PAINTINGS), DIDN'T LIKE IT WHEN, YEARS AGO, I PUBLICLY ASKED HIM IN A LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN THE NEW MEXICAN, IF HE REMEMBERED TO INCLUDE "A PIECE OF THE TRUE CROSS" IN HIS TREASURE CHEST. FENN DID NOT THINK I WAS FUNNY. FENN DOES NOT HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR. MAY HE LIVE TO BE 110 AND CONTINUE WRITING HIS VERY BORING AND VERY SOPHOMORIC MEMOIR. WHAT DO I CARE? BUT IT IS SO SAD THAT FIVE PEOPLE DIED TRYING TO FIND HIS FAKE "TREASURE." LET'S SEE IF HE HAS THE COURAGE TO APOLOGIZE AND EVEN COMPENSATE THE FAMILIES OF THE DECEASED. ~ FRED R. KLINE

Haley Schuster

This is all invalid because I can confirm it was found and personally know the guy.

rick smith

Haley, that is awesome. I would hope ff can somehow give us an idea of where it was found. If not, thats fine because i will continue to search hoping whoever found it leaves some kind of marker indicating this is the spot!

Warren Williams

Might the Fenn treasure also be referred to Pandoras Box in the near future? Do tell...

Dawn McReynolds

Haley, do you know if the finder has returned the bracelet?

Sid Chicane

Lay off the caps lock, spazz.

Lynn Chap

There are at least 3 reasons Fenn's story is absurd. 1) Claim finder doesn't want name revealed. There are many ways to validate an event without revealing anyone's name. Independent professional auditors can be used. It's done all the time. For those of you who believe this guy's story, why do you think there was no attempt to establish the veracity of Fenn's claims? 2) Probability finder would want to remain anonymous is about zero. Yes people who win the lottery often want to remain anonymous so at first blush that claim may seem credible because it is a familiar one. But the only things for lottery winners to gain by revealing their name is requests for money. Winning the lottery takes no more than luck. In contrast, if someone actually found treasure that tens of thousands have looked for unsuccessfully, they'd have made history. Nobody would have bothered to engage in the hunt without hoping for both the financial reward and the credit in the history books. 3) Fenn's own response. Consider anyone else who truly contributed something of value (financial or something intended to interest people in a good cause). Is their approach typically one that anyone could predict would be disappointing to those who engaged with the individual or the cause? Of course not. They would have guarded against that from happening. Why? Cause they are thoughtful people to begin with. They'd have thought long and hard about the various details involved, would have been horrified if their actions had lead to deaths and would have considered how the game would end before it was initiated. This guy may be wealthy but his conduct is inconsistent with his claims. Such inconsistencies suggest lies. Those believing this guy must all be Trump supporters. They are people easily punked-flat earth, anti-vaxxer, tobacco addicted, etc. THINK. Those who don't or can't put us all at risk.

Haley Schuster

1. Why did you make this about politics at the end

2. Many artists don’t do things just so the mass public will understand them. It’s not about you/the viewers

3. I know who found it and they have every right to stay anonymous. Look at how angry you all already are. Imagine if you knew who to target!

rick smith

Really? Your going to make this political? Trump is President of the United States, get over it. The treasure was found. Get over it. I think it was awesome what ff did. Anyway. Have a nice day.

jeff warren

Could not agree more with your statement.

jeff warren

sorry for the misspellings below, trying to get used to my new phone, and big fingers.

Lynn Chap

Any reason you deleted my post. Took me a long time to write that.

jeff warren

I am interested to see where it was found. I have looked a couple of times, and would like to know if I was anywhere close, or cold as heck. I always thought it was near Cimarron, NM, or Browns Park in northwest Colorado, mainly because of the name and the old Lodore school historical site, and often wondered if that was the school his dad used to drive out of his way to show his son on their trips to Yellowtone, but the place I searched twice to no avail was the Wood River area of the Shoshone national forest...i.e "in the wood," near Thermopolis, Wyoming were warm waters halt, and the wood river is a great trout stream, judt southeast of Yelloestone, and flows under brown mountain, there are brown trout and brown bears there, and even Brown Mountain campground were I camped. At the end of the forest road was Kirin ghost town..gold mine...very out of the way area that is only accessible in summer. Absoluting stunning huge valley surrounded by huge mountain on both sides. As you are heading towards Cody, you turn left in Meeteetsee (sp?) Wyoming. Campground was about 15 miles west on a decent forest road.

Lynn Chap

You're kidding right? Did it ever occur to you this was a publicity seeking hoax? The amazing part is how long this guy kept it up and how many people fell for it without feeling any need for any evidence at all. There are many other examples of hoaxes people fell for but they did not last quite so long. Do the names Richard and Mayumi Heene ring a bell?

Haley Schuster

Except it wasn’t? People personally know the guy that found it? Everyone’s just salty

rick smith

I agree, I searched for years and had a great time doing it, and guess what? I will continue to search for it anyway because i simply want to. With the way a lot of people are acting, i would not blame ff if he went and retrieved the chest and said the heck with it.

rick smith

I agree. I am going to keep searching incase whoever found it left a marker indicating this was the spot. I was headed back out june 21 to check an area along the fh river below madison jct.

Dr. Michael Johnson

Fake, a big fake.

Cancel Cancel

It's not as though you'd get very far hunting for the treasure in your Jazzy, even with an extra-long cord.

Lucky Charms

True searchers understand "just take the chest and go in peace", and, anytime something of value is found, you need to wait 30 days after notifying the owner you found it before it becomes "yours" as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. Fenn did say more information will follow in the coming days. Can we spare 30 days from 10 years in this "...don't care how, I want it now!" Veruca moment? Lets dump this 'drive-thru mentality and wait and see. Patience is the virtue here.

jeff warren

I agree...I was probably cold as ice on my two trips from Indiana to look for it. Oh well, I had a good time, and saw a lot of beautiful country, and spent time with my wife.

Jason Stevens

The guy who found the treasure is SMART. The IRS can take 36% of the total value of the treasure. You think this dude wants his name and face out for an audit? Use your brain people. You're just being selfish and doubting Forest cause you didn't find it.

Haley Schuster

Not to mention how angry everyone already is! He doesn’t want that targeted at him. Everyone would true to sue/get a piece

jeff warren

And some nut, like the ambulance chasing lawyer in Chicago that is suing, would make your life miserable, and eat up all your proceeds in legal fees. Person was smart. I was going to do the same thing, and even go so far as to mailing proof, and mr. Fenn's bracelet from a place at least 500 miles from where I lived. I was just not clever enough, or have the time to do a lot of searching. Just two trips from Indiana to look. Had a blast, and saw a lot of beautiful country, which was mr. Fenn's objective.

Jason Stevens

Too many losers on here deflecting and blaming Forest because they were too dumb to solve the puzzle. Now they are butt hurt causer they didn't find the treasure. Get REAL jobs losers. Congrats to the guy that found it. It's been fun!

jeff warren

I agree

Doug Lough

Until there is proof it didn’t happen. Of course it will never be substantiated either way because Fenn is afraid that he will be held responsible for the deaths.

Todd Lamb

It was real, it did exist,....thanks Forrest for the fun! Wish we could do it again!

jeff warren

I agree, and thank you Forrest...did not find it but had a blast, and saw some gorgeous country during the hunt.

Stefanie Beninato

I am agreeing with you, Andrew. Until Fenn produces proof or the person who allegedly found it comes forward I would not believe a word out of this former womanizer and pot hunter.

Haley Schuster

He won’t come forward anytime soon because he would be attacked with anger and attempted lawsuits. You honestly think you’d go and tell the news if you found something like that? Rude to call Fenn names, but it 100% is true and you are just upset it wasn’t you.

rick smith

ff is a womeniser? Really? . I can understand a certain level of saddness about not being able too search any more; but anger and name calling! That is the world of today i guess. Me, i sent ff a thank you email

Isle Boggs

It wasn't true that it was found in the Rocky mountains though. What else isn't true?

jeff warren

People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You are the one that has no credibility!

Jim Bennett

Good story, Danielle. I’m surprised you got that much out of Mr.Fenn.

I can see the sore losers who didn’t find the treasure are already showing up as ugly trolls on here.

Arnold Mayberg

Mr. Nott as a reporter you are allowed to ask tough questions. Your job involves more than transcribing the words of the interviewee.

bob clow

people died because of vague clues

Bridget Johnson

People died because they were careless and unprepared for navigating the wilderness. Not because of vague clues.

jeff warren

I agree, where is the personal responsibility. He didn't make anyone go look for the treasure. Anyone suing is going to get laughed out of court.

Haley Schuster

Agree x1000

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bob clow

yes

Michael Todd

I sure hope that it wasn't found by Earthquake Lake and the visitor's center as I spend three trips to West Yellowstone -- searching all around that area -- certain that it was in that area. I spent most of my time there and just up the river from Madison Junction. ARRGGG! :)

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DeeDee Downs

my suspicion as well... and people effing died!

Nom DePlume

Thanks to Forrest Fenn for the excitement. That was funn! We didn't find it, but wow, it was intense. Also thanks to Forrest Fenn for the saftey tips to keep us from going off the rails.

We're (intending on) going to a favorite spot and put $50 or so where it *should* have been to commemorate the fun. Heh.

Nom DePlume

Yes, we're thinking 200 quarters in some kind of metal box. It could be a fun treat for someone to stumble across some day. People will still be searching for a few days and may enjoy a consolation prize. Hopefully, the party who found the real treasure won't be coming back to swoop up this little thing.

Belinda Green

I'm excited it was found. However, disappointed that they don't want to share where and what was in it. No one needs to know WHO found it..I doubt anyone even cares who found it. So many over the years have put time into searching. It's rather selfish to keep it all a secret. I've always wondered if in fact this wasn't just a publicity stunt to encourage family time. Which isn't a bad thing :)

Jason Stevens

It's called the IRS. They would take 36% of the value. Why would anyone smart go public? Use common sense.

Joe Ray Anaya

FWIW the IRS wouldn't tax the finding of antiquities or collectibles unless they were sold. And at that point, the current rate is 28% as part of a Long Term Capital Gain. https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/061715/how-are-collectibles-taxed.asp

Peter Campbell

It was across the Madison river just above Earthquake lake in a rock with a hole in the top. I have photos of where it was and a video. I can provide the paper with the solve to publish. I have remnants that the person who found it left behind. Gloves a plastic container used to scoop the water out and a boat that was used though the boat wasn't necessary. You could easily wade the river but only fishermen would really know that.

jeff warren

We shall see...I still think it was near wood river, at the foot of brown mountain, near brown mountain campground, above the hot springs of Thermopolis, Wyoming. Wood river area is not far but "too far to walk" about 15 miles west of Meeteetsee, Wyoming in Shoshone National forest. But then again, I was probably cold as ice.

rick smith

Ok, where and what was the blaze? I live in this area, searched quake lake, doesnt mean i didnt walk past it.

MICHAEL DILL

It was probably in one of three places. Wales Creek WSA along the Blackfoot River in Montana, or along the White River in Colorado, or along the Cimarron River in New Mexico. The is a Cimarron in CorDo too for a fourth option.

Haley Schuster

None of those

Fred Wulle

Probably wrong, but money's on West Yellowstone; my solve led just south of Bunsen Peak.

rick smith

How about fountain flats road, ojo caliente and then firehole river,

James Collier

I’d be willing to bet it was West Yellowstone. I’d also be willing to bet if he was part of Dals blog he found it based off of my solve. If it wasn’t in West Yellowstone then congratulations for figuring it out...either way congratulations. But, I’m almost positive I was correct. If you know the guy, like you say you do, and if it was in West Yellowstone....I bet this would be understood (Hyrdaulic Ram)

Jared Pierce

You know who found it and you know where it wasn't found. You must know where it was. Where was it found?

Mitchell Klein

I have a funny feeling you will not disagree with me if I say Yellowstone, roughly north of the Norris Geyser Basin close to a hiking trail

MICHAEL DILL

I long for the answers to the clues, to know once and for all what I knew and didnt know or didnt know I knew. Ya know?

Haley Schuster

Be patient! And part of the art in this may be that no one but the finder ever knows the answers

Cris De

the exact spot does not have to be revealed anytime soon or ever. but there is no harm is saying it was in southwest Montana. and leave it at that. Also...unless the finder just want to set it on a shelf to admire....hard to believe that is all they will do...I would expect a eventual reveal of some sort. Even trying to cash something in would produce and exchange and receipt. So...... keeping the exact spot a secret, I get that. But never revealing the treasure or general area does not make any sense long term.

Amanda Konieczny

The story will be shared once everything comes to light and all details are confirmed. I don’t think they’d leave us all hanging.

Andrew Lucero

Well, to quote Carl Sagan: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"...

DeeDee Downs

Exactly!

Ron Toney

Forrest lets do another one! I loved it and want another reason to go out there!

Randy Barron

Seems rather rude not to have told us where the heck it was. We were among the searchers — I'd love to know if we were even a teensy bit warm. [smile]

Tina Louise

Yeah, and I’d like to see the pic of the chest and its contents.

jeff warren

there is a picture of it in his book, probably looked the same when found

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