In this March 22, 2013, file photo, antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn sits in his home in Santa Fe, N.M. A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to famed art and antiquities collector Fenn who created the treasure hunt. Fenn, 89, told the Santa Fe New Mexican on Sunday, June 7, 2020, that a man who did not want his name released located the chest a few days ago and the discovery was confirmed by a photograph the man sent him. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

More than $1 million worth of treasure buried in the Rocky Mountains has been found. Forrest Fenn, an art and antiques collector, buried gold, jewels and other valuables more than a decade ago “under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains,” according to a statement on his web page

Fenn did not disclose the name of the person who found the treasure, but he said in his statement that the treasure hunter used a poem in his book to find the “precise spot.” Thousands of people have searched for Fenn’s treasure for the past ten years and four people have died while searching. A real estate agent in Chicago has filed an injunction in Federal District Court, claiming that she had found the location of the treasure but her information was hacked. In December, a Colorado Springs man sued Fenn for “fraudulent statements and misleading clues.” 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Forrest Fenn Treasure Discovery a Hoax, Says Ex-Wife of Search Victim – Westword – 6/8/2020
But because Fenn has provided only the vaguest information about its alleged discovery, Linda Bilyeu, whose ex-husband, Randy Bilyeu, is among at least four Coloradans who lost their lives hunting for the cache, continues to feel that the whole thing is a hoax — and that the American public is still being suckered.

Hidden Treasure Chest Filled With Gold And Gems Is Found In Rocky Mountains – NPR – 6/8/2020
After reports that searchers had died while looking for his treasure, Fenn tried to dissuade people from taking perilous risks, saying in a statement emailed to NPR, “The treasure is not hidden in a dangerous place. I hid it when I was about 80 years old.”

$2 million treasure was hidden a decade ago, and someone just found it – BGR – 6/8/2020
We’ve all dreamed of finding hidden treasure, even if you were only a kid and happened to be wearing an ill-fitting pirate costume at the time. The idea of valuable goods just sitting, waiting to be found is incredibly exciting. Forrest Fenn, an author, and art dealer says he made that dream a reality for one lucky person who discovered a chest he hid a decade ago.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Olivier Knox on Twitter, 6/8/2020: When you’re good at the side-quests. 

Tony Dokoupil on Twitter, 6/8/2020: I don’t believe that Forrest Fenn’s treasure has really been found. And I’m certain that if it has been found, the finder has no idea what he or she is holding. I’ll explain, but first here’s the news today: 

NYT National News on Twitter, 6/8/2020: Forrest Fenn created the treasure hunt in 2010 to give families a reason to “get off their couches.” This weekend, he said it had finally ended.

Mekahlo Medina on Twitter, 6/8/2020: I swear I was going to go out looking for the treasure this summer when the quarantine broke; #toolate its been found! Wow.

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