By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Santa Fe, New Mexico, author’s $1 million treasure hunt has finally been solved, he announced over the weekend.
Forrest Fenn, an artifacts dealer and author, left clues for a treasure chest filled with $1 million worth of gold and jewels that he hid somewhere in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana in his 2010 book, “The Thrill of the Chase.”
On Saturday evening, Fenn announced on his blog that the chest had been found, but didn’t give any information on the precise location or the person who found it.
“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,” Fenn wrote in the post on the blog’s homepage. “I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot.”
According to Newsweek, the clever treasure hunter is an anonymous man from “back East” who sent Fenn a picture of the chest to confirm he found it.
A poem in Fenn’s book included nine clues on where to find the treasure. Fenn previously stated that he’d hidden a 12th-century bronze chest that weighed 20 pounds by itself and was filled with 22 pounds of gold coins, gold nuggets and other valuables.
Fenn congratulated the “thousands” of people who have hunted for the treasure chest over the last decade. He also hoped the participants would “continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries.”
The author did say more information and photos would be released in the coming days.
Over the last 10 years, people have searched in vain for Fenn’s treasure. He even stated that some had come within 200 feet of finding the chest, but to no avail.
At least four people died in search of Fenn’s treasure over the years.