Fourth Man Has Died Looking For The $2 Million Of Treasure Hidden Somewhere In The Rockies

Fourth Man Has Died Looking For The $2 Million Of Treasure Hidden Somewhere In The Rockies

There are few things more compelling than a treasure hunt. They have been the subject of countless books and movies over the years, and now that we live in a world where so much information is available at our fingertips, the possibility of finding unknown treasure is more appealing than ever
Now, millionaire Forest Fenn’s hunt in the Rocky Mountains has claimed its fourth life.

The treasure was buried in 2010 and is reportedly worth around $2 million. It is hidden in a bronze Romanesque chest like the one pictured below, and, just like the treasure prized by pirates, consists of old coins, gold nuggets, and gems.

Creating a treasure hunt was an idea which had been brewing in Fenn’s mind for a number of years before he actually buried the chest. He wanted to bring a little adventure into the modern world and encourage people to stop and think.

People today are too busy to think,” Fenn said. “There is so much going on in the world, and they are distracted. My advice would be to set aside an hour each day to just think. Don’t rule out any idea.

Fenn finally decided to start the treasure hunt during the Great Recession because he “wanted to give people some hope and something to believe in”, Business Insider reported. “There seemed to be despair everywhere,” he said.
As is the case in all treasure hunts, Fenn gave hunters a number of clues and has said that whoever is able to put them together to find the treasure is welcome to have it. Since it was buried in 2010, thousands of people have attempted to find it.

There are nine clues exactly in Fenn’s treasure hunt, and they were given in through a poem which tells the reader to “begin it where warm waters halt.” Fenn has also published two books about the hunt, The Thrill of the Chase and Too Far to Walk.

The treasure claimed its first life in January 2016 when 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu disappeared in along the Rio Grande River. His exact cause of death was never established, and he was registered as a missing person before his bones were eventually discovered.

The second confirmed death was of 52-year-old pastor Paris Wallace, who was also found near the Rio Grande river in June 2016.

In June 2017, 31-year-old Eric Ashby, pictured above, drowned while looking for the treasure after his kayak capsized, and Fenn revealed further clues about its location to prevent further deaths.

“The treasure chest is not underwater, nor is it near the Rio Grande River,” he wrote. “It is not necessary to move large rocks or climb up or down a steep precipice, and it is not under a man-made object.”

“Please be cautious and don’t take risks,” Fenn added. “The search is supposed to be fun.”
After Ashby’s death, police asked Fenn to call off the treasure hunt, and this could be a real possibility now that 43-year-old Jeff Murphy’s death has also been linked to it. Like Ashby, he also died in June of last year.

He sadly fell to his death when he lost his footing while hiking and fell 500ft to his death

Now an official investigation has confirmed that Murphy was looking for the treasure.

“Murphy emailed Forrest Fenn in the days before [his] death,” KULR reported. “It also shows emails from Fenn to Yellowstone officials during the search. The man who invited people to look for his chest of gold and jewels in the Rockies was very concerned about Murphy, and also offered to help pay for a helicopter to find the missing man. He also wrote that he had never been to the area where Murphy fell.”

Despite his search claiming lives, Fenn does not feel responsible for the deaths its caused because the treasure itself is not in a dangerous place.

“Please don’t ever overextend yourself,” Fenn said of the hunt. “I was 80 or about when I hid the treasure and it was not a difficult task. I will soon be 87 and I could go back and get it if I were so inclined. If your solve is in the desert, get a new solve.”

We would like to wish our sincere condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the treasure hunt.

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