The Forrest Fenn chest hidden in the Rockies for 10 years has finally been found

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Forrest Fenn, an art dealer whose self-published memoir hinting at a buried treasure has sent thousands of treasure hunters to scour the New Mexico wilderness, at home in Santa Fe on June 17, 2016.

But that adventure is finally over. The treasure has been found.

Forrest Fenn, the 89-year-old art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt, made the announcement Sunday on his website.

“It was under a canopy of stars in the lush wooded vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and hadn’t moved from where I hid it more than 10 years ago,” Fenn wrote in his announcement. “I don’t know the person who found it, but the poetry in my book brought it to the exact spot.”

The treasure was found a few days ago by a man who didn’t want to be named, said Fenn Santa Fe New Mexican. He noted, however, that the man came from “back East” and confirmed his discovery by sending Fenn a photograph of his new wealth.

The treasure, estimated to be worth more than $ 1 million, was a way for Fenn to inspire people to explore nature and give hope to people affected by the Great Recession, he said.

Clues leading to the location of the treasure were included in a 24-line poem published in Fenn’s 2010 autobiography “The Thrill of the Chase”.

Fenn estimated that as many as 350,000 people from all over the world went on a treasure hunt, according to New Mexican. Some quit their job to completely devote their lives to hunting and others even died.

“I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the research and hope that they will continue to be drawn to the promise of other discoveries,” said Fenn on his website.

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