A call for adventure came to the end. Forrest Fenn, 89 old now, an art dealer and author from Santa Fe, New Mexico, hid a treasure chest in an outdoor location with the purpose of creating a public search for it, ten years ago.
It was a bronze chest ﬁlled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million. The chest weighs 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and its contents weigh another 22 pounds (10 kilograms). Fenn posted clues to the treasure’s whereabouts online and in a 24-line poem that was published in his 2010 autobiography “The Thrill of the Chase,” which is a collection of short stories from his life. Fenn’s book and story prompted a treasure hunt in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, as he said he hid the chest “in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe.”
Hundreds of thousands have hunted in vain. Many quit their jobs to dedicate themselves to the search. Five people have died while searching for the treasure during time. He was implored by the police to end the treasure hunt because it was a danger to public safety.[ But it didn’t. A few searchers have been cited or arrested for legal infractions. On June 6, Fenn announced the treasure has been found by a man and revealed where it was: „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. I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot. I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries. So the search is over,” he wrote on the searcher blog Thrill of the Chase. Asked about its feelings now, he said: “I don’t know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over.” Forest Fenn was a pilot in the United States Air Force, obtaining the rank of Major and awarded the Silver Star for his service in the Vietnam War. He than had the Arrowsmith-Fenn Gallery with a partner. He had and recovered from cancer.