Eccentric millionaire who hid treasure in Rocky Mountains dies, sprouting mysteries

Eccentric millionaire who hid treasure in Rocky Mountains dies, sprouting mysteries


When Forrest Fenn died at his home in New Mexico Monday, the eccentric millionaire collector left hundreds of frustrated adventurers who say he never really came clean about the fate of a treasure chest he hid in the Rocky Mountains a decade ago.

“It’s not resolved,” said Miriam de Fronzo, a massage therapist from Florida who spent four years poring over Fenn’s clues and made four trips to New Mexico in search of a bronze cache allegedly filled with precious jewels and coins. “Ninety percent of the treasure seekers don’t believe that this mystery has been solved.”

Fenn, who was 90 when he died after a fall in his home, created the treasure hunt that saw some 350,000 people from around the world race into mountain wilderness to follow clues that he buried in a 24-line poem and his self-published autobiography, “The Thrill of the Chase.” Five men died in pursuit of the riches, valued at more than $2

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