An anonymous treasure hunter, a decade-long search, and a chest full of jewels and gold.
What may sound like a nineteenth-century adventure story are actually the makings of a modern tale of two eccentric hobbyists: one, a treasure hunter, and the other, a treasure hider.
Forrest Fenn is a New Mexico man who obtained a cult following when he announced that he hid a chest full of treasure in the Rocky Mountains a decade ago.
Although thousands embarked on a search for the hidden riches, no one found the stash until now, reports Fox News.
Speaking to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Fenn revealed that a man recently discovered the chest.
The mysterious individual, who wished to remain anonymous, sent Fenn a photo of the treasure as proof of his discovery.
Fenn originally hid the treasure in 2010, sharing clues about its location on his website and in a poem included in his autobiography, “The Thrill of the Chase.”
He listed the contents of the treasure, which was originally devised as a way to create a legacy after Fenn was diagnosed with terminal cancer, on his website. They included pre-Columbian animal figures, gold nuggets and coins, Chinese jade faces, emerald rings and other exotic items.
According to Fenn, approximately 350,000 people sought out the treasure, and some even died while on the hunt.
A visit to his website shows a disclaimer at the top that reads: “Forrest Fenn's Treasure was found in 2020 - the chase is over.”
Fenn doesn’t know too much about the man who found his hidden treasure.
“The guy who found it does not want his name mentioned. He’s from back East,” he told the New Mexican.
“I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot,” Fenn also said on his site.
And it’s no wonder. He has a way with words.
“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,” a statement on his site read.
Fenn hopes that, despite finding the treasure, the discoverer keeps the spirit of the search alive: “Whatever you choose — keep the thrill of the chase alive and continue the legend.”