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Forrest Fenn: I hid my treasure in Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. — Author and adventurist Forrest Fenn confirmed yesterday that his hidden treasure chest worth one million dollars was found in Wyoming.

Treasure poem

Ever since the treasure was reported to be found, conjecture has run the gamut. From those speculating that it was found in New Mexico (perhaps because Fenn broke the news first to the Santa Fe New Mexican) to other holdouts who refused to believe the treasure was uncovered without proof—most of the uncertainty can now be laid to rest.


Fenn still did not disclose exactly where the treasure chest was found or the identity of the “man” who found it—two requests he had promised from the beginning he would honor of the lucky searcher.

Fenn followed up his latest post on his website—a June 6 entry with news the treasure was found—with word Wednesday that many were still questioning or needed closure, so he decided to divulge a bit more.

“Many of the searchers for my treasure had solves that seemed to neatly fit the clues in my poem. Then when the finder found and retrieved the treasure, other searchers wondered how close they had been to the right spot. Because I promised the finder I would not reveal who found it or where, I have remained mostly silent,” Fenn disclosed on his website. “However, the finder understands how important some closure is for many searchers, so today he agreed that we should reveal that the treasure was found in Wyoming. Until he found the treasure, the treasure had not moved in the 10 years since I left it there on the ground, and walked away.”

Fenn added that should be enough for those who were certain the clues pointed to New Mexico, Colorado, or Montana. At least four people died as a result of searching for the hidden treasure.

“To all of those who did not find the treasure, we hope that you got some enjoyment from the chase,” Fenn wrote.

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