A treasure hunter has found where X marked the spot in Rocky Mountains after stumbling across a massive jackpot.
A chest of gold, jewels and other valuables worth more than $2m has been found, this news coming from the man who announced 10 years ago that he had hidden the chest somewhere in the region.
Forrest Fenn, a decorated US Air Force fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, retired to Santa Fe to become an art and antiquities dealer. He announced last month that a man had found the treasure he had hidden decades ago.
Fenn, who had the idea to start a treasure hunt when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1988, left a clue in a 24-line poem published in his autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase.
Of course, thousands of people from across the world took the hint over the years and searched the North American mountains to find the chest, which was said to contain 265 gold coins, ancient Chinese jade figures, golden jaguar claws, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and sapphires.
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.
Fenn told local news outlet The Santa Fe New Mexican that he would not say where the treasure was found but said the man confirmed the discovery by sending over a photograph.
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. Look for more information and photos in the coming days.
An estimated 350,000 people have hunted for the treasure, according to the Washington Post.