The “discoverer” of a treasure buried in the Rocky Mountains claims to be a millennial who found the cache of gold coins and jewelry in Wyoming – but dozens of fortune hunters in the search for ten years are not convinced by its history.
In a recent article published in Medium, an “open” online publishing platform, the anonymous writer said he discovered the location of the treasure buried by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric art collector based in Santa Fe, in 2018, but that ‘it had taken “many months” to concentrate on the exact spot. .
Fenn, who died in September at the age of 90, announced in June that the $ 2 million treasure he buried somewhere in the Rockies in 2010 was found “by a man from the East.” Fenn did not identify the “finder” by name and refused to reveal the exact location of the treasure.
“It doesn’t add up,” said Miriam De Fronzo, massage therapist and mother of two from St. Petersburg, Fla., Who spent four years lean on clues which Fenn, a prolific writer, inserted into a poem he said would lead people to treasure. “I still have so many questions.”
“We need verification,” said Barbara Andersen, a Chicago lawyer, who claims she spent thousands of dollars on 20 trips to New Mexico and communicated her findings to Fenn over the years. She says her emails and texts were hacked and is suing Fenn’s estate to demand answers.
De Fronzo and Andersen are among the 350,000 people who set out in search of Fenn’s Eldorado. Over the years, five men have died trying to find the 42-pound safe. De Fronzo was on his fourth expedition to New Mexico when Fenn announced the treasure had been found.
In his essay, the “Finder” provides few details about the location and says he plans to sell the coins and jewelry because he’s struggling to pay off his student loans. “When I finally found him, the main emotion was not joy but rather the deepest feeling of relief in my entire life,” he writes. “When I got back to my rental car after the discovery, I put my hands on the wheel and I cried my eyes.”
He said he was also grateful to Fenn for protecting his anonymity. “I didn’t want to look over my shoulder… for the rest of my life,” he said.
But the essay raised more questions than answers. De Fronzo told The Post that a poll she conducted among a Facebook group devoted to treasure seekers – Treasures galore – found that 86 percent of its over 4,000 members do not believe the anonymous writer actually found the treasure.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Forrest had written the article before his death,” De Fronzo said. “It looks like an epitaph.”