Treasure hunter Randy Bilyeu went missing while searching for the treasure chest hidden in the Rockies by the eccentric art dealer and millionaire Forrest Fenn. Bilyeu’s family has not heard from him in three weeks and now the treasure hunter is being hunted.
The Spread It reports on January 30, that when Forrest Fenn was battling cancer in the 1980s he filled a treasure chest filled with gold nuggets, rare coins, gemstones and jewelry along with his autobiography and he planned to bury this chest before he died. Fenn won that battle with cancer and he is still alive today and on his 80th birthday he announced this big treasure hunt.
The treasure, which is said to be worth $1 million to $3 million, was hidden somewhere in the Sante Fe, New Mexico, area mountains. A poem was published by Fenn in his book “The Thrill of the Chase,” which gives the clues as to where this chest can be found.
According to MSN News, “tens of thousands” of people have been inspired by this treasure hunt and have taken to the wilderness in the Sante Fe area in hopes of finding this hidden wealth. Randy Bilyeu was one of the people extremely intrigued with this treasure hunt and he moved to New Mexico in the early part of January to look for that treasure.
The 54-year-old grandfather from Colorado hasn’t been heard from since January 4, prompting his family to report him missing. Search and rescue teams found his car and his dog still alive by a raft downstream, which had maps inside. The track ran cold and Bilyeu wasn’t located so the search and rescue by law enforcement ended, but folks are still looking for him.
Forrest Fenn, who is 85-years-old today, is paying searchers to keep the search going for Bilyeu and he plans on doing this until he is found. He wants to bring some closure to the man’s family. Fenn has spent thousands of dollars on the search for Bilyeu so far with people on foot, in helicopters and planes and he has not intentions of stopping until he is found despite the cost.
Fenn didn’t stop the treasure hunt due to the missing man. Many other people have taken Fenn’s challenge and set out in an attempt to find those riches. He said that 80 to 100 people join in on the hunt each week. The reason he has not stopped the hunt over the missing man was explained by Fenn saying:
“What happened is very unfortunate, but if someone is lost in the mountains while deer hunting, should we stop everyone from hunting? There’s nothing that’s inherently safe. You’re more likely to die on your way to work than hiking in the mountains. Everything has a small amount of danger to it.”
Fenn has also disclosed a few hints about where the treasure is located saying, “the treasure is hidden higher than 5,000 feet above sea level, but it isn’t buried, nor in a graveyard, nor associated with any structure.” Fenn wrote a book, “The Thrill of the Chase,” that contains the clues in a poem as to where the treasure is located.
This book has inspired a “cult” of treasure hunters searching the Rockies for the hidden treasure, reports MSN News. To date, no one has found the riches in a copper treasure chest beckoning to people from all over the world.