A treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains by an eccentric millionaire from New Mexico has been found, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The treasure was found "a few days ago," but the man who hid it confirmed its discovery on Sunday.
Back in 2010, millionaire Forrest Fen hid a treasure "in the [Rocky] Mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe." The treasure chest itself weighed 20 pounds, he said, and the treasure within weighed 22 pounds. The gold nuggets, rare coins, jewelry, and gemstones that made up the treasure were said to be worth approximately $2 million.
Fenn then gave clues to the chest's location via a poem and other clues contained within his memoir.
Over the next ten years, tens of thousands of treasure hunters set out to find the treasure. Entire online communities were devoted to deciphering the clues and an estimated 350,000 people made at least one attempt at finding the cache.
However, with a decade of treasure-hunting came a decade of controversy. At least five people have died in the hunt for the treasure, including at least one hunter who fell 500 feet down a steep slope. Multiple lawsuits have been filed in response to the treasure, including at least one that claimed there never was a treasure and that the entire thing was a hoax.