A real-life hidden treasure that has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of adventures for the past ten years has been unearthed in the Rocky Mountains. New Mexico multimillionaire, Forrest Fenn hid the treasure deep in the mountains back in 2010 and has been giving hints to its whereabouts ever since.

It was announced over the weekend that someone had indeed found the treasure cache. It's estimated that the haul is worth well over three million dollars. It included ancient gold coins and gold nuggets, precious gems, and artifacts from long lost civilizations.

Who found the treasure, and exactly where was it found? Those answers remain a mystery at this moment. Here's what Forrest Fenn said in a statement over the weekend:

"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."

The poem he's referring to can be found in his memoir The Thrill of the Chase. In the book, Fenn tells the reader that he's hidden the treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. At the very end of the book, he wrote a poem, in which he provided nine clues to the treasure's whereabouts.

Over the past ten years, people from every corner of the globe have tried to find the treasure, to no avail. Five people have even died trying to locate it. In one instance, Fenn told the public that one person was within 250 feet of the gold without claiming it.

So, is it all over with now? Not exactly. Unfortunately, there may be lawsuits involved now. A Chicago attorney, Barbara Andersen is in the process of filing an injunction, claiming that someone hacked into her computer and found the puzzle she had solved to Fenn's treasure.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions to this tale, like "Where was the treasure hidden?" "Who found it?" and "Exactly how much is it worth?" We may never find out the answers to these questions. But it does make me want to watch The Goonies now.

 

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