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A Michigan medical student has found a treasure chest worth over a million dollars hidden by Fenn in the Wyoming wilderness.

A grandson of Forrest Fenn confirmed that a Michigan medical student found a treasure chest worth more than $ 1 million that the retired art and antique dealer had hidden in the Wyoming wilderness over 10 years ago.

Jonathan “Jack” Stuef, 32, found the treasure in June, Fenn’s grandson Shiloh Forrest Old posted on a dedicated website on Monday.

“We wish Jack the best of luck and hope the research community will treat him with the respect he deserves,” Old wrote.

Fenn, who was also a decorated US Air Force fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, left clues to find the treasure in a poem in a memoir titled: The Thrill of the Chase.

Fenn said at the time that he hid the chest full of coins, gold nuggets and other valuables estimated to be worth between $ 1 million and $ 3 million in the Rocky Mountains to the north. from Santa Fe to Colorado, Montana, New Mexico or Wyoming.

The poem inspired many people to hunt for treasure – sometimes in precarious situations in the ruthless backcountry of the Rocky Mountains.

Fenn has said on several occasions that the treasure is not in a dangerous or particularly difficult to reach location, but at least four people have died searching for the chest. Many more were in need of help, including a man who rappelled into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone in the winter.

Fenn announced on June 6 that the treasure had been found but did not say who found it or where. He said that in July, the treasure was found in Wyoming and died in September at age 90 without identifying the searcher.

Stuef, meanwhile, initially remained anonymous in a September Medium article in which he described finding the treasure, but not specifically how or where.

Monday’s article identified Stuef as the author.

A court order in a federal lawsuit against the Fenn Estate prompted Stuef to identify with writer Daniel Barbarisi, who had been in contact with Stuef for a book he was working on. Barbarisi identified Stuef in an article published Monday in Outside Magazine and wrote that Stuef became obsessed with the treasure after learning of its existence in 2018.

“I think I was a little embarrassed by how I was obsessed with it,” Barbarisi said quoting Stuef. “If I couldn’t find him, I would look like an idiot.” And maybe I didn’t want to admit how much hold it had on me.

Fenn’s grandson Old also cited the lawsuit as a reason to confirm Stuef’s identity. In the lawsuit, a woman who believed the treasure was hidden in New Mexico claims the finder managed to hack her texts and emails, Barbarisi wrote.

Stuef denied the allegations, saying he had never met or heard from the woman before the trial and that the treasure was nowhere near New Mexico, Barbarisi wrote.

Stuef did not return a phone message left Monday by the Associated Press news agency asking for comment on the treasure find.


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