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$10K Utah Treasure Hunt Sparks Warning From Authorities

Utah officials warn treasure hunters after search-and-rescue team is called out

(Newser) - For the second year running, two Utah men have hidden thousands of dollars somewhere in the wilderness and are urging treasure seekers to go out hunting for it. But many of those seekers are not exactly prepared for the hunt, leading officials to issue a warning to those in pursuit...

Court Docs Prove Feds Sought Fabled Pennsylvania Gold

FBI agent applied for warrant in 2018 to keep Civil War-era cache out of state's hands

(Newser) - An FBI agent applied for a federal warrant in 2018 to seize a fabled cache of US government gold he said was "stolen during the Civil War" and hidden in a Pennsylvania cave, per court documents unsealed Thursday. The newly unsealed affidavit confirms previous reporting by the AP that...

Treasure Hunter Hits Pay Dirt in Attic of Family's Home

Keith Wille proved decades of rumor right

(Newser) - A New England treasure hunter has proven decades of rumor right for a family who've long believed a box of cash was stashed in a home's attic. After multiple fruitless attempts of their own, Keith Wille was hired by the family to search the Western Massachusetts home prior...

There's $20K Hidden Somewhere in Maine

Some playing cards will help you find it

(Newser) - A pair of Mainers have hidden $20,000 somewhere in the state and they're inviting treasure seekers to come and get it. The creators of the treasure hunt and the company behind the hunt, Dirigo Treasures LLC, are Kurt and Kelly Stokes of Newcastle, the Lincoln County News reports....

Treasure Hunters Say FBI Cheating Them Out of Old Gold

Lawyer is pushing to unseal records following 2018 dig in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A lawyer says he's one step closer to uncovering the truth about a legendary treasure of Civil War gold said to have been lost in the Pennsylvania wilderness, reports Penn Live . The FBI excavated a site in Elk State Forest in 2018, acting on a tip from treasure hunting...

Man's 'Quest for Discovery' in National Park Isn't Ending Well

Rodrick Dow Craythorn pleads guilty to digging up Yellowstone cemetery for Forrest Fenn prize

(Newser) - A man accused of digging up a Yellowstone National Park cemetery in his search for a famous buried treasure has admitted to his crimes. The New York Times reports that, nearly four months after he was indicted by a federal grand jury, 52-year-old Rodrick Dow Craythorn of Utah entered a...

Treasure Hunter Has Been in Prison 5 Years for Contempt

Tommy Thompson still won't say where shipwreck gold is

(Newser) - A former deep-sea treasure hunter is about to mark his fifth year in prison for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of 500 missing gold coins found in a historic shipwreck. Research scientist Tommy Thompson isn't incarcerated at a a federal prison in Milan, Michigan, for breaking the law. Instead,...

Feds: Man Spent 8 Months in Cemetery Digging for Treasure

Now Rodrick Dow Craythorn has been indicted after his alleged search for Forrest Fenn booty

(Newser) - We still don't know who found Forrest Fenn's famous treasure in Wyoming's Rocky Mountains, but it apparently wasn't Rodrick Dow Craythorn. What Craythorn got instead, per NBC News : a federal grand jury indictment for allegedly digging in a Yellowstone National Park cemetery searching for the long-elusive...

Famed Treasure Hunt Over. Now Comes a Legal Fight
Treasure Hunt Ends, but
a New Fight Is Starting
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Treasure Hunt Ends, but a New Fight Is Starting

Anonymous hunter found it, and some of those who lost feel cheated

(Newser) - It was a good old-fashioned treasure hunt , but one that took on mythic proportions and resulted in at least five deaths. And now that the "treasure hunt" part is over , a big legal mess is unfolding. Meanwhile, the man who started it all—89-year-old antiques dealer Forrest Fenn of...

Eccentric's Treasure Chest Is Finally Found

Forrest Fenn said it contained over $1M in gold and other goodies

(Newser) - A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to a famed art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt . Forrest Fenn, 89, told the Santa Fe New ...

They Were Searching the Sand. The Metal Detectors Went Crazy

Florida men find 22 silver coins from 1715 shipwreck, could be worth $7K

(Newser) - They set to work with metal detectors on Florida's appropriately named Treasure Coast and are now the proud owners of 22 silver coins thought to be 300 years old. Jonah Martinez, who's been hunting treasure in South Florida for 24 years, says he and fellow treasure hunter Cole...

How a Shipful of Gold Ruined a Brilliant Scientist
How Sunken Gold Inflicted
Its Curse, 150 Years Later
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How Sunken Gold Inflicted Its Curse, 150 Years Later

If only Tommy Thompson had never found it

(Newser) - Tommy Thompson was a brilliant gold-hunter who arguably made a huge mistake: He succeeded. Once dubbed a scientific "rock star," the ocean engineer uncovered a shipful of gold that pretty much wrecked his life and turned him into a wild-haired federal inmate who rarely tells the same story...

Treasure Hunter's Big Find Near Waterfall: a Man's Last Moments

YouTuber finds GoPro camera of Richard Ragland, who drowned in Tennessee in 2017

(Newser) - A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won't bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure. YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was...

Treasure Hunter Changes Mind on Returning Gold

Thompson now says he has no idea how to obtain coins

(Newser) - An imprisoned treasure hunter has taken back a pledge to turn over 500 missing coins minted from gold found in a shipwreck off the South Carolina coast, the AP reports. Tommy Thompson agreed last week to deliver the coins to a court-appointed receiver by Sunday to settle a lawsuit brought...

FBI: No Civil War Gold Here. Treasure Hunters: Oh Yeah?

Father-son team think the agency secretly grabbed up to $250M worth of the precious metal in Pa.

(Newser) - The father-son duo of Dennis and Kem Parada spent years combing a bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they'd found the hiding place, but at the end of the court-sanctioned excavation, the FBI in...

4th Person Dies Seeking Elusive Treasure

Treasure hunter fell to his death in Yellowstone

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels that has inspired thousands to hunt in vain across remote corners of the Western US, according to a report by park authorities. Billings, Montana,...

Hole in French Village Means One Thing: Treasure Hunters
Hole in French Village Means
One Thing: Treasure Hunters
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Hole in French Village Means One Thing: Treasure Hunters

Rennes-le-Château has dealt with this for decades

(Newser) - As the story goes, in the small French village of Rennes-le-Château a priest named François-Bérenger Saunière managed to accumulate an unlikely sum of money, giving birth to a legend that he had found buried treasure. It was said that he himself buried what he didn't...

After Death, Fenn Might Call Off Treasure Hunt

State's top cop wants him to 'stop this nonsense'

(Newser) - Forrest Fenn should retrieve the treasure he stashed in the wilderness before anybody else dies looking for it, New Mexico's top cop says. "I would implore that he stop this nonsense," New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said after searchers found a body believed to be...

Pastor Goes Missing in Search for Treasure Chest

While fellow treasure-hunters seek to help police in their search for Paris Wallace

(Newser) - The search for a Colorado pastor continues in northern New Mexico four days after Paris Wallace was reported missing while hunting for the elusive Forrest Fenn treasure . The Daily Sentinel reports tips from fellow treasure hunters, including Wallace's friend Wendell Smith, helped police locate the Chevrolet Tahoe Wallace was...

$18K Permit Stands Between Man and $130M Treasure

John Cruise-Wilkins isn't giving up his father's quest

(Newser) - It's known as the Holy Grail of pirate treasure—a haul of gold, silver, and jewels worth an estimated $130 million—and John Cruise-Wilkins says he knows where it is. So why is the man not yet swimming in diamonds and rubies? Well, getting to the treasure is not...

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