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The Clues Were Ingenious, but Staging the Hunt Would Kill Him

Inside the treasure hunt that would claim Hunter Lewis' life

(Newser) - A California college student who created an adventurous treasure hunt for family and friends as a Christmas gift is presumed to have died while hiding the treasure: Hunter Lewis, 21, was last seen on Dec. 30 paddling a canoe into the Pacific; the waters were frigid, he was clad in...

'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is Caked in Gold and Controversy
'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is
Caked in Gold and Controversy
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'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is Caked in Gold and Controversy

Colombia moves toward excavation of the San Jose despite disputed claim of ownership

(Newser) - Colombia's government is taking steps to recover the so-called "holy grail" of Spanish colonial shipwrecks—thought to hold up to $20 billion worth of gold, silver, and precious stones—from its waters and at the same time taking heat from others with claims to the centuries-old treasure. As...

After 6 Years in Jail for Staying Mum on Gold, a New Roadblock

Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson has 2 months to find new lawyer in contempt of court case

(Newser) - The long-running case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter marking his sixth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of missing gold coins has hit yet another roadblock. Research scientist Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since Dec. 15, 2015, for that refusal. He's...

$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 Hunt Requires You to Crack Codes in 2 Books

One hurdle in scoring Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale: One book is in French

(Newser) - A potentially lucrative treasure hunt is being offered to the public, though to crack the entire thing you'll need to know French—or at least partner with somebody who does. The latter idea is actually one of the points of the unusual challenge. Artist Michel Becker is the mastermind,...

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....

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...

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...

3 Months After Someone Found His Treasure, Forrest Fenn Dies

New Mexico art dealer dead at 90

(Newser) - An estimated 350,000 people searched for the treasure hidden in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, with at least five dying in the attempt . Three months after Fenn announced someone had finally found the $2 million cache of gold, jewels, artifacts, and other valuables, the New Mexico art dealer is dead....

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

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,...

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...

It's Like Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket, but With UK Bank Notes

Only one of four are left, worth about $60,000

(Newser) - Consumers in the UK are on the hunt for a rare and valuable Willy Wonka-style golden ticket—while the woman who found the third of only four in existence is donating it to charity. It all started when renowned "micro-engraver" Graham Short etched a 5mm-tall image of English author...

Artist Hides $16K in Gold Bars on Beach

And it's finders, keepers in Folkestone, England

(Newser) - It's the kind of art project that even people who hate art projects can love: A German artist has hidden about $16,000 worth of gold bars on a beach in Folkestone, England, reports the Guardian . Lucky treasure hunters can keep any they find. Artist Michael Sailstorfer calls the...

1982 Book Could Lead Way to 10 Lost Treasures
1982 Book Could Lead Way
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1982 Book Could Lead Way to 10 Lost Treasures

If you unearth one of the 10 keys, you can claim a precious gem

(Newser) - In the early 1980s, Byron Preiss buried 12 keys underground in North America that, when found, can be turned in for gems worth $1,000 each. He and a number of collaborators created a book called The Secret: A Treasure Hunt!, published in 1982, that contains a dozen paintings and...

Koreans on Treasure Hunt ... for Space Rocks

Hunters looking to cash in after a meteor shower

(Newser) - Hundreds of South Koreans scouring the countryside of Jinju with metal detectors are on a treasure hunt—but rather than a gold rush, it's a meteorite-searching frenzy. After two black rocks found near the country's southern tip were confirmed to be fragments of a meteor—the first chondrites...

Dream-Led Treasure Hunt Turns Up ... Nothing

$25K search has been suspended

(Newser) - India ended a search for treasure beneath a 19th century fort after finding only a few bones and terracotta bricks but none of the gold predicted by a Hindu holy man's dream , an official said today. The search began Oct. 18 in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India after...

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