Po­lice im­plore au­thor who hid trea­sure to end hunt

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SANTA FE | New Mex­ico’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cer is urg­ing the au­thor and an­tiq­ui­ties dealer who in­spired thou­sands of read­ers of his mem­oir to search re­mote cor­ners of the Amer­i­can West for a hid­den chest of gold and jew­els to end the trea­sure hunt.

The plea from State Po­lice Chief Pete Kas­se­tas fol­lows what au­thor­i­ties be­lieve is the lat­est death re­lated to the ef­fort to un­cover For­rest Fenn’s trea­sure.

Colorado pas­tor Paris Wal­lace dis­ap­peared last week while search­ing for the bounty in a rugged area along the Rio Grande in north­ern New Mex­ico. His fam­ily re­ported him miss­ing, trig­ger­ing an ex­ten­sive search.

State Po­lice be­lieve a body re­cov­ered Sun­day is Mr. Wal­lace’s. Med­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tors were work­ing Tues­day to make a pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Chief Kas­se­tas told re­porters that Mr. Fenn should re­trieve the trea­sure from wher­ever he hid it and stop what he called non­sense and in­san­ity.

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