Police implore author who hid treasure to end hunt
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.