SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Forrest Fenn, the Santa Fe author and artifact collector who became known for his infamous treasure hunt has died at the age of 90. The Santa Fe Police Department has confirmed his death.
According to his website and blog, Fenn and his wife built a gallery in Santa Fe in 1972 where they dealt high-value items such as paintings by Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell, as well as other sculptures and artifacts.
Since 2010, Fenn had drawn thousands of treasure hunters to New Mexico after including clues to a treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains worth around $3 million in his self-published memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase.” At least five people died while searching for the treasure.
Many claimed the treasure to be a hoax with some even suing Fenn, alleging he led hunters astray with conflicting and misleading clues. Another lawsuit by a woman even claimed her solution to the treasure was stolen.
In July, Fenn confirmed that an unidentified hunter found the treasure, stating that he had hidden it in Wyoming.