Forrest Fenn, a self-taught antique dealer and Vietnam War veteran who hid a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains that killed several people, has died at the age of 90, the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reports, citing a Santa Fe police official.
Forrest Fenn is a Vietnam War veteran who moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1972. He started his career as an art dealer and managed one of the best galleries in the country for about 20 years. In 2010, Fenn reported that he hid a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe: gold nuggets, rare coins, jewelry, and precious stones. Everyone was invited to find the treasure with the help of hints encrypted in Fenn’s poem. In June, the treasure hunt ended, an unknown treasure hunter discovered a chest of valuables.
According to the newspaper, Fenn died on Monday at his home. According to the police, he died of natural causes.
As Fenn previously admitted, he hid the treasure to encourage people to explore nature and give them hope during the “great recession” that began after the 2008 global financial crisis.