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    As many of you may already be aware a member of the search community lost his life while searching for the chest this past week. Another gentlemen with him was airlifted to the hospital and is being treated for exposure. I have been in contact with a close family friend and neighbor of the searcher that lost his life. This is the same person that posted a message in a facebook group but quickly deleted it after she felt she was being attacked. As you all can certainly understand situations like this for friends and family can be very emotional. She was initially very angry that this happened and this may have come across in her brief post but that wasn’t her intention. Please respect this person and the family’s privacy and don’t search out them or harass them. I will remain in contact with the family friend and ask questions within reason that anyone may have.

    I have also been in contact with Forrest and he is aware of this. I would suspect he will be forthcoming with a statement through one of his usual channels soon.

    Bellow is a statement directly from the Family friend that she wished me to share with the Chase Community (I made a couple of minor spelling and grammatical corrections but other than that this is quoted directly from her)
    “They left Monday night. The deceased has been going to the same spot to search for over a year. He took a friend out with him on the first trip this winter two weeks ago. They did wreck the snow machines and were rescued. The friend had access to a 4 wheel drive truck and knew where to rent snow machines. We heard from my friend Tuesday night and his cell was getting pings in Colorado on Wednesday. However, Wednesday night, the police went to my friends (next door neighbor) house looking for her husband because the snow machines had not been returned that day. Thursday morning, still no word. The wife of the injured man also stated that the police went to her house Wednesday night looking for her husband. I believe this was when the alerts with police and rescue became on their radar. By Friday morning, the wife and I contacted our county sheriff and filed a missing persons report. When the officer came into my house, the wife was on the phone with the sheriff from another county, who I believe sent out the SAR.

    Saturday morning, a call came from the northern county saying they found the truck at an abandoned house, food and water and one set of foot prints in the snow. Two hours later, we were told the men were found together on the river. Which is very far from where the truck was. Oh and no findings on the snow machines. The paper said the friend waved them down with a sled. Not true. The men were found via air. And the friend was unconscious. He was air lifted to the hospital and my friend didn't make it.

    I do have questions on the truck, the food and water and the one set of footsteps. The house was not in a place that you could walk from river to house. The river was quite far down a rocky mountainside. When found, they had not eaten or had water since Tuesday .

    My question to my friend would be, why change up your routine? Why was there no activity at the usual starting point, if you were THAT close to finding the treasure.”

    The link below is to the only known article relating to this incident as of this moment.

    https://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com...t-missing-men/
    A missing Colorado man was found dead and a second man rescued alive inside a remote area of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah Saturday.
    “My Shadow Ain’t Cast by No Fool.” F

  • #2
    So very heartbreaking to hear. Many prayers are lifted up for the family and friends left behind to endure the loss. May God give them strength and peace for the days ahead. My sincerest condolences.

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    • #3
      I would guess that as sensitive as
      Forrest is he likely hoping the chest is found soon. I’m sure There will be those that blame forest for the poor judgment of those poor souls lost

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      • #4
        The article doesn’t say anything aboutf them being searchers.

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        • #5
          Forrest says year after year to hang it up once the snow hits... that its a searcher's worst enemy.

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          • #6
            Cross-posting what I put on Jenny's:

            From Torg & Elliott:

            FF: "Well, I’m not gonna give you a new clue, but there are clues in the poem that will lead you to the treasure. But you want to be careful in the mountains in the wintertime. A lot of the mountains are under snow now. It's not a good time to search."

            Six Questions Q6 (2/4/2016): "But any place can become dangerous for anyone who violates the common sense rules of the chase. Stay out of the mountains in the winter time when it is cold and snow covers the ground."

            On Dal's under "On Searching" (2/5/2016): "Never search alone or in the winter when nighttime temperatures are low."

            People.com (2/10/2016): People: "You got personally involved in the search [for Randy Bileau]. Why?"
            FF: "It bothered me. First of all, I’ve said over and over not to look for the treasure in the wintertime. I want all the snow melted and the mud dried before they go."

            MW Featured Question: Hot Chocolate (12/15/2017): "Hey Forrest, you said we could retrieve the treasure in any season. Well in winter, would we need a snowmobile to get to the spot?" ~scout around

            FF: "Scout around, if you need a snowmobile to get to your solve please stay home and drink hot chocolate. f"

            SB 194 (10/15/2018): "I woke up to snow on the ground this morning in Santa Fe, and a temp. below freezing. I went out to get the paper and about froze. Hopefully all searchers will stay by the fire drinking hot Ovaltine til about May or June. To me, being cold is a lot worse than being hot. All of the Rockies north of SF are now unsearchable to my way of thinking. f-"

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            • #7
              I declined to search a promising spot last Fall due to a mere dusting of snow on some rock formations and the treacherous footing the snow created. A slip would not have sent me off a cliff. If so, I would not be in such a place . A slip would have merely sent me to the ground. Such a slip on a icy railroad tie, a few years ago, cracked my fibula. I don't take chances, thus I have a really hard time wrapping my brain around the thinking that led to this tragedy. Snow machines? SMH. Wait until there is zero snow cover.

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              • #8
                Hear me all and listen good.....

                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.

                So let's not make it one.
                Please y'all, use some good ole common sense.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wwwamericana View Post
                  Hear me all and listen good.....

                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.
                  IT'S NOT IN A DANGEROUS PLACE.

                  So let's not make it one.
                  Please y'all, use some good ole common sense.
                  Where is the 151-feet-tall wall that this is like talking to?

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                  • #10
                    This is unfortunate, I don't understand some people these days. It was not long ago when that guy was rescued from the GCoY, you'd think that would be a nice reminder to stay out of the snow while searching for this treasure. Searching for the treasure in the snow is much different than playing/hiking in the snow for pleasure. In that scenario, our minds will limit ridiculous stunts, but throw in gold fever and safety will take the back seat. I really don't understand how people think they are going to find it in the snow anyhow. Are you planning on digging it up under 3+ feet of snow? That's just absurd. If you think it's hidden in a nook of a cliff, it's still going to limit you. F did not climb part up a cliff to stash a 40 lb chest. He's not going to lift 40 lbs over about eye level to hide it, that really could end up hurting your back. So if he only hid it around chest level or below in a cliff/rock, the snow is likely cover that nook up too. Snow tends to gather around the base of hills and will become shallower in the valleys. If you have been botg in the snow, you'd understand this. You can often hike up right up the sides of cliffs that would kill a man if they fell of without snow on the ground... Then add in the fact that this guy was already rescued and it just becomes pure negligence. If I gave you a ticket for dui and a month later you did it again and got your friend killed, you'd be facing charges of manslaughter if not murder. I'm sorry that this sounds rough, but just because people are fellow searchers does not make me feel pity, if fact it does the exact opposite. These people put a lot of work into putting themselves in these dangerous positions. The one guy had to skirt the laws and use a snowmobile for un-permitted purposes and this guys was already rescued once... Even though I'm sure F does not blame himself, it certainly will weigh on his conscious a bit. The simple fact that you'd put this strain on a wonderful and compassionate 80 year old man bothers me.
                    If you give a mouse a cookie. . .

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                    • #11
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_OFQI5x52k
                      Search For Forrest Fenn’s Alleged Treasure Leads To Death In Remote Area Of Colorado

                      "It is fun to arrange words in such a way that you have to smile at the end of a sentence." - Forrest Fenn

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                      • #12
                        https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/03/...dden-treasure/

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                        • #13
                          This is so sad and tragic. The loss of life should never be made light of or mocked. Out there, a family is missing a son, brother, father and a family member may read this blog and they don’t need to read criticism from fellow searchers. It is easy to forget that when typing from a mobile device. It’s true that they should not have been out at this time of year in the snow, but please be respectful . This mans family is grieving and they are in my thoughts and prayers .

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