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New Mexico Treasure Hunter Facing Charges For Digging In Wrong Place

New Mexico state game and fish officials are going to file charges against a man who they caught digging for buried treasure under a descano.

A descano is a marker that indicates where someone has died or had their ashes scattered. The man was apparently looking for the chest of gold and jewels that Santa Fe artifact collector Forrest Fenn says he stashed in the mountains north of Santa Fe, reports Fox News.

Game and Fish Department spokesman Dan Williams said that the man used hand tools to dig under a concrete base that was supporting an iron cross at the entrance to State Game Commission property. "He told our officer that he was looking for Forrest Fenn's treasure," Williams said.

“Our officer asked him to repair, to back fill where he was digging, which the guy apparently did, but it may not be to our satisfaction,” he said. “We may have to go in there to tamp it down better and fix it up so that it doesn’t get undermined by erosion.”

In Fenn’s 2011 biography, “The Thrill of the Chase,” he wrote: "I knew exactly where to hide the chest so it would be difficult to find but not impossible. It's in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe."

Fenn claims to have hidden an antique bronze lockbox with pieces of gold, a 17th-century Spanish emerald ring, a ruby-studded bracelet, diamonds and other booty worth $2 million. Many people have tried to find clues about the whereabouts of the treasure in the last year.

Sources: Fox News, Santa Fe New Mexican


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