October 25, 2021

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Forest Fenn’s grandson confirms identity of US treasure hunters US & Canada

Forest Fenn's grandson confirms identity of US treasure hunters US & Canada

A medical student from Michigan discovered more than 1 million m2 of treasure chests stored by Fenna in the forests of Wyoming.

The grandson of Forest Fenn, a medical school student from Michigan, discovered a treasure chest worth more than $ 10 million.

Jonathan “Jack” Stoop, 32, discovered the treasure in June, Fen’s grandson Shiloh Forest Old posted on the treasure website Monday.

“We wish Jack well, and we hope the community he is looking for will treat him with the respect he deserves,” Old wrote.

Fenn, a decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, finds treasure in a poem: The Thrill of the Chase.

Fen said he hid his chest full of coins, gold nuggets and other valuables in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico or Wyoming.

This poem inspired many to take part in the treasure hunt – sometimes getting into dangerous situations in the unforgiving Rocky Mountain backcountry.

The treasure was repeatedly said to be in a dangerous or particularly inaccessible place, but at least four people died while searching for the chest. Many people need protection, including a man who crashed into the Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon in the winter.

On June 6, Fenn announced that the treasure had been found but did not say who had found it or where. He said the treasure was found in Wyoming in July and died in September at the age of 90 without finding the finder.

At the same time, Stoop initially remained anonymous in a medium article published in September in which he described how he found the treasure but not specifically how or where.

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Monday’s article identified Stuff as the author.

The court order in the federal lawsuit against Fenn Estate prompted Stuff to identify himself with author Daniel Barbarisi, who was close to Stuff for the book he was working on. Barbary recognized Stuff in an article published in Outside Magazine on Monday and became passionate about the Stuff fund after learning of its existence in 2018.

“I think I was a little embarrassed by how intoxicated I was with it,” Barbary said of Stoop. “If I can not find it, I look like an idiot. And I do not want to admit how much grip it has on me.”

Fenn’s grandson Old also cited the case as a reason to verify Stoop’s identity. In the lawsuit, a woman who believed the treasure was hidden in New Mexico was discovered by hacking her texts and emails, Barbary wrote.

Stuff denied the allegations, saying he had never met or heard of the woman before the lawsuit and that the treasure was nowhere near New Mexico.

Stoof did not return a phone message sent Monday by the Associated Press news agency seeking comment on the fundraiser.