State Police Chief asks Forrest Fenn to call off treasure hunt

Forrest Fenn
Forrest Fenn

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – State Police Chief Pete Kassetas is calling on Forrest Fenn to end his treasure hunt before someone else dies looking for it.

A body was found along the Rio Grande this weekend, not far from where a Colorado pastor left his car before setting out on the treasure hunt.

Last year, another Colorado man died on the treasure hunt.

Fenn says the treasure includes gold and jewels worth $2 million.

He has placed clues about it in his books and says he intentionally made it hard to find. Now some, including Chief Kassetas, are calling for Fenn to retrieve his treasure and end the so-called insanity.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue team has posted a survey on its Facebook page asking people if they think Fenn should call off the search. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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