That also means it is very likely that Fenn’s autobiography end’s with a paragraph something like this:
“I, Forrest Fenn, wrote this autobiography, placed it in this olive jar, and sealed the olive jar with wax. I, Forrest Fenn, placed this treasure in its hiding place with the expectation that, someday, someone would find it. I, Forrest Fenn, am of sound mind. I, Forrest Fenn, make this decision freely. I, Forrest Fenn, transfer the title of ownership of this treasure to the person who finds it. I, Forrest Fenn, have placed strands of my hair in the sealed olive jar with the expectation that they will be used for DNA testing as evidence that the preceding statements were written by me.”
Here’s my problem with it.
Proof of “ownership” via DNA testing would only be meaningful if the following two conditions existed:
- Fenn was still living when the treasure was found.
- The treasure was found before Fenn published “The Thrill of the Chase” in 2010.
If Fenn was no longer living when the treasure was found, a DNA sample would be irrelevant.
If Fenn hid the treasure after he published his book, a DNA sample would be irrelevant, regardless of when the treasure was found.
To put it another way, if Fenn hid the treasure before publishing his book, and if someone found the treasure before he published his book, the strands of hair would have value. Otherwise, they are meaningless.
Bottom Line: We believe Fenn hid the treasure before 2009/2010. That he had the foresight to place strands of his hair in the olive jar support that hypothesis.