There is much discussion in the various forums about how Fenn has recently, for lack of a better way to describe it, stepped back from the search. Surprisingly, to me, some have come to the conclusion that his standing down is due to the possibility that one or more of them has either “solved the poem” and Fenn has become aware the solution exists, or that the treasure has been found, and not announced.
I can assure you with a high level of confidence that, as of this writing, neither of those conditions is true.
No one has solved the poem.
The treasure has not been found.
The 200 foot rule still stands four years after he first said it in 2013. (Made more amazing by the fact that the “200 footers” have not returned to locate the treasure.)
Prove me wrong. Prove the treasure’s been found. No excuse or “explanation” will be good enough. Because, excuses equal bullshit.
In our opinion, Fenn made a conscious decision to step back from the search after the events of May 18, 2017 at the screening of “The Lure,” in Santa Fe. I was there and saw it all. I spoke with him that night about it. I exchanged emails with him for a few days afterwards.
His decision was reinforced by the media and community activity associated with the loss of the second searcher.
In addition, he’s 87. He suffered a bout with cancer. He’s missing a kidney. The end is drawing nigh. He’s done everything he needs to have done to ensure the treasure is one day found. Short of providing geographic coordinates, there is nothing more he can say that will make a difference in finding the treasure. Or, not.
He can, effectively, and comfortably, retire.
Let him go.