Why Fenn has “gone quiet.”

Shelley and Forrest, Santa Fe, May 18, 2017

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.

27 thoughts on “Why Fenn has “gone quiet.”

  1. I missed something. What were the events of May 18, 2017 at the screening of “The Lure,” in Santa Fe that may have caused him to “step back”?

  2. Theoretically, there could be a completely valid reason why someone must delay their retrieval of the treasure after correctly solving the poem, such as a man who figures it out in prison yet awaits his parole.

    Or there could be other scheduling issues that no one knows about but the person with the correct solve.

    Though I agree with you that most excuses are in fact bull… I know from experience that not all delays are based in denial.

    – Dave

    • “Theoretically,” and “…it could be,” generally precede one of two things: excuses, or improbabilities. The finder of the treasure that fails to announce it, whatever the excuse, will be liable for the cost and time wasted by the search community and/or liable for any injury or death that results from the search for a treasure that has been found, but not announced. The first attorney they speak to after finding the treasure will inform them of that.

      • I am more speaking to the person who solved it but hasn’t gone out to get it yet, not the person who actually finds “it”; I think no one gets the gold without Forrest knowing about it. They might find the thing that gives them “title to the gold”, but not the actually gold. Forrest has that hidden away where only he, or his agent if after his death, can put the gold in the ‘treasure’ finder’s hands.

        Mark my words. If I’m wrong, I’ll eat them.

      • I have two members of my family who are attorneys specializing in liability claims. They have no doubt the case could be easily made. If you find the treasure and you don’t announce the find, you can be made liable for death or injury resulting from someone who continues searching for the treasure because you didn’t announce the find. Do yourself a favor before you make ridiculous claims and speak with an attorney.

      • Then, in order to make sure everyone stays safe, I am announcing that I have solved the poem. The treasure is in New Wycoltana. I just have to go get it…

      • Well, I don’t have the hubris to quit my job for a treasure hunt. If a quarter-million people have gotten it wrong, should I think my solve is bullet-proof? Quit my job? Just go? Sounds foolish… we’re not all retired, Toby. I can’t just go.


        I do think my solve is solid… and there are other reasons for not yet leaving that I can’t mention. I’ll let you know very soon if it was successful.

    • Dave, you are 100% correct! The solution was his “hole card” or as you appropriately called it “the title to the gold”. Trust me we know !!!!!!

Comments are closed.