Updated: Police body cam footage. Pennsylvanian, “Robert Miller” arrested breaking in to Forrest Fenn’s home in Santa Fe.


“SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Forrest Fenn’s infamous treasure hunt has now landed a man behind bars. That man told police the clues pointed him to Fenn’s house in Santa Fe.

“There’s been a couple previous break-ins, but it’s not very frequent,” says Captain Anthony Tapia of the Santa Fe Police Department.

Santa Fe Police say they got a burglary call on Friday evening at a sprawling house on Old Santa Fe Trail, near Old Pecos Trail.

“There was a family member, believed to be, of Mr. Fenn, was detaining an individual who had broken into the residence,” says Cpt. Tapia.

That residence was the home of author, Forrest Fenn.

Robert Miller from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanian, Robert Miller

Police say they found Robert Miller on Fenn’s property. Miller flew to Santa Fe from his home state of Pennsylvania in search of Fenn’s well-publicized hidden treasure.

He told police he needed it for his family because he only had $130 in his bank account.

“The suspect was very upset. He admitted that he did break into the home believing that he had found the treasure that was quoted in Mr. Fenn’s poem,” says Cpt. Tapia.

Police say Miller got onto Fenn’s property by kicking down a small door next to the main gate.

According to the criminal complaint, Miller told police he thought the small door was a clue from Fenn’s poem in the book, ‘The Thrill of the Chase.’ A line in the poem says, “put in below the home of brown.”

“Even the arresting officer wasn’t familiar with the poem and the treasure map,” says Cpt. Tapia.

It is just the latest trouble in the hunt for the hidden treasure.

In the last two years, two men have died searching for what Fenn says is a chest filled with millions in gold and jewels, hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountain chain.

Police say Miller did manage to get his hands on a chest, but what Miller found was a disappointment.

“Don’t do it. He searched his house and his treasure chest that he found, had clothing in it,” says Cpt. Tapia.

Police say Miller used an ax to break into Fenn’s home.”

Police Body Cam Footage.


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Updated: Forrest Fenn’s Personal Collection of Topo Maps Sells for $3,550.00 on eBay

Note: This is a rapidly changing story. We will update it as new information becomes available.

In an eBay auction that concluded just a few minutes before this writing, “Forrest Fenn’s Personal Topo Map Collection with 2 wooden map cases. CO, NM, UT” closed with a winning bid of $3,550.00. Bidding quickly rose from around $900 to the final bid in the last 30 minutes of the auction. Shipping was not included as the buyer was expected to pick the maps up from Fenn’s storage location.

The official USGS maps were dated around 1954 an included the complete sets for Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Colorado and New Mexico are two of the four “search” states in which Fenn has hinted he had hidden his famous treasure.

A total of 7 bidders (including this writer) cast a total of 52 bids to get to the final price. The winning buyer on eBay (which protects bidders’ identities) was “c***1,” who had only bid on one item prior to this one on eBay.

The auction was posted by seller “nmmountainco505,” whose been an eBay member since February, 2017. This was the member’s first auction. We presume “nmmountainco505” represents a trusted member of Fenn’s family. (Update: We have had confirmation from two sources that Fenn’s grandson, Shiloh Old, is the individual behind “nmmountainco” on eBay.)

(Update 2018 10 13: Kristie of The Hint of Riches Forum and The Raven’s Nest on YouTube has informed us that the winning bidder will be a guest on her YouTube program at 7pm MDT on Monday, October 15, 2018. She also informed us via text message that she (the winning bidder) will “…make a special announcement regarding the maps…” during that program.

(Update 2018 10 13:  An unconfirmed source indicated that “…probably 2 or 3 of the drawers are Colorado maps, one for Utah, and the rest, New Mexico.” There are also indications that there are multiple copies of some of the maps, some with Fenn’s handwritten notes. Fenn’s grandson, Shiloh, also confirmed that Fenn had given the entire lot to him (Shiloh) and that it was his (Shiloh’s) decision to auction them.)


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New Article on Forrest Fenn in Western Art & Architecture Online

“First of all, the chest itself is a treasure, a cast-bronze, Romanesque lockbox, dating to about 1150. Second, it’s filled with items only a lifelong collector, ardent archeologist, and lover of beautiful things with a mischievous gleam in his eye could have thought to amass. Antique jewelry and fetishes, gold coins and heavy gold nuggets, uncut emeralds, rubies, and diamonds all lie jumbled in a glorious heap, as if in a N.C. Wyeth illustration for Treasure Island.”

Chase Reynolds Ewald

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“The Treacherous Treasure Hunt of Forrest Fenn” <=== Not my clickbait!

Buzzfeed, the online media property that targets millennials, released a YouTube video under there “Unsolved Network” Brand entitled “The Treacherous Treasure Hunt of Forrest Fenn,” which, in my opinion, is not a very well composed title – but, who am I to argue? They have 1.3 million subscribers – and as of this writing the video has generated nearly a half-million views in a single day! I imagine we can expect an equal number of new searchers and new skeptics into the community.

Plus, we’ll likely see a whole new rash of “I’ve studied this for a whole day, and I know exactly where the treasure is! I need a partner to go get it!” posts in the Fenn forums.

Fun to watch, if a little off in some of the hints/clues, but a credible example of what a first BOTG will look/feel like – minus the Indiana Jones affectation.

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On Fenn’s Response to the Question From “Forrest Burke” Regarding Punctuation in the Poem

I read, with some interest, Fenn’s response to the question posed by the character who signed his name “Forrest Burke,” on Jenny Kile’s Mysterious Writings blog on August 28, 2018, represented her in text:

Mr. Fenn,

There has been a lot of talk about the punctuation in your poem and how it might help someone who is searching for your treasure. That’s a bunch of hooee, isn’t it!?

Forrest Burke

Dear Mr. Burke,

Sometimes punctuation can be confusing and that’s why I’m very careful when I use it. To illustrate: I just received an email from a man who has stage 4 liver cancer. He said he knows where the treasure is and tomorrow he is going to Colorado to get it. “Will you please wish me good luck,”?, he said. I replied, “No, you seem so positive and I don’t want to give you an advantage over other searchers, so I won’t say, good luck to you. f

And, to be safe, here in image:

I was not nearly as surprise by either the question or Fenn’s response as I was by the number of composition and punctuation errors I find in what Fenn wrote.

Here how I would have written it:

Dear Mr. Burke,

Punctuation can sometimes be confusing. That’s why I’m very careful when I use it. For example, I just received an email from a man who claims he has stage 4 liver cancer. He wrote that he knows where I hid the treasure, and he’s leaving tomorrow to recover it. “Will you please wish me good luck?” he wrote. I replied, “No, you seem so positive, and I don’t want to give you an advantage over other searchers, so I won’t write, ‘Good luck to you.'” f

In contradiction to Fenn writing that he’s very careful when he uses punctuation, in his paragraph above he, effectively, throws punctuation out the proverbial window.

Which, to me, is more curious than his response.

Intentional or not? That is the fist question. “Why?” is the second.


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Today in Fenn: On his Gut Feeling

From the THOR Forum, July 31, 2018

“My gut feeling is nothing but a hunch based on no information, and no one should pay any attention to it. f”

Original link: https://forum.hintofriches.com/forum/the-hint-of-riches/49334-gut-feeling-fenn-clarifies


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Today in Fenn: On the First Clue

From Mysterious Writings Featured Question, July 31, 2018

“Mr. Fenn,

Does the first stanza in your poem reveal where searchers are supposed to begin when looking for “where warm waters halt” or are we only supposed to pay attention to ” where warm waters halt” and one day say’ “why didn’t I think of that” when the true solve is revealed?

Thanks ~ Indiana Jonie

Jonie,

The first clue in my poem is WWWH. I have said that several times over the years. If you can’t find that location you cannot find the treasure. Good luck, and please stay safe in the mountains. f”

Original Link: http://mysteriouswritings.com/featured-question-with-forrest-fenn-and-the-thrill-of-the-chase-treasure-hunt-first-clue-is-wwwh/


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Today in Fenn: Fenn Clarifies 200 Foot Searcher

07.28.18

Email from Kristie at THOR Forum: “Forrest, latest article says the 200 foot person was a recent searcher. Care to clarify?”

Fenn response via email: “Not a recent searcher. f”

Link to original: https://forum.hintofriches.com/forum/the-hint-of-riches/48453-200-foot-searcher-recent-fenn-clarifies

See our article on the subject of the 200 foot searcher here: Billy Bob Writes to Forrest Fenn


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