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This is the treasure that millionaire Forrest Fenn hid in 2010, and whose search unleashed a real fever. He was found last June by a person who asked to remain anonymous.
The American Rodrick Dow Craythorn is accused of excavating archaeological resources and causing damage to US property for the damage he caused in the Fort Yellowstone cemetery, in the state of Wyoming, trying to search for the treasure that the millionaire Forrest Fenn hid in 2010 at an undisclosed location.
According to a statement from the Public Prosecutor's Office, Craythorn, 52, carried out illegal excavations in the territory of that historic military cemetery between October 2019 and May 2020. During the work, "he excavated, removed, damaged, altered and disfigured" several objects of archaeological value of the cemetery. During the same period, Craythorn "intentionally damaged, marred and predated US property," the indictment asserts.
The man, from the city of Syracuse, Utah, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 16. This Thursday, he appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to both charges. He is scheduled to be tried on December 14.
Encrypted treasure in a poem
A decade ago, millionaire Forrest Fenn, an art and antique collector, buried a bronze casket with his most precious pieces - whose total value exceeded one million dollars - in a place in Santa Fe County (New Mexico), in the Mountains Rocky. The clues to find him were encrypted in a poem published in his memoir.
Several people perished trying to find the treasure in dangerous places, despite Fenn insisting that the chest was hidden in a location accessible to an 80-year-old man traveling alone.
In June Fenn reported that the loot had finally been found by a treasure hunter who preferred to remain anonymous. To confirm the finding, that person sent the millionaire a photograph of the chest and several details of where he had found it.
In September, Fell died of natural causes at his home in New Mexico.