Calls for millionaire to end treasure hunt after two die in search

Forrest Fenn claims to have hidden a chest somewhere in the Rocky Moutains

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Police have urged a 'real life Indiana Jones' to call off his adventure hunt for a £1.5million treasure chest after two men died on the quest.

Multi-millionaire Forrest Fenn claims to have hidden a huge treasure chest, filled with hugely valuable artefects including gold and jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

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The 86-year-old has penned a poem filled with clues as to where the box is hidden and has urged people to keep reading it and study maps to find the location of the treasure chest.

So far, 100,000 people have taken up his challenge, but now he has attracted the attention of law enforcement agencies who have urged him to call the quest off after two people died.

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Paris Wallace is the latest man to die in the quest for the treasure

Paris Wallace was found dead last month in the Rio Grande River while hunting for the treasure chest.

The 52-year-old's body was discovered several miles down river from where he was believed to have disappeared and his backpack was discovered nearby.

And Randy Bilyeu died in January last year after setting out with his dog Leo to find the bounty.

His wife contacted police after not hearing from him for 10 days and rescuers found his raft and dog.

Randy Bilyeu's body was found six months after he set out on the quest

It was six months before his remains were found in the Rio Grande.

But that is not the end of the curse for the treasure. As well as several people getting lost while on the hunt, Forrest's own granddaughter was stalked by one man, who believed the treasure was a metaphor for her.

He has been investigated over grave robbing claims and native American chiefs have said he is "cursed" for his collection methods.

And now police have called on Forrest to "end this nonsense".

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Forrest Fenn wants people to get out and enjoy nature

Forrest, who has had an interest for adventuring since he was a child, came up with the idea for a treasure hunt when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1988.

He originally buried a bronze box containing a few gold coins and jewels after being given just a 20% survival rate because he wanted to "give people some hope and something to believe in".

But when he survived the disease, he decided he wanted to make the treasure chest even bigger.

He announced his idea in his 2010 autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase, that also revealed his adventures, including running out of caves after being chased by rattle snakes, just like Indiana Jones.

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The hidden chest contains coins and gold

As well as the gold and jewels, the chest also contains a copy of Forrest's autobiography and he plans to bury his bones in it after his death.

He has revealed the chest is 5,000feet above sea level and at least eight miles north of Santa fe.

Forrest's poem ends with: "So hear me all and listen good, your effort will be worth the cold. If you are brave and in the wood, I give you title to the gold."

He insists he buried the treasure chest, which contains a 17th century Spanish ring, American eagle gold coins, gold nuggets, gold dust, two gold discs, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, himself when he was aged 80.

Rescuers have found Randy's dog Leo six months before they discovered his body

The explorer, who developed his passion as a pilot on the US Air Force in Vietnam, also says it is hidden in a place "where an 80-year-old man could easily put it".

Police are now calling on Forrest to end the search.

Pete Kassetas, the New Mexico State Police Chief, said: "I would implore that he stop this nonsense.

"Certainly, we want people to get outdoors and enjoy New Mexico, but you have to do it safely. I think Fenn has an obligation to retrieve his treasure if it does exist."

Forrest is a real life Indiana Jones

Randy Bilyeu's widow, Linda, has branded the treasure quest a hoax.

She told The Sun: "Only one man has the power to stop this madness. Yet he continues to pretend he's doing a good deed by getting people off the couch and into nature."

But Forrest's friends insist the quest is real and author Doug Preston says he saw the box before it was buried.

Forrest's home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, houses his impressive collection of artefacts that he has spent a lifetime collecting.

He also hosted a world-renowned art gallery, which was visited by popstar Cher, Jackie Kennedy and US president Gerald Ford.

The explorer has described the latest death as a "terrible loss".

He added: The several hundred emails I have received are overwhelmingly against stopping the search.

"My mind is open to finding a solution, but no decision has been made."

Forrest's poem in full

As I have gone alone in there

And with my treasures bold,

I can keep my secret where,

And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt

And take it in the canyon down,

Not far, but too far to walk.

Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it's no place for the meek,

The end is ever drawing night:

There'll be no paddle up your creek,

Just heavy loads and water high

If you've been wise and found the blaze,

Look quickly down, your quest to cease,

But tarry scant with marvel gaze,

Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go

And leave my trove for all to seek?

The answers I already know,

I've done it tire, and now I'm weak.

So hear me all and listen good

Your effort will be worth the cold.

If you are brave and in the wood

I give you title to the gold.

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