A decade-long search for a hidden treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains worth an estimated $2 million is finally over, the man responsible for stashing the treasure announced on Sunday.
New Mexican art dealer Forrest Fenn, 89, hid a 13th-century Romanesque bronze chest filled with gold, jewelry, and gems sometime between 2009 and 2010.
He left a set of nine clues in his memoir The Thrill of the Chase to help searchers track down his stash. It was hidden "somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe" either in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana.
Fenn told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the man, who asked to remain anonymous, found the treasure "a few days ago." The treasure hunter sent Fenn a photo of the chest to confirm his discovery.
"It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago," Fenn said in a statement on his website. "I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot."
Fenn originally designed the hunt to urge people to embark on an adventure into the wild. He said an estimated 350,000 people trekked the Rocky Mountains in search of his treasure.
In 2017, police in New Mexico pleaded with people to give up their quests after multiple people died looking for the treasure.