In 1885, a Basque shepherd discovered part of the treasure and boarded a ship to return to Spain, only to fall overboard and drown. The final death associated with the treasure occurred in 1939. Distraught his search was unsuccessful, prospector Henry Jones died by suicide several months after the dig.
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A staggering 500+ adventurers are said to have died searching for this mythical lost mine, which is thought to be located somewhere in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. It is named after 19th-century immigrant Jacob Waltz, who allegedly discovered the mine but refused to reveal its exact whereabouts.
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The Forrest Fenn treasure hunt story starts in 1988 when the New Mexico-based art dealer was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Fearing his days were numbered, Fenn hatched a plan to bury a chest packed with $1 million (£788k)-worth of gold, gemstones and jewellery in an undisclosed remote location in the west of the USA and take his own life.
Despite being urged by the police to pull the plug on the treasure hunt, Forrest Fenn refused to call it a day. On Sunday 7 June, 10 years after the treasure was hidden, Fenn told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the $1 million (£788k) bounty had been found by an unnamed man. Fenn said that he had received a photograph from the man to prove that it had been found, although he did not reveal the exact hiding place. Commenting on the news, he said: “I don’t know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over."
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