US Pastor dies in search for famous hidden treasure

19:26  19 june  2017
19:26  19 june  2017 Source:   CBS News

Police implore author who says he hid treasure to end hunt

  Police implore author who says he hid treasure to end hunt New Mexico's top law enforcement officer is urging the author and antiquities dealer who inspired thousands to search remote corners of the American West for a hidden chest of gold and jewels to end the treasure hunt. The plea from New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas follows what authorities believe is the latest death related to the hunt for Fenn's hidden treasure. (Luis Sanchez Saturno/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP) SANTA FE, N.M.

Police in northern New Mexico say they've recovered the body of a Colorado pastor who disappeared last week while searching for buried treasure . The fortune, hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, has lured many treasure hunters.

(CBS4) – New Mexico state police say they are looking for a pastor from Grand Junction who went missing while searching for hidden treasure . Paris Wallace (credit: Grand Junction Sentinel).

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Police in northern New Mexico say they've recovered the body of a Colorado pastor who disappeared last week while searching for buried treasure.

The fortune, hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, has lured many treasure hunters. And Paris Wallace, of Grand Junction, may be the second person to die in the search.

Police say Wallace told family members he was searching for a buried treasure nearly 50 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. But when he reportedly failed to show up for a meeting last Wednesday, they grew concerned.

Millionaire Forrest Fenn hid that treasure in 2010. Two years ago, on CBS' "Sunday Morning," he read the poem that he says holds clues to the location of a chest containing treasure fit for a pirate  -- gold coins, precious metals and other artifacts. Its exact dollar value is not known -- some say millions.

Police Urge Treasure Hunters to Stop After Latest Death

  Police Urge Treasure Hunters to Stop After Latest Death A recent death isn't deterring treasure hunters in New Mexico from searching for a chest supposedly stuffed with unimaginable riches. Police want it to stop.While state police told NBC News they are urging people to give up on any quest for the king's ransom because of the dangers involved, some thrill seekers say they'll continue to look for the haul hidden by antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn.

Authorities say a pastor from Grand Junction who has been reported missing in New Mexico was searching for a famous hidden treasure , the Grand Junction Authorities say the mother of a man who went on a shooting rampage in New Mexico died several hours after being taken off life support.

(AP) — Authorities say a pastor from Grand Junction who has been reported missing in New Mexico was searching for a famous hidden treasure , the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports.

It was hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado pastor Paris Wallace had told family he was searching for a treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains by eccentric millionaire Forrest Fenn.: forrest-fenn-treasure-chest-promo.jpg© CBS News forrest-fenn-treasure-chest-promo.jpg Fenn told Petersen that he hoped his treasure would spark a spirit of adventure for those seeking it. "I made it hard [to find] deliberately," he said. "If it was easy, anyone could do it."

But Fenn voiced concern for the safety of those looking for the treasure he buried, giving Petersen an important clue: the treasure is not hidden in a mine. "A lot of these old mines are dangerous," he said.

But fortune-hunters have apparently put themselves in harm's way nonetheless. The remains of 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu were found in July of last year after he went looking for the treasure along the Rio Grande.

In this latest case, Wallace's car was reportedly found near the Taos Junction Bridge in New Mexico. Police tell "CBS This Morning" they found receipts in his vehicle indicating he'd purchased a rope and supplies at a local store.

Police Urge Treasure Hunters to Stop After Latest Death

  Police Urge Treasure Hunters to Stop After Latest Death A recent death isn't deterring treasure hunters in New Mexico from searching for a chest supposedly stuffed with unimaginable riches. Police want it to stop.While state police told NBC News they are urging people to give up on any quest for the king's ransom because of the dangers involved, some thrill seekers say they'll continue to look for the haul hidden by antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn.

(AP) — Authorities say a pastor from Grand Junction who has been reported missing in New Mexico was searching for a famous hidden treasure , the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports.

Authorities say a pastor from Grand Junction who has been reported missing in New Mexico was searching for a famous hidden treasure , the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports.

A torn rope was located a short distance from that vehicle. It had been stretched across a tributary of the Rio Grande. A body was recovered five to seven miles downstream from Wallace's car.

On Sunday, Fenn gave a statement to "CBS This Morning": "My heart and my prayers go out to his family and his church.... It is such a tragedy."

Fenn's poem:

As I have gone alone in thereAnd with my treasures bold,I can keep my secret where,And hint of riches new and old.Begin it where warm waters haltAnd 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 nigh;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 goAnd leave my trove for all to seek?The answers I already know,I've done it tired, 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 woodI give you title to the gold.

Ohio man found guilty of murder in pastor brother's slaying .
An Ohio man charged with fatally shooting his pastor brother in a church office as Sunday services were ending has been found guilty of murder.A jury also found 69-year-old Daniel Schooler guilty Wednesday of felonious assault in the Feb. 28, 2016, shooting death of the Rev. William Schooler in Dayton.The jury found him not guilty of an aggravated murder charge.Schooler testified he went to the church to discuss a lawsuit about what he said was his inheritance. He said he feared for his life and shot 70-year-old William Schooler in self-defense after his brother reached toward him.

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