Colorado pastor Paris Wallace, 52, has been reported missing by his wife, after the man went in search of a famous treasure: author Forrest Fenn was said to have buried chests of gold out near the Rocky mountains.
The organizer of the hunt has been urged to end the sport since two men have gone missing. Authorities fear more people may hurt themselves in the process.
The treasure is a bronze chest which is said to contain 265 gold coins along with gems, rubies and hundreds of gold nuggets.
The Daily Mail reports:
In January 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, disappeared along the Rio Grande River in search of the treasure.
Now authorities are demanding that Fenn retrieves the treasure to bring an end to the ‘nonsense and insanity.’
‘He’s putting lives at risk,’ said New Mexico’s top law enforcement officer, State Police Chief Pete Kassetas, noting that he planned to contact Fenn personally to ask him to call off the hunt.
‘That is an option, but I have not made a decision yet,’ Fenn told Fox News on Tuesday. ‘Today I have received over 200 emails urging me to not call off the hunt, and two that think I should.’
So while it looks like Fenn might continue the hunt for the chest, he does say he’s sympathetic for the missing people.
On Sunday, he issued a statement to CBS This Morning saying: “My heart and my prayers go out to his family and his church…this is such a tragedy.”
The author planted two clues in his books that lead to where the treasure is.