A secretive treasure hunter is unmasked by a courtroom case
Discovering a long-hidden treasure within the woods of Wyoming looks like a tall story that may be advised round a campfire, however it occurs to be actuality for Jack Stuef. As with many treasure searching tales, although, the intrigue isn’t over simply because the prize has been discovered. Stuef had been making an attempt to remain nameless and had completed so till this week, however now he says he’s been pressured to disclose his identification after a lawsuit was filed alleging that he obtained the treasure by means of hacking and stalking.
The chest in query, full of 22 kilos of treasure-y issues like gold cash and jewellery, was hidden by Forrest Fenn, a Santa Fe artwork seller, and has been the thing of a broadly publicized hunt that’s been occurring since 2010. Stuef’s want for his identification to stay hidden is comprehensible, as some treasure hunters have gone so far as to interrupt into Fenn’s home and file lawsuits in opposition to him after he introduced the hunt.
Stuef now has to cope with a lawsuit of his personal, which was filed in opposition to him (as “Unknown Defendant”) and Fenn by Barbara Anderson, one other treasure hunter who says she’s spent a substantial quantity of money and time on the search. She filed it in an try to search out the identification of the finder and alleges that the treasure’s finder adopted her and hacked into her laptop and electronic mail to steal the data and clues she had gathered. Anderson had been looking out in and round Santa Fe, although the treasure ended up being present in Wyoming. She claims that she had discovered the ultimate clue that led to the treasure’s precise location however that Stuef adopted her to it and was capable of beat her to the treasure’s location.
Stuef denies that any of this occurred, however he says developments within the case will quickly result in his identification changing into a matter of public document, so he wished to beat it to the punch and reveal himself on his personal phrases. “The U.S. District Courtroom for New Mexico has dominated that Forrest’s property should present a few of my private data to a lady I have no idea and with whom I’ve by no means communicated,” he says in his Medium submit revealing his identification, earlier than calling the lawsuit “meritless.” He says that he “discovered the treasure as [Fenn] designed it to be discovered.”
Alongside the Medium submit, there’s a narrative in Exterior that has extra particulars about Stuef’s two-year search — apart from the one many treasure hunters have been hoping to study: the place he discovered it. Stuef says that he’s protecting that secret to honor what he believes would’ve been Fenn’s needs. (Fenn died in September.) He doesn’t need the situation to “grow to be a vacationer attraction” for treasure hunters. For now, he nonetheless has the treasure chest hidden away in a vault someplace (as all treasures must be), however he hopes to promote it to somebody who will let different treasure hunters see it (although precisely the place that’s, he’s protecting a secret for now).
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