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County, feds look out for treasure hunters

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Public Safety > Officials point to stiff fines, jail time for digging on public lands

By Tris DeRoma

Chanon Thompson may have been the first, but county rescue officials are betting she won’t be the last.
Search and rescue teams found Thompson Saturday after she hiked into the rugged wilderness of Bandelier Monument allegedly looking for a treasure chest.
According to news reports, Thompson was inspired to visit Bandelier National Monument after seeing a report on a morning talk show about a millionaire in Santa Fe who said he buried a $2 million stash of gold and jewelry “somewhere” in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
The report centered on the millionaire’s recently published biography, “The Thrill of the Chase,” which includes a treasure map and clues as to where the treasure is buried. Ever since she was found, many stories on her rescue have surfaced. One included a quote from the millionaire that may help future treasure hunters. “Don’t look any place where a 79- or 80-year-old man could not carry a 42-pound box,” Fenn has been quoted as saying.


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