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On Monday, Montana TV station KULR 8 reported that it had obtained a report written by Yellowstone Park officials indicating that 53-year-old Jeff Murphy, who disappeared on June 8 in the park and whose body was found the following day, accidentally fell to his death while seeking a treasure trove that millionaire Forrest Fenn says is buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

The incident report states that ā€œit appears [Murphy] stepped or hopped into the chute from the less steep slope above,ā€ and goes on to make clear that his fatal fall was an accident.

In 2010, the 86-year-old antiques dealer Forrest Fenn (the perfect name for a terrainical millionaire) announced heā€™d hidden a bronze chest of treasure worth about $2 million, and left a poem with clues toward finding it.

Over the years heā€™s revealed a few more hints, the Washington Post reports, but mostly whatā€™s happened is that thousands of people have spent time and resources looking for the treasure, and none are richer for it, and, above all, four men, including Murphy, have reportedly died searching for it.


To his critics, who say Fennā€™s treasure hunt has ruined lives and is probably a hoax anyway, the ā€œeccentricā€ millionaire has reportedly replied that all adventurous outdoor activities present an inherent danger. I cannot imagine anyone making that statement about this situation except from a velvet armchair (into which heā€™s deeply nestled) in a dark room laden with animal head trophies and fireplaces that are there purely to contemplate.