Treasure-seeker charged with damaging Yellowstone during hunt for Forrest Fenn prize

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Treasure-seeker charged with damaging Yellowstone during hunt for Forrest Fenn prize

A man from Utah accused of digging a spot at Yellowstone National Park during his hunt for Forest Fenn treasurechest is facing two fed charges, said the prosecutors.

An art collector had hidden one treasure chest containing gems and jewelry about 10 years ago, with the seekers tried to decipher the clues to the treasure left in the collector’s book that he wrote before it had been discovered this June.

The 52-year-old Rodrick Dow Craythorn, was searching for the treasure and dug a spot in Fort Yellowstone Cemetery located within the National Park between 1 October 2019 and 24 May 2020, said the United States Attorney’s Office through a statement.

Craythorn had been indicted by one grand jury back on 16 September on two fed counts. On Thursday, Craythorn pleaded guilty in one initial court appearance, said the prosecutors.

On Thursday, the attorney representing Craythorn refused to comment about.

The indictment doesn’t reveal what exactly happened and when, nor does it detail the damage Craythorn caused to Fort Yellowstone Cemetery except for the fact that it was more than $1000.

The statement of the attorney’s office says that he was discovered digging at the cemetery.

Notably, the treasure had been named after the individual who had hidden it, Forest Fenn, an art dealer from New Mexico.

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