A Colorado man became the fifth individual to die in pursuit of the infamous Fenn Treasure when his journey into the wilderness took a tragic turn. Michael Wayne Sexson and an unnamed companion reportedly traveled from Denver to the state's Dinosaur National Monument last week with the hopes of locating the cache of riches said to have been hidden somewhere in the American southwest by eccentric author Forrest Fenn back in 2010.
Upon arriving at the site, the duo rented snowmobiles and set out towards what they presumably believed to be a remote location where the Fenn treasure could be found. When they did not return later that night, the company that provided the vehicles alerted authorities and a search for the two men was launched the following day. After around 48 hours, the lost treasure hunters were located approximately one mile from the snowmobiles, which they had abandoned in order to advance into the wilderness on foot.
Tragically, authorities say, Sexson had passed away during the days that the men had gone missing and his friend required hospitalization. Lieutenant Chip McIntyre of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office explained to the Denver Post that "they were not dressed appropriately for the conditions, even for a day trip, and definitely not dressed for if something happened and they couldn't get out of there." To that end, the pair had brought only a few candy bars and bottles of water for their hike and, back in their truck, authorities found a copy of Fenn's book The Thrill of the Chase, which led investigators to conclude that the deadly misadventure had, in fact, been a treasure hunt gone horribly awry.
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