Rodrick Dow Craythorn has dug up the Yellowstone National Park in search of Forrest Fenn’s treasure. The chest was later found in Wyoming, but the treasure hunter will have to answer before the law for the damage caused.
A Utah resident looking for a treasure in the Fort Yellowstone cemetery has been charged with damaging archaeological items. The jeweled chest was hidden by an art collector ten years ago, and seekers from all over America tried to decipher the keys left behind in Fenn’s The Excitement of the Chase. Rodrik Doe Craythorn, 52, was prompted by the author to dig in the Fort Yellowstone National Park Cemetery between October 1, 2019 and May 24 and caused serious damage in a protected area, the Wyoming County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Craythorn, of Syracuse, Utah, was indicted on two federal counts and pleaded not guilty during the initial trial. His lawyer declined to comment on Thursday night. Court records show that Craithorn was released on recognizance not to leave.
In June, Fenn announced that the treasure had been found, but did not say by whom or where. Fenn himself died in September.