SANTA FE — A Colorado Springs man is suing Forrest Fenn, claiming the Santa Fe art collector who says he hid a treasure chest somewhere in the Rocky Mountain region misled him about where the treasure is.
David Harold Hanson filed the complaint on his own, without an attorney, in Albuquerque federal court this week.
He claims Fenn gave misleading clues about where he hid a chest said to contain $2 million in valuables, causing Hanson to lose out on money and not be able to care for his family.
Hanson is asking for $1.5 million in damages.
“The Plaintiff was mislead and left the area in which his analysis search of the actual items were secreted away and which conflicting erroneous and misleading clues caused the Plaintiff to move his search,” the lawsuit says.
Hanson says Fenn gave conflicting and misleading clues “which caused the Plaintiff to move from his search area and which additional clues benefitted those close to the Defendant (Fenn) who subsequently ‘found’ the items in question.”
There’s been no report that anyone has found Fenn’s treasure since he published a memoir in 2010 that includes a poem that he says includes clues to the location of the antique chest full of gold coins and other loot.
Fenn’s actions “prejudiced the ability of the Plaintiff to further his life” and support “autistic children and their families as well as Plaintiff,” Hanson’s lawsuit says.
Fenn didn’t have much to say about the lawsuit.
“I don’t want comment except to say that the treasure is still where I hid it more than 10 years ago,” Fenn said in an email.
Several people have died searching for the treasure, including two men who drowned in the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico.