- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The ex-wife of a man who died while searching for a cache of gold and jewels says she believes he lost his life chasing a hoax.

Linda Bilyeu told The Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/2auw6B8 ) she’s disappointed that Randy Bilyeu, the father of her two daughters, died while searching for treasure Santa Fe author Forrest Fenn says he’s hidden in the Rocky Mountain region.

Although 54-year-old Bilyeu was reported missing in January, his remains weren’t found until July. Bilyeu was visiting Santa Fe from Broomfield, Colorado, to search for Fenn’s antique treasure chest. It’s said to contain more than $1 million worth of gold, jewels and artifacts.

Fenn called the death “very unfortunate” and said Tuesday that the treasure is not a hoax and is not hidden in a dangerous place.

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This story has been corrected to change Bilyeu’s hometown to Broomfield, Colorado.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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