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Colorado pastor goes missing searching for NM treasure

The Associated Press and KOB.com Web Staff
June 18, 2017 05:49 PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a pastor from Grand Junction who has been reported missing in New Mexico was searching for a famous hidden treasure, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports.

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The newspaper says that New Mexico State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo confirmed family members told authorities that Paris Wallace had come to the Española area to search for a chest of gold rumored to be hidden in the mountains.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel says the rough terrain around Española is the southernmost territory targeted by adventurous individuals seeking the treasure of Forrest Fenn.

New Mexico Search and Rescue, along with Highway Patrol personnel, have been working together to search for Wallace for a few days. Officials say his truck was found Thursday afternoon near Pilar in northern New Mexico. 

That night, officials say, search parties conducted an aerial infrared search in the area, to no avail. 

Fenn, an eccentric author, announced that he hid a chest full of gold and jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains worth at least $1 million in 2010. Those who seek the alleged treasure say the clues are hidden in his writings.

The newspaper reports that no one has been in contact with Wallace, the lead pastor of Connection Church, since Tuesday. His wife reported him missing to authorities after he missed a meeting with someone on Wednesday.
               
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