Jack Stuef Found Forrest Fenn's Treasure
The Reveal of the Chest Finder
Many treasure searchers, adventure seekers, and interested parties have wondered who found Fenn's treasure since the "chest was found" in Wyoming announced in June of 2020. People have speculated that it was all a hoax or a publicity stunt and that the treasure chest may actually still be out there. Theories began to sprout that maybe even Forrest faked the whole thing or at least the "find" to prolong his legacy and immortalize the chest into the annuals of history in a way that would keep treasure chest seekers combing the Rocky Mountains for centuries. That would be one way to securely solidify your place in history after all.
However, this is not the case... at least this time. The finder of the Forrest Fenn treasure chest was announced on December 7th, 2020. His name is Jack Stuef. He is a medical student in Michigan with actual student loans (as some have speculated to be false from his previous Medium article on the chest find). He also confirmed his find on his Twitter account. You can check out the tweets below.
Jack's reasoning for coming forward is the hope that revealing the finder of the chest will lay things to rest. The search landscape needs some tranquility and lawsuits need to be dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner and without adding undue burdens to the Fenn family since Forrest passed away. Hopefully this will lay to rest the turmoil experienced by seekers, speculators, and everyone who loved the idea of The Thrill of The Chase. There is always yet one adventure left to be had.
And no, Jack is not revealing the final resting place of the treasure chest. That place will be hidden for the ages.
Who Is Jack Stuef?
Jack Stuef is the verified finder of the Fenn treasure chest. His is a native Michigan and a medical student. Jack first joined The Thrill of The Chase and the hunt for Fenn's treasure in 2018. He quickly identified the area of interest in Wyoming and spent 25 days over the next two years searching the location. He found the treasure chest in the summer of 2020.
Jack Stuef Treasure Finder FAQs
Jack Stuef is the native of Michigan and medical school student who found Forrest Fenn's treasure chest in 2020 at an undisclosed location in Wyoming. He was 32 years old at the time of the find. Jack first learned of the treasure hunt in 2018 from tweets. After pinpointing the location, he thought Forrest was talking about, he spent 25 days over 2 years combing the area where he thought the treasure chest was hidden. He found the chest and gold in the summer of 2020.
Jack Stuef has not revealed the location where he found Forrest Fenn's treasure chest. He said he does not plan to so that the location is kept safe.
Yes, Jack Stuef proved he is the finder of Fenn's treasure with photographic evidence. He has pictures of himself and the treasure chest with Forrest Fenn. These pictures also match the original picture posted by the "finder" in June of 2020.
No, Jack Stuef did not know Forrest Fenn before finding his treasure chest. Jack briefly communicated with Forrest over emails, but he did not know him personally until the chest find and had not met him in person.
No, there are no plans to disclose the location of the chest and its final resting place besides "in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming". This choice was made to preserve the location and for safety.
Yes, the treasure chest was found in Wyoming in the summer of 2020 by Jack Stuef.