Treasure hunter not stopping search for hidden riches despite deaths

Posted at 4:17 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 17:17:23-04

Cynthia Meachum's destination can't be plugged into her GPS. The only directions to where she's going lie in the words of a poem. They were written by millionaire art dealer Forrest Finn, and are more than lovely prose. The words hold clues to finding treasure he says he hid somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, worth millions of dollars.

Meachum is searching in New Mexico.

"I believe clue one is where warm waters halt," Meachum says. "And because this does freeze in the winter time into a solid pond in my opinion that really could be one of the places where the warm water does actually halt."

Next stop? The canyon down. It's about a mile away, or as the poem reads, far but too far to walk. Meachum and her dog Molly cross a creek and head through the forest, to what she believes is another clue.

"It's the place that the cabin was to me is my home of Brown.," Meachum says. "So to me that's basically clue number three or four."

Mechum has been searching for the treasure since 2013.

"You know what's really funny?" Meachum muses. "I thought, how hard could this be?"

She met Forrest Finn shortly after, and has developed a friendship but no inside scoop.

"Obviously not," Meachum says. "Four and a half almost 5 years later and here we are a new spot I'm still searching."

Still searching, despite three men dying in pursuit of the treasure; one in the same area Meachum has walked. Many have called for Finn to stop the search, but Meachum believes the search isn't supposed to be deadly.

"Forrest has said many times it is not in a dangerous place," Meachum says. "It's a place you can take your kids."

For Meachum, money doesn't matter. It's the thrill of the chase. "It's like I have to solve the poem," Meachum says. "And the only way you'll know that you solve the problem is by finding the chest." So she'll keep searching, until she or someone else finds the treasure.