Paris Wallace, 52, is missing in the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico
A pastor has gone missing in New Mexico in search of buried treasure.
Paris Wallace from Grand Junction, Colorado, traveled to New Mexico last week and was reported missing on Wednesday.
The 52-year-old is looking for a chest which author Forrest Fenn claims to have buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains in 2010.
Fenn claims its contents are worth $1million and fans of his work are to look for clues of its whereabouts hidden in his work.
On Saturday, The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction quoted a friend of the pastor who is also a keen Fenn fan and who has taken 19 trips himself to find the chest.
When Wallace went missing, he became suspicious that the pastor had launched his own quest and appealed to a fan forum for help.
One woman recognized the region from one of Fenn’s books and went looking. Within hours, she found Wallace’s car in the town of Pilar and alerted police.
The pastor’s worried wife later confirmed the suspicion that he was looking for the treasure.
Wallace’s car was found in Pilar by another reader who went looking for him in the area after a friend posted about his disappearance in a forum set-up for the treasure hunters. His backpack and rope was discovered in Espanola later
Author Forrest Fenn, 86, buried the treasure in 2010 and includes clues and maps for his readers to find it in his books
The Thrill of the Chase and Too Far To Walk contain clues which point to the chest’s whereabouts
Fenn says the chest is Roman in appearance (similar shown abovr) and contains $1million worth of gold and jewels
Days later, authorities looking for the man found his backpack and rope that was tied to a rock near the town of Espanola.
A receipt found in his car confirmed the rope purchase.
Fenn, 86, encourages readers to follow clues in his two books – Thrill of the Chase and Too Long For Walking – to find the treasure.
The author said he buried the goods in 2010 and that the treasure hunt is his way of encouraging families to get outdoors and spend time together.
In rules on a website about the hunt, he stipulates that readers should never attempt the search alone.
Pilar, New Mexico, where Wallace’s car was discovered last week (file image)