Episode 03: The Treasure Hunter

Bonus: The Reef
January 7, 2018
Episode 04: The Canal
January 21, 2018
SEASON 01 // EPISODE 03
THE TREASURE HUNTER

Tommy Thompson / Forrest Fenn

An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who discovered it. Tommy Thompson, who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever", successfully evaded law enforcement and angry investors for years while hiding in plain sight.

Prelude: A millionaire art dealer named Forrest Fenn releases clues pertaining to the location of a hidden treasure chest.


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An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who discovered it. Tommy Thompson, who investigators have called “one of the smartest fugitives ever”, successfully evaded law enforcement and angry investors for years while hiding in plain sight.