Lynchburg Virginia Treasure Hunter Gets Lost For The Third Time In Wyoming

July 22, 2016


Treasure Hunters Back for 3rd Try on the North Fork


CODY – On Monday, July 18 at 12:41 p.m., Park County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated for a reported overdue hiker at the Jim Mountain trail head.  A local resident reported that sometime on Friday, July 15, he observed a black female exit a 2001 dark green Dodge sport utility vehicle and head up the Jim Mountain Trail.  He said she appeared to be ill equipped for the back country having been observed wearing sweat pants, a light jacket and carrying a small knapsack.  The resident further advised that the vehicle was still at the trail head and to the best of his knowledge, hadn’t moved in three days.


Upon checking ownership of the vehicle through the national database, the owner was determined to be Madilina L. Taylor, age 41 of Lynchburg, Virginia.  Taylor has a history with the Park County Sheriff’s Office and in particular the Search and Rescue Unit.  On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Taylor and her boyfriend, Frank Eugene Rose Jr., age 40 also from Lynchburg had to be rescued from the Big Creek area of the Star Hill Ranch after being lost in the forest for 4 days.  They were suffering from exposure and unable to cross Big Creek due to the high water level.  SAR was able to evacuate both victims to an awaiting ambulance.


Then on Sunday, June 14, 2015, Taylor had to be airlifted from the same area after falling and breaking her ankle.  It was during this incident that Rose and Taylor admitted they were in the area both times looking for the lost “Fenn Treasure.”  The Fenn Treasure is a treasure reportedly worth one to three million dollars hidden by art dealer and author Forrest Fenn.  Fenn claimed to have hidden the treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and wrote two books detailing clues as to its whereabouts.


Despite being warned last year not return to this area without proper training in environmental survival skills and that they would be arrested for trespassing if caught on private property in the future, it appeared that Taylor had indeed returned.  In response to the latest report of Taylor being overdue, SAR immediately began an aerial search of the Jim Mountain trails as well as the areas that Taylor and Rose had previously been found.  After nearly two hours in the air without spotting Taylor the search was called off.  There was simply no way to determine which direction Taylor went or if she was even still in the back country.


Later that night, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Taylor emerged from the back country in the area of the Grizzly Ranch.   She was unhurt.  She commented that she had seen the search plane but because she didn’t consider herself to be lost, she never signaled it.  She did however admit to having three separate encounters with grizzly bears during her time in the forest and that she “had had enough.”  She was headed back east with no intentions of ever returning.  She was given a ride by the ranch owners back to her vehicle.  Although not seen, it is suspected that Rose had also accompanied Taylor this time as well.


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