Colorado treasure hunter missing in New Mexico

Posted at 7:43 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 23:42:38-05

Searchers are looking for a Colorado man who disappeared while hunting for treasure in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that searches for 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu, who remained missing Saturday, are being carried out by air and foot.

Bilyeu's dog and an inflatable raft were found along the Rio Grande about 9 miles downstream from his car.

Police say the car was in an area popular for hiking and rafting.

They say Bilyeu, of Broomfield, told a friend on Jan. 4 that he planned to travel on the river.

His ex-wife told the newspaper that he was fixated on finding author Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure.

Fenn's 2011 book, "The Thrill of the Chase," reportedly features clues about a cache of coins and artifacts worth nearly $2 million.