This is a cautionary tale about becoming too obsessed with a crazy idea.
Three years ago, a Denver bellhop ventured into Arizona’s Superstition Mountains determined to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, an elusive, vast gold reserve that has lured prospectors since the 19th century.
Jesse Capen, 35, had made finding the hidden treasure an “obsession” fueled by more than 100 books and maps on the legendary — and perhaps nonexistent — mine named for German immigrant Jacob “The Dutchman” Waltz. On Saturday, years after Capen’s Jeep, wallet, backpack and cellphone were found by hikers, volunteers from the Superstition Search and Rescue finally located what they believe is Capen’s body.
While the remains have yet to be positively identified, Cooper said he’s “confident” the remains are that of Capen based on where the body was found, clothing found nearby and other identifying characteristics. The body, Cooper said, was found in a crevice roughly 35 feet up a cliff face in the southern portion of the Superstition Mountains, near the 4,892-foot Tortilla Mountain.
What a sad story. These mountains have spooky and strange tales associated with them. They were considered sacred (as are all such impressive places) by the natives. Many treasure hunters seek the lost mine but most settle for just panning for the small amount of gold that can be found. There is a Lost Dutchman State Park established in 1972 by the state of Arizona. It’s a rugged and beautiful place. Several people have died previously in the search for the legendary mine.
Tip: Molly Hodgdon