Eric Ashby, 31, is now the third person (that we know of) to die looking for Forrest Fenn’s treasure. The Poem entices people to be brave and to go where it’s cold, so no wonder that so many are lured to fast-moving, freezing-cold rapids in hopes of getting rich quick.
LISA ALBRITTON ON HER BROTHER ERIC ASHBY’S DISAPPEARANCE
Eric, my brother, a son, and uncle, was born in Florida. Eric has 4 siblings who love him tremendously. Eric moved with our family to the Smokey Mountains as a young child. He was an outdoorsman, he loved nature, loved to be in nature – a real adventurer.
He also had the biggest heart. He would give anyone the shirt off of his back if someone needed it. He enjoyed feeding and helping the homeless, any chance he had. He also accepted anyone for who they were and never judged them.
He was so smart – he loved trying to solve puzzles and riddles; so when he heard about Forrest Fenn’s treasure, of course, he was intrigued.
He left for Colorado in April of 2016, in hopes of finding Forrest Fenn’s. He solved the riddle in 30 minutes.
Our parents are waiting for authorities to identify the body that was discovered nearly a month after Eric went into the Arkansas River in Fremont County, Colorado.
I miss my brother and only want to know what happened that day. I’m so thankful for the community of Colorado Springs that have rallied around the disappearance of “The Great Ashby” I pray that Eric is found and our family is given closure in these difficult times.
I believe that something sinister happened that day at the river and I am looking for justice for my brother.