Search Update…

Randy searchers galore
by Forrest


When pilot Satoshi Mori, flight nurse Erin Johnson, and medic Tom Cremeens heard about Randy being lost, they jumped. Within minutes they were in a Careflight helicopter chopping air and striking west. When they hit the Rio Grande they found Randy’s car. There it was, and the search was on. They flew 17 miles downriver, looking, searching. Nothing! After circling Cochiti Lake they decided to search the river banks upstream.

Then suddenly they spotted the boat that had been pulled hundreds of feet away from the river. It was inverted with its paddles neatly placed. As they landed on a sandbank they saw Leo. Erin tried to coax him in. He had not eaten for eleven days. It was thirty minutes before she was able to hug him. He was thin. Satoshi crumbled a Granola bar, and suddenly Leo and Erin were best buddies.


Draw a diagonal line from the lower left corner to the upper right corner. In the lower left is Randy’s boat. Leo is the small white spot on the grass, then the helicopter and finally the Rio Grand is in the background. So it looks like Randy pulled everything a good distance away from the river.

Another view of the boat and helicopter

Another view of the boat and helicopter

The area is steep and perhaps Randy climbed up to see if he could find a cell connection

The area is steep and perhaps Randy climbed up to see if he could find a cell connection

Erin making friends with a very hungry Leo

The flight crew searched the area for over an hour by land and then another 30 minutes from the air. When fuel ran low they returned to base and made a comprehensive report to the State Police.

The good news is that there was not much snow on the ground and the boat was far from the river.

At noon today I went to the animal shelter to see Leo. When I walked in Erin was talking on the phone to Linda (Randy’s ex-wife) It was lucky timing for me. Linda wants Leo shipped to her in Orlando. We will make that happen when the time is right. Erin had been with Leo for three hours when I arrived. She is delightfully dedicated to him.


Erin, Leo and Forrest

The first heroes in this search are Satoshi, Erin, Tom, and Tri-State Careflight, a private company who didn’t hesitate to rush to the call. You have to love all of those guys – and the gal of course. f

KDVR in Denver asked Forrest for a comment on the evolving search for Randy. Forrest wrote the following:

Randy’s boat was found several hundred feet from the river. His little dog Leo was there, but no sign of Randy. The helicopter crew who found the boat searched the surround area for an hour then another 30 minutes from the air. The search and rescue people are out in mass now and volunteers are standing ready to assist the searchers with hot drinks and food. The good news is that there is little snow on the ground along the river. The little dog, Leo is at the animal shelter and is being treated like a king.

I met Randy at a book signing I had here in Santa Fe last September. He is a happy guy with a big smile and a ready wit. I spoke with his ex-wife today and am in touch with his two daughters. We still are hopeful that he will be found safe. The search and rescue guys are out searching all the caves, rock shelters and crannies. f


WhiteBeard and SpongDog…

As you may have heard. Randy Bilyeu is missing in New Mexico. Randy is an avid searcher and attended the Gaspard Book Signing event last fall at the LaFonda Hotel in Santa Fe. Many of us had the opportunity to meet Randy and his dog Leo at that event. Randy referred to themselves as Whitebeard and Spongdog.

This morning (January 16th, 2016) Search and Rescue teams are out looking for Randy after he went missing during his most recent search in New Mexico. His dog Leo, his raft and his car were found along the Rio Grande. Forrest, who met Randy and Leo sent this note:

My heart reaches out to Randy and hopes he will be found safe. He came to my book signing at the La Fonda Hotel, and was all smiles. I remember petting his little dog and feeding him a treat. Shiloh is at Cochiti Lake looking around, and I am heading out Buckman Road to the river, just to get a feel.  I don’t know what else to say, except that my hope is that Randy will soon be reunited with his little dog. f

Forrest Fenn Book Signing and after Party

Here is a note and photos Randy sent along last fall:

Dal and Goofy-

With the passing of another Labor Day… I wanted to send you guys some
photo’s of my 14 “labor’s of love” adventures with my dog, Leo. Please feel
free to post any of these pictures on your blog if you think other searchers
will enjoy a laugh and maybe benefit from them. I am keeping my current and
favorite search a secret between me, Forrest and my dog.

Our claim to “Fenn Fame” is from being the recipient of Scrapbook # 61.
I sent Forrest a letter around Easter of April 2014 explaining to him my theory
as a deep thinking/logical treasure hunter. This is my first entry to any of the
Fenn blogs because I was afraid of accidently giving out some clues. I guess
Forrest also considers writing “old school” letters a way of whispering?

Happy hunting everybody and I really hope that someone soon finds Forrest’s chest of Gold… but everyone knows that the real treasure is the journey of life itself and enjoying nature.

P.S. Forrest’s dog Tesuque has some real competition this year. Lol

Randy and Leo Bilyeu
WhiteBeard and SpongDog

Below are the pics Randy sent with that note:

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Here is a link to the story in the Santa Fe New Mexican last night about Randy being missing:


Here are a few other news stories about the search:

Broomfield Man Missing While Treasure Hunting In New Mexico


Here is a pic of a search and rescue individual feeding Leo near the Rio Grande. The pic was submitted by Inthechaseto. You can see Randy’s boat in the background. I don’t know any more about this photo. You can click to enlarge it.



Here is an Update from the afternoon of January 17th, from Forrest.