A 54-year-old treasure hunter who was hired by a woman to find buried treasure a fortune teller had told her was in her garden has been found dead in the 40-foot-deep hole he had started to dig.
Martin Rogelio was hired by property owner Ana Patricia to look for an alleged treasure trove on her property in the colony Palomares in the city of Leon in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
Local newspaper Debate said Ana Patricia had been told by a fortune teller that a treasure stash was buried on her property.
She had previously contacted other treasure hunters to find the loot, but they had all been unsuccessful, according to Debate.
Ana Patricia then heard about Rogelio, who had been a treasure hunter for four years and had a lot of previous success.
Rogelio started work on the woman’s property two weeks ago with the help of two assistants and they dug a hole 12 metres (39 feet) into the ground, according to the newspaper Infobae.
On 26th July, the 54-year-old man went into the hole with a ladder to continue digging when loose soil was disturbed and he was suddenly buried under a weight of earth.
It took 300 emergency service workers over 58 hours to retrieve the victim’s body from the hole.
The rescue operation was made difficult by the heavy storms in the area at the time.
Rogelio’s body has been sent for an autopsy before being handed over to his family for burial.
According to Debate, the victim’s two helpers said that they saw no sign of treasure while working at the property.
It is unclear what type of fortune is believed to be buried at the property.
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