Today's post is published with the permission of my dear, loyal and courageous friend, Linda Bilyeu.
This information is taken directly from a post Linda wrote for HubPages.
That post includes a timeline as well, should you wish to learn more and are able to share this information ~ especially if you live in the New Mexico area...
Randy Bilyeu - Missing Hiker Searching for Treasure in Santa Fe
The Hunt For The Missing Treasure Searcher
Randy Bilyeu is not just a missing treasure hunter in Santa Fe. He is a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Unfortunately he is now a missing person who needs to be found. Randy is my ex-husband and father of my children. I have known this man for about 32 years. His family knows how he ticks.
Randy moved to Colorado 2 years ago to live his dream to find Forrest Fenn's treasure. This article is not about the treasure. It's about Randy and how his family is distraught and confused. This article is about the many compassionate citizens who have reached out during this time to help find Randy. It's learning how at times you can't just depend on the police, due to low resources, holiday weekends, short staffed or whatever...you must do what you can do be part of the team in helping to find a missing person!
We have heard quite a few times that Randy should not have taken a raft on the Rio Grande during the winter. That is just not done. But, it has been done. The man was living his dream. In addition Randy always had a tendency to do things his way. He had told our daughters about his intention to search areas of the Rio Grande, but he told them he would wait until the spring season. He confided in two friends that he would be making this trek on January 5th.
They pleaded with him to wait. But he didn't listen. He was a man on a mission. So many people are perplexed by his decision. Which wasn't a wise one, but oh well...we are a family on a mission who will not stop until he is found.
I have accumulated a mountain of tips and clues after endless conversations from friends, family and caring individuals who all want the same thing...to find Randy!
On January 14th, I entered a world that I didn't know existed when I reported Randy missing to the Santa Fe PD. I entered a world of treasure hunters. They had rushed to the rescue! A world of intelligent, driven, dedicated people who most importantly consider themselves a family. They care for each other as if each searcher is part of their family. They leaped at Randy's disappearance and have gone without sleep, food and they spent endless hours creating scenarios and mapping out possible coordinates. They took time off from work to help with the search. We have been overwhelmed with their compassion and thoughtfulness.
Originally he had planned to set sail on January 4th, but he wasn't able to get his raft ready on time. On January 5th he set sail on his inflatable raft with his partner, Leo, in tow. They both have had many adventures together. They were an inseparable duo.
This was a one day trip, if even. He intended to set sail, explore the areas he needed to and head back to the car. He had a sandwich waiting for him in his car for after his trip down the river.
If you are interested in more info about Forrest Fenn and the treasure, I suggest you use Google. This article is not about that. This article is about what we can do to find Randy and bring closure to his family.
Linda, our thoughts, prayers and hope is ongoing to you, your family and Randy's friends. You are a beautiful and brave lady.
Until next week, sending hugs and hope, mar
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