Over the past 12 months, the lead searcher debate has found itself in nearly every discussion on youtube, the blogs, and forums. The idea there is a searcher out there that is in front of everyone else has fascinating the Forrest Fenn community largely in part to every searcher thinking it is them.
Before we get into what lead searcher means, lets all agree there is definitely someone out there that has figured out more than the rest and, has communicated that to Forrest Fenn. Many believe this is something conjured up by the searchers and such a person does not exist. But in our line of work, we do not go off of opinions or feelings. We make decisions based off the evidence.
Forrest Fenn’s actions as of Jan. 2018 say someone is close. He didn’t go 8 years giving constant hints and words to suddenly stop and say he has a gut feeling it will be found. Thats just the simple truth. Those who choose to believe there is not a lead searcher are doing so because they know they do not have any viable solutions to the poem, and they choose to believe what they want.
But….what does “lead searcher” mean? To put it in perspective, who can tell who led the Daytona 500 in 2013 for 75% of the race, all to lose in the end. Without a google look up, none of you. The difference is, he still finished 5th and got a pay check.
Being in the lead in this treasure hunt is worthless. The person who has figured out 8 clues may not be able to solve the rest. They may simply get lazy, give up, or get distracted. The point is, knowing there is a lead searcher out there should not deter anyone from picking up the hunt or continuing their quest for the treasure.
So how can we figure out who this lead searcher is?. Well, a little phycology is what we will use to try and narrow this down. The “lead searcher” should have the following characteristics:
- They will be part of the community but likely not extremely well known.
- They will interact on different social media outlets but not at a high level unless they currently have a channel or blog.
- They will not be one of the ones claiming to know where the treasure is in the forums or youtube.
- They will not be one that has a lot of interaction with Forrest over the past couple of years.
- Most of all, they will be ones who never discuss anything about their solution.
If you were to watch all the youtube videos for the next week, write all the names down in chat, and then apply the list above to those names, you could probably narrow that list of 200 down to 30. Odds are, one of those 30 are the lead searcher Forrest Fenn has been eluding to over the past 18 months. The real question is, can they finish it?