Treasure hunter in the woods claims that writer Barbarisi ruined her reputation

The hunt for the notorious Forest Finn’s treasure is still pitting conflict.

A loyal explorer who allegedly spent big bucks chasing down the chest of gold and jewelry that Finn hid in the Rocky Mountains in 2010 – resulting in a years-long hunt that left five dead – was allegedly destroyed by an author who described her as “bankrupt” in a book about the treasure hunt.

Stephanie Thirtyacre is suing Danielle Barbary and Penguin Random House for the book Chasing Suspense: Obsession, Death, and Glory on America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt.

Thirtyacre launched a blog about stalking called ChaseChat and wrote a book arguing that Fenn could be D.B. Cooper, the mysterious character who hijacked a plane in 1971, demanded $200,000 in cash, and disappeared in the Pacific Northwest after jumping out of a plane.

Thirtyacre claims to “explicitly forbid” Barbary from using its name.

Burberry wrote about Thirty Acre, who said in Manhattan Supreme Court papers that she had not filed for bankruptcy.

Barbary was sued for his book, Chasing Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in Search of America’s Most Extraordinary Treasures.

A search of court records revealed no bankruptcy file for Thirtyacre, who told The Post through her attorney that her financial condition “is fine. I pay all my bills, have no debt and have never filed for bankruptcy.”

The Florida woman insisted that Barbarisi agreed to give her the secrecy, and that she did not know that he was searching for Finn’s treasure.

“I felt very comfortable sharing things with Dan, under such secrecy and even sharing possible solutions [to the treasure hunt]. I had no idea until his book came out that he was also considered a scholar and was not under the journalist’s umbrella.”

The writer never promised Thirtyacre not to use her name, and used the term “bankrupt” in a “slang” way, the publisher’s attorney told her, according to a letter included in her legal file, seeking unspecified damages.

Stephanie Thirtyakry
Thirtyacre claims to “explicitly forbid” Barbary from using its name.
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A medical student said he found the treasure in 2020.
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The hunt for Finn’s treasure ended in the summer of 2020, when the medical student said he had found it. Finn passed away in September 2020 at the age of 90 after his home fell.

Penguin’s attorneys Random House and Barbarisi said Thirtyacre’s claim was “unfounded,” describing the book as “deeply researched and responsibly transmitted.”

“Multiple sources, including Forrest Finn himself, have confirmed that Mrs. Thirtyakre has exhausted her savings in pursuit of the treasure,” attorney Daniel Novak said in a statement.

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