Shooting leads to bizarre treasure hunt

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – Police say more than a dozen people showed up Friday morning at the Overland Park Arboretum after a man, who died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, indicated he buried coins in the area.

Arboretum workers called police when treasure hunters arrived Friday.

Martin Manley wrote about his Aug. 15 suicide on a website that went live on Thursday. On a page of his site, he posted coordinates that lead to the Overland Park Arboretum in a section about his wealth. This lead people to believe the “treasure” was buried there.

Officers escorted them off the premises. Police brought out a metal detector and searched the grid coordinates that were posted on the Internet, but they didn’t find any treasure.

“It doesn’t exist. Family members have told city officials that he did buy gold but that he either gave it away or sold it, but he did not bury it,” said Sean Reilly, City of Overland Park.

Police will be patrolling the Arboretum all night. They say anyone caught trespassing will be arrested.

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