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Search for missing treasure hunter using canoes

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Posted at 7:47 AM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 09:47:09-04

A canoe trip has been launched to look for a missing treasure hunter. Drones will be used this weekend.

Randy Bilyeu, of Broomfield, disappeared in January while hunting for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts in a rugged part of New Mexico.

The recent discovery of a backpack on a rugged slope at Bandelier National Monument has re-energized the search.

Based on what's inside, there's a strong indication the pack belonged to Bilyeu but authorities have yet to make an official determination.

As they wait for word, volunteers are focused on areas outside the monument.

A canoe trip was launched on the Rio Grande Thursday.

Other volunteers are reviewing hundreds of images, and hours of footage, recorded over the last four months, hoping to find a single clue.

Thursday marked four months since Bilyeu set out in his raft in search for the treasure. Ex-wife Linda Bilyeu says the family isn't giving up.

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