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Officials at Bandelier National Monument confirmed that a search and rescue mission was underway in an area of the monument off limits to the public."It's rugged country and it takes a pretty high level of expertise to work in that area," he said. "We're actively pursuing the search and rescue and just ask that others don't try to engage in this."The search was triggered by the discovery of a backpack last weekend.Bilyeu's ex wife, Linda, has been helping to organize volunteers who have spent countless hours hiking along the river and using everything from drones to telephoto lenses and dogs to scan the area for clues.There has been only speculation and frustration until last week, when the blue backpack was spotted at the upper end of a scree field near a waterfall at Bandelier.Linda Bilyeu and her family have been steadfast, saying they're not giving up until they find out what happened to the 54 year old father and grandfather. Thousands have been inspired over the last several years to search for the cache using cryptic clues provided by Fenn in his self published memoir.Like Bilyeu, treasure hunters have scoured remote corners of New Mexico, Yellowstone National Park and other parts of the Rockies in vain for the small bronze chest.Fenn believes some 65,000 people have gone looking for the treasure.