Fugitive treasure hunter who found 'Ship of Gold' nabbed after two years on lam

January 28, 2015 4:30 PM

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Fugitive treasure hunter who found 'Ship of Gold' nabbed after two years on lam

The 280-foot SS Central America, which has been dubbed the “Ship of Gold," sank during a hurricane off the North Carolina coast in 1857. Tommy Thompson (inset), who found it and then disappeared, is now in custody. (Columbus Dispatch)

A legendary treasure hunter who found a shipwreck containing as much as 10 tons of gold, then allegedly cheated his investors out of their cut and disappeared, has been nabbed after more than two years on the run, authorities said.

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