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Search Intensifies for Fugitive Treasure Hunter

Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 11:22 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- The U.S. Marshals stepped up the search for a wanted treasure hunter.

A federal judge ordered the arrest of Tommy Thompson and his assistant, Alison Antekeier for contempt of court.

Thompson discovered millions in gold coins and bars from the S.S. Central America that sunk off the North Carolina coast in 1857.

Those who filed a civil lawsuit claiming they're entitled to some proceeds from the gold want Thompson to answer to a judge.

But one former investor in the treasure hunt says the manhunt is nonsense.

Steve Skilken says Thompson accomplished what he set out to do and when he found the gold people got greedy.

"All the investors ought to put on their big boy pants and go home," said Skilken.

Pictures of Thompson and Antekeier are flashing on billboards all over Columbus and central Florida where the two were last believed to be living together.

"They're staying one step ahead of us, it's frustrating," said Brad Fleming, Deputy United States Marshal.

Fleming says the plan is to increase the number of billboards.

If you have information that could help the U.S. Marshals, call 614-469-5540.


Reporter: Tara MorganSearch Intensifies for Fugitive Treasure Hunter

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