Police: "Buried treasure" at OP Arboretum a hoax

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Overland Park officials are telling people there is no treasure to find at the Overland Park Arboretum after a man, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, indicated he had buried coins in the area.

According to Overland Park City Hall's Facebook page, police spoke with the man's family who said that he purchased gold, but had given it away.

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.

Overland Park Police took a metal detector to the coordinated location and found nothing.

The Overland Park City Hall is calling the alleged "buried treasure" a hoax.

According to the Arboretum, there is no digging allowed on the property.

Manley is known in the Kansas City sports community as a former data editor at the Kansas City Star, as well as a writer of the blog SportsInReview.com.

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