Sonora Man Finds Kubota’s Buried Key and Saves Mother Lode Roundup | News

The Mother Lode Roundup was saved thanks to the clue-solving efforts of Sonora’s Jake Stone.

Stone foiled the plans of Coyote Sam and his band of rascals who stole the key to the Kubota that the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse plans to raffle off to help fund the 63rd year event.

Each year, Coyote Sam and his gang steal and bury an item the group needs to hold the annual parade and rodeo.

A renegade within Sam’s gang sends clues to the location of the treasure to the Union Democrat, who post them every day until it is found.

The newspaper gives $200 to the winner each year, which Stone said he would donate to the family of Rylee Munsel, an 11-year-old girl from Tuolumne who died on April 19 from injuries she sustained in a crash. car almost three weeks earlier.

“It’s a family event, and they obviously won’t all be together this year,” Stone said, adding that Rylee’s father, Cody Munsel, is known to have won many rodeo calf battles over the years. . “When you think of Mother Lode Roundup and calf scrambling, you think of Cody Munsel.”

Stone began searching for the treasure Thursday morning around 4:30 a.m. after finding a copy of the Democrat’s day’s edition fresh off the press for the latest clue.

The wooden box containing the key was found by Stone around 11 a.m. Thursday near a historical marker south of Highway 49 and Parrotts Ferry Road known as Pedro Wye. He had been hunting since the first clue was published on April 26.

“The clues get more specific towards the end,” he said.

This is Stone’s second year participating in the scavenger hunt, the last time being in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the event to be canceled for the past two years.

Stone, who brought the treasure to the Democratic Union office on Thursday afternoon with his wife, Jessica, and 2-year-old daughter, Charli, said he felt like he had met more families this year who were searching for the treasure together.

“It’s pretty good that they’re doing this and seeing everyone come out this year,” he said. “In addition to bringing families together, it’s a treasure hunt. It’s funny. It’s thought-provoking and brings back a lot of history.

Some people Stone specifically wanted to thank for helping him find the treasure were Darren Vallelunga, Carl Anderson, and Anderson’s son Kurtis.

The Andersons have found the treasure three of the last five years the hunt has taken place.

“They helped with clues and traveled to check locations,” Stone said. “They had to work today, so I was able to go on and help find him.”

The GoFundMe for the Munsel family that Stone and his fellow treasure hunters plan to donate the $200 prize to can be found at

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