- Land/Shallow Water Search
- Diver/Underwater Search
Cost For My Service
I work on a reward basis, that means you pay me what it's worth to you and what you can afford for me to come out and find your lost item. We can discuss it further when you call.
If your search requires me to dive, please contact me to discuss the cost for this specialty search.
I have a top of the line land machine as well as an amazing saltwater machine that lets me find your item on the beach or in the surf. In addition, I have been diving for 25 years and my machine allows me to find your item in much deeper water.
I live in Pensacola, FL but I am willing to go as far west as Mobile, AL, east to Destin, FL and north to Montgomery, AL as well as anywhere in between.
Dave Cartee's Bio
I am 44 years old and have a wife and two kids. I have lived in Pensacola for 33 years. I first became fascinated with metal detecting as a kid when I helped my grandmother dig up an old hotel door lost in a hurricane that she located using an old Radio Shack detector on the beach. By the time we id'd it we had so many people watching and the paper even took her picture. It was so exciting and that got me hooked. Since then I have much better equipment and have learned quite a few techniques but each target is still just as exciting. At the end of the day I joined Ringfinders because there is no better feeling than finding something for someone they thought was lost forever.
Dave Cartee - Recent Blog Post
I had the pleasure of helping out Joe Hess the other day. Joe and his family were down visiting Gulf Shores from their home in Indiana. Joe had been on the beach throwing football with his son when his wedding ring came flying off and quickly buried somewhere in the sand. Joe and his wife […]
The other day I got a late message from Randi asking for help over in Orange Beach. Her husband Brayden was throwing a ball out in the Gulf and when the ball hit his left hand he watched as his wedding band dropped into the Gulf. They enlisted the help of some friends to look […]
I owe Matt and Elise an apology for taking so long to post their story but I wanted to make sure that I did them in the right order because Elise’s rings ended up being the 99th and 100th official return since I started doing this. I love thinking back on all of the people […]
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Jordan for the first time after finding her beautiful canary diamond engagement ring and her diamond wedding band a month ago in Orange Beach. I usually have lots to say but I think in this case, I will let Jordan’s comments speak for themselves. Great advice! Im so […]
Bill and Sarah reached out to me earlier in July. Bill had lost his platinum wedding band in the Gulf while vacationing in Gulf Shores. I made plans to go help but unfortunately it was a terrible lightning storm and it was just not safe to go that afternoon. They had already gone back to […]
Dave Cartee - Testimonials
He truly is so good at what he does. Please use him if you ever lose something!!!!!!! 10/10!!!!” (2023)
We called Dave in a panic and he came all the way to Orange Beach. He found our ring in less than 3 minutes. He truly is so good at what he does. Please use him if you ever lose something!!!!!!! 10/10!!!!”
You captured this experience perfectly! (2023)
You captured this experience perfectly! It wasn’t about the monetary value of the ring but of our story that goes with it and I couldn’t have said it better ?? we were blessed you answered the phone that day for sure, thank you again!”
One of our friends had sent us a website called the https://theringfinders.com. That’s where I contacted Dave. (2023)
“Ben and I had a much needed weekend getaway! The main reason for our weekend trip though was to get my wedding rings back. About a month ago, we went to the beach with our family and friends. While I was in the ocean throwing the football with Ben, the football hit my left hand and my engagement ring and wedding band went flying through the air into the ocean. We looked for it forever. We had even random people from the beach trying to help us find it, but no luck. I had seen where someone with an underwater metal detector had found someone’s engagement ring in the water so I went back to where I had lost it and saved my coordinates hoping I could find someone with an underwater metal detector. One of our friends had sent us a website called the https://theringfinders.com. That’s where I contacted Dave. He went out there 4 days after I had lost my rings and didn’t find just one ring, but both! I was so excited and Ben was in disbelief because he said there wasn’t anyway that guy was going to be able to find it ????. So if you are ever in my situation, save your coordinates and contact Pensacola Ring Finders
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I will forever be grateful! (2023)
“ Dave and Tom both are true blessings! I still feel like this isn't even reality. I knew nothing about the ring finders however desperately put in the Google search bar "people who find lost jewelry in the ocean Gulf Shores Al", as a result I find Pensacola ring finders! Tom answered first as Dave was on a search at that time but not far from me in Orange Beach believe it or not! Tom had such a calming chat with me and his wife even spoke up in the background to assure I would be taken care of. My heart was shattered as I knew there would be a slim chance in seeing it again but something in Tom's voice truly helped ease things. Dave later called back and he also had the same calmness and confidence in his voice, might I add that NEVER faded even when the search was coming to an end, it was truly amazing! I can't begin to put into words how blessed I am to have my husband who while I was panicking immediately found land markers, friends with us that helped us search for hours before hand, then Dave who rescued the situation when I thought the ring was now with the ocean forever! This ring could not have been replaced as it was my original wedding ring with our 10 year anniversary wrap on it, not with the sentimental value anyway. I have only really ever taken my ring off to have it cleaned and inspected. Lesson definitely learned as I am one lucky and blessed woman to still have it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I will forever be grateful! (Please disregard how I look, I had been crying and worried all day but beyond happy to have a chance to take a pic regardless!)”
A true professional—I would highly recommend... (2023)
“ Dave was incredibly quick to respond, eager to get searching immediately, and equally concerned with finding the ring. A true professional—I would highly recommend. Thanks, Dave!”
you did the impossible! (2023)
“ There’s no way I could have found it without you. Thank you for helping me, you did the impossible!
today you gave someone hope, and a piece of their heart and soul back (2023)
Thank you so much for finding my ring. I’m in tears again reading this. You have no idea what you did for my family and I. We will forever be grateful. On the outside it may seem that you just “find rings”…….. but today you gave someone hope, and a piece of their heart and soul back
I commend Dave and what he does and will be forever grateful of this experience ???????? (2023)
“I lost my dad’s wedding band that I had resized to fit my hand while swimming in the Gulf on Saturday. When I reached out to Dave, it was really just a last-ditch-effort to get a better night’s sleep after having such a soul crushing day.
For the sake of brevity— my family has this thing with dimes. We use them as a sign from our loved ones who have moved on from Earth that they are still here with us. This started when my grandfather passed in 2014 with a request from my grandma to “drop a dime” that he was okay. Dimes started appearing for my whole family. The stories continued over the years. My grandmother passed on 4/12/23 and she dropped dimes for my cousin and I within hours of her passing.
Now back to the main story: I received a response immediately and was blown away by the sincerity and attentiveness to the situation. We met the following morning at the spot I lost my ring. Nearly an hour and a half into searching, Dave alerted me he found something!! With slightly somber tone, he told me “Oh. It’s just a dime.” Every hair on my body stood up! I immediately said “Omg no way grandma” and within 60 seconds….. Dave pulled my ring from the Gulf. I simply have no words. To not only have such a sentimental piece back in my hands that I thought was gone forever, but just exactly how the story came to be. You can’t make this up. I commend Dave and what he does and will be forever grateful of this experience ????????
My advice – trust Dave. If he says he can find it, he can! I can’t thank you enough, Dave!! (2023)
Dave is awesome! My husband lost his ring in the ocean while playing football with my brother in law. I was standing a few feet away and my heart DROPPED when my husband turned to me and said “I lost my wedding band.” My whole family spent the rest of the afternoon searching the water for the ring with no luck. My husband and I were devastated thinking we were never going to see his ring again. We’re both sentimental and hated the idea of having to replace it. My mom, wanting to help us, found Dave and his awesome reviews on the Navarre beach Facebook page and quickly messaged him asking if he could help. Dave was immediately willing to make the drive out to help us, but he was delayed by mine and my husband’s indecision. Despite Dave’s confidence, we didn’t think it was possible to find the ring in the water after so many hours. Finally, my mom and Dave managed to convince us to give it a try. He came out the next morning. After getting all the information on where we were and how we lost it, he told us we could start to be optimistic – but I still couldn’t let myself. I sat on the shore watching him go back and forth in the area, my heart racing, convincing myself there was no way he was going to find it. 15-20min later – he stopped, dug around, and looked over at us grinning. Sure enough – he had the ring! My advice – trust Dave. If he says he can find it, he can! I can’t thank you enough, Dave!!
Dave is an absolute professional, and I am incredibly blessed to have met these amazing people and watch Dave use his gift to help save Mother’s Day. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Dave and Jeanie! (2023)
First and foremost, Dave and Jeanie are some of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever met. When I called about “Saving Mother’s Day,” Dave jumped and was ready to go by the morning. He was/is the perfect person for the job. I met Dave and Jeanie at the beach, and we were off to search the sand. The desperate plea of finding two rings buried in the sand quickly turned into an Indiana Jones-type adventure. We searched the sand for about an hour before finding the two rings! During that time, we discussed everything from their careers and family to 7-foot stingrays and nails from the 1800s. When he finally pulled the rings from the sand, there was nothing but smiles all around. As the post said, he made my Mom burst into tears and take a victory lap around the house. She was absolutely amazed. Those rings meant the world to her, and Dave and Jeanie made it their mission to get them back to their proper place.
They taught me so much, and I am eternally grateful. The little conversations and energy they held when searching for the rings meant the world to me, and they served to keep the mood light. Dave is an absolute professional, and I am incredibly blessed to have met these amazing people and watch Dave use his gift to help save Mother’s Day. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Dave and Jeanie! My mother and I can’t thank them enough for everything they did for us.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Dave – You are a lifesaver! (2023)
Dave – You are a lifesaver! I could not have imagined going back home without my wedding rings that I have had for over a decade! Thank you sooo much!!!
If anyone is in the Orange Beach area and loses a ring in the water, don’t waste time, just call Dave! (2023)
Dave, hi. This is Josh Anderson, you found my ring in Orange Beach.
I just wanted to say how thankful I was for everything you did.
When I first noticed the ring was missing it was about midnight and I was sick about it. All I could think was that it had slipped off when I stuck my hand in the water trying to save the plastic cover that fell off the boat. I went down to the dock in case it had fallen on there and not in the water but to no avail. When my mother in law told me the following day that she had called a diver I was overjoyed.
I told my wife I felt like Isildur when the ring left him and sank to the bottom of the water. Luckily orcs weren’t shooting me with arrows.
This ring was very special. It had been my father’s wedding ring. I had to get it back.
The day came and Dave showed up with his gear. I gave him the rundown on what happened and where I suspected the ring to be. Dave explained everything he was about to do and assured me that I shouldn’t worry. If the ring fell in here he would find it. After a good bit of searching Dave came up with the ring on his finger! It was back!
Dave told me this was his 80th dive. I was born in 1980 so it seemed very fitting Dave’s 80th dive was a raging success.
If anyone is in the Orange Beach area and loses a ring in the water, don’t waste time, just call Dave!
Thank you so much man.
If you ever lose your ring in the Pensacola area I recommend him 100%. “ (2023)
“Dave was phenomenal when I reached out to him about my lost ring he answered back to me in no time. Within about a 1hr and 30mins later he arrived at the location I told him where I had lost my ring. He was so kind and made everything a breeze. Thank you so much Dave for helping me and being so kind. If you ever lose your ring in the Pensacola area I recommend him 100%. “
Fast and friendly service! Thank you Dave!! (2023)
I lost my Gold and Diamond wedding ring in my back yard. Our soil is full of Ironstone and made it a challenge finding. Dave found it in about 1 hour time. Fast and friendly service! Thank you Dave!!
Thank you Dave Cartee for finding my University of Alabama class ring. This is the second time I have called him to find the same ring. (2023)
Thank you Dave Cartee for finding my University of Alabama class ring. This is the second time I have called him to find the same ring. Both times I was putting down pine straw around shrubbery in my yard. Two years ago, Dave found this ring within 20 minutes. February of this year, he found it within 2 minutes. In both cases, the ring had been pressed into the ground beneath the pine straw. I am very happy that he was able to locate something that means a lot to me. Thank you, Dave!
Gulf Shores, AL
I highly recommend Dave at TheRingFinders.” (2022)
“Can’t thank this man enough! If anyone in the Pensacola area finds themselves in a bad situation like I had, you know who to call! He really worked with me last minute to help me get my ring back. I highly recommend Dave at TheRingFinders.”
“If you've lost your ring and it means the world to you, do yourself a favor and call Dave right away! (2022)
“If you've lost your ring and it means the world to you, do yourself a favor and call Dave right away!
While vacationing in Gulf Shores, I lost my ring in about 4 feet of water and a minefield of shell fragments, sand, seaweed and jellyfish. Although I was certain I knew where it was, hours of searching by sight and feel was a lost cause. Still, the thought of leaving the ring my wife gave me on our wedding day sitting on the bottom of the gulf 1200 miles behind me, knowing it was within reach and I just couldn't see it, was unbearable. Dave had both the tools and the skills to do what I couldn't. All I had to do was show him where I thought I had lost it, and in a matter of moments he found my ring in a spot I had searched numerous times over several hours.
When you lose something as precious as a wedding ring, you want to do everything possible to find it. Do not settle for losing it forever if you haven't asked Dave for help.”
God is soooo merciful and kind, I just am overwhelmed!!!?? Thank you so much! (2022)
Y'all arent even going to believe this... We searched for hours this morning and found nothing! We ended up calling Dave who is a RingFinder. He came right out with headphones a shovel basket and an underwater metal detector. My husband went out in the water and tried to show him about where he was when he lost it. He was literally in the water one minute , heard a sound, shoveled....and pulled my husbands ring up , very first try! He was just shaking his head and couldn't believe it! He said it was about 5 inches under the sand. Y'all ive been bawling and just so incredibly thankful. God is soooo merciful and kind, I just am overwhelmed!!!?? Thank you so much!
Not all hero's wears capes. Dave is my superman for this. I still can't believe that he found my wife's wedding ring. (2022)
DAVE IS A HERO! This was my ring he was able to find after the ocean tried to steal it. I am still in shock and awe at the small miracle he performed on the beach. There are no words for what a wonderful person he truly is. Not many people are willing to use their talents for such a good thing but I’m so grateful he does. We are a few months away from having our first baby and having the ring my husband gave me on my hand, where it belongs, brings me indescribable happiness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are a blessing to all of those you help.
Not all hero's wears capes. Dave is my superman for this. I still can't believe that he found my wife's wedding ring. I was thinking that the ocean had won and took away something truly special for my wife and I. I lost hope and felt so sad for my pregnant wife. Dave turned this story into pure joy!!! I legit did run full spirit to hug this man. You only hear these kind of stories in movies and he turned it into reality. I recommend him to anybody who needs help finding missing jewelry. 11/10 stars from this family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will never forget this.
Dave is the guy to go to if you lose a ring in the Gulf Shores/ Pensacola area. Super nice guy that loves what he does. (2022)
When I lost my wedding ring that Friday afternoon it honestly ruined my whole day. All I could think about was the ring and how I would probably never see it again.
My wife was honestly less upset about it than I was. After doing a quick google search for “ring finders” I ran across Dave’s profile. After talking on the phone with him he gave me more confidence that there was a chance I could get the ring back.
The next morning when Dave got to our condo he was confident that he would have no problems finding my ring, and boy was he right. No exaggeration, it took him 5 minutes to run across it in the gulf.
It took him longer to unload and get his gear down to the beach than it did to actually find the ring. I was shocked at how easily he had found it. Needless to say, Dave is the guy to go to if you lose a ring in the Gulf Shores/ Pensacola area. Super nice guy that loves what he does. Thanks again Dave for saving my vacation!
Couldn’t recommend him enough as he was super easy to work with and an absolute lifesaver! (2022)
We got to the beach at 5:20am to get set up for the Blue Angels show. After a LONG day at the beach we went to unpack all of our beach gear and realized Hunter’s ring wasn’t anywhere to be found.
Panicked we went back later that afternoon to see if it might have been on the surface. However, with all the beach traffic and a storm coming in it was nowhere to be seen. I contacted Dave as he was recommended through Facebook hoping for a miracle.
Well he was just that. Without him Hunter’s ring would have been gone forever. We just got married in May of this year. Couldn’t recommend him enough as he was super easy to work with and an absolute lifesaver!
If you are ever in need of his service, Do not hesitate. I cannot recommend him enough. Make the call! It will be worth it. (2022)
To say I am grateful for the side-job this man does is an understatement. I was literally 14 days away from getting married and at the beach celebrating with my friends.
We had a great day by the water and decided to go wash the sand off from the day. Against my better judgement l, I walked into the ocean with my ring on. I knew better, but we all make mistakes. I walked into the ocean with my fiancé's grandmothers diamond on that she brought from Germany with her when her family immigrated to the US... Even though we have ring insurance, the diamond on this ring is irreplaceable.
Long story short, I lost my ring in the ocean. Thankfully, I was only a few feet deep. I was devastated to call my fiance and tell him. While I was biting the bullet, my friend had the bright idea to search social media to find help and she was referred to Dave's page. And thank the good Lord she was. I called him the next day and bless his soul he came out to our condo at 7AM on July 4th!! Who does that?!?!
A great man is who! I told him about where I thought I lost it and after a short joke or 2 at my expense he got to work. I lost my ring almost 48 hrs ago and he found it in less than 1 hour! 1 hour!! I was truly blessed to have been put in contact with him! Not only does he provide an amazing service, he is a genuinely grateful guy.
I am from Mississippi and was raised on "stranger danger". I never once got that vibe. In fact, in the hour I met him, I thanked him for being a decent human and thanked his wife for allowing him to come to spend part of their holiday making my wedding day a HUGE success.
If you are ever in need of his service, Do not hesitate. I cannot recommend him enough. Make the call! It will be worth it.
Dave, You are the reason I will have a nice wedding. When I told my fiance about your service he said "let's do it so you have peace of mind you did everything possible to find it." His words were "you will love me on our wedding day but you won't fully enjoy it without the ring". He knew.
He supported it but wasn't optimistic and when I called him to tell him you found it, he laughed with excitement. He was overjoyed for so many reasons. That I would enjoy our wedding day, that I didn't lose a family heirloom and most importantly you found his/my ring in an ocean!!
He was very professional, trustworthy, and personable. I knew he had the skill set to find my ring! (2022)
Dave was such a lifesaver! I was very distraught after losing my wedding ring. After finding Dave’s website I felt so much peace knowing he could get the job done. He was very professional, trustworthy, and personable. I knew he had the skill set to find my ring! We loved getting to know Dave and hear all of his stories. I would highly recommend Dave if you run into a similar situation! If you lost something, he’ll be able to find it! Thanks Dave for all your help!
From beginning to end, Dave was incredible and I am forever grateful my mom found his information. (2022)
I wish I could find the words to explain how grateful I am for Dave and his wife. He answered the phone at 7am and managed to make me believe right off the bat that I made the right decision to trust him to find my ring. When we got to the beach I really didn’t know what to expect, especially because my husband and I couldn’t remember exactly where we were when I lost it and the tide had risen significantly in that area but after an hour of searching with nothing I texted my mom and said “I’m starting to lose faith” and I said one last prayer and told myself to be content no matter the circumstance or outcome. Literally 30 seconds later Dave starts walking towards us, and by the grace of God he had found my ring. Needless to say, I was in disbelief. From beginning to end, Dave was incredible and I am forever grateful my mom found his information. This is definitely an experience I’ll never forget!
We are BEYOND blessed to have met you and so thankful that you found our ring! (2022)
Marilynn and David here! We are BEYOND blessed to have met you and so thankful that you found our ring! We dug that area so much it ended up looking like a grave site haha, and it wasn't even in the area. Thank you for being kind and understanding during our search yesterday! We are elated to have our heirloom back and we promise, no more burying treasure We'll be sure to keep in touch for some metal detecting adventures in the future! God Bless You and your family and have an amazing day!
Dave is so kind and compassionate, he truly loves helping others find their lost items. (2022)
Thank you Dave for your commitment! I heard about him through other Aggies, and sure enough he answers the phone and immediately takes the job telling me his daughter is considering going to Texas A&M. I could hear the excitement in his voice when I said I go to A&M! He was so willing to come the very next day to help me, with no hesitation. He came in his work clothes and took time out of his workday to get me my aggie ring back. In just under an hour he found it and I was sincerely grateful to him. Dave is so kind and compassionate, he truly loves helping others find their lost items. I recommend him to anyone who is in desperate need of a tool to help them find their lost valuables. Don’t rent a metal detector, call Dave because he knows what he is doing! Gig ‘em
We are beyond grateful for Dave! (2022)
Sally here! We are beyond grateful for Dave! He was professional, caring & helpful from the first phone call, to working out the details, to safely getting the ring back home to us. This was most definitely an answer to prayer! Some things are truly irreplaceable & the work Dave does is invaluable. -Forever Thankful-
Thanks so much Dave!!!! (2021)
Dave took a sickening moment and made their day perfect again!! I forget how wiggly little boys can be! Can’t tie those rings tight enough even though I tried!
Such a perfect wedding now. Thanks so much Dave!!!!
Can’t thank you enough for all your help Dave! (2021)
I Lost my wedding band on the beach and Dave came to the rescue! I called him in the early evening and he immediately left to drive the almost hour to our location. Can’t thank you enough for all your help Dave!
There are no words to explain how grateful I am. Highly recommend, 10/10! (2021)
We are so lucky to have found you!! I’m so dang impressed by you finding not only one of them, but both! Thank you and your wife so so so much!! There are no words to explain how grateful I am. Highly recommend, 10/10!
Thank you so much Dave I don’t know if I can say it enough... (2021)
Thank you so much Dave I don’t know if I can say it enough. My ring is so much sentimental to me and My husband that there is no other one like it. This will definitely be one of our crazy stories in the books for us!
My husband and I can’t thank you enough! (2021)
After contacting Dave he was on his way to help within 20 minutes! In a race with the sunset he made a few passes on the sand with the medal detector, stopped for a moment, and pulled up the ring! My friend and I were cheering from the beach as my kids were cheering from the balcony. My husband and I can’t thank you enough!
You were seriously an answer to prayer and were like an angel sent to us to find my husband’s wedding ring! (2020)
We are so incredibly thankful for you, Dave! You were seriously an answer to prayer and were like an angel sent to us to find my husband’s wedding ring! We can never thank you enough for your skills, generosity, and help finding the wedding ring I placed on my husband’s finger almost 38 years ago! In less than a month, we celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. So again, we thank you for blessing us and giving us the best Christmas gift we could ask for!! God bless you!! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your family!!
People like you are what makes the world go round... (2020)
I cannot begin to thank you enough for taking time out of a lovely early evening to then go help a friend of a friend’s wife that lost her engagement ring. Your kindness is absolutely heartwarming. People like you are what makes the world go round. I was a complete wreck because I thought I had next to no chance of finding my beloved ring. You were very understanding and professional. Your kindness is something to behold. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU SO MUCH for saving the day.
Sincerely Nicole L. Foxhall
I truly appreciate your professionalism and your expertise... (2020)
Dave, I can’t thank you enough for your help with finding my wedding ring! You were so quick to help, not only with finding the ring but also with trying to obtain a permit to metal detect at a State Park. I am still in complete shock that you were able to find my ring even though four days had gone by-I thought for sure it was long gone! I truly appreciate your professionalism and your expertise and will be forever grateful to you for helping to recover my cherished ring that has so much family history in it! Again, truly appreciate you! Take care and God Bless you!
You are a miracle worker! (2020)
Dave, you are the BEST!! We are so thankful for you and that you and Jeannie could come out on such short notice. You were an answer to my prayers. You are a miracle worker! If I ever meet anyone who lost something in the ocean, we’ll know who to call for sure. Thanks so much again ????????
If anyone needs anything found give Dave a call, he’s a class act. (2020)
Losing my class ring definitely put a damper on my vacation. I was throwing a football around on the beach when the ring flew off and landed in the surf. We couldn’t find it after that and eventually gave up looking because it was getting dark. The next day we decided to contact Dave and he was out by that afternoon. He had me show him the general area I lost it in and started looking. An hour went by and things weren’t looking great. The beach I lost it in was crowded and there were other people with detectors out and about looking for a score. Another hour, nothing. I think Dave could tell I was getting discouraged and he let me know that he wasn’t going anywhere. We redefined a search area and Dave got right back to it. About 30 minutes had passed when he came up and surprised me with my ring – I couldn’t believe it! Definitely would have hugged the guy if it wasn’t for social distancing. If anyone needs anything found give Dave a call, he’s a class act. Thanks and Gig ‘Em!
From the moment I called, I felt like everything was going to be okay!! (2020)
I was incredibly happy when Dave bent over and pulled my necklace from the sand! I really couldn’t believe it! He made me feel like there was hope, even though it’s a needle in a haystack! He gave me clear instructions, which I followed to help ensure the safety of my necklace and increase the chances of finding it! Everything worked! From the moment I called, I felt like everything was going to be okay!! Thank you so much Dave!
Dave is the real thing! Genuine, honest, encouraging, persistent, and created the happy ending for our vacation ... (2020)
When I lost my ring on our first day of vacation, I was devastated. After hours of a failed search, I wasn’t giving up. I googled how to find a ring in the ocean because I was desperate.
We had no idea this service even existed. We were a bit skeptical, but after I spoke to Dave, he calmed my fears. He was so encouraging when I described my ring and I could tell over the phone he was a genuine guy.
We agreed on a fair price of finding the ring and a lower price if he didn’t, but he assured me he would find it. He met me at the condo the next morning and I was right, Dave was as genuine as I expected. When he asked if he could take my picture when he found my ring I was even more encouraged.
Dave got right out in the ocean graphing out where I thought I lost it. After the first hour, I was getting worried but Dave always reassured me that he wasn’t giving up. After the 2nd hour, I had come to peace with the ring being gone forever. However, God is good all the time and Dave is the bomb.
When he motioned he found it, my fiancé and I ran to him in disbelief. If COVID wasn’t here I probably would have knocked him down with the biggest hug ever. Dave is the real thing! Genuine, honest, encouraging, persistent, and created the happy ending for our vacation and an amazing story to tell our friends and family.
We hope we will never have to use his services again, but we will sing Dave’s praises to anyone and everyone.
We meant it when we said we’d never forget you – it was truly life changing. (2020)
The moment you realize you’ve lost something irreplaceable is tremendously nerve wracking – but the moment you realize you’ve lost that irreplaceable item in the OCEAN is nearly heartbreaking. After tearing apart the house and retracing every step, Xander miraculously found Dave’s information. After a ten minute chat filled with thorough questions and confident reassurances, Xander hung up CERTAIN that his grandmother’s necklace would be back around his neck by the following afternoon.
And, we mean this with 100% sincerity, Dave must be a magician. He drove from Pensacola to Orange Beach at 7:30 am, searched relentlessly for 4 hours, and, essentially, received a standing ovation from the entire beach when he emerged holding that gold chain. We are fully aware at how that sounds like some fictional fantasy land, but that is truly how magical Dave is. We meant it when we said we’d never forget you – it was truly life changing.
A ton of people referred him to me... (2020)
I don’t even know where to begin about Dave Cartee. I had posted on every single Pensacola Facebook page I could think of with pictures of my ring and where it was possibly lost on Perdido Key. A ton of people referred him to me. So I emailed him. I didn’t even get back to him with my next email to set up where to look and he took the initiative and searched for my ring with his friend AND FOUND IT. 50lbs have been lifted off my chest and I feel whole again. My husband and I cannot say “THANK YOU” enough to Dave and his friend Charlie. He is such a good and HONEST man!!!! I am still so shocked that someone who didn’t even know my husband and I went to go look for the ring as soon as he could.
I cannot stop saying “thank you” to him and his friend. ???? and I can’t stop staring at my ring haha
You won’t be disappointed in using Dave’s services, he is honest, trustworthy, and an all around great guy... (2019)
If anyone ever loses any jewelry in Pensacola, your first call should be Dave with Ring Finders. When we lost Dani’s engagement ring, I didn’t know what to do. Unfortunately I didn’t have insurance on the ring at the time and googled how to find a ring lost in water. I contemplated on buying a metal detector and then I stumbled upon Dave’s ring finder page. I had a good feeling to go with Dave because of his great success at finding rings and all of the positive comments people wrote on his page. Dave and his father in law Tom went above and beyond to locate Dani’s engagement ring. I can’t believe that after 4 months they didn’t give up, Dani and I sure did. We are beyond thankful for their hard work that ultimately ended in Tom finding our ring. You won’t be disappointed in using Dave’s services, he is honest, trustworthy, and an all around great guy. Thank you again Dave and Tom for finding Dani’s ring!!
I cannot say enough good things about Dave and this service. .. (2019)
We cannot thank you enough Dave!!! While we both knew the ring is replaceable and just a “thing” at the end of the day—I was HEARTBROKEN! When I realized it was gone I sobbed. It was the ring my husband hid in a Christmas reindeer slipper and gave me on December 23rd…it was irreplaceable to me. We called Dave about 2 hours after I realized the ring was gone. Within the next 2 hours Dave arrived in Orange Beach and had my engagement ring back on my finger! We will always be thankful for you!!! I cannot say enough good things about Dave and this service. He arrived within 45 min. He was confident and gave me hope that I would actually get my ring back. You saved my birthday week at the beach. Thanks doesn’t seem like enough!!:)))
I am forever indebted to Dave and would recommend his services to anyone. .. (2019)
I can’t thank Dave enough for helping me find my wedding ring and saving my vacation. I lost my ring our first full day in Orange Beach. Needless to say, it was quite a buzzkill to lose something sentimental that you’ve worn every day for 10+ years. I didn’t hear about or talk to Dave until almost three days later, so I thought for sure my ring was long gone. But Dave very calmly and confidently told me he could find it. He cleared his schedule and made the hour drive to meet me. When he arrived, he reassured me that hope was not lost and he was right — he found my ring within 30 minutes! I am forever indebted to Dave and would recommend his services to anyone. He is proof that good, honest people still exist in this world.
We feel like angels sent you to us... (2019)
YOUR SO AMAZING DAVE!! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!!! We feel like angels sent you to us and are so very grateful!! We will be referring you to EVERYONE we know!
Amazing service and I cannot thank Dave enough! (2019)
After losing my wedding ring on the beach, I really had little hope it would ever be found. I could not believe the loss I felt after having worn that ring daily for 16 years and to suddenly have it gone was beyond upsetting. Leave it to my 12 year old son to save the day and find TheRingFinders on a Google search!!! We contacted Dave, who responded within 10 minutes and was on the beach looking for it in under an hour. I was in awe when he called to say he had found it! And not only that, he gave my son a gold coin he had found as well! Amazing service and I cannot thank Dave enough!
Words just cannot express my deep gratitude for Dave! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! (2019)
Dave most definitely came through! I was in such a state of heartbreak just knowing that my anniversary ring was gone, and within an hour, Dave was at Margaritaville pulling up the ring from the beach. Not only did he save my trip, but I gained a great friend as well. Dave is pretty awesome! Great guy and extremely knowledgeable about his love and passion of reuniting precious items to their loved ones! I really can’t say enough about how Dave made my day. I was thrilled to have come across Dave!
And I emphasized to the staff at the resort about what I class gentlemen that had available in Dave, too!
Words just cannot express my deep gratitude for Dave! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
He’s truly a miracle worker (2019)
I’m SO beyond thankful for Dave and his sweet Father-in-Law! I truly thought my rings (which were not insured) were gone for life and I had zero confidence they would ever be found. But luckily with Dave’s confidence and perseverance he convinced me he would get them back for me, and I’m so so happy I put my trust in him. Thank you for everything Dave. He’s truly a miracle worker y’all!
Thank you again Dave! You are an angel. (2019)
This guy is amazing! We had to call him out to our condo on Tuesday night. I lost both my wedding ring and anniversary rings at the beach. Lost them sometime around 11am and didn’t realize it until 6pm. I had taken them off to put lotion on and tucked them “safely” into my swimsuit skirt fold. Totally forgot about them and stood up at various times. The amount of sadness and panic I felt was overwhelming. By the Grace of God we found Dave and he came out that night and found them right away. So eternally grateful to him and his lovely wife. From the first phone call and several texts that followed he was very nice and tried to calm my anxiety (it was very high) and reassured me it should be an easy find. Thanks be to God he was 100% right. The flood of emotions were overwhelming at times. Thank you again Dave! You are an angel.
I would totally recommend Dave’s services (2019)
Absolutely amazing!! From the first phone call I had with Dave, till the last handshake, Dave was nothing but professional. Dave felt like a friend from the first moment I spoke to him. Dave is very personable and easy to talk to. I would totally recommend Dave’s services to any of my friends without a doubt. It only took Dave a few minutes to find my ring and he would have probably found it sooner if it wasn’t for the crushed beer can in my front yard haha. Dave, I appreciate your service and hopefully I don’t have to hire you again but will if I lose my ring again. Thank you so much and my wife also appreciates you lol
To say that Dave is a miracle worker is an understatement. (2018)
To say that Dave is a miracle worker is an understatement.
After my wife lost her ring just off shore we spent the rest of the trip watching as group after group of fellow vacationers flooded the beach and waded in the area where she lost it. Some with nets looking for shells or fish and others stomping around and pressing the ring further into the sand. And any time someone looked excited, I was wondering if they had found it with me never knowing.
I had never heard of theringfinders.com, and didn’t find it until after we had been home for days. I sent him an email, and the rest is history.
It is an unbelievable feeling to have it back after thinking it was lost to the sea forever. We had come to terms with it, but we’re astonished and amazed that he was able to recover it, and do it so quickly after us trying so long with goggles to no avail.
My wife is planning to wear a fake ring for future beach trips, but we have an awesome resource up our sleave if we ever lose anything again, and I won’t wait 9 days next time, hehe.
Thanks Dave! =-)
Super Hero Dave!!!! I do not know how to begin to express our gratitude. (2018)
Super Hero Dave!!!! I do not know how to begin to express our gratitude. From the moment my ring fell off my hand in zero visibility water I felt sick, distraught, and completely helpless. We looked and looked or I guess more like felt and felt but it was hopeless. That night I prayed and (as with all of life’s important questions) Googled what to do…which lead me to the ring finder site and to Dave! He truly was an answered prayer. He got back to us first thing in the morning, he helped to put our minds at ease and instructed us on what to do and not do (thankfully because we were clueless). He immediately packed up his family and drove out to Gulf Shores to help. He was so calm, confident, and communicative about the process the whole time which helped to calm our nerves. He stepped in and helped us deal with other beach finders who were being a little pushy and he ultimately did what I thought was impossible and FOUND MY RING!!! One of the things that touched my heart the most about the whole experience is that my ring is not huge, it is mainly sentimental. Dave stepped in and made it a priority because of what it meant to us and that alone meant the world. He is truly a great guy and we were blessed to meet him and his family. Thank you so much Dave.
Thank you very much’ for your retrieval efforts and returning the ring my wife put on my finger 16 years ago. (2018)
I can only say I could not ask for a better end to a situation I’d almost walked away from. After dropping the ring and the immediate search around my feet, I found a line reference on shore and began shuffling my feet hoping for the million to one chance of touching it…no luck. I explained to Ami that we were standing on top of it, that the density of gold took it to the bottom and the shape trapped enough sand that it was completely covered within seconds. After an hour of looking (36″ of water), I’d written off finding it. Being a land detectorist and a diver, I’d on several occasions considered purchasing an underwater machine and even suggested to Ami in the heat of the search that I should go ahead and buy one to retrieve my ring. We went about our day, down on the loss. That evening, Ami found Dave via an internet search and made contact. He responded Saturday evening and we returned an email Sunday morning, learning that he had already packed and was eager to help us. We were disappointed when Jeannie text us that he’d pulled a muscle, but gave him our best and checked out of the hotel. We were about to enter the Peg Leg’s for lunch when we got the call that he was better and enroute. When we got back to the hotel, Dave was already preparing to enter the water based on the references I’d given him. He gridded the area and in no time offered me the honors of scooping it up. All I can say is ‘Thank you very much’ for your retrieval efforts and returning the ring my wife put on my finger 16 years ago. It was a pleasure to meet both you and Jeannie and wish you both the best.
You provide a wonderful service (2018)
Dave, thanks again for coming all the way from Pensacola (out of your typical range) to find my ring! This ring has nine lives, as I told you I lost it in the snow once before. Still can’t believe you found it in less than 5minutes after it was in the ocean for 4 days. Very impressive! You provide a wonderful service and I have a great story to tell for years. Thanks again!
May God bless you and your family. (2018)
Thank you again so much Dave for not giving up. I was so upset and sick that I had lost one of my most precious material items. I’m grateful that a friend Justin Harbin was kind enough to send me ur info. I’m very pleased with ur effort to find my ring and not give up. I’ll always be grateful for you and ur wife for this. May God bless you and your family. My day was definitely made when u made that last call to me that you needed to find my location to put this precious jewel Bk on my finger.
Thanks again to Dave and the ringfinders. (2018)
Thank you so much to Dave and his wife for coming out and finding our ring!! It was such a simple process and he was so gracious. After searching for hours, Dave found it within minutes!! It really did save our trip. Thanks again to Dave and the ringfinders.
I surely highly recommend his service. It was a blessing to meet such a nice man... (2018)
While on a beach vacation during 6/8 through 6/16 at Orange Beach, I lost my David Yurman ring my husband gave me as a gift. I was devastated. It’s a ring that is not too big so I was really baffled as to how it fell off. My family and I searched for the ring in the sand which seemed impossible even with 3 strainers from the condo’s kitchen! I searched the internet and came across Dave Cartee’s website. I called him first thing the next morning. He return my call right away! He was very polite, friendly and professional! He has such a calm demeanor that it gave me such high hopes. He searched the areas with a very tight grid. He didn’t find my ring. But after his very thorough search, he told me “your ring is not here. It’s not on this beach. It’s not in the areas you asked me to searched. I hope you have an ending to this story with you finding it in your condo because I can guarantee it’s not here on this beach”. I was a bit sad but very confident that his search was true and accurate. My sisters and I prayed about my lost ring and we continued on with our fun vacation. Dave even provided a letter to be submitted to my insurance company in order to file a lost claim. Even after meeting him, Dave stayed in touch with me as I continued to text him about another guy searching the same exact area with a metal detector! Once again, he said with much confidence, “Loretta, he is not going to find your ring because it’s not there.” I wanted to know all about his 2nd searcher who we watched from our balcony. We later learned the couple sitting near us saw a guy with a metal detector and asked him to search the area for us.
3 days later my sister decides to clean her beach bag out and what does she find...my dern ring!!! I didn’t go into my sisters’ beach bags. So it’s still a mystery how that ring fell off into her bag because I don’t take my rings off at the beach. I did move her bag when we decided to move our beach tents. We jumped for joy and shred some tears! I immediately text Dave a picture and said, “we found it.” Once again, as calm as before, I can imagine him saying exactly what he said days earlier “it’s not on this beach, I hope you have a story where you find it in the condo.” That is just what happened! Although he did not find my ring, he still gave good karma! I would call him all over again. I surely highly recommend his service. It was a blessing to meet such a nice man who does these searches just to bring smiles to his customers faces. Thank you Dave for being so confident and for all that you do! Keep searching!
A happy customer,
Words can’t describe the joy I felt when you walked up with my ring... (2018)
Dave reading this post made me cry! Words can’t describe the joy I felt when you walked up with my ring on your pinky. I have stared at it for the last two days thanking the Lord for ordering our footsteps and putting you in our path. You have a gift. If possible I cherish my ring more now! Thank you so much. I will never forget it.
I wanted to thank you again for going the extra mile looking for my “diamond in a haystack” (2018)
I wanted to thank you again for going the extra mile looking for my “diamond in a haystack” this past week. I would like for folks that are considering giving you a call to have one more vote of confidence that you were extremely helpful, honest, and professional. Even if you didn’t find my impossible-to-find diamond stud earring with virtually no metal on it. I appreciate how quickly you answered my call, did extra research on the type of jewelry I lost in 7 feet of salt water, and spent an hour and a half looking for something you carefully prepared me not to expect to find. It is so much easier knowing that a real effort was made. Thank you. A FOR EFFORT!
Dave has truly, God given talent! (2018)
Dave has truly, God given talent! I’m so thankful that God placed in him our path. I never doubted that I could trust him or that he would not be able to do his very best to return my wedding rings. If anyone ever goes through what we did (I pray that they do not ) please do not hesitate to call Dave. He gave me reassurance that he would try his very best to return my wedding rings!!! Thank you so much Dave!!
Thanks for providing us with a miracle moment, Dave, we will never forget it or you! (2018)
The reality is that we had given up a year and a half ago after an extensive three day search that yielded no results, so to think that Dave Cartee would just show up, look for a few minutes, and find it buried 3-4″ in the ground with grass growing right over the top of it was utterly unthinkable, but my original wedding band had so much sentimental value that when we heard about Dave we had to at least give it one more shot before accepting the likelihood that we would never get it back. We couldn’t be more glad that a friend told us about Dave, and we are honored to get to share our incredible experience with others knowing what a relief it is not to have to settle for defeat when something irreplaceable is lost. You couldn’t ask for a more equipped or genuinely caring guy to help you hunt for your lost treasure–it seems to me Dave makes this service available primarily simply for the thrill of the hunt and for the joy he is able to bring to others. His passion for finding what is lost is obvious and contagious–you can’t give up if Dave is looking, he won’t give up, and he won’t let you until the thing is found. Thanks for providing us with a miracle moment, Dave, we will never forget it or you!
Dave was absolutely amazing! (2018)
Dave was absolutely amazing! When I lost my ring I thought it was gone forever and I’m so glad that my boyfriend called him. His customer service was amazing, and so was his ring finding! We searched for hours the day before and had no luck and he came and found it within two minutes! I’m so thankful we called him and if you ever lose a ring definitely call him.
If you ever lose a ring in the Pensacola area, don’t hesitate to give him a call! (2018)
Thank you Dave!
My family recently went to watch the sunset at Pensacola Beach. About 30 minutes before sunset, I lost my Aggie Ring in the sand. After searching for almost 30 minutes, my mom and I decided to go buy a metal detector to see if we could come back and find it. After checking multiple stores for metal detectors and not finding any, my sister came across Dave Cartee’s website and sent us the link. We called him around 7:30, and with no hesitation he agreed to come out and find it for us. He even told us he’d have it within an hour.
By the time we were able to meet Dave at the beach, it was pitch black and freezing cold. We told him the general area where I had dropped it, and he searched with his metal detector for a few minutes. Just when my mom and I were starting to doubt that we had remembered the right location, he dug up a pile of sand, sifted through it, and pulled out the ring. And it only took him about 10 minutes!
I am so thankful that Dave was willing to come out at night and in the cold. I thought I had lost my ring forever, but he found it no problem. If you ever lose a ring in the Pensacola area, don’t hesitate to give him a call!
I would strongly recommend Dave and I am so pleased that there is an organization out there like theringfinders.com (2017)
To say that I am grateful to have met Dave Cartee, would be the understatement of the year, or maybe the last 17 years to be exact.
After spending a wonderful week with my wife and daughters on the beach in Perdido Key, Florida, you can imagine the sheer terror when I walked out of the Gulf on our last day there only to find that my wedding band was missing. It was a truly helpless feeling.
Before going to dinner that night, I searched the Internet for stories about other guys who maybe had lost their wedding bands. It was just an effort to try to make me feel better.
While doing the search, I ran on to theringfinders.com. It was there I met my new friend Dave. He listened to my story and instantly put me at ease. He gave me confidence that there was really a good chance he thought he could find my ring.
Despite recently having had surgery, he still made himself available to try to help me out. You can imagine the sheer joy we experienced, while driving back to Illinois, in receiving the phone call that he had found my wedding band.
It was truly a miracle! I have since told many people this story and they find it almost unbelievable. I would strongly recommend Dave and I am so pleased that there is an organization out there like theringfinders.com to help people in a truly desperate moment. I will be forever grateful.
If you don't think it's possible to find your lost ring (like me) Dave and Cale will make you a believer! (2017)
Thank you Dave and Cale!
I was on vacation with my family in orange beach. We were playing football in the surf (and I made the mistake of not taking my wedding ring off) it popped right off into the water. We searched for roughly an hour to no prevail. I had read on Reddit awhile back about people who specifically look for lost jewelry, but never thought that I would need it. I wasn't sure it was possible since it was "in the surf". So I googled and gave Dave a call (since he was the only one who appeared to have an "aquatic" metal detector) thinking it was a HUGE long shot. Well Dave, and his son Cale, came to the rescue. When he answered the phone I was trying to explain how I didn't think it was findable/possible and thanks for his time, but he assured me that he WOULD find it, and to relax. Dave and Cale came out and found it in about 30 minutes! I was in shock, and so was everyone else on the beach! Dave and Cale I can't thank y'all enough! Not only are these guys selfless, but some of the nicest (most confident) people I have EVER met. If you don't think it's possible to find your lost ring (like me) Dave and Cale will make you a believer! I know this might sound like a infomercial, but it was Utterly amazing!
Thanks Dave! and Tell Cale I said he's the man!
So if you have lost a ring and are in the Pensacola area, give Dave a call ASAP! (2017)
Just want to say thanks to Dave for helping us out. We think my wife’s ring fell off in the ocean. At the time we combed the beach as best as we could.
We left Perdido Key with out the ring. When we got back I did some searching online, found The Ring Finders, and decided to give Dave a call. He was friendly and very generous with his time. He took a detailed account of our story.
That day he was out in search for it but unfortunately was unable to find it. We feel between the tides and storms, the ring was no longer remotely close to where we had been. I wish we would have called him sooner and likely would have had a different outcome. So if you have lost a ring and are in the Pensacola area, give Dave a call ASAP!
Thanks so very much for taking the time and for being our hero (2017)
Thanks so much for your time and help in finding my wedding ring which I now understand was your first official find. My wife and I were in Pensacola for a week of fun and beach time with some friends.
While swimming out in the gulf in about chest deep water I made the comment to a friend Tim that my wedding ring was really tight on my finger. I was attempting to pull the ring over my knuckle when I dropped the ring in the water. We looked for the ring for some time, but to no avail.
Tim went to get some goggles and I gave some strict instructions not to tell Julie, but of course as soon as she saw Tim getting the goggles she began to ask what are y’all looking for. After some more searching and no luck finding the ring I had to confess that I had lost my wedding ring.
After several hours I walked over to our RV to check on the dog. While I was gone Tim noticed a man out in the water with a metal detector he approaches the gentleman and explains that a friend had lost my wedding ring earlier in the day. That man was Dave Cartee. Dave tells Tim that he is with TheRingFinders and that he “WILL find my ring”. Tim shows Dave where we were in the water and tells him that some 4 or 5 hours have passed. Dave goes out into the water, searches and locates my wedding ring.
Thanks so very much for taking the time and for being our hero that day. Dave tells us that “every ring has a story and when a ring is lost the story stops it his mission to locate the ring so the story can continue”.
My story continues I got my wedding ring back and Julie and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage soon. Thanks again Dave Cartee