Doug Hardy

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

My services are on a reward basis, which means you pay what your lost item is worth to you and what you can afford, but only if the item is found. I do have a $25 call-out fee to cover my travel expenses to get to you. No call-out fee for police, fire, or EMS personnel. The price for an insurance or estate search would be negotiable.

Search Types

Lost rings, jewelry, keys, and any lost metallic valuables. I can search yards, local parks, farm fields, old home sites, athletic fields, gardens etc. If the search is on private property, you must obtain the owner’s permission beforehand. If the search is in a national or state park, metal detecting is normally prohibited, but the park services will grant limited permission to search for a lost item. In that case, I’ll be happy to help, but the permission to search is something you'll have to arrange as the item owner. (They won’t give me permission to search without your request.) I can also search water to about waist-deep.

Search Locations

Raleigh, Cary, and surrounding areas

Doug Hardy's Bio

I’ve been in North Carolina for about 45 years (so far) and my wife and I have been married for more than 30 of those years. I’ve been detecting for about 6 years now and for the past 5 years, have been the president of our local club, Triangle Relic Recovery and Historic Preservation. I’m a retired IT director and try to take advantage of my retired status to get out and detect whenever I can. I’ve recovered all sorts of jewelry items for people and love being able to reconnect people with their lost items.

Doug Hardy - Recent Blog Post

  • Needle in a Haystack – Bracelet Found! (2022)

    I received a call from Luis, a local guy who had lost a gold bracelet while at work. Luis was working at a construction site and on this particular day, had been spreading hay straw on top of tall dirt piles to minimize the erosion from the rain that was expected to roll in. When […]

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  • Two months lost — wedding ring now found! (2022)

    Got a call from a gentleman who asked for help in finding his wedding ring. Seemed simple enough. Playing volleyball in the back yard with his son, he felt the ring come off and heard it hit a solid surface with a ping. He and his wife scoured the back yard, the patio, and under […]

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  • Platinum/diamond engagement ring recovered – Happy Halloween! (2022)

    I got a call from Stephanie, a young mom who’d taken her daughter to a local pumpkin patch. She had lost both her rings – wedding and engagement – on the outing and was understandably upset. After she described the basic situation, we made arrangements to meet at the pumpkin patch before they opened up […]

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  • Take me out to the ballpark! (2022)

    I got a call from the baseball coach at a local school. He had his wedding ring on when he started practice and it was gone at the end of practice. He explained that he hadn’t been married very long, so he was very anxious to try and find the ring. He had tried to […]

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  • Gold Wedding Ring Recovered – Raleigh (2021)

    I got a call this afternoon from a distraught husband. He’d been out playing with his dog and “my ring just flew off my hand!” He said he had lost quite a bit of weight, so the ring was already loose on his finger — playing with the dog just provided the opportunity for it […]

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