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 40 years (so far) and my wife and I have been married for more than 25 of those years. I’ve been detecting for about 4 years now and for the past two 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

  • Lost Ring in Raleigh — Found! (2019)

    I was contacted by a man who had lost his wedding ring the previous evening on a sand volleyball court.  His fellow players had searched the court as soon as it came off, they weren’t able to locate the ring in the sand. Although he was pretty sure he knew when and where it came […]

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  • Lost Wedding Ring – Cary – Recovered! (2019)

    I received a call from a woman who had been out on a dinner-movie date with her husband. Somewhere between the beginning of the movie and arriving in her living room, she had lost her wedding ring. There are wedding rings, and then there are WEDDING rings — she was devastated by the loss of […]

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  • Ring Recovery in Wake Forest (Falls Lake) (2019)

    Of all the places to lose a ring, “in the lake” has to be one of the most difficult. The ring moves as it settles to the bottom, you can’t see the bottom, and you need to use waterproof gear. I was contacted by a man who had lost his wedding ring throwing a football […]

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  • Raleigh Ring Recovery – Lost For 10 Years – Found! (2019)

    My wife thinks this is my best recovery ever — it’s certainly the most romantic. I was contacted by a man who had lost his platinum wedding ring almost immediately after his wedding — about 10 years ago. At the time, they were living in an apartment complex and although they extensively searched the apartment […]

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  • How To Find A Lost Ring – Raleigh (2019)

    It happens. People lose things all the time, but this recovery was special. I was contacted by a woman who had lost her late husband’s wedding ring. If that sounds odd, it’s because she was wearing it. After her husband passed, she started wearing his ring and her own, with her ring on the outside […]

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