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

  • 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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  • Lost silver ring in Raleigh – Found! (2021)

    I got a call from a mom whose son’s girlfriend had lost a silver ring. Although she knew it was in the side yard, she really didn’t have much more location info than that. The search took maybe 30 min (silver is usually very easy to find). Anyway, happy Mom and happy girlfriend!

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  • How to find a lost ring (and not get bitten…) (2020)

    I got a call from a man who had been moving a pile of limbs and branches from one part of his property to another. He knew he had his wedding ring on when he started and he noticed it was gone when he took his gloves off. We made arrangements for me to come […]

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  • Lost wedding ring in Raleigh recovered! (2020)

    I got a call late in the day that a wedding ring had been lost over the weekend. He’d been working out in the compost pile moving things around, moving dirt to the flower beds, trimming branches, etc. All the fun things that homeowners do. At the end of the day he realized his wedding […]

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  • Another Lost Ring Recovered! (…and a two-fer) (2020)

    I got a call from a gentleman who had decided to wash his dog in the front yard of his house. He took his wedding ring off, set it on the towel, washed the dog, then grabbed the towel before the dog decided to run around and get dirty again. Mission accomplished — the dog […]

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