- 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.
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.
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
Received a call from a sheriff’s deputy whose fiancee had lost her engagement ring. He had searched the “she-lost-it-in-this-area” the entire day, but had no luck in finding the ring. Thankfully, because it was a fairly well-defined area, I was able to find the ring quickly and return it. Glad to be able to help […]
The email starts off like this: “My wife and I have been married for two years, and she’s been after me to resize my band for almost that whole time. I’d like to make it to three years…” He was out weeding in his yard and midway through, noticed that his wedding band was gone. […]
I got a call from someone who had lost his keys while gardening. He explained because it was extremely hot, he’d been wearing pajama bottoms (I know, bordering on TMI), which don’t have pockets. The keys fell out of his shirt pocket, and with his headphones on, he didn’t hear them hit the ground. House […]
Lost Wedding Ring Recovered! (2018)
I got a call on Christmas Eve from a frantic husband about a lost ring. Apparently his wife had been after him to wear a wedding ring, and although he had initially refused, he finally relented and agreed. He then decided to brush out the dog and in the process of clearing the hair from […]