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. 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. I can also search water to about waist-deep.

Search Locations

Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Garner, Butner, Oxford, Morrisville, Hillsborough, 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 7 years now and for 5 years, I was president of our local metal detecting club, Triangle Relic Recovery. 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.

If you’re curious about what’s below the surface on your property. All properties have a history, so let’s figure out yours! If you’ve lost an item, give me a call – I’ll put in the time and effort to recover it for you.

Doug Hardy - Recent Blog Post

  • Engagement *AND* Wedding rings recovered! (2024)

    I got a call from a woman in Chapel Hill about a lost ring. Nothing surprising there — that’s why we’re here! It took three days of trading texts and leaving voicemails before we were actually able to speak person-to-person. Turns out the wife was gardening and lost both her engagement and wedding rings at […]

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  • Gold wedding ring found (with a nod to the hair clip)! (2023)

    I got a call from a nice woman in Chapel Hill (about 45 minutes away). She had been walking in a wooded park near her house when she tripped over a tree root and fell. She wasn’t injured in the fall, but a little further down the path, she noticed that her wedding ring was […]

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  • Gold Wedding Ring Recovered! (2023)

    I got a text from a very nice woman in Chapel Hill, saying that she had lost her wedding ring and asked if I could help her find it. She had parked her car at the neighbor’s house (long story), and walked through a short section of woods to get to her house. I scoured […]

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  • 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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