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

  • Wedding ring recovery in Wake Forest (Falls Lake) (2019)

    I was contacted by a man who had lost his wedding ring at in a local lake. We agreed to meet at the lake so he could show me where he lost it and so we could get permission from the park staff to metal detect (it’s normally prohibited). We met, spoke to the park […]

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  • Happy Anniversary! (2019)

    I was contacted by a man who had lost his platinum wedding ring almost 10 years ago. They had looked for it extensively at the time, but hadn’t been able to find it. Although the ring had long since been replaced, their 10-year anniversary was coming up, and he thought recovering the original ring in […]

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  • Husband’s ring recovered! (2019)

    I was contacted by a woman who had been gardening in her yard and lost a ring in the process. Turns out it was her late husband’s wedding ring, so her attachment to this piece of jewelry was huge. I was able to find it and return it — a happy ending is always a […]

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  • Front yard recovery! (2019)

    After losing her ring, this nice couple had searched the yard and rented a metal detector, but had come up empty. She had been playing in a pile of raked leaves with her daughter and realized the ring had come off. It took about 45 min to locate the ring, and as you can see, […]

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  • Fiancee lost her engagement ring — Found! (2018)

    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 […]

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