H Connell Raate

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a reward basis ...that means you pay me what it's worth to you and what you can afford for me to find your lost item. There will be a call out fee of $50.00 to cover my gas expense if the item is not found. Call me and we can discuss any questions you may have in regards to the cost.

Search Types

Jewelry, cell phones, keys, glasses, anything made of metal or having metal content lost in the water or on dry land.

Search Locations

All beaches around Syracuse New York. (Fair Haven to Delta Lake Including Oneida Lake, and the 10 beaches of New York State Parks, Central Division). And any public parks where metal detecting is allowed and private property with permission.”

H Connell Raate's Bio

I’m Connell, and I’m the owner of CNY Professional Metal Detecting. Although retired from “real work” I now spend most of my time looking for lost rings and things at all the beaches, parks, and also on private property around Central New York with permission. I started using a metal detector in 2001 and have enjoyed finding and returning lost items all these years.

In 2016 I joined “The Ring Finders”. This professional organization is tops when it comes to helping me promote my business, plus every member shares tips and information on how to better find our clients lost items.

Although I cannot “guarantee” to find everything –“it has to be there before I can find it”- I think my success rate of around 75% is well worth your trust. Each search is unique and has its own challenges. Timing is so important so please call ASAP day or night. I will also offer you some suggestions to help you find your lost item. Nothing matches the joy I get when I’m able to reunite a precious item with its owner.

Let me help you find your lost treasure!!!!

H Connell Raate - Recent Blog Post

  • High school class ring lost @ Syracuse University – FOUND (2022)

    This set the record for the shortest ring search in some 22 years.  The grass in this park was the thickest, greenest, best kept I have ever seen.  It was about 3 inches thick so it’s no wonder that Emma could not find her ring even though see was on her hands and knees looking […]

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  • Two rings lost at Fair Haven beach – FOUND (2022)

    A gentleman by the name of Brett called me and stated that his wife had just lost her engagement and wedding rings in the water while swimming today.   I jumped into my car and met them at the beach.  Click on the video to see the successful search.    

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  • Ring lost while sledding down hill Ithaca NY- FOUND (2022)

    Kate called me on Saturday, Feb 5th and stated the she had lost her ring while sledding down a hill on the Ithaca College Campus.  I had just returned for a search that I was not successful because all the snowfalls that we have had this year there was lot’s of layers of snow, ice, […]

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  • Ring lost at Colgate University, Hamilton NY, FOUND (2021)

    It’s mid October and my phone rings. On the other end is Sylvia, It seem as her daughter has lost her high school class ring at Colgate University in Hamilton NY. After some discussion we decide to have her daughter (Kate) call me to set up a date when I could search for her ring. […]

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  • Found, wedding ring lost in Oneida Lake. New York State (2021)

    Greg lost his ring in Oneida Lake just north of Syracuse in New York State.  After trying to find his ring himself his wife called me and we set up a meeting to search for his ring.  This was a real “team effort” Greg had taken the time to triangulate exactly where he lost his […]

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H Connell Raate - Testimonials

  • I can’t tell you how happy we were to have Greg’s ring found! (2021)


    I can’t tell you how happy we were to have Greg’s ring found! I want to give a shout out to This gentleman – on Sunday as we were leaving 3 mile bay on Oneida lake my husbands wedding band came off – we searched all over – went back Monday night with a medal detector we bought and had no luck – we contacted this wonderful gentleman from the ring finders, he met us that day and after 1 1/2 hours in that freezing – windy water they found the ring in about 3 1/2 feet of water !

    Can’t tell you how happy we were and he was just as happy for us! We made a new friend that day! Thank you so much!!

  • Thank you so much Connell, you truly are amazing... (2020)


    Where do I start?! Sunday, August 23, 2020, I was out boating with some family and friends. When I got into the lake my ring felt a little loose. I ended up losing my wedding rings in the lake! I was devastated but tried to keep my composure with everyone else around. We immediately tried to search for it. All of the kids put goggles on and even a few adults started to search for it with no luck. I felt absolutely terrible that I had lost my wedding rings. That’s when Connell came into my life! A friend had heard about what a great job he does so I decided to give him a call. I sent him a picture of where I was on the lake and he promised me he would do his best to find it on Monday. Monday rolls around and he didn’t find it BUT he was very hopeful as there were boats anchored where I had lost my ring so he couldn’t get right there. He gave me so much hope that he wouldn’t give up! Tuesday morning I received a picture. IT WAS MY RING!!! Connell went out Tuesday morning and searched in the exact spot that he had figured out just from 2 simple pictures I had sent him, HOW AMAZING! Needless to say, he brought me to tears when he sent me a photo of my ring he found. My husband and I couldn’t believe he had actually found it especially with the high traffic area of boats and people that go to that specific spot. I can’t stop telling all of my friends how amazing he is. When I picked my ring up him and his wife were so welcoming. He even put together a video for me to jeep of him recovering it out of the sand/water in the lake! If I could give him a 0-10 star rating I would give Connell 100+. Thank you so much Connell, you truly are amazing. Thank you for not giving up and being so sweet! An absolute joy to be around and communicate with.

    Thank you so much,


  • thank you, my angel. I will always remember you! (2020)


    MY ANGEL!!!!

    What was a beautiful day at Fairhaven beach turned into a stressful, sad couple hours for me. We left the beach and came to Pleasant Beach to stay the night and that was when I realized I didn’t have my reed song and engagement ring on my finger. I started to think about where I put them and that’s when I sunk back in the chair I was sitting on and realized that during the last hour we were at the beach I was sitting in my chair right where the water started and took them off to put sunscreen on. I set them on my lap and just got up to put the sunscreen back without putting them back on first.

    The feelings of sadness and guilt set in. I then told everyone I was with what I had just realized. We all got on the boat and rushed back to the beach with our beach toys to dig and dig and dig. We spent a good hour searching. My husband went and talked to the lifeguard and that is when we were given H Connell’s information. We called him right away and he said he would come to the beach within an hour and let us know if he finds anything.

    I was not optimistic at all and by this time I had broken down in tears a few times. I just kept telling myself that maybe there is a chance. Well…..the phone rang an hour later and the news I was hoping for was real! H Connell was my hero!!! Meeting him and him handing me my rings was the most exciting experience. Thank you, my angel. I will always remember you!

  • Thanks so much fort finding my Mom’s 1946 High School Ring (2018)


    Dear Connell,

    Thanks so much fort finding my Mom’s 1946 High School Ring near Syracuse, NY. I have too confess, at first glance, it seemed like your voice mail might be a scam . . . Nonetheless, you turned out to be a man of honor! I’m using the ring for a wedding gift to my niece Erin, for something “old”, as she was especially close to my Mom, I know she will love it dearly. Thanks again so much. I’ll be getting a well earned finder’s fee out to you.

    DJ Ziegler

    Golden, Colorado

  • I'm crying tears of joy (2018)


    Thank you, THANK YOU...THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU for finding my ring!!! It meant the world to me!! I'm crying tears of joy watching this video!!!

  • I couldn't be happier! I am so grateful! Thank you so much for finding my ring! (2017)


    We had just celebrated our 10 year anniversary when I lost my wedding band and engagement ring. Well, I didn't loose it but my curious toddler with an affinity for shiny, sparkly objects did. In our back yard no less. I keep my wedding band and engagement ring in my jewelry box. I can't wear it to work, and after having my daughter and wrist surgery it doesn't fit. So it sits in the box.

    Well, my kiddo got a hold of my jewelry box and was playing with it on our patio. Everything was recovered. A few Alex and Ani bracelets, my grandfather's WWII dog tags and miraculously we found the engagement ring in the yard, but no wedding band. I'm not a jewelry girl by any means. So it's a good thing there wasn't much in it.

    After a few days of searching, me on my hands and knees looking through the grass (and this time of year where it just keeps growing and growing), and borrowing a family members metal detector (we have no clue what we were doing), we were unsuccessful. I decided to try my luck searching the Internet. I found theringfinders.com. Searched my area and found H. Connell Raate. I sent him and email and he replied the next day.

    He came over and no joking, found the ring within less than 10 min! I couldn't be happier! I am so grateful! Thank you so much for finding my ring!

    Thank you so much. Jessica

  • I am eternally thankful to Connell for his amazing talent in his hobby and for his perseverance. (2017)


    I lost a platinum ring during the summer of 2006 within the large fields of a Cornell University recreational park in New York. After multiple, unsuccessful attempts in trying to recover the ring, I gave up the ring for good, deeming that it was either retrieved and pawned by somebody else or that it was going to be permanently stuck deep in the ground within the fields.

    Fast-forward almost 11 years later, long after I have moved back to California, a coworker who had heard about my lost ring told me about something he read on Reddit called The Ring Finders network. I figured I should give it a try, and noticed that only H. Connell Raate was reasonably local to the city of Ithaca, roughly an hour drive away. I cold-called his number in the late summer of 2016 and he greeted me kindly over the phone and arranged to search for the ring. Cheryl from Cornell gladly provided the park keys and permitted the ring-hunting endeavors.

    Connell tried for several hours during his first attempt, to no avail. He gathered additional information from me, where I provided details in how certain activities were taken place over certain regions. The entire area spanned an area greater than a football field, with both end zones included. In his second attempt, Connell searched an even more vast area, still to no avail. At that point, Connell was certain that the ring either was no longer there or was retrieved from somebody else. I obviously deferred to Connell as the expert in the matter, and I too felt a bit of closure in the whole ordeal that indeed, this ring will never be found ever again.

    After the following fall and winter, Connell reached back to me, with the stunning admission that he still harbored thoughts about my ring and that it has become a personal quest for him. Indeed, his continued thoughts about my ring led him to tweak his metal detection parameters and also gave him ideas that searching for the ring immediately after the snow melted could be advantageous in facilitating metal detection. He again set up a third and final attempt in looking for the ring in the park and on his first dig of that attempt, lo and behold, the ring was found.

    I think this whole ordeal gave me quite a serious reflection about humanity and life in general. First, the thought that there exists a large collective of strangers who seek to help those in need, largely on a volunteer basis, made me rethink my own retirement plans and how I should similarly refocus my late life goals to help serve others. Second, the simple fact that something of extreme, sentimental value that I considered unrecoverable suddenly reappearing has made me not only grateful and humble, but even incredulous. I am eternally thankful to Connell for his amazing talent in his hobby and for his perseverance.

  • If you every loose a ring, just call Connell. He is the greatest. (2017)


    If you lose you ring, just call “The Ring Finders”

    I want to thank both “The Ring Finders” and Connell.

    We had a big snow storm last week, and I lost my wedding band while shoveling my sidewalk. This ring means a lot to me as it’s the one that my now deceased husband put on my finger when we were married many years ago. I was devastated. I had gone back outside to look for the ring and spent a good amount of time looking for it. It was just no-where to be found.

    I then got on my computer and searched on how to find a lost ring and I found the website The Ring Finders.com. The site was easy to navigate and I soon found Connell, the local member whom I contacted. He was very concerned about my loss, asked me questions on where I loss it, asked me to describe the ring, and then we made arrangements for him to look for the ring. He stated that he should look ASAP before one of my neighbors found it while walking the sidewalk.

    Quite frankly, I figured that my ring was gone, but where my cell phone rang last Tuesday and Connell said that he had found the ring I was blown away. As I work in a secure place, he was not able to hand deliver my ring but we decided that he would ship the ring back to me. It arrived today, and I’m wearing it again. It looks wonderful on my finger.

    If you every loose a ring, just call Connell. He is the greatest.

  • If you’ve lost something of value to you, call H. Connell Raate, he’s good at what he does (2017)


    When I went out to sunbathe in my backyard in June of 1966, I never expected that I was at the beginning of a 49 year adventure.  

    It was a beautiful summer day right after graduation, so I went outside in my yellow polka dot bikini (NOT), took my recently acquired high school class ring off, placed it on the blanket, put suntan lotion on, and laid down with a good book.  

    Later, I stood up, shook out my blanket and headed back to the cool house.  It was only later that I remembered my ring.  Out I went to get it.  Oh, no!  Where is it?  I looked for quite a while with no luck.  My hunt continued most every day for the rest of the summer.  Where the hell is this ring?  It was gone.


    Life goes on and I moved out.  When visiting my mother, I occasionally would go out and look for that beautiful green ring.  Nothing.

    After my mom died and before the house was sold, an acquaintance just happened to mention a friend of his whose hobby was metal detecting and who specializes in finding gold rings.  Why not?  Wouldn’t it be a hoot if, 49 years later, he found my lost ring?

    Imagine my surprise when that machine started singing and Connell eventually came up with a grungy and dirty but definitely green gold ring.  Good thing the house was in the country because I did come out with a whoop and holler heard for miles.

    I went to my 50th high school reunion the following summer and proudly wore that recently cleaned and re-sized (whose weight doesn’t change after 49 years?) new-looking class ring.  

    If you’ve lost something of value to you, call H. Connell Raate, he’s good at what he does, his charges are very reasonable and, most importantly, he is passionate about what he does.  If it’s findable, he’ll nab it!

  • I could not be happier with the service provided, and it was truly a pleasure meeting and speaking with Mr. Raate. He is a wonderful person (2016)


    I would like to send my sincere thanks to Mr. H. Connell Raate of The Ring Finders for his help in recovering my lost wedding band.

    After losing some weight, my ring was rather loose on my finger, and of course I waited too long to ​​get it resized. While doing some yard work this past Veteran's Day weekend, I was removing a pile of brush and as I reached in to grab some branches, I felt my ring slip off my finger and fall into the pile. It was no where to be seen and, even after carefully removing the rest of the pile, sifting through the tiny twigs, leaves, and assorted mouse house building materials that covered the ground where the pile once was proved fruitless.

    A quick search online led me to The Ring Finders, and as luck would have it, a member lived nearby. Unfortunately, Mr. Raate was on vacation, but he was confident from my description of what had happened that he would be able to help me upon his return.

    With the hustle bustle of Christmas behind us, and a warm snap that melted the snow, I got back in touch with Mr. Raate and we made arrangements to meet the next day. Mother Nature had given us a few inches of fresh snow, but he was confident. We proceeded to the search area, and with a few adjustments to his metal detector, we soon heard the buzz indicating some hidden treasure was there for the finding. There, about 2-3 inches below the surface of the loose mixture of twigs, leaves, and soil, was my ring. I had looked for almost an hour when I had cleared the pile, to no avail. Mr. Raate had located it and it was back in my hands in less time than it took for me to grab a small gardening spade from the garage as we headed down to search.

    I could not be happier with the service provided, and it was truly a pleasure meeting and speaking with Mr. Raate. He is a wonderful person - kind, friendly, and comforting, and I think he was just as happy to find the ring as I was. After we got back to the house, we talked for quite a while, my wife, he and I, and he described how much he enjoys helping others.

    I know I am deeply grateful for his help. I'm hoping I don't ever need his services again, but if I do, I know I'm calling someone I can count on. Keep up the great work!


    Jim Heffron

    Brewerton, NY