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 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 90% 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

  • Sapphire ring lost in a pond – FOUND (2018)

    I received a call from a young couple. Seems like they were watching the sunrise and when she go up to go her hands being cold, the rings flew off her finger and landed in the pond.  This is a short video of my finding the ring.

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  • Ring lost in yard while playing kick ball -FOUND (2018)

    Kelly and her husband hosted a July 4 party at their house and while playing kick ball her husband lost his wedding band. Although all invited guest searched for the ring for some hours it was not found. On Thursday they call me and we set up a date to search the next morning. This […]

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  • Ring lost on Oneida Lake — FOUND (2018)

    I received a 911 from the head lifeguard at Oneida Shores Beach that a person had lost his ring while in the water.  He was still at the beach so I told the life guard that I would be there in 15 minutes so keep the person there so that I could interview him.   The […]

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  • 1946 Class ring lost in Oneida Lake — FOUND (2018)

    Most of us members of “The Ring Finders” hunt beaches, etc. on days when we don’t have a client for a ring search and this is a story about one of those days. I went to one of my local beaches on Oneida Lake last week just for recreational purposes and I found a high […]

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  • Diamond Ring lost in Syracuse NY. — FOUND (2018)

    Friday, March 2nd, late afternoon. My wife and myself are getting ready to visit my sister to have supper and spend the evening with her. I had just stepped out of the shower when my wife hands me the phone and on the other end is a young lady named Aieisia. She has lost her […]

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H Connell Raate - Testimonials

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

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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!

    Sincerely,

    Jim Heffron

    Brewerton, NY