Cost For My Service
My services are on a reward basis, meaning you pay what you can afford and what its worth to you to have me find your lost item, 10% of the reward will go to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I do have a call out fee of $25 if your item is not found, this covers my fuel expenses.
There will be no call out fee for Veterans, Law Enforcement or Fire Department Personnel.
I search Beaches, Parks, Athletic Fields, "Ocean/Lakes (up to 5ft depth)" Properties (yards and gardens), Estates and other areas where jewelry, keys or any lost metallic valuables may have been lost. If an item is lost on private property, you must obtain prior permission. Metal detecting is prohibited in National and State Parks, but permission can usually be obtained from the Park Services on a case by case basis.
Grand Strand Beaches (Little River to Pawley’s Island SC), Horry and Georgetown Counties SC as well as NC Sunset and Ocean Isle Beaches, and a portion of SE Brunswick County NC.
Jim Wren's Bio
A retired Veteran with over 30 plus years of service in the US Coast Guard with an additional 12 plus years of Federal service under an agency within the Department of Homeland Security. My life has been dedicated to helping people in need.
Being retired, I am usually available with short notice and can be on-site within an hour.
Jim Wren - Recent Blog Posts
I got a call from Harrison on Saturday, May 20th around 6:15pm stating he had lost a key in the sand on Oak Island and asked if I could help find it. Unfortunately, I was out of town and couldn’t personally help, but assured him I’d find someone that could and would call him back. […]
I received a late night email from Kristina on May 2nd telling me she had lost her wedding band on the beach at Ocean Isle during spring break (Apr 12th). She said if I thought it was worth it she could email me a map with the exact spot and to let her know if […]
I was out the other day doing a little metal detecting and not finding a whole lot until I came across a FITBIT laying in the sand. It had to be lost within the last hour so I hung around for a while hoping the owner would show back up. Later that night I posted […]
I got a call just before 3pm from Katie, here on vacation with her husband, James and their two sons from NY. Katie asked if I could help find James’ wedding band that he lost in the soft sand at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. I asked a few of the normal questions and was on […]
I got a phone call around 8:15pm from my son-in-law (Donnie), a NMB policeman, about a lady who had lost her Key FOB on the beach. A few minutes later he texted me her phone number. I contacted Dana and found out the details of what happened with her keys . She said she was sitting on […]
Jim Wren - Testimonials
Thank you again for doing the, what I thought, impossible. (2017)
Thank you again for doing the, what I thought, impossible. The ring has a lot of sentimental value, and I am really happy to have it back.
Wish you good luck in finding the next lost ring.
Thank you so much for your quick response (2017)
Thank you so much for your quick response and your service! We hope we will not need your services ever again, but are thankful we found you and your blog!! We were amazed at how quickly you were able to find James’ wedding band!
Jim, we cannot say thank you enough again for your help during this minor crisis. (2017)
After having met Jim, I'm not surprised at how he downplays such an important find, given my family and I were returning to Canada 12 hours later so there was absolutely no flexibility in the search. Or that he was there 25 minutes after I contacted him.
Or that it was his wedding anniversary that day and that he was just about out the door for a celebratory dinner with his wife of 43 years and put everything on pause to help a complete stranger who happened across his name online.
Jim, we cannot say thank you enough again for your help during this minor crisis. Our apologies again to you and "Mrs. Jim" for catching you on your anniversary. And we've made sure the hotel is well aware of TRF in the event of any future similar situations from their guests.
Jim Wren gave me that chance. My guardian Angel! I (2016)
I know we have all had those moments in our lives where we would like to have a “ Do-Over”! A moment where you would have done something differently, but we don’t always get that chance.
Well this time I did get that chance. Jim Wren gave me that chance. My guardian Angel! I was near Holden beach and had taken off all my jewelry except a gold toe ring. Which I never take off. I had not even remembered quite honestly that it was on.
This was a ring that had been made for me from another special ring. This was irreplaceable! I found Jim’s name on the ring finders.com and that’s where and when my Do Over began.
Jim made me feel so good with each and every conversation. I had resigned myself to having lost my ring. But Jim’s focus was never how much he was getting paid but finding what meant so much to me.
It was so obvious that he was passionate about what he did in helping people. He was relentless going repeatedly to the beach for over a week. Never seeming to give up! For that I am eternally grateful!
I would recommend Jim for the job without hesitation. (2016)
To think you can actually recover a lost ring in the ocean. I was reluctant when Eleazar called Jim for help. Jim was true to every word he said to us. He showed up when he said he would and found Eleazar’s ring in that choppy ocean.
Jim was in knee deep water with jellyfish trying to find something that wasn’t his and not expecting a dime if he found anything. Jim is an amazing person! I am still in shock that he was able to recover my husband’s wedding band! Thank you Jim!
I would recommend Jim for the job without hesitation. What he did for us and what he can do for others is wonderful! Call him as soon as you lose something on the beach. He will be there within the hour if he’s not on a job.
He’s so nice, knows what he’s doing, and will keep searching to find your treasure. What a guy!
I would recommend him to anyone who has lost an item (2016)
My husband and I were on vacation in North Myrtle celebrating our anniversary. My husband and daughter were tossing a ball back and forth in the surf and shortly afterwards we realized his wedding band was missing.
We looked, to no avail, and considered the ring a loss. We were almost sick the rest of the afternoon, but I thought I would put an ad on Craigslist “lost and found” in case an honest person found it. While I was making the post, I saw an ad for Ringfinders.
I was skeptical, but thought it was worth a shot. I called Jim Wren and he put me at ease right away. He was very professional when we met to show him the area where we thought the ring was, and told me he would call if he found it.
I really didn’t expect to hear from Jim, but around 7:00 that afternoon he sent a text with a picture of him holding the ring!!! Our prayers were answered, and we couldn’t be more excited to go meet him to get the ring.
I would recommend him to anyone who has lost an item-he seemed genuinely concerned about us and our feelings. I can’t thank him enough!!”
Amanda LaCroix Johnson
Turns out Jim from The Ring Finders of North Myrtle Beach SC was my saving grace!! (2016)
What began as our first family vacation in years quickly turned the corner when I lost my wedding ring in the Atlantic Ocean 15 minutes into our trip while surfing …
I thought tonight while in Myrtle Beach we would be celebrating completing the first year of Nurse Practitioner school, surviving a day of surfing, or just being together as a family….
After hours and hours of walking the beach and several tears being shed, we gave a desperate plea of googling and coming across a local “ring finder.” Turns out Jim from The Ring Finders of North Myrtle Beach SC was my saving grace!!
He came immediately following our phone call and swept the water up and down and back and forth with his metal detector. Not only did he give me reassurance and confidence that he would find it, even if it meant searching for weeks, he gave me evidence…MY RING!!!!!
Most people do not know people like Jim are out there ready to help out of the pure goodness of their hearts and with very little recognition! So if your ever in my position… First, take your ring off before you get in the water or know people like Jim are out there just waiting to help!!! Thank you Jim!!!!”
Patsaneia is one happy lady, after getting her ring back (2016)
Thank you so much Jim. We are so happy that you found our ring. From the first call,
you have been so polite and professional. From going out to the Dunes hotel to find our ring. I was hoping to hear back from you soon. After a couple of hours the first text that i had gotten was a picture of our ring in your hand saying you found it. We had our doubts but I can not tell you enough how much relief it was knowing that soon we would have our ring back. Patsaneia is one happy lady, after getting her ring back. Thank you from the both of us
I am blessed beyond measure to have been able to come across The Ring Finders! What you guys do is phenomenal! (2016)
I can’t tell you over and over again how amazing you are! My whole family is still in awe that we have my wedding band! When I received the text message from you with the picture of my wedding band – many of us were speechless.
I am blessed beyond measure to have been able to come across The Ring Finders! What you guys do is phenomenal!
My thought process in calling you was that I was so incredibly thankful that you would come out but I really did not have a lot of hope. I just didn’t want to leave without a fight when it came to losing my ring set.
But I still just can’t even put into words my thankfulness to you. you showed up 20 minutes after I called you and the type of person that you are showed from the first time I met you.
It was pretty reassuring to have such a wonderful person (trustworthy) searching for it. Josh and I are forever grateful. And we’re grateful you feel as though you haven’t given up on my engagement ring!!!”
Thank you so much. (2016)
Thank you so much. I never thought there was even a chance to ever see one of them again.”
So, from one dad to another, THANK YOU my friend. THANK YOU, for making my “little girl’s” wish a reality. (2016)
I don’t know how to thank you, as mere words cannot express the gratitude we have for what you did. You see, Kaley is my daughter. My one and only!
When she called us at 3:00am and told us her ring was “gone”, our hearts sank. We know how much that ring means to her. We purchased the insurance to replace the ring when we bought it. But, to her it was just “not the same”. Knowing that there was NO WAY she would ever find her ring again, I tried to do what any dad would do. I told her it would be okay, “we will get you another one”.
In my heart I knew she would never be happy with “another one”. Yet we had to do something! She told us she had contacted you and we thought “1 in a trillion chance” that you would find it.
When she forwarded us your text and the picture, we were blown away! This couldn’t be. It had to be “lost at sea”, “eaten by fish”, or “buried forever in the shifting sands”. But, YOU did it! You were the one in a trillion. So, from one dad to another, THANK YOU my friend. THANK YOU, for making my “little girl’s” wish a reality. We will be taking her to Kansas in a couple of weeks. I know that that meeting you and knowing what you did, will always be with her. Your kindness and the generosity of your time means so very much. Thank you again! Have a blessed day!
The ring was insured, but no amount of insurance money would have given us back what Jim gave us — the original ring (2016)
We are SO thankful to Jim. His hard work and dedication really made the difference on finding this ring. After the first hour, we thought it was basically hopeless. Jim kept pushing on, trying a different detector, trying different areas and talking to everyone he could to get a better idea of where the ring might be. He was not going to give up — and he didn’t! Strangers on the beach were still cheering and talking about him long after he found our ring.
The ring was insured, but no amount of insurance money would have given us back what Jim gave us — the original ring with all its associated sentimental value. Jim, you are wonderful man and you turned a potentially very sad situation into a joyous memory we will cherish. Thank you so much!!
Ed & Diane
Jim, you are an angel! (2016)
Jim, you are an angel! We were mourning the loss of that ring and accepting the fact that it was long gone. Matt was truly heartbroken because it was his original wedding ring. Jewelry can be replaced but that band stands for so much more to both of us. You’ve given us an irreplaceable gift and we will be forever grateful. Yes, we have Gracie to thank, too. When we had given up, the faith and determination of a child delivered us a little miracle. Thank you so much Jim!
You guy’s are definitely our hero’s (2016)
Jim & Matt,
Thank you so much for looking for my daughters(Mandy F.) ring. She was very heartbroken when she lost it. She tried to hide it but I knew it really affected her. You guy’s are definitely our hero’s and we appreciate all you have done for her and for other’s like her. Not too many good and honest people in this world anymore. Thanks again!
A man of many miracles, an angel on earth!!! (2015)
You are a kind, amazing man!!! A man of many miracles, an angel on earth!!! I cried when my husband showed me his lost ring that you found after 4 days and heavy storms!! When he lost it, I didn’t think we would ever see it again! I wish I would have been there to personally give you a hug!! What you do is wonderful and I am thankful for your help!!! Thanks so much!!!