John Snyder

  • Land/Shallow Water Search
  • Diver/Underwater Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a Reward basis, you pay what it is worth to you and what you can afford to have me find your lost ring or valued item.

I have a call out fee of $35.00 if item is not found; this covers fuel expenses and travel.

Search Types

Beaches, Parks, Lakes, Yards....Water recoveries up to 10 feet deep.

Search Locations

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast (Boca Grande Beach, Del Nor Wiggins beach, Englewood Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Lido Beach, Naples Beach, Sarasota Beach, Venice Beach).

John Snyder's Bio

I am a Retired USN Veteran who is an Avid Metal Detectorist with several years of experience; I would be honoured to find your lost Ring and get it back to you.

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John Snyder - Testimonials

  • I appreciate John’s passion for detecting AND his kindness AND willingness to simply help someone who needed it! (2022)


    ?John found my ring right away! I went down to the beach for a walk while my husband was shelling. I took my ring off and put it in my pocket while I put lotion on my face, and promptly forgot to put them back on my hand. I was quite upset when I realized it!

    I contacted John and he came out a week later and found it! I was able to show him some landmarks and he found it within moments of searching. I couldn’t believe it-I was sure it was lost forever! I appreciate John’s passion for detecting AND his kindness AND willingness to simply help someone who needed it! Thank

  • . I can't thank you enough for such a beautiful act of kindness John! (2021)


    I lost my wedding band last night while I was searching for my step-dad's hearing aids which he had also lost earlier in the day. My sister, her boyfriend and I had been searching the car feverishly and I slipped off my engagement ring and wedding band in order to fit my hand into a small crevice of the car underneath the front passenger seat that we thought might contain the missing hearing aids. Everything was so chaotic that I unthinkingly put my rings in my pocket; when I checked my pocket next, I was horrified to realize that my wedding band had gone missing.

      After searching the yard and interior of the car for two hours that night we became so exhausted and dejected we decided to go to sleep. We strategized that we would renew the search again the following day with fresh eyes. For six hours the next morning we combed the interior of the vehicle with a vacuum, hoping to locate the ring by examining the contents of the vacuum's chamber. My sister's boyfriend and I got on our hands and knees and methodically searched the front yard. We used a magnifying glass and repeated this process. We borrowed a wide-toothed rake from the neighbor: rinsed and repeated. Out of desperation, we began going door to door asking if anyone had a metal detector we could borrow: no luck.

      By this time we were soaked in sweat, covered with dirt and random detritus from the yard, and completely despondent. I began to think I wouldn't find the ring and decided I needed to call my husband and tell him the bad news. It was then that I began to really feel the full gravity of the loss and lose all hope of recovery. In a last ditch effort, I began to search for rental metal detectors nearby and came across a website titled "ring finders." I was amazed and admittedly a bit incredulous to discover a robust international directory of avid metal detector enthusiasts who professionally recover rings on a "reward basis." After some furious typing I found John Snyder, a retired navy veteran with an impressive number of success stories in his testimonial section.

      Admittedly a bit apprehensive, I decided to take a chance and reached out to him and told him the backstory. He immediately responded and reached the house within probably 30 minutes: it was quite amazing. On arrival, after initial introductions, he promptly began sweeping the yard with the metal detector while I watched, holding my breath. After a few passes with the metal detector (about 10 or 15 minutes), it wasn't looking good. He paused and asked me if this was the only area of the lawn I had traversed and decided to cast a wider net. He bent down after hearing something promising and "WOOSH!" When he straightened back up he had my wedding band in hand.

      It's difficult to accurately describe the elation, relief and sheer gratitude I felt in that moment and will feel for the rest of my life. Although a wedding band is of course just an object, the inextricable memories infused within it render it irreplaceable. I can't thank you enough for such a beautiful act of kindness John!

  • He assured me if we could wait, he could find it... (2021)


    On my birthday, my wife and I made a plan for a small vacation to Sarasota, Florida.

    We had a great time, but when coming back from beach, my wife realized she doesn’t have her ring.

    She had set it on her chair and forgot to put it back on.

    We looked, digging in sand for almost three hours.

    My wife was very upset; we gave up looking.

    I saw a Life Guard and asked if he could help.

    He gave me Mr. John’s phone number; I called him; he told me he was an hour away.

    He assured me if we could wait, he could find it, knowing we had dropped it in sand where we were sitting.

    He arrived within an hour; found the ring in five minutes.

    We greatly appreciate Mr. John; he made my wife very happy.

  • I have utmost gratitude to John Snyder, the man who found & returned my ring. (2021)

    My name is Thomas Roberts; I was swimming at Vanderbilt beach in Naples, Florida on vacation.

    I was in chest deep water when I felt my wedding ring slide off my finger.

    There was a man who was metal detecting not far from me; I called him over; told him what had happened. He began to search for my ring immediately.

    Thankfully, he was able to find my gold band within a 30 minute time frame.

    I have utmost gratitude to John Snyder, the man who found & returned my ring.

    Ever Grateful,

    Thomas Robert’s

  • We can’t thank John enough and will be forever grateful to him! (2021)


    Thank you so much John for finding my engagement ring! You are a blessing to John and I.

    While I was vacationing in Floridia (July of 2021) I lost my engagement ring of 20 years at Boca Grande Beach (state park). I was completely devastated. I thought it was gone. After a few days, I decided to research how to rent a metal detector and came upon…a website of professional metal Detectorist. I said, why not, give it shot….so thankful and blessed that I did. John Synder found my ring in the water, three days after I lost it! And, what makes a good story a great story, he found it on my 20 year anniversary of my proposal. John was very helpful and responsive to me and I could tell he loves what he is doing! He was invested as much as us to finding my ring! We can’t thank John enough and will be forever grateful to him! I admit, I was skeptical, but not any more! This was an answer to a lot of prayers and John is really knowledgeable about metal detecting.

  • Again John Snyder thank you so very much! (2021)


    My name is Charlene Bass and on May 4, 2021 I lost my wedding ring in my back yard! I decided to turn my giant compost container (mostly dry leaves) in my back yard, while both of my kids took a nap. I only took the ring off so I wouldn't scratch my son when I had to lotion his legs. I stuffed it in my bra and forgot all about it trying to hurry and do something while they napped. After taking a shower I realized I could not find it. I searced the house with no avail. I knew it had to be in be in the compost I had just flipped. Frantically I spent half a day looking through a giant pile of leaves and food remnants until the mosquitoes get too thick and my kids are telling me it's time to go inside. I also lost another silver ring trying to recreate where I could have lost the first one. My kids (2 and 4) are kicking the leaves around and running through them. We have two drainage ditches that boarder the property. I was terrified of the coming rainy season and that I would never find it. If it was not in the compost it was unfortunately in the ditch. My husband is currently on a state side deployment, so I have no one to help me look for it. He didn't seem too upset that I lost it given he lost his for a few months before we found it in the car a few years ago.

    I find ringfinders that night on a whim. I didn't even know this group existed and am so unbelievably grateful that you all do. Now I tell everyone about this amazing group of people, especially John Snyder. I decided to contact someone if I couldn't find my ring the next day. I spend another hour or so the next day juggling kids and searching. After feeling hopeless I contact John Snyder and he responded immediately and was so eager to help. He headed right home to get his equipment. He got to my house and in no time starting searching for the lost ring. He showed up with with a big smile on his face and was so excited to find the ring. His enthusiasm and positivity made me feel so hopeful that I would soon have my ring back on my finger by the end of the day. He accidentally brought the same side gloves and still decided to look even though it would mean possibly digging through food remnants in the compost. He showed a deep concern when finding a lost tent stake and asked if the kids go barefoot in the yard. Finally after looking in my other compost bin he finds it! I cannot express the joy I feel that he found the ring. I immediately start crying. He never asked for anything except for me to share my story. Being an amazing person he is he even offered to find the other silver ring which I had also lost, but him finding my wedding ring was all that I needed. He said later after finding out that both my husband and I are also military, "That makes the ring recovery even more special, recovering a ring for a Veteran Sister and Brother." Again John Snyder thank you so very much!