Mark Rubey

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a reward basis, which means that you decide what it's worth for me to search for your lost item. You know more about what it's worth and what you can afford. If for whatever reason the item can't be found, I like to at least have my costs covered, which is typically $25 for local areas. Unusual and out of town searches may have additional costs. Just ask and I'll be happy to get you a quote.

Search Types

Anything made of metal, including but not limited to: jewelry, keys, watches, cameras, phones, hidden caches, property markers, etc. I have a detector to meet just about any need.

Search Locations

Just about anywhere in the world on land or shallow water. I don't currently dive or have a diver available.Certain areas such as private property, State and Federal Parks, Military bases, etc, you would need to obtain permission for me to search.

Mark Rubey's Bio

I have over 48 years of detecting experience on land and in shallow water and some of the latest equipment. I have found thousands of pieces of jewelry along with 100's of thousands of other items, here in the U.S. and other countries around the world. I've helped historical societies and law enforcement with their metal detecting needs too. I'd be happy to add your lost item to my "Found" list! Give me a call or text, day or night. One of the numbers listed above should alert me. Items lost in public areas (especially the dry sand at the beach) need to searched for immediately, so, the sooner I get the call, the more likelihood of success. If you've lost something on your own property years ago, those can be found too, so, don't let time stop you. I've found and returned items that were lost for decades.

Mark Rubey - Recent Blog Post

  • Ring lost at Fiesta Island found (2020)

    Richard spent the day fishing on Fiesta Island. While cleaning some of the fish he had caught, he shook his hands to get some of the fish scales off, and his wedding ring went flying into the dry sand. He spent 3 days searching through the sand in that area, even buying a detector and […]

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  • Ring lost at Ocean Beach found (2020)

    Lorena was visiting town and enjoying Ocean Beach with some friends and placed her ring in the cup holder of her chair. Time to leave, the chair got folded up, and the ring ended up in the dry sand. A common way rings get lost. Searching was fruitless and Lorena had to go back home […]

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  • Ring lost at Mission Beach found (2020)

    Pete and his wife were escaping the heat inland and decided to go to south Mission Beach. Pete took his wedding ring off before going out in the surf, and gave it to his wife to hold. It was a bit big for her fingers, but, that’s where she held it. By the time Pete […]

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  • Lost ring at Pacific Beach found. (2020)

    Demian and his wife were visiting here and had a day at Pacific Beach. Demian like to surf and after riding a wave, grabbed his board in thigh deep water, when IT happened. Yup, his ring slipped right off and into the surf. When I received the call for help the next day, we talked […]

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  • Lost earring in Kearney Mesa found (2019)

    Naomi was at a local park and lost a family heirloom earring. There were a couple of areas where she had been, including where she was playing with some dogs on the ground. On arrival, we met and she explained the situation and showed me the two areas, both of which are on a baseball […]

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Mark Rubey - Testimonials

  • you are a humble and honest man... (2020)


    Oh Mark what can I say!!!

    Firstly…when I search the ring finders and I clicked on your profile …you just gave me hope ..was something about you that is very difficult to explain..but you gave me HOPE !!

    I was devastated not because of the money value was the sentimental value that made me crazy...

    And yes, what makes you AMAZING is that I call you late the day after which it was a Saturday with hundreds of people at the beach...

    All I can tell you again is that you are a humble and honest man who when that night and gave me hope !!

    You are way much worth ….of the reward I gave you

    Thank you so so much ????

  • I would highly recommend Mark... (2019)


    Mark was amazing and extremely quick to respond when I contacted him about doing a search. After a little back and forth, Mark was at the park I lost my ring at the next morning. After telling him about where my son and I were playing and where I thought I may have lost it, he began his search. After cleaning up a few old rusty cans that he found he located my ring in roughly 30 minutes. Even after he located the ring it still took me a second to actually see it amongst the bark. I cant explain how grateful I am for Mark! Thanks so much and I would highly recommend Mark to find any items that you loose.

    Thank You!

  • Mark is awesome... (2018)


    Mark is awesome and I can not thank him enough for getting out to help us so fast! I am telling all my friends about the great work you do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • Mark was awesome! (2018)


    Mark was awesome! Came on a moment’s notice, professional, and was super nice! I cant thank him enough and although I hope a similar situation doesn’t happen to anyone I know, if it does, you better believe Mark will be the first person we call!

  • Mark is really good at what he does and is also a super nice guy! Give him a call! (2018)


    Mark was a veritable life saver! After my wife’s expensive ring literally disappeared into the sand we figured it was gone for good. Even though we had a good idea of where it was, searching by hand accomplished nothing. Mark arrived right on time with the most impressive looking metal detector I’ve ever seen. Within minutes he found the ring — in the exact area we had been searching so carefully by hand! Mark is really good at what he does and is also a super nice guy! Give him a call!

  • Mark is so great! (2018)


    Mark is so great! Calm and confident in the midst of stress, kind and friendly and good at what he does. He came at a moments notice. He and his wife came together and straight from a dinner out! She was calm and confident too. Can’t say enough! Thank you, both!

  • Thanks Mark!! :) You saved me a lot of money and hassle! (2017)

    Shoutout to Mark Rubey!

    I had buried my phone and keys in a plastic bag and marked the spot with my towel as I went swimming in the ocean. The hide tide was coming in, and someone moved my towel trying to be nice. When I came out of the water, the tide had already covered the spot where I buried my keys and phone. I was in a panic, since I didn't have any way of getting home without them!

    I spent an hour digging around in the sand in the area I thought I buried it, but with the water coming in and no exact idea of where I buried it, I couldn't find them. I gave them up for lost and went home.

    When I realized the price of rekeying my car, I knew I had to try again!! I found the next day via a google search ("how to find keys buried in the sand") and gave Mark a call.

    He braved the traffic to come out and help me search bright and early around 8am. I showed him the general area of where I thought I buried it and viola! He was able to do what I could not!

    He found my phone and keys in probably under thirty minutes, despite the fact that they had been lost overnight. My phone even still worked! Thanks Mark!! :) You saved me a lot of money and hassle!

    Thanks again!


  • thanks for saving our Honeymoon (2016)


    Kim and I can’t thank Mark enough! We were on the way back to the rental car after a walk on the beach at night when her wedding ring slid off her finger and fell into the sand. We knew the general area it landed in, and got on our hands and knees and searched for it, but nothing.

    Married less than a week earlier, she was obviously distraught and sobbing. A couple of passers by stopped and helped us search in the sand, but no luck. Kim did not want to leave the area, and as Mark mentioned, we stayed overnight in our rental car to make sure no one disturbed the area where we thought the ring fell.

    Out of state and not sure what to do, luckily I found Mark’s name and contact info through The Ring Finders website. Waited until the morning to call, and he was at our location within a half hour. Seemingly within minutes, he had found her ring! What a life saver! We cannot thank Mark enough for his help and are so grateful, and cannot recommend him enough if you run into a similar situation. It was great to meet you Mark and talk with you after, thanks for saving our Honeymoon and an irreplaceable ring!

  • Mark, Words cannot begin to express the gratitude I have in my heart... (2015)


    Mark, Words cannot begin to express the gratitude I have in my heart for the return of my wedding ring. I had nearly lost all hope but decided to give it a shot by contacting you. You were quick to return my call and by sharing your knowledge & experience of beach searches, I started to have a glimmer of hope. You made time for my search that day even though you had already spent most the day in the surf. Your professionalism & experience really showed in the time you spent to get as much detail as possible. I will forever be thankful God blessed me to find you & that through your patience and skill, you were able to return such a sentimental piece of me. Thank you!!!

  • I have no words to express my gratitude/There aren’t many honest people like you!!! (2015)


    Hiiii I’m Sara the girl of the ring! I didn’t have the time to say thank you!!!! I have no words to express my gratitude, I wish all the happiness and blessings of the world! I allready post the history in my facebook (Sara Eliza Robles) thank you thank you thank you! You are an Angel!!!!


    Mark all the family is more than happy!!!! We were very sad when we hear what happened to Sara and Angel because we were waiting for that big event to happen for months. We dont have words to thank you you are really an angel for us!!! There aren’t many honest people like you!!! Receive lots and lots of blessings!!!