Paul Humphreys

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a voluntary reward basis. The amount is left entirely up to you, commensurate with having your lost sentimental item back in your possession. In the event I am unable to find your lost item, a $40 call-out fee helps cover equipment maintenance and travel costs to and from locations 1/2-hour drive each way.

Travel Costs for more distant searches, statewide and abroad, can be discussed and agreed upon in advance.

Search Types

Land--- beaches, public parks, yards, fields, RV parks, campgrounds, school grounds, fairgrounds, toboggan hills, hiking, horse and RV trails, and riverbanks.

Water--- wading searches in rivers, ponds, lakes.

Snow---drifts, piles, parking lots, sledding hills, drive ways, trails.

'Other': Insurance salvage and claim recoveries - house & estate searches.

Search Locations

South-East Wisconsin and beyond.

Paul Humphreys's Bio

Just when you thought it was lost forever… kindness, technology and experience come along to give you hope! Metal detecting, in particular reuniting owners to their lost sentimental jewelry items, has brought me tremendous satisfaction. I've been honing my metal-detecting skills since 1976 when my late father introduced me to the hobby. It has been fun to pass the metal-detecting torch on to some of my own children and grandchildren. And as a cancer survivor, each day is another day to relish with those I love, especially my college bride and best friend, Kathleen.

Paul Humphreys - Recent Blog Post

  • Lost Wedding Ring Found! – Hales Corners, Wisconsin (2020)

    “That took you exactly 19 minutes!“ I received a text message from Hales Corners resident, Jason Squires, earlier in the week. It was like an S.O.S., only instead of a sinking ship, it was his wife’s (Michelle) beautiful wedding ring that had slipped out of sight below the snow’s surface behind their home. When the […]

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  • Engagement Ring Lost in Snow & Found!—Mount Pleasant, WI (2020)

    January 17th brought fresh snow! It also brought sadness! Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin resident, Megan, was clearing the white blanket off her car’s windshield when she felt her engagement ring leave her hand and vanish into the snow. A desperate search ensued by Megan’s fiancé and other family members. Scooping the snow into buckets and using […]

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  • Lost Wedding Band Found After 7 Months! – Greenfield, Wisconsin (2019)

    April 10th 2019 found Greenfield, Wisconsin residents, Christopher & Erica Hollman, dealing with a late winter snowfall. As Christopher brushed the snow from his car’s windscreen with his bare hand, he didn’t feel the loose-fitting wedding band leave his finger. Afterwards, it was while driving into town that he realized his ring was missing. The […]

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  • Lost Wedding Ring, Found! — Beloit, Wisconsin (2019)

    A one-acre house lot developed in 1929 has evolved into a park-like setting sprawling with mature trees, ornamental bushes and perennials of every description, not to mention its thick, well-established lawns. This was the scene where Beloit resident and property owner, John Clark, lost his custom-made wedding ring on October 25th while mowing and cleaning […]

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  • Lost Diamond Earring Found! – Waukesha, WI (2019)

    Allie Gruenwald of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was mowing a patch of waist-high weeds behind their country home when a low-hanging tree branch caught her diamond earring stud, flinging it into the thick tangle. The earrings were a gift from her husband, Chris. Now one of them was gone. I received a phone call from Chris on […]

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Paul Humphreys - Testimonials

  • God bless you! We will reccomend you to anyone who is in our situation. (2020)


    Thank you so much!!! You came and completed in minutes, what I couldnt do in hours! My wife Michelle and I cant tell you how grateful we are. You are a true professional and dont even charge for your service. You gave us back something that meant the world to us. The smile on Michelle’s face said it all. God bless you! We will reccomend you to anyone who is in our situation.

  • Paul Humphreys- you are a hero of mending hearts! (2018)


    Paul Humphreys- you are a hero of mending hearts! The feeling of loss for Stephanie and Brian and then the hope of connecting with Ring Finders organization and then uncertainty if it would take a few times to retrieve, not 90 minutes is purely astounding!!!

    We have to let you know that losing rings in Wisconsin waters is sort of a family tradition (we are second cousins) as we have a lost wedding band at Kohler a few years back and after divers and being afraid of the lack of finding it again, you have given us the hope we needed up until now by finding The Barsotti’s precious jewel- we would hope to commission your help soon to Kohler if you can! You seem to have the lucky touch!! Thank you for helping Stephanie and family, she wouldn’t have been ok if it wasn’t for you!

  • Paul was a life saver! (2017)


    Paul was a life saver! When I felt the ring come off my hand in the lake, I thought for sure it was gone forever. After my friends and I searched for over an hour as best we could in the sand below and came up empty,

    I had no hopes of ever finding my ring again. I count my lucky stars that I found Paul and within an hour after sending him an email, he had his plans in place to find my ring. In less than 24 hours, my ring was recovered and I breathed a huge sigh of relief!

    I live in Chicago, so Paul even went the extra mile to carefully ship my ring back to me, after traveling to Lake Geneva and gearing up to go underwater to help locate my missing ring. I can’t say enough how great this whole experience was…well, I mean…losing the ring in the first place wasn’t great, but Paul sure was!

  • My husband and I are beyond thrilled with Paul Humphrey’s dedicated search to finding my husband’s wedding band (2017)


    My husband and I are beyond thrilled with Paul Humphrey’s dedicated search to finding my husband’s wedding band in Lake Winnebago.

    Paul went above and beyond our expectations, coming back a second time to scour the area that he wasn’t able to search the first time around. As far as customer service goes, Paul gets our highest accolades.

    Thank you again Paul for generously donating your time to find my husband’s wedding band!

    Brooke – Oshkosh, WI

  • “We thought the ring was gone forever (2017)


    “We thought the ring was gone forever and that the website [] was a scam, but Paul proved us wrong within a matter of hours. We will forever be grateful and keeping his number on file!”


  • I can recommend Paul without reservation to anyone who has lost a wedding ring. (2017)


    I can recommend Paul without reservation to anyone who has lost a wedding ring. From our first communications, I could tell he had a sincere and honest approach to solving such a puzzle. It was a pleasure to work with him, and I could not be happier that he was able to find my long lost rings!” Peter – Cambridge, WI

  • Thank you so much for your quick response to my call (2017)


    Thank you so much for your quick response to my call and for finding my wedding band immediately. I can’t express how much I appreciate your willingness to travel, on a holiday, to my home 45 minutes away, to help me find it. Thanks again” Valerie – Fontana, WI