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

  • Long-Lost Septic Tank Found! – Waukesha, WI (2021)

    Forty-four years ago, Waukesha, Wisconsin residents, Don and Lynne Holle built a house out in the country. At the time it was far from municipal water and sewer services. The solution was to install a traditional septic tank which has worked just fine. But now, all these years later, the tank needed servicing and the […]

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  • Lighthouse Wedding Ring Found! – Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, WI (2021)

    Sunbeam Kids, Inc. is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to projects that make it easier for kids and families to volunteer together. Its Lakeshore State Park Clean Up event September 19, 2021, on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, was a wonderful Daddy-daughter opportunity for Wauwatosa resident, David Jadin. The weather was picture-perfect also. […]

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  • Dog-Gone Diamond Stud Earring Found! Union Grove, WI (2021)

    Melrose, Wisconsin resident Alisha Koxlien is usually delighted to be greeted by Louise, her beloved Miniature English Bull Terrier. But as bad luck would have it on Friday the 13th while showing Louise at the all-breed AKC dog show in Union Grove, near Racine, Wisconsin the exuberant Terrier accidently dislodged one of Alisha’s diamond stud […]

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  • Silver-Dollar Ring Found After 13 Months! – Tichigan Lake, WI (2021)

    Thirteen months is a long time! But for Greenfield, WI resident, Steven Mantsch, the agony of losing a highly sentimental ring in the waters of Tichigan Lake near Waterford those many months ago was still very fresh. The one-of-a-kind ring was hand made by his brother from an old silver dollar. Steven described how the […]

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  • Wedding Ring In A Hat Found! – Nagawicka Lake, WI (2021)

    This search and recovery experience was definitely a family affair! July 4th weekend found Minnesota resident, David Stoesz, relaxing on the dock of his brother, Michael’s home on Wisconsin’s beautiful Nagawicka Lake. An urge to take a swim reminded David that his Tungsten Carbide wedding ring needed protection. He had heard horror stories of people […]

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Paul Humphreys - Testimonials

  • Prayers answered! (2020)


    Thanks sooo much for helping my daughter find the ring. She was so sad and when we heard it was found we were so happy. My wife Cheryl had been praying for Gods hand in this search. Prayers answered! Also heard you are writing a book and would be happy to assist in any design needs.

  • 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