Richard Browne

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a Gift Basis. This means that I will accept a Gift for an item returned that you feel is fair and can afford.

If the search area is “On-Cape” and I am unsuccessful in locating your item I do not expect any compensation.

If the search area is “Off-Cape” please contact me to discuss my gas expense (typically .15/mile round trip) if I am unsuccessful in finding your lost object.


Search Types

My search area of expertise is shallow water to a depth of 5 feet both fresh and salt year round; I do not scuba dive. I also search sandy beaches, fields, lawns and snow piles. If the search area is not a public area without restrictions on metal detecting a signed permission is required from the owner or proper authority of the property typically obtained by you and assigned to me.

Search Locations

I primarily search the waters of Cape Code and Southeastern Massachusetts. I am also available to search other areas of Southern New England. If I am not able to search your area immediately, I probably know someone that can help if the search area is in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

Richard Browne's Bio

I'm recently retired and now live on Cape Cod. I have been detecting since 1982. I have returned hundreds of lost and found objects to their rightful owner while detecting around the world from the Pacific to the Mediterranean and the North Sea to the Caribbean. Over the past 20 years I have averaged 300 plus hours detecting per year. I am usually available year round and on short notice – the sooner I start a search the better the odds of success are.

Richard Browne - Recent Blog Post

  • A ring return just hours before hurricane Jose hit Cotuit, MA. (2017)

    Kevin was playing ball in the last of the summer’s warm water when the his wedding band slipped into the water. A group of friends spent many hours of searching without the result they desired. A call to J&E Enterprise lead Kevin to calling me for help. Hurricane Jose was coming with high winds, surf […]

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  • What a ring return in Brewster, Cape Cod, MA (2017)

    Gene was pursuing his fishing hobby and had a big trout on the stringer. Little did he know that Cape Cod’s fish are smart and powerful. Yes, the trout pulled the fish stringer free from the rocky area in which it was anchored and started to swim away. Gene’s keen eye caught the movement and […]

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  • The third time is the charm – ring found at Yarmouth, MA beach (2017)

    My caller ID showed a deceased neighbors name. I had to answer as I thought it was his son and it was. Peter, the caller, was calling, but why? As it turned out he did not realized he had called me but rather just some one that could help find his lost wedding band. Yes […]

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  • What a welcome to MBL Woods Hole, MA (2017)

    Martin, a new student at MBL, (Marine Biological Laboratory), in Woods Hole, had one heck of an unforgettable first night. Nothing like this would happen in his motherland of Germany. It started with bright blue lights all around him, the kind he will never forget. The light was not in he rear view mirror but […]

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  • What happens on Cape Cod does not always stay there! Ring returned. (2017)

    Lauren’s secret is revealed here… I lost my wedding band in the sand and my husband is out west and does not know, yet. In search of help she contacted the local metal detector J&E Enterprise. Then I was contacted for help. 45 minutes later I was sitting in a line of 15 cars waiting […]

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Richard Browne - Testimonials

  • we are eternally gratefully to Rick (2017)

    My wife’s family has been spending summer’s in Chatham since she was a little girl and now I look forward to the annual trip…but last year turned into quite the adventure. We were at Hardings Beach and I was in the water throwing a football with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. All of sudden, I looked down and noticed my wedding band was gone. Mallory and I have been married a little over a year and my wedding band was custom made by a local jeweler in the small town where we met. It was incredibly special to me and I was devastated to have lost it.

    Once I realized the ring was lost, the whole family was in the water feeling around with hands and feet to find the ring. A whole bunch of crab bites later, we gave up and I emailed the jeweler letting them know I was going to need a replacement. As I was searching online to see if I could find a place to post about the lost ring in case someone found it one day, I came across Rick’s website. Within 5 minutes of sending him an email, he called me and said he would be at Hardings Beach that night. I called Mallory to tell her about Rick and let’s say she was skeptical!

    Even just in our phone conversations, I was blown away by Rick’s generosity and good will. The fact that he would spend the night walking the beach in low tide looking for my ring was incredible. His selflessness and desire to help others is truly overwhelming.

    Rick didn’t find the ring that first night out, but told me he’d be back at the beach that afternoon for low tide. Mallory and I needed to head home, but my father-in-law and brother-in-law met him at the beach that afternoon and they had the ring in their hands within 30 minutes. My brother-in-law called me while I was driving home and I couldn’t believe the news.

    While having my wedding band spend a night in the Atlantic Ocean is quite the story, we are eternally gratefully to Rick for delivering the happy ending!

  • ​I am lucky to have been aided by TheRingfinders. Richard Browne. (2015)


    “​I am lucky to have been aided by TheRingfinders. Richard Browne. My wife, Mary Langton, lost her engagement ring in rough surf when we were swimming in South Yarmouth, MA. We were devastated, and spent the rest of the day and night searching for it.

    We went back the following day when the water was more clear and less rough and searched again. Others along the beach caught word of our plight and attempted to assist us. Our searching was ultimately unsuccessful.

    ​After two days we figured that there was no hope in finding the ring. That was until Mary came across the website for TheRingfinders. We called the number and were fortunate enough to speak with Richard Browne. He was courteous, prompt and professional.

    He met us at the beach in less than fifteen minutes.

    ​Richard used his thorough technique and was able to locate the ring in an inch of sand, very close to where the ring was originally lost. Richard even let Mary take the ring out of the sand grate after he found it.

    He brought Mary to tears when he gave her the ring back. This took him no longer than five minutes.

    ​It was an amazing experience and Richard truly made the best of what was originally a sad and frustrating situation. We are forever grateful to Richard for his professionalism, his skill and his compassion. I can’t speak well enough about the way he was able to help us. Thank you Richard!”

    – Peter F. Cavanagh

  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (2015)


    Hi Rick,

    As I sit and look at my wedding ring you found, rest assured we are extremely appreciative that you took the time for us. After losing my wedding band on Saturday and my wife loosing her diamond stone from her setting on Sunday, believe me it was a weekend filled with heartache and emotional lows. When we met on Tuesday, I was hopeful to restore a glimmer of promise that we would be successful. For I had felt naked since Saturday. A deep sinking feeling was at the pit of my stomach each time I peered at my stripped finger.

    After getting in the water and bringing you to the last spot I believed it was, you took less than 3 minutes and under 3 feet from the mark to bring my emotions to an elevated state. We can’t thank you enough for your successful attempt to recover my ring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • The work you do through your hobby is much greater than simply finding lost items. (2015)


    Dear Jane, Rick and Dakota,

    It was quite a morning for me thanks to your generous spirits, time and expertise. I did not realize how emotional it was for me until I returned home and held my hand up so my wife could see the ring. She started crying which prompted me to tear up as well.

    Rick, I thought that the possibility of you finding the ring in the harbor over 3 years after I lost it was such a long shot that I took several weeks to call you after I saw the article in the Cape Cod Times. Boy am I glad that I clipped that article and connected with you.

    The work you do through your hobby is much greater than simply finding lost items. It is reconnecting people to something very precious to them, beyond the intrinsic value of the item.

    I felt awful for weeks after I lost my father’s ring. I loved the ring because it was a constant reminder to me of him. You noticed how it shines beautifully in the sun. The star sapphire is special.

    My father was a special guy and taught me a great deal by example. He was an incredibly hard worker, loving and devoted husband and father. He was very well respected in his industry, precious metal casting and had one of the finest casting shops in the world.

    He did museum reproductions for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a subcontractor for Stueben Glass the specialty division of Corning Glass making limited edition castings for their glass pieces.

    He did not have an easy life since he emigrated to the USA in the late 1930s as a teenager to escape Hitler’s Germany. His education was cut short and his parents went from being middle class to working menial jobs to survive in their new homeland. His family was so grateful to their adopted country that they spoke little of the hardships.

    As I told you his years of service during WWII were in the Army Corp of Engineers on Adak Island. He helped establish that base which blocked the Japanese advance through the Aleutians. It is interesting that during your years in the Navy you were familiar with this Island too.

    Dakota it was great meeting you and thanks for helping your grandfather help people find missing rings. Follow his example and you too will have a fulfilling life.

    My heartfelt thanks for your assistance.

    Jeff O

  • I cannot thank Rick and the The Ring Finders enough for finding my wedding ring! (2014)


    It was Tuesday, July 22 and I was spending the day with my family at Glendon Beach (Dennis Port, MA). My friend Brian and I were throwing the football around in shallow waters when I noticed that I nearly lost my wedding ring after making a diving catch into the ocean. At this point, the normal person would have walked up to his belongings and taken the ring off but I, of course, didn’t do that!! Sure enough 3 minutes later I noticed that my ring had slipped off.

    I spent nearly an hour looking for the ring and assumed it was lost forever. Later that week I ran into a lady with a metal detector and asked her if she had found a ring but no luck. Nearly two weeks later, and a day after we left the Cape, my friend Arty ran into a guy who also had a metal detector. He asked about my ring and this guy hadn’t found it either but he said it sounded ‘familiar’ to a ring his friend Rick had found at this same beach. He gave Arty a business card for the “The Ring Finders” which had Rick Browne’s contact info on it.

    Shortly after Arty texted me Rick’s info I sent an email to The Ring Finders. Only 13 minutes after I hit send on that email Rick was calling my cell phone. Amazingly he had found my ring!! I thought for sure this ring was long gone and my wife and I were already considering replacement options. I cannot thank Rick and the The Ring Finders enough for finding my wedding ring!

    You guys are awesome!!




  • Thanks again to TheRingFinders and Rick (2012)


    My wife and I traveled to Cape Cod on Sunday July 8 for a quick over-night with her niece and family. Mid afternoon, her nieces husband Brian lost his wedding ring in a small tidal pool they were playing in. He did not move from where the ring fell off and found it after a good 20 minutes of searching.

    Having seen this, when it was my time to go for a swim, I took off my ring and watch and put them in a beach bag. Went for a swim and returned to the house and when I checked the bag, the watch was there but no ring. Thought perhaps it got caught in one of our towels which had been shook out. I searched the back yard and all around the area with no luck.

    Next I went back to the beach with no luck after another 1/2 hour.

    Monday July 9 went back to the beach and using a child's crab net I sifted a 20x20 square foot area of sand, again with no luck.

    While doing this Brain approached me and said the life guards knew someone who would come down free of charge and search. I said sure, why not? (I had actually checked Craigslist that morning about buying a used metal detector)

    Rick Browne showed up about 30 minutes later and after showing him where we were sitting, he went to work.

    5 minutes? That's about how long he took to find my ring. It's not terribly expensive but the sentimental value is of course irreplaceable. I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative of Ricks service.

    Thanks again to TheRingFinders and Rick, if you're ever in Sopers Hole in Tortola, I'll tell you where to look for my FIRST wedding ring!!!!

    Jeff Milne

    Manchester MA.

  • lo and behold he found it! We were elated. (2011)


    My husband was cleaning our driveway when he threw some leaves down a gulley on the side of the house. Not only did the leaves get hurled, but also his wedding band. He's lost 30 lbs in the last few years. All summer, we talked about how loose the ring was on his finger and his potential to lose it. We felt like fortune tellers when it happened and then panicked. I remembered reading an article about a gentleman on the Cape who used metal detection equipment to help you find a lost treasure. Did a quick Google and found Richard. He came over a number of hours later, had my husband recreate his steps and then down the gulley they went. And, lo and behold he found it! We were elated.

    Thank you, thank you, Richard.

    Don & Jan

    PS: Thanks to your family who patiently waited in your vehicle.