Rob Ellis

  • Land/Shallow Water Search
  • Diver/Underwater Search

Cost For My Service

The cost depends on the type of search. A local land search has an upfront fee of $25 which covers expenses. In addition I work on a reward basis, that means you pay what its worth to you and what you can afford to have me find your lost item.The cost of a water search depends on the aquatic environment. For example, wading is a lot less complicated than a SCUBA dive.

Search Types

Land or water. (Woods, lawns, snow, sand, rocks, fresh water, salt water)

Search Locations

Northern Virginia and surrounding areas, land and water recoveries.

Rob Ellis's Bio

I am a retired master SCUBA instructor and currently a science teacher. I started underwater detecting in 1984. I have been very fortunate to have practiced my hobby in places like Guam, Hawaii, California, Missouri, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean. As an instructor, I developed a course and taught SCUBA divers how to use metal detectors. One of my interesting recoveries was an expensive bronze statue of Chet Huntley. It was stolen from Big Sky Montana and thrown into the Occoquan River

Rob Ellis - Recent Blog Post

  • Lost wedding ring, Lake Montclair, Dumfries VA…FOUND! (2020)

    Rob Ellis: Metal Detector Expert…Call or text 703-598-1435 August 13, 2020: A couple of days ago, Eddie was playing in the water with his children. When he realized his ring was missing, he searched as well as possible. He soon realized he needed a waterproof metal detector. Eddie called the Woodbridge SCUBA Dive Shop to […]

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  • Lost Diamond Engagement Ring, Lake Pelham, Culpeper, Virginia…FOUND! (2020)

    Rob Ellis: Ring Recovery Specialist…Call or text 703-598-1435 July 21, 2020: On Sunday, Maria was enjoying the Pelham Lake Park gazebo with her friends and family. She briefly removed her ring and it accidently dropped, bouncing off the table, falling in between the deck boards into the water. Maria attempted to find the ring but […]

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  • Lost Ring Annapolis, Maryland…Found! (2020)

    Rob Ellis: Underwater Ring Recovery Specialist. Call or text 703-598-1435 July 5th, 2020, Annapolis Landing Marina. Nick was helping passengers disembark from a tour boat onto the dock when a child fell into the water. He immediately provided assistance, pulling the boy from the water. After the adrenaline subsided from the rescue, Nick realized his […]

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  • Lost Diamond Ring Aquia Landing, Virginia…found! (2020)

    Rob Ellis: Ring Recovery Specialist Underwater and on land …Lost Ring?… Call or text 703-598-1435. On Saturday, Esmeralda and Rey were playing with friends in the water. When Esmeralda reached to catch a ball, her beautiful 10th anniversary diamond ring flew off her finger. They searched for hours to no avail. The next morning, Esmeralda […]

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  • Ring Lost While Paddleboarding, Found by SCUBA Diver in James River, Richmond, Virginia (2020)

    Rob Ellis: Underwater Ring Recovery Specialist. Call or text 703-598-1435 June 7th, 2020 James River, Midlothian (Richmond), Virginia Jake was paddle boarding off of his neighborhood dock when his gold wedding band slipped off. He called me and we set a date to search. My wife, son, and I met Jake and he took us […]

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Rob Ellis - Testimonials

  • You are truly a great human being and I’m super glad I called you... (2020)


    You have no idea how HAPPY you made me and my family that day. To be honest, I really thought I was wasting my time- but seeing you work and try so hard gave me a lot of hope(even if you had not found it- it would have been worth the try ????). You are truly a great human being and I’m super glad I called you(I feel silly for doubting you when I first called you).

  • This man is phenomenal! (2020)


    I called Rob to help find an acquaintance’s lost wedding ring. This man is phenomenal! You could tell that he really cared about finding the ring! After a while, I began to lose hope, but he kept at it! One and a half hours later, he found it! This is a VERY NICE man and he empathizes with your loss and rejoices with you when your lost item is found! It doesn’t get better than this

  • These two are the REAL DEAL…you lose and…they WILL find. (2020)


    I am an Army Reservist and was deployed to Afghanistan the summer of 2019. While gone, I dropped about 30 pounds and returned home a lean/mean machine. While unwinding on my farm in Essex County, Virginia, fishing post deployment, I caught a bass which prompted me to bend over to the edge of my floating pier to get the fish and BLOOP! My huge 42-penny college ring from VA TECH that I have worn every day for 25 years falls into the water. I was devastated and immediately mentally marked the location by triangulating my approximate location on the pond.

    I never lose or give up, so I decided I was going to drain the pond using gravity feed PVC pipes and find a diver; the planning immediately commenced. A Google search led me to Rob Ellis “Ring Finder” and then our journey began. I drained about 3 million gallons from the pond over 3 weeks (only about half the volume) and coordinated a date/time with Rob.

    Rob is the epitome of professionalism and caring in such situations of losing things that are very close to your heart. He and his wife showed up on a cold and windy Nov day with smiles, compassion and some of the most state-of-the-art equipment one could imagine. My pond is a farm pond that is 25 feet deep (about 12 feet deep now after draining some) and riddled with debris/structure and logs at the bottom. Diving in such an environment even seemed a bit dangerous to me, but not to Rob. He kits up and BAM he is in the water maneuvering through mud and under/over logs and debris like an otter. The tenacity he showed in the water was nothing short of amazing. He exuded the confidence that he WOULD find the ring or break himself trying. In 24 minutes, BAM he finds the ring! I was floored, amazed, astounded and happy to the point of almost crying all at the same time. I swear I could feel that Rob and his wife wanted to find the ring as much as I did, and that gave me hope and confidence. Their service, attitude and professionalism cannot be matched, and I thank them both from the bottom of my heart to be wearing my large 42 penny head-knocker again. These two are the REAL DEAL…you lose and…they WILL find. Thank you both again for the wonderful journey and beautiful ending.

    John Lewis

    Essex County, Virginia

  • Rob and his wife proved to me that miracles do happen. (2016)


    I am both pleased and honored to comment on Rob’s blog.

    I was absolutely devastated when my engagement ring, wedding band and a family wedding band from 1931, were accidently dropped in the river while I was swimming with friends. I do not think the devastation and grief I felt at that time can be expressed in words.

    After my friend accidently pulled them from my finger, my husband immediately dove and redove in an attempt to reach the bottom of the river to retrieve them; however, the water level was too deep for him to reach the bottom. Fortunately, he and his dad are very “Macgyver” oriented and believe there is a solution to all of life’s problems.

    After telling my father-in-law what happened, he immediately began making phone calls throughout Virginia to inquire what the best underwater detecting gear was and where he could purchase tools to begin recovery. Fortunately, one individual he spoke with had heard of Ring Finders and suggested we contact a professional instead of attempting the rescue ourselves.

    Excited that a group of individuals like Ring Finders existed, we immediately made contact with a group from Ring Finders and were back at the location I lost them one week later. Unfortunately, when things can go wrong they will, and our area was hit with a heavy storm the night before the dive, completely altering the river conditions. They still attempted the search to no avail and promised to return the following year since it was too late in the season to attempt another dive that year. Due to health issues, the individuals that previously searched for my rings last year were unable to go down this year and suggested I attempt to make contact with another diver with Ring Finders – that’s when I found Rob and his lovely wife.

    As Rob mentioned, the ring was lost on private property and it was difficult to arrange everyone’s schedules to make the search happen. Throughout the confusion of coordinating schedules, Rob was gracious, understanding, helpful and considerate. When one date did not work with everyone, he would give me two or three more to work with, eventually making the search happen. He and his amazing wife drove over three hours with all of their equipment to give me one last chance of finding my lost items. While I was not at the sight while they searched, I sent lots of positive vibes, prayers and hope that this would work, and it did – because of them, their dedication, patience and skill set. They sacrificed their personal time, expenses for travel and equipment expenses because a stranger had hope and faith that her lost items could be recovered and that they had a chance of retrieving them for her.

    Rob and his lovely wife not only returned an heirloom that has been in my family since 1931, they also returned my wedding set, which can now also be handed down for many generations to come thanks to their dedication and thoughtfulness.

    I feel that recovering three rings from a river a year after they were lost, that were buried in two inches of silt, 75 feet from the dock in almost 9 feet of water is nothing short of a miracle. Rob and his wife proved to me that miracles do happen.

    So – if you are missing anything of value – monetary or sentimental, do not hesitate to contact Rob and his lovely wife and keep faith and hope that your valuables will be retrieved. He made wonders happen for me and I have no doubt he will try his absolute best to make them happen for you too.