Steve Smith

Cost For My Service

The main thing to keep in mind, if you lost something in a public location, such as the beach, or a park, you need to call as soon as possible, because there are so many variables that can lessen the possibility of a recovery.

I tell everyone who calls me, I do not charge for my service, but will accept what you believe my services are worth for the recovery of your lost item. For me, getting what you lost back in your hands, is the most important thought in my mind as soon as I receive your call. All rewards are thoroughly appreciated.

Search Types

I can search pretty much anywhere, in and out of the water, at parks, or beaches, lakes, open fields, etc.

Search Locations

All Los Angeles County Beaches, all Orange County Beaches, and all of the inland of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, I can search other areas if needed.

Steve Smith's Bio

I am retired, which allows me to do a search at all hours of the day or night. I look forward to being a help to all who call. This hobby has been a great learning experience, and I have made sure that for the searches that I go on, I am using the best up to date equipment that is available. I have also found that being a member of The Ringfinders, and helping people find what they thought was “Lost Forever” has been a very rewarding experience. Please make the possibility of finding your valuable a success by calling as soon as you can after the loss.

Steve Smith - Recent Blog Posts

Steve Smith - Testimonials

  • I shared with him my story, he mapped out a grid, began to detect and the rest is history. (2017)


    Walking to and around the Strand in Hermosa with my daughter has become routine over the past couple years. From the Baby Bjorn at just a few months, to the hip, an occasional seat on the shoulders overseeing what probably feels like sitting on top of the world, to now, keeping up with the little Olympic sprinter, one thing is certain, I am in love. Having married three years ago, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter and our lives were forever turned upside down from the moment she arrived.

    Recently, walks to the Strand have one general purpose, the swing. We wake up, we eat breakfast, maybe take in a little PAW PATROL and then we’re out the door. April 10th started as usual business. We crossed the street and I asked my daughter if she wanted down to walk. Of course, she declined. I asked if she were ready for the swings and she nodded while looking at me knowing I had the answer.

    As we approached our stomping grounds, on this morning, we would have company.

    Not paying mind to the closeness of the action, I put my daughter in the swing where she immediately focused on the volleyballs flying in and around our direction. As usual, I would give her a few pushes, move back a bit, drop to my knees and begin building my princess her sand castle that she eagerly awaits to climb, stomp, smash and use as a slide.

    We had been at the beach for no more than ten minutes. While constructing the castle, a ball zipped in my direction that I caught and without hesitation, threw back to one of the girls training. Moments later, another ball would finds its way in my direction that I would catch, again, throw back however this time, would throw with it my wedding ring. I immediately felt its weight “fly off” my finger.

    Happening so quickly, I couldn’t see the exact direction the ring would travel however, my world stop spinning. Flashbacks of my wedding day resurfaced. Forgotten faces would reappear, and the sentiment of life would take new ownership. The beach became a sea of memories and with it carried a feeling of unexplainable loss.

    I called my wife to share with her what happened. She would soon show up to help aid in the search. The volleyball team would literally come into play as well. A morning fit a father and his daughter would become without notice, a search and rescue effort.

    After forty-five minutes without discovery, a couple had approached the swings and learned of my story. Not too focused on their involvement, I would overhear the woman conversing with her partner that she was going to look for a metal detector. Having no success at a local restaurant on the Strand, she walked to the Lifeguard unit where she was provided a yellow piece of paper with a gentleman’s phone number on it. That gentleman would happen to be Steve Smith.

    Not losing hope, but confidence, I reluctantly dialed Steve who would answer and agree to meet with me. What would feel like an eternity, Steve would arrive a little over an hour after having talked on the phone with gear in hand and new life.

    I shared with him my story, he mapped out a grid, began to detect and the rest is history.

  • Thank you Steve! (2017)

    Yesterday (03/24/17) I lost my house key at the park and I searched 3-4 hours for it on my own and had no luck. I called Steve and he said he couldn't make it out that day but tomorrow would be better.

    We agreed to meet the next morning and he was there on time. He asked me a few intelligent questions, and his patience was remarkable. The hardest part about finding the key was that it was not on a keychain and not uniquely designed, but it still only took him 15 minutes to find it!

    I really needed that key to get in and out of my house. He pretty much made my week by finding it, and I thank him for taking the time to help me out. He didn't make me feel like I was wasting his time, and I could tell he enjoys his job and takes it seriously. Thank you Steve!

  • I'm so thankful for the quick and expert help Steve was able to give me. (2017)


    I'm so thankful for the quick and expert help Steve was able to give me. I was visiting my brother and a group of his friends for the weekend, and we had decided to visit the beach to enjoy the weather.

    I had absentmindedly placed my wedding band in the cupholder of my beach chair earlier in the day as I was playing volleyball and swimming. As the sun moved, our group decided to pick up stakes and move to a different part of the beach.

    It wasn't until after we set up our new spot that I realized my wedding band was missing. I ran back to the area where our group had previously been and searched frantically for 20 minutes. Realizing I was probably in for a long day (or that my ring was gone for good), I found Steve online and gave him a call.

    Steve's response time was incredible. I expected wait for hours at the beach, but in 30 minutes I saw Steve with his equipment walking down the strand. He asked me a few basic questions about where I thought the ring was, set up a search grid, and located it in about 15 minutes. I was awestruck.

    You can tell that Steve is a passionate craftsmen, and I'm sure this is what made finding the ring so simple for him. As we wrapped up, I got a chance to pick his brain about how and why he does what he does.

    You can sense that he has a deep understanding of his equipment and the right techniques for the job. More than that, though, Steve seems to have a mission. You can tell that he gets a lot of joy from finding items that are priceless to those that hold them dear.

    Don't lose your wedding band. If that happens though, call this man. He will find what you lost, and put a smile on your face too.

    - Mike Spiegel

  • Steve - he is amazing! (2017)


    So, on the last day of our recent vacation, while on a shuttle to LAX to fly back home, I realized my wedding ring was no longer on my finger. I was devastated and figured the ring I'd worn 18 years was gone forever.

    I wasn't even sure where it had fell off. I contacted the theme park and car rental agency without any luck. The next night, in a desperate "what do I have to lose" attempt, I searched the internet for help. I hesitantly placed a Craiglist ad in the 'lost and found" section with a Google maps screen shot and address of the beach area we went to before flying back home. I offered a reward as incentive so if someone found it they might consider returning it to me instead pawning it.

    I was texted right away by a guy named "Steve" who was a member of ""

    I figured he was probably a scammer. He called and left me a voicemail too - so I verified the website, and his phone number area code, which actually was from California.

    I called him back (Friday at 9:00pm) and I provided him some more details about where

    I thought I may have lost my ring near the beach. He was nice and sounded legit on the phone, and didn't ask for any money from me. Steve went out right away, and within an hour (Friday at 9:52pm), he had recovered my ring and texted me a picture that lookedlike my ring.

    I was shocked and beyond happy! And and I couldn't believe it - and so I asked him to provide a clearer picture of the front of the ring (the first was taken with a flash in the dark area where he found it).

    He sent a clear picture when he got home and it was definately my ring! We arranged shipment, and a few days later, it is back on my finger as I type this message! I'm so grateful for Steve's help. He is the real deal! So, if you ever lose a ring (or keys, or phone, etc) and need help - even from out of state - might be a good place to turn for help (rather than hoping some honest person might see your ad on Craigslist like I did - I got lucky!)..... and if you lose something at the beach near LAX, call up my new found friend

    Steve - he is amazing!

  • Having the ring found was umm lost for words " a miracle!!" (2017)


    While on my Honeymoon in Santa Monica I lost my wedding ring at Venice Beach. A young lady saw me and my wife Kyla searching in the sand and advised there are "guys with metal detectors" walking the beach who could find it?

    Immediately we jumped on google and did a search. We called Steve and explained the situation. He was with us in about 10 mins and ready to get his hunt on!

    It took him about 2-5 mins and found the ring! With out Steve we would have gone back to New Zealand with no ring and my wife and I wold have been devastated. I cant thank him enough!

    Having the ring found was umm lost for words " a miracle!!" I don't know what I would have done if Steve never crossed our path.

    Thanks so much!"

  • Steve, thank you for putting a huge smile on my (and my wife's) face. You're clearly a passionate and talented guy (2017)


    I'm incredibly grateful for Steve's help last night. I figured I'd leave a voicemail and hear back from him the next business day, being that it was 8:30 at night, but he picked up my call and said he'd meet me at the volleyball court in 30 minutes. Seriously? And the search process was equally impressive – it took him all of about 10 minutes to find my wedding ring, which could've been just about anywhere on/off the court. Steve, thank you for putting a huge smile on my (and my wife's) face. You're clearly a passionate and talented guy, and I hope many others will read this post, give you a call, and experience the same excitement and relief that I did last night. Thank you again, Steve. God bless!

    Wes Putnam

  • This was your 3rd ring in as many nights and you simply kick ass at making people happy. (2015)



    You are the man! Thank you so much for coming over tonight. I know you were busy and enjoying your evening, yet you made time to make our night. You are a great man for doing this work. This was your 3rd ring in as many nights and you simply kick ass at making people happy. Thank you so very much and many blessings to you and your family!!!

    Warmest Regards,

    Brian & Sara Morrison

  • Thankfully you came to the rescue and I'm so grateful (2015)



    Thanks again for your help last night. You can't imagine how devastated I was when I realized that the ring was missing, and then again after 2+ hours of digging through the sand on my own.

    Thankfully you came to the rescue and I'm so grateful that you were will and able to help on a Sunday evening. Briana and I truly appreciate your service and will certainly recommend you to anyone we know who finds themselves in a similar situation.

    Hope your other calls were successful and that you didn't get home too late.

    Again, much appreciated and all the best!

    Greg and Briana

  • Steve, you are an amazing human being! (2015)


    Steve, you are an amazing human being! JuAnne wasn't sure if she lost her rings at the beach or left them at home. When we got home and did not find them, we were in a panic.

    I began googling places to purchase a metal detector and started youtubing instructions on how to use one when i came upon website.

    I am naturally suspicious of anything on the internet but i came upon your name and blog on the website and read through a few of the incredible stories and decided to take a chance. You were 2 hours away and relaxing and did not hesitate to drive out right away to help.

    When you met me on the beach, a kind employee at the restaurant was helping us comb through the sand with a sifting shovel but to no avail. After only a few minutes of searching, you pulled out some scrap metal and bottle caps and I already started to lose hope.

    But then you stopped and dug out something - I heard clanking in your shovel and I saw a smile on your face and I knew

    you found one of the rings. You found the engagement diamond ring I gave to JuAnne 11 years ago!!

    Then you found her wedding band in minutes. I can't tell you how incredible that moment is when you pulled her engagement ring out of the sea of sand.

    It would be so easy for someone in your position to take advantage of these type of desperate situations, but you are such an honest and generous person and i can tell that you genuinely want to help people.

    Through this experience, we learned 1.) never wear jewelry to the beach 2.) there are still good people out there in the world and that is inspiring. Big shout out to network for connecting me with Super Steve!

  • Steve is the type of person that renews your faith in humanity. (2015)


    The outpouring of appreciation for Steve you see on his blog in the form of email responses is certainly shared by me.

    In fact, there should without a doubt be a statue of Steve by the Hermosa Beach peir. At the very least they could rename the airport after him.

    Steve is the type of person that renews your faith in humanity. I've been known to lose things from time to time as a general personality flaw and few things these days is worse than losing your phone.

    For a change, this wasn't ADD but my buddy Darius attempting an impromptu sneak attack / tackle as we were walking in to wrap up an otherwise phenomenal beach day. As is well known 85% of attacks happen from behind so I'm at fault here too for not picking up on it sooner.

    Leveraging some college rugby skills I didn't know I still had I spun out of the tackle feeling pretty invincible. Unfortunately I immediately noticed the wait in my pocket was gone where my phone had been. Inexplicably it had vanished beneath the sand.

    Doubt set in, had it been stolen earlier? We confirmed on find my iphone it was somewhere nearby and not moving away or powered off. That lead to our amateur search and rescue efforts described in Steve's write-up that were obviously unsuccessful.

    After 30 mins or so of searching it really started to set in. I was in LA early for a business trip. That business trip was going to be nearly impossible without my phone which is consequently required to access my company VPN. Not to mention the guys I was supposed to pickup at the airport the next day getting straight to voicemail service from my lost/dead phone.

    I literally sat down on the sand, head hung low, sorting through the impossibility of solving this predicament. Enter a friendly lifeguard with Steve's card. Sadly even when calling Steve I wasn't entirely sure if he would be willing or able to help or if he was someone I could trust.

    Steve turned out to be all of those things in spades. From here, Steve's blog tells the rest of the story.

    Thank you again Steve!

  • I cannot believe he found it!! We jumped in joy and held onto each other with tears of joy flowing down our cheeks. (2014)


    Stephanie’s Story:

    At the end of my birthday celebration at Huntington Beach my husband realized that he lost his wedding band. He lost it while playing football out in the sandy beach.

    The search was worse than a needle in the haystack. For hours we retraced his footsteps and hopelessly searched in the surrounding premises. The desperation, hurt, disappointment in my husband’s eyes were unbearable.

    I located a ring finder who agreed to go back to the beach at 1:30am but was unprepared because his batteries were dead and his equipment was not working.

    Unwilling to give up, we continued the search in the dark until 3am with couple of our friends. We went in a line up and searched step by step with flashlights hiding from beach patrols with no luck.

    It was a very restless night for us. We just had just celebrated our one year anniversary last month and can’t believe that this really happened. AND of all days on my birthday after such a wonderful day. We cannot accept the fact that it’s gone.

    The sentimental value of the ring cannot ever be replaced. Luckily I found Steve from I called Steve at seven am and he picked up the phone right away. He agreed to drive an hour down to meet us at 10:30am.

    He searched the premises under the beating sun. He was very determined and professional. Inch by inch he meticulously searched with a metal detector and a sifter marking searched areas as he go. After 3 & a half hours exhausted from the search previous day and lack of sleep we lost all hope and left home.

    Steve was so encouraging and optimistic. Even after we gave up he continued searching. He told us not to give up and he will go over the area once more and expand his search. He promised that he will locate our ring and refuse any reward until he locates our ring.

    We have already accepted the fact that the ring was lost forever. We even located the same exact wedding band to be shipped to the closest jeweler. 2 hours later we got a text from Steve with a picture of the wedding band with the message. “You’re right, it is a beautiful ring.”

    OMG he found it! I cannot believe he found it!! We jumped in joy and held onto each other with tears of joy flowing down our cheeks. Whether Steve wanted it or not, both of us gave him a huge hug when we saw him. We could not contain our happiness


    We always try to do the right thing, be a better person in life. I feel like karma was in play today and we finally got served what we deserved. Karma had led us to Steve! It is so wonderful that a complete stranger would show you the kindness that Steve has wanting nothing more than to help others. He is truly amazing!

    We gave Steve a reward while he excitedly told us multiple stories of his finds. Words cannot express our gratitude.

    This emotional event was nothing short of a miracle. I feel like our vows got renewed today. We are forever thankful to Steve Smith who gave our story a happy ending. Thank you Steve from the bottom of our hearts!


  • At 12:30AM I had received a Text from Steve saying he found the ring. I saw this and jumped out of bed in pure excitement. (2014)


    Hey Steve,

    Just wanted to thank you again. I am still so excited that you were able to find the ring. It truly means so much to me. Here is my story for your blog.

    Best Regards,


    My Grandfather had given me a ring a couple years back. I wear it all the time and love representing him as he has always been one of the most important people in my life. Unfortunately he got sick due to old age and passed away on Aug. 27 2014. Of course I was devastated and all I had from him was the ring he gave me. So I wore it. The funeral was on the following Sunday and on Monday a friend of mine wanted to take me to the beach to try and take my mind off of things.

    It would have been a nice day but it turned for the worst when the ring he gave me fell off my finger. Once again I was devastated and did not know what to do. I had lost something that I held so close to my heart. I searched and searched with no luck. I went online and found Steve, who came over as soon as he got the call.

    Just talking to him I could tell he was determined to find the ring not for personal gain but just to put a smile back on my face and do something good for someone else. He searched and searched combing a large area on the beach. Still with no luck, Steve put on a water proof suit and got into the water, searching while getting hit by wave after wave… but still after several hours, we still had not found the ring.

    At the end of the night, I told Steve that I appreciated all his hard work but I did not want to waste anymore of his time because I felt that there was a possibility it was deeper in the ocean than I had guessed. I thanked him and we both walked away disappointed.

    The next day I received a call from Steve. He told me how much he wanted to find the ring for me and that he was going back to the beach and continue searching at 10PM at night during low tide. I was speechless.

    The fact that a man I just met was so caring and determined to put a smile on my face completely surprised me because I had thought the ring was gone. Steve had different plans. So he went out late at night and expanded the search to a wider range.

    At 12:30AM I had received a Text from Steve saying he found the ring. I saw this and jumped out of bed in pure excitement. Steve is the best there is and I could not be happier to have met him. Not only because he did the impossible in finding my ring, but also because it was a pleasure to meet a man who is so genuine and caring about what he does for people. I would like to thank Steve with the bottom of my heart. I never would have found it without him.

  • Steve – we could never thank you enough for what an amazing blessing you were to us (2014)


    What a miracle it was that we met you Steve!

    Our 1 year anniversary was less than 2 weeks away. My husband lost his wedding band while he was surfing in pretty rough conditions. I immediately assumed that it was lost forever, somewhere in the belly of the sea. But we still went back to look for it the next day, and that’s when we met Steve.

    He graciously offered to help us look for the ring until he had to leave for the day. In that short time, he wasn’t able to find the ring but we shared our information and told him about the inscriptions in case he was to ever come across it.

    The next morning, we were surprised when my husband received a text from Steve telling us that he was going to go back and look for our ring. That afternoon, my husband thought he’d swing by and do some more looking himself, and when he got there, he saw Steve was still there, waist deep in the water searching for our ring. My husband realized that if Steve wasn’t able to find it, that we probably wouldn’t either, and he left the beach. A few hours later, Steve sent us a text to tell us that he’d found the ring!

    The following night we met up with him and he shared the incredible story about how he’d found the ring. It brought me to tears! What a miracle it was that we met Steve!

    Steve – we could never thank you enough for what an amazing blessing you were to us and how dedicated you were to finding our ring. Thank you a million times, from the bottom of our hearts – you’ll never know how much this meant to us!