Thomas Clyde

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a reward basis, that means you pay what you can afford and what its worth to you to have your lost item found. There will be a $35.00 gas fee depending on where you live and how far it is for me to get to you (if the item is not found) Please have a general idea of the location of the lost item. I do not/cannot detect in buildings, Government or Historical sites and definitely NOT gravesites or cemeteries.

Search Types

Land, Beaches, Salt and Freshwater up to 10 feet maximum depth.

Search Locations

50-mile radius from Virginia Beach.

Thomas Clyde's Bio

I have been relic/metal detecting for more than 15 years. I started off doing detecting underwater while scuba diving and added land and beach/shallow water detecting. I am a retired Paramedic/Firefighter (Retired since 2011) and enjoy the pleasure it brings to people when I'm able to locate their lost item. I won't videotape (for your privacy) and I don't post to any of the Social websites, Youtube, etc. But I may ask for a photo of you with the recovered item.

Thomas Clyde - Recent Blog Post

  • Lost cell phone… FOUND !!! (2023)

    While searching Virginia Beach last night I detected a cell phone… still operating but locked out. I put it in my pouch after confirming nobody in the area lost it nor did anyone know who may have lost it. I continued a search for about 1/2 mile, rested at a lifeguard stand for several minutes, […]

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  • Lost white gold diamond ring- FOUND !!! (2023)

    I was texted to try and locate a lady’s ring lost in either her front yard or aa a local gym where she had worked out. She kept it on a key ring coming out of the gym and upon arriving home, got out of her truck and across a short front yard into her […]

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  • Lost earrings on Corona Beach… FOUND !!! (2022)

    I received a text in the morning to look for a necklace lost by a young man when he was night surfing with friends the night before. I met up with him and he tried his best to show me the area where he had taken off the silver chain with a copper/bronze crucifix that […]

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  • Lost Gold Chain with name pendent… FOUND !!! (2022)

    It was during the late afternoon on this 4th of July… detecting the waters edge of Virginia Beach. The crowd was elbob to elbow with shaded tents covering the beach for as far as the eye could see. I had only been on the waters edge for about 20 minutes when a young lady ran […]

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  • Lost Wallet… Found !!! (2022)

    I was on Virginia Beach for a late afternoon search when I was approached by a tourist who stated he had lost his wallet in the sand. His wife was already on her hands and knees raking through the sand. I asked her to move back just a bit so I could sweep the area… […]

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Thomas Clyde - Testimonials

  • Your kindness, professionalism, and passion for what you do really shows... (2021)

    I just want to thank you again for your kindness that afternoon. I was in a panic and not sure how to make it back home especially traveling 6 hours with a toddler whose carseat was still locked in my car. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to help. Your kindness, professionalism, and passion for what you do really shows. Very thankful we crossed paths and appreciate everything you did!!!

  • Mr. Clyde i thank you again for this oppurtunity and reunitning me with my ring. (2020)


    Hey everybody. My Name is Benjamin and i am the owner of this ring. I had lost this rings 6 years ago. I thought it was stolen and did not even think that i would ever see this ring again. Little did i expect to get a call from my dad telling me someone found my ring. Mr. Clyde did a fantastic job cleaning up my ring and i am extremely grateful he returned it to my family. I’m not a member and clyde did do this out of the kindness of his heart. But if i ever lose this ring i know exactly who to call. Again, I cannot believe that i am seeing this ring again and so many memories of my highschool are rushing through my head. If you misplace anything, Please give Mr. Clyde a call. If this is how he operates for someone who didn’t hire him i cannot begin to fathom the expectations he will pass when you hire him.

    Mr. Clyde i thank you again for this oppurtunity and reunitning me with my ring.

  • My family will forever be grateful for their work especially my grandmother... (2019)

    "For years, I had heard various stories from different members of my family regarding rings that had been lost on my grandparents’ property. One story mentioned my grandfather’s lost wedding, another was about a missing class ring belonging to one of my uncles, and a further one revolved around my father’s also absent class ring. At one point in my youth, my parents purchased me my own metal detector after I decided I wanted to see if any of these stories were true. Alas, my childhood inability to focus on one thing for more than a short period of time got the better of me and I gave up on the search.

    Now over a decade later, my grandparents’ home of almost 60 years is being sold and my ninety-two year old grandmother is moving in with my parents. While packing up their house, I suddenly remembered some of those old stories and talked to my grandmother about them. With the sale of the house pressing down on us, I felt a sudden compulsion to try and determine if any of those lost rings were actually out there once and for all. I pulled out the old metal detector, did a little searching, but alas it was to no avail. Not willing to give up just yet, I did a little googling and happened to come across TheRingFinders.

    I found a few local nearby guys through the site’s directory and sent them both messages. I got a response from Steve Andrews within hours of messaging him and he agreed to come out the following day. Unexpectedly, the next morning Tom Clyde messaged me as well to tell me he was already on his way. I was worried about both men showing up at the same time when they were expecting to be detecting alone. Fortunately, I was happily surprised to find out that both men knew each other and were willing to search together. With low expectations in place given the information we were going off of, I was shocked when after only forty minutes Steve pulled my uncle’s class ring from the ground. Both men were extremely professional, easy to talk to and communicate with, and were more than reasonable in their pricing. If anyone in the Hampton Roads area needs a ring or anything else of its kind found then they should not hesitate to reach out to either Steve or Tom. I am firmly of the belief that if either of these two men can’t find what you’re missing than no one can. These guys know what they are doing with their years of experience and various successful hunts serving as evidence for their skills. My family will forever be grateful for their work especially my grandmother who was profoundly happy to have a piece of one her late children back again."