The Ring Finders Blog

Lost Ring Dunedin (Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island), Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs… FOUND

from Dunedin (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-843-995-4719

Hi, my name is Steve Thomas and I have just joined theringfinders.com. I have been metal detecting off and on for over 40 years. I have recently retired from the Myrtle Beach SC area where I have much beach detecting experience.  The joy of reuniting people with valuables once thought gone forever is why have I chosen to use my hobby to help others. Please contact me as soon as possible if you need any assistance locating a lost possession.

Lost wedding ring in Lake Maitland, Winter Park, Florida….Found!

from Sanford (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-321-363-6029

Kelly called me and asked if I was available to help recover a lost wedding ring that had fallen off of a dock and into the water. Apparently while taking photos for some newly weds, Kelly had asked for the rings and the brides bouquet of flowers and had balanced the rings on the flowers in order to take a unique series of photos. And you can guessed what happened next! Somehow the brides wedding ring moved ever so slightly and slid off of the bouquet and dropped onto the wooden dock and fell directly thru a crack and into the water. It seems no one actually saw the ring hit the dock or fall through a crack but everyone spent the next 30 minutes looking for the ring and it became obvious that the ring had indeed fallen into the water below.

Kelly felt terrible about the whole ordeal and decided to actually go to the jeweler, where the original ring was purchased, and buy another identical ring to replace the lost one. Kelly was determined to somehow find the bride’s ring and thought about purchasing or even renting a metal detector to look for the ring herself and that led her to search on line and up came theringfinders.com.

I met Kelly at the beautiful Kraft Azalea Garden (Park) and she showed me where the ring dropped. The water was three to four feet deep and there were numerous targets that needed clearing out for fear they could mask such a small white gold ring. It took a good 30 minutes to finally locate the dainty diamond ring and Oh what a relief it was! Kelly was thrilled to have her clients original ring back and I was starting to get really cold! Thanks Kelly for taking a few photos for me with your phone and for giving me the opportunity to help you!

Lost something on land or in the water? Give me a call, ASAP!
Mike McInroe….thankful to be a member of theringfinders.com

Lost Rings… in Corona, CA Found and Returned

from Corona (California, United States)
Contact: 1-951-415-6007

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, I received a text message from Joseph L. from Corona saying he was in need of my service. Joseph said that three rings were lost in the area of a vegetated slope next to the house across the street from his… (1) woman’s and (2) men’s rings. This occurred one week ago. Because it was supposed to start raining heavily anytime, I made arrangements to meet with him the next day. Sunday morning I contacted Joseph who told me that last week he and his wife had been arguing. In anger, his wife took off her ring, so he took his two rings off, grabbed hers and headed to the front door. Joseph went out onto the front porch and threw all three rings across the street in the direction of a large slope area. He said he heard one ring make a thud noise, so knew his heavy ring had hit the dirt on the slope. He said he hadn’t heard his wifes ring and the other ring he believes he heard hit the pavement or sidewalk. He directed me to the left side area of the slope, believing they were on that side.

I unloaded my gear from my car, which was parked at the other end of the slope, and noticed a small shiny oblong object in the street. As it didn’t appear to be a ring due to it’s shape (maybe a pop top), I disregarded it as Joseph felt sure they were at the other end of the slope and I would look closer at it later.

After obtaining permission to search the slope from the other property owner, I began searching. After about one hour, I wasn’t getting any signals other than bottlecaps (I learned kids used to hang out at night along there and drink). Joseph had come back outside and I told him I wasn’t having any luck, but wanted to look at that oblong object in the street by my car before he left. As we walked over to it I bent down and pulled it up from the asphalt. I immediately then saw small diamonds in a row and Joseph said that it was his wife’s ring. Unfortunately, it appeared it had been run over maybe several times.

Now that we were on the other end of the slope, I focused my search there. Rather quickly, I got a signal and located his Tungsten ring  (pictured). After a continued search of that area, I was unable to locate the third ring.

Although his other ring had not been located, Joseph was very happy to have the two back, and a little embarrased.  As he said, “Lessons learned by mistakes made”. I later learned he “upsized” a new ring for his wife and all were happy!

 

Lost ring in Indianapolis

from Greenwood (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-317-903-6459

I received a call on Sunday morning the 8th of Dec 2019.  Mr. Jon B told me he had been cleaning his gutters out the day before and saw his wedding band was missing before he had even finished the job.  He told me he had searched the leaves around his house but failed to find the ring because the leaves were very thick from all the trees around his house. I showed up Sunday afternoon and after several hours finally located his ring. Mr. Jon B wrote this nice message back to me that evening.  “I lost my wedding band while cleaning gutters and hanging holiday lights. We looked for a long time but with all the leaves down we weren’t having any luck. The next day we contacted Terry. He answered right away and got on his way. When he arrived he got right to work, searching for nearly two hours. I was feeling pretty dejected, but Terry wasn’t giving up. He suggested grabbing rakes and stirring up the leaves. Terry raked too before picking up his metal detector again. About 5 minutes later, he found it for me. I’m very appreciative!” A happy man and wife!

 

 

 

Beach Wrestling Causes Wedding Ring Loss, Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Riley and a heap of mates had been touring Rottnest Island during a friends buck’s party when he had lost his wedding ring. The poor bloke had only gotten married just the week before! He had discovered his ring was missing while waiting for the half hour ferry ride back to Perth. A quick google for ‘metal detecting service’ had turned up my number and he called me from the ferry.

He explained that there had been a fair bit of alcohol drunk and he couldn’t be sure when he had lost it. I knew from his account that there were about 10 of them in the group so I figured a few photo’s were likely to have been taken during the day’s various activities.

Scene of the crime!

They were all together on the ferry and most were still having a pretty good time by the sound of it! This made communication difficult but after asking Riley to check any photo’s they had to see when he last had his ring on we were able to narrow it down to the very last activity which had been a wrestling match on the sand in a remote secluded bay on the south side of Rottnest Island called Porpoise Bay. Although it could have been lost anywhere from the road, down a bush track to the remote beach, it certainly seemed most likely that the wrestling ring in the sand was where the ring would be.

It was now too late for me to catch the last ferry out to the Island so I planned to get on the first ferry in the morning and hopefully find Riley’s precious before he had to tell his wife what had happened!

The next day I arrived on the Island with my metal detector and bike and set off for the south coast and Porpoise Bay. The actual site is called Henrietta Rock’s which is named after the Henrietta shipwreck which is only meters off the cliffs and is often partially out of water at low tide.

The lads had marked a large wrestling circle in the sand and had been taking turns to turf each other out of the circle but when I got to the beach I found no evidence of the circle as although it was close to low tide a stiff south west wind was keeping the beach awash with water and although I was able to detect, the water was full of seaweed which made the detector I had brought with me a little unsuitable. I resolved to come back in a few hours as I expected the wind to die off over the next few hours and make it a bit easier to search the area properly.

Riley’s 1 week old wedding ring

When I returned there was a beach again so I was soon in search of the ring. I realised I’d made the right decision to wait as I found the Riley’s ring on just my third pass and only just in the water. I knew I had actually metal detected over the ring earlier but not heard it due to the false signals and trouble the seaweed had caused. When I retrieved Riley’s ring it took 3 scoops to dig it out! It was down a good 12″ already in just one night.

Pretty pleased with myself I headed back to the road to get some cellphone reception and called Riley to tell him the news. He really was over the moon about it as he said he didn’t really think I would find it but that he had had to try so at least he could tell his wife he had tried everything to get it back!

Order has been restored!

I met Riley and his wife later that day to return the ring, and he had told her the full story by this time so both were very happy as evidenced by their smile photo. Happy days you two!

Love what I do..

Fire, Fire, Fire And A Lost Wedding Ring Rescue, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Keith and his wife Julie had been visiting their daughter when during a light hearted bit of volleyball Julie had spiked the ball only to feel her wedding ring shoot straight up in the air but did not see where it had come down again.

Julie and family posed with her ring returned.

When I arrived I could see that the entire volleyball court had been methodically hand raked by the whole family for several hours but alas they had not found the missing ring.

I asked Julie to stand where she thought she had been at the time of the loss and demonstrate the spike she had done when she felt her wedding ring shoot off. It was pretty much a vertical movement so I began my search along the edge of the net on her side of the volleyball court.

The first signal I got I knew was not her ring but it had all the signs of being an aussie $2 coin which it was but the second signal had a distinct double tone which many shallow rings will give and sure enough there it was Julie’s fabulous wedding ring! Well the family couldn’t believe I’d been able to find it in under a minute when they’d all spent several hours looking for it on hands and knees!

One wedding ring no longer mis-behaving!

After a few smile photos and a bit of back slapping I returned to my car and set off home. As I drove out the gate my phone rang so I pulled over and took a call from a fellow ringfinder on the side of the road. As I was speaking to him about an unsuccessful underwater search for a diamond earing lost during a night dive (who goes night diving wearing expensive diamond earings) I said hang on.. I got out of the car and ran up the road towards the smoke I had just noticed about 150 meters ahead at the intersection of the road I was on and sure enough it was a fresh bushfire starting on the side of the road. We’d had a 42 degrees celsius day only four days back and Perth has had a total fire ban in place for a long while now.

Fire out! Not much to see, just a little smoke in front of fire truck..

I ran back to the car and screamed up the road to it to find the flames were already 3-4 meters high. I tried stopping two cars as they drove by it but they just keep going.. you can probably imagine what I yelled after them!! The next car did stop and all he had was a spade so I said call the fire dept while I get some water back down the road. I managed to get a full size fire extinguisher from one of the residents where I’d just rescued the ring and raced back to the fire and in my best firefighting shorts and thongs managed to put out about 90% of the fire. I raced back to where I’d gotten the extinguisher from expecting another one to be ready for me as there were many units there but was told “sorry but we can’t give you another due to the property policies!!!!” I didn’t wait around to argue but obviously I was astonished.

I returned to the fire and noted the police had already arrived. One of the officers was standing 3 meters from the fire with a small fire extinguisher just staring at the fire which had by now grown again and as I approached him I said “are you going to use that?”. He replied “do you know how to?” I didn’t answer of course, I simply grabbed it from him, pulled the lock pin and put out 99% of the fire before the bottle was empty. Luckily as I got back onto the road the local bush fire truck arrived and soon wet the area down to prevent re ignition… pheww.

This situation was so so close to becoming a major bush fire requiring helicopters etc.

All in a days work eh. Ring Rescues to the rescue!!

Volleyball Loss

from Raleigh (North Carolina, United States)

I was contacted by a man who had lost his wedding ring the previous evening on a sand volleyball court. Although the players had searched the court as soon as it came off, they were unable to locate the ring. After meeting him at the court, he showed me where he had been on the court and it took less than a minute to recover the ring. Glad to be able to help!

Dinner, Movie, and Lost Ring?

from Raleigh (North Carolina, United States)

I received a call from a woman who had a dinner-movie date with her husband. Somewhere between the beginning of the movie and arriving home, she had lost her wedding ring. Starting at the parking lot and searching the theater, car, backyard, etc. her steps were retraced and searched with no luck. Apparently, when their large dog greeted her at the rear of the house, she threw her hands up and the ring flew off her hand, clearing the deck and landing in the side yard. She really thought the ring was gone for good after all the searching, so the story has a very happy ending!

GARDEN HOE LOST IN PLANT CITY, RECOVERED BY SRARC

from Tampa Bay (Florida, United States)

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GARDEN HOE LOST IN PLANT CITY, RECOVERED BY SRARC

Tracey’s father had left his favorite hoe of over 50 years laying in the garden when the tractor arrived and accidentally turned it under in the garden. She found our website and contacted SRARC via email. Howard Metts responded and set up a hunt for the next day. After 5 minutes Howard located the Hoe and then the bracket which it had broken off from. A family member is a welder and will repair it so Tracey’s dad can again use his favorite garden tool.

Lost Class Ring Found At Surf City, NC Reunited With Owner Over 50 Years Later

from Morehead City (North Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-614-354-6704

Lost for 50 Years a St. John’s Class Ring Finds Its Owner

Last month Kevin sent me a picture of his class ring he has not been able to wear since 1965!  Detecting with a friend at Surf City pier I was able to find Kevin’s class ring.  Because it had been lost so long, I had some trouble reading the inscription and also finding the correct owner.  I finally was able to reach out to the university he attended with what I thought was the initials and last name.  The office contacted Kevin and he called me the very next day.  St. John’s university thought it was story worthy!