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Heirloom Wedding Rings Recovered from 4-Acre Country Lot – Elkhart Lake, WI

  • from Menomonee Falls (Wisconsin, United States)

Elkhart, Wisconsin resident, Darcy Mueller, was horrified to discover her grandmother’s wedding rings missing. It happened while mowing grass on her expansive 4-acre country estate. Darcy recalled seeing it on her hand that morning. She also recalled how the rings were fitting loosely, the result of having lost weight while grieving the deaths of multiple family members in recent years. Darcy had lost her husband, a sister and her grandmother. Now, the loss of her grandmother’s ring seemed more than Darcy could endure.

The next five days found Darcy searching for the precious ring every moment she could spare, even scouring the lawns at night with the help of a flashlight. A kind neighbor loaned a metal detector but it too, failed to locate the rings. Neighbors and friends joined in the search, all to no avail. That’s when I received a phone call from Darcy. Her voice betrayed both grief and exhaustion. Darcy discovered me on The Ring Finder’s internet directory of metal-detecting specialists.

I drove up early the following morning and accompanied Darcy as she walked around the picturesque country setting. Having worked as a hospice chaplain, I quickly sensed Darcy’s fragile emotional state. Tears threatened to flow any moment. Clearly, this was more than a ring!

I asked lots of questions and made mental notes of Darcy’s unusual activities while mowing with her zero-turn Cub Cadet mower. These included times when she reached up to clear low hanging tree branches and times when she threw weeds out into a swamp that bordered the lawn. The swamp location seemed like a logical place to start my search since the action of throwing vegetative material provided a very plausible explanation for how the ring left her hand.

It was painstaking work. I used three different XP-Deus detectors including a probe that allowed me to reach down into the dense foliage and water. Even out in the country, far from civilization, the ground contained metallic evidence of human occupation. Non-ferrous (iron) signals were abundant. An hour and a half later I had only searched an area the size of a living room. In comparison, the vast 4 acres loomed large and daunting. But that is when a non-ferrous signal reached my headset. Curiously, the metallic conductivity value was on the low side, more consistent with an aluminum pull tab, not 14K gold. But I chose to investigate the signal anyway and was amazed to discover Darcy’s heirloom rings! The two rings had been soldered together creating the lower-than-expected conductivity signal.

I breathed a silent prayer of gratitude and then made my way up to Darcy’s house. Picking up my empty water bottle along the way, I presented it to Darcy and asked if she would mind filling it for me. When she returned with the fresh water, I reported that the swamp area was full of old iron objects. But then I added, “The only thing of interest that I found was this.” And I placed the ring in her hand.

Words fail to fully convey the emotion of those moments. Darcy could hardly believe it. Clutching the precious love token between her hands, the tears flowed—sacred tears, tears of relief, of joy, of exhaustion and of grief. These mingled together forming an emotional waterfall. We sat quietly together savoring the moment. This was followed by photos of Darcy’s grandmother with the ring clearly visible on her hand. Other photos included Darcy’s dear husband and her sister. Their wedding rings soon appeared on the table alongside Darcy’s grandmother’s ring. Reunited in this way, it formed a loving trio. And I couldn’t help but again reflect on what I’ve observed to be true so many times, “It’s more than a ring!”

Lost bracelet in the lagoon, Beach Haven NJ, recovered by Edward Trapper, NJ Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

  Dominick sent me a message asking if I would be able to recover his bracelet that slipped off his wrist into the lagoon. He was concerned because it was already in there for about 2 days, and I told him that is no problem, it could be 2 years, providing the area had not been disturbed. With that he said he had already tried diving down with a snorkel, using a clam rake, and a few other methods, including a net with a mesh bag. The next day I was in his area and decided to swing by, before agreeing to take on the task. All looked good for the recovery, and told him we would try for the next day or so. Once I got started, I searched one area that had many signals, but one in particular that sounded, SWEET, so that’s the one I concentrated on. After about 20 min. the bracelet was in my scoop, working blind, in a deep lagoon, isn’t the an easy task. If you are reading this story, and have a similar situation, items can be recovered many years later, providing the area hasn’t been disturbed, call ASAP and possibly I can reunite you with your lost valuables.  609-713-3929

Wedding Ring Found, Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio

  • from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)

Received a call on Tuesday regarding a wedding ring that was lost in backyard while playing some baseball with family on Saturday afternoon.

We arranged to meet Wednesday after work and the owner had a very good idea of the area that needed to be searched.

While playing ball his glove was knocked off of his hand and along with it, his wedding band came off also.

The owner had plotted out a very small area for the potential recovery zone and we after expanded his search area by one swings-width, and took about two steps, we found his ring.

It was a quick search, but we were all happy to have been able to recover this ring!

Wedding Ring Lost 3 Weeks After the Big Day

  • from Cochrane (Alberta, Canada)

I met with Donna because the bride was on her honeymoon. After some discussion and questions, it seemed possible that I might find this one…….and I did. See the video for the details.


Lost Ring in Calgary Recovered In the Lake Below the Dock

  • from Cochrane (Alberta, Canada)

It took three tries and a little ingenuity, but we finally recovered his ring. I am expanding my abilities at every opportunity.

Finding a Bride’s Heirloom Earring in Calgary

  • from Cochrane (Alberta, Canada)

Hayley lost one of the earrings her grandparents gave her, during the wedding photo shoot. One hundred and twenty guests couldn’t find it. It was up to me. It took a while but the result was awesome. Watch the video for


Lost Earring in Calgary, Returned But Not As Expected

  • from Cochrane (Alberta, Canada)

My sister called me. She lost her earring while playing archery tag during a staff team building activity. It was the earring purchased with a portion of Mom’s inheritance. We needed to get it back….And we did. Watch the video.

Irreplaceable Gold Pendant Found and Returned at 1000 Steps, Laguna Beach, CA.

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)












If You need help call or text .. Stan the Metal Detector Man .. 949-500-2136

**  Roman had been surfing at 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna Beach, CA.. He had taken his gold chain and pendant off before surfing. When he returned to his towel on the beach, he went to put his necklace on. The chain slipped from his fingers and the pendant dropped in the sand. 

Unable to find the small gold pendant, Roman called me for help. When I arrived he told me this was a gift from his parents that they purchased in Italy. It was very important to him and irreplaceable. 

We had a small search area which helped to make it a quick recovery. It was a pleasure to help Roman find this very sentimental keepsake.. On to the next !

I am available to take a call now.. If you need to find out how this service works call me now.. I will try anywhere… Stan .. 949-500-2136

Gold Wedding Ring Recovered!

  • from Raleigh (North Carolina, United States)

I got a text from a very nice woman in Chapel Hill, saying that she had lost her wedding ring and asked if I could help her find it. She had parked her car at the neighbor’s house (long story), and walked through a short section of woods to get to her house.

I scoured the woods and areas where she said she’d been, but no ring. I decided to expand the search area in all four directions and after another 20 minutes or so, found the ring well hidden under some leaves. Not entirely sure how the ring got to where I found it, because she said she had stayed on the path (the ring was a good 8-10 ft away);

I returned the ring to her, but wasn’t quite prepared for the joy she showed when I gave her the ring. A little teary eyed, she explained that it was a family heirloom and she’d been sick over the loss. To say that she was happy to have it back on her finger is an understatement.

Glad to be able to get the ring back where it belongs!


Gold Diamond Engagement Ring and Matching Band Lost, Recovered and Returned outside Wilmington, DE!

  • from Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, United States)

Thanks for the referral from fellow Ring Finder, John Favano. Judy and Tom got in touch with me to help them locate Judy’s lost diamond engagement ring and matching wedding band. This is one of those ring finding missions where you’re thinking you have a slim chance of being successful in finding. Judy and Tom went to a local winery the day before where they met some friends and relaxed in a grassy outdoor space….both the area where they parked and sat were basically grassy fields. Judy knew she left the house with her rings on….and when she got home later…they were both missing off her hand. Unfortunately she had no recollection of taking them off or noticing when they were missing while at the winery. She did say that sometimes while her husband was driving she would take her rings off to moisturize her hands. So i figured the best chance would be checking where they parked…assuming Judy took off the rings, put on her lap in car, forgot to put back on…then got out of car. If I didn’t find in parking area I would proceed to area where they sat in grassy fields…then continue to scan the entire area. I met Tom at the winery and he had a good idea of where they exactly parked …I set my machine to just target gold signals…and began to scan the parking area. Within 2 minutes I received a surface gold signal on my machine…looked down…there it was! The diamond engagement ring! I bent down picked it up…searched with my eyes for the band. No luck. Grabbed my machine and 6 inches from where I found the diamond ring I got another surface gold signal. After pushing the deep grass away….there it was…the band! How happy I am to come through for this very nice couple!