Branden had been cutting down trees and doing a bit of landscaping when he noticed his smart watch was missing.
When I arrived he showed me a large hole he had filled with compostable material and dirt and rocks. Unfortunately it was up against a concrete wall that had metal reinforcing and so we had to dig it out by hand to avoid hitting the watch with any sharp tools.
It was amazing how hot the combustible material had got in just three days. I scanned everything with a handheld pinpointer but when we got to the bottom of the hole there was no sign of the watch.
Next there was a raised garden that he had filled with pebbles. I took a reading off an identical watch that belonged to his wife and used my CTX3030.
Still no target and it was looking grim but I carried on around the edge of the ground where I saw some old pebbles had been dumped. Right next to a tree stump I got a dirty signal that was similar to the other watch. Scraping away a layer of pebbles the plastic strap emerged and the watch was recovered.
When I checked the hole there was a 4” nail right underneath where the watch had been.
Branden was very grateful to get his watch back.