I received a call last night (21 March 2020) from Alexandria. She sounded very distraught as she told me that she lost her engagement ring and wedding band set just hours earlier while wading in knee deep water at a lake. Alex asked if I’d be willing to drive to Tuskegee, Alabama to look for her ring. I’ve never been to Tuskegee before. I did a quick Google Maps search from my location in Huntsville to Tuskegee. The trip one-way was 228 miles or almost a 3.5 hour drive! On my Ring Finders profile page, I advertise that I prefer to stay within a 100 mile radius of Huntsville, but can definitely travel further if needed. My mentality is that if someone needs my help, I’m willing to travel anywhere to help them. I got back on the phone, told Alex, “absolutely,” and started planning my trip.
I left early the next morning, so that I could get to the lake in Tuskegee by 8am. I wanted to give myself plenty of time for the search just in case it turned out to be much harder then I thought it would. Alex was certain that she felt the ring slip off her finger while she was reaching down in the water. She also remembered the exact spot she was standing at in the lake. Based on those two factors, I felt very confident that her ring would be found.
I set up my Equinox 800 and headed into the water. Once I was at the correct spot, I started my grid search. I picked up a lot of various signals on my detector. Alex told me that this was a yellow gold engagement ring that sits inside of a yellow gold wedding band. The signals I was getting weren’t coming up in the gold range. I decided to check a few iffy signals, but soon realized the object was too big or too deep to be her ring and moved on. Then, a few feet to my left, I picked up a solid yellow gold tone on my Nox. One quick scoop and there lying in the bottom of my Xtreme sand scoop was Alexandria’s beautiful gold ring set still locked together as one piece!!!
I saw pure joy, happiness, and relief on Alex’s face as we all celebrated! You can definitely see it in the photo below where she’s looking down at the ring back on her finger where it belongs! I praised and thanked the Lord! The night before and on my drive to Tuskegee, I asked God to guide me to Alex’s ring. He sure delivered a quick, safe, and successful search!
Some people might consider that driving 7 hours (450 miles) to spend 10-15 minutes finding a complete stranger’s ring is just plain crazy. But this is what I live for! I love conducting these searches and seeing the priceless reaction on someone’s face when you find their lost item and return it to them. It never gets old!
If you or someone you know has lost a ring, jewelry, or other metal item, please contact a member of The Ring Finders.