Cory Rind, Author at The Ring Finders

Miami Beach Police Recovery

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

My partner and I were detecting the wet sand area in Miami Beach.  About 100 yards ahead, 3 uniformed officers had a run-in with a suspect, took him down in the sand then led him away in handcuffs.

Shortly, the officers returned and were frantically scurrying through the sand.  We approached the area and actually a bystander asked if we could locate one of the officers’ missing cell phones.  I took a few sweeps and got a mixed signal.  Took a deep scoop so as not to damage anything and sure enough part of the cell phone was peaking through.  Took the scoop over to the officers and showed them.  One of the officers grabbed the phone, brushed it off and away they went without a word.

Additional Recent Recoveries

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

Typically, I do not take a phone with me when beach or water hunting so I do not have pics of “onsite” recoveries and returns.  Here’s a few of my more recent returns:

— A young husband was in the water in Miami with his wife and friends.  He flipped his hand and his 18K wedding band went flying.  Fortunately he stayed where the ring was lost while his wife shagged us down.  After we got to the area, it took me 10 minutes of hunting to find the ring.  If the husband hadn’t stayed in the location where lost, chances of funding the ring were slim.

— Detecting along the water at Virginia Beach and a guy approaches me to find an earring.  Turns out it was a tiny stud earring lost by the daughter of a friend in the dry sand.  Since they were in the immediate location, I didn’t have much ground to cover.  After a bit of searching, I got a whimper of a signal.  Using my pinpointer, I was able to locate the earring slightly under the sand.

— An Annapolis woman was visiting Sandbridge with her family.  She removed her wedding ring set and placed them in a pocket of the beach umbrella.  For some reason, she had to leave the beach early.  The rest of the crew returned at a later time.  Unfortunately, the ring set didn’t make the return trip.  I was contacted and accepted the search.

Fortunately, I was provided a reasonably accurate map of the lost ring location.  My wife and I decided to have a beach day while I looked for the rings.  After spending an hour and a half gridding the oceanfront where they stayed and having no luck, decided to change tactics.  I started doing patterns between the oceanfront and the exit.  On about the fourth pass, I got a signal.  Looked down and barely peaking through the sand was the diamond engagement ring.  Fortunately, nearby was the wedding band.  Was able to package them up and ship to Annapolis.

Ring Recovery – Cancun

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

Several years ago, I was detecting a resort we were staying at and recovered this ring at night on the beach.  Next day, on a whim, I took the ring by the frontdesk to see if anyone had lost it. I was reluctant to allow them to take pics but did.

Unbelievably, several hours later I received a call from one of the resort guests.  Turns out this lady from the midwest was at the resort as part of a wedding party – her daughter was bride to be.  She lost her ring at the beach the previous day.  Since it was her mother’s and a family heirloom she was ecstatic to have it returned.  Diamonds and gold.

Ring Recovery

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

14 K wedding band recovered in three feet of water in Ft Lauderdale and returned to owner through Facebook research.

Helping the Community

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

June 2022 provided a metal detecting seminar to City of Suffolk, Va forensics team on optimal use of their metal detectors.  Approximately 45 minutes of classroom and 45 minutes of field work.  20 or so folks in attendance from across the First Responder community.

Tidewater Virginia – Finding Lost Items Beach or Park

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

Location! Location! Location!  Most important for any detectorist in helping you recover a lost item is to attempt to remember as many details as possible on the area lost.  The next most important item is to seek help as soon as possible after a loss – many detectorists work the dry sand and the ocean tends to bury items out of range quickly.

For the beach:

– Specific buildings

– Lifeguard stands

– Street names, numbers or beach access points

– Relationship to water, wet or dry sand

– Trash cans

Google Earth is your friend.  Bring up location on Google Earth.  For those with newer iphones, you can simultaneously depress the upper buttons on right and left side of your phone.  This will take a screenshot. Hit Done. Before trashing pic, allows you option of saving to your photos – save the screen shot.  You can then pull up in photos and edit – like “X” marks the spot.   That pic can then be sent to whomever is working your recovery.  In this case, a picture us worth more than a 1000 words.

Note: At many of the larger beaches such as Virginia Beach, Ocean City Md, motorized equipment called sand cleaners are used.  My experiences most recently are with Virginia Beach and South Florida beaches.  The equipment at each location appears to narrowly skim the surface.  Jewelry, cellphones, coins and other items are still recovered after this equipment passes.

For parks, again location, landmarks and speed to request assistance.

Most large parks use very large self propelled mowers to mow the grounds. These mowers generate tremendous power and suction.

Translated – if your ring or necklace or bracelet goes thru one of these mowers chances are slim that it will look like when lost.  Additionally, these mowers can fling your item a long ways.

Metal Detecting Service – Virginia Peninsula, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Southside

  • from Williamsburg (Virginia, United States)

Have over 45 years experience finding and recovering lost jewelry, coins, cellphones, relics…most anything containing metal that you may have lost.

Live in Williamsburg but can travel up to 75 miles any direction to attempt a recovery.

Metal detect land – private property, public parks, etc and any water to roughly waist deep – public beaches, private beaches with permission, lakes, etc

Can locate property markers on as needed basis.

Please note, the Tidewater area due to large federal government/military presence and large areas covered by entities such as Newport News Park and Waterworks provide special challenges.  Permission will be required from the Ranger in charge and owner of the lost item must be in attendance.

Metal detect year round on land or in water within reason.

I am not going to compromise your or my safety and everything will be done legally.