Craig Ostendorf, Author at The Ring Finders

Naples, FL — Lowdermilk Park — Ring Lost in Sand Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Mrs. Larson along with her husband and friends were enjoying a relaxing vacation beach day at Lowdermilk Park in beautiful Naples, Florida.  The joy subsided, though, when she realized her diamond and platinum wedding set had fallen into the loose sand.  Unable to locate the rings themselves, the Larson’s gave us a call asking for help.

Within just a few minutes of our arrival—equipped with our Minelab metal detectors—both rings were found and returned.  So glad we could be a part of another successful ring recovery!

Sanibel Island — Diamond Wedding Ring Lost in Sand Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Sunday afternoon Robyn felt her wedding ring come off while swatting pesky no-see-ums at the waters edge while looking for shells.  After looking for the ring for some time and being unable to locate it, we received a call asking for our help.

After getting all the details on how and where the ring was lost, my wife and I decided to head out Sunday night knowing the tide was coming in and the beach traffic was light.

We met Robyn and headed out to the general area on the beach where she had lost the ring.  Since the ring could have flown off her finger toward the water’s edge or toward the dry sand, my wife and I split up our search efforts.   After just a few minutes, my wife had located the missing ring in the dry sand.  Smiles and hugs were exchanged as Robyn put the ring back on her finger where it belongs.


Naples, FL — Ring lost in canal during marriage proposal found and returned!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

The following is a description of events as told by Kayla & Franco:

”My boyfriend proposed to me on the dock where we share memories from the night we met.  He put the engagement ring on my finger and then wanted to show me the matching wedding band—but it fell out of the box and plopped into the water.  We attempted to sift through the murky, muddy bottom with no luck.  Thank goodness I found Craig Ostendorf through Ring Finders.  He found it so quickly and was happy to help.  I can tell he genuinely enjoys returning others’ valuables.  Thank you!  Now I have an extra special ring for our wedding day!”  Kayla and Franco

Rose gold and diamond wedding band retrieved from canal reunited with engagement ring!

Ring Lost in Sand — Found and Returned! Captiva Island to Naples

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Anyone who lives in Florida near the water             or has vacationed in the area has discovered         the small/tiny almost invisible biting fly:               the NO-SEE-UM!  Not only do the no-see-ums bite, but they can also cause people to lose their rings while trying to swat them away—at least that’s what happened to this gentleman!

While swatting at no-see-ums, he felt his wedding ring fly off his finger and heard it hit something before burying itself in the soft beach sand.

He knew the ring had to have landed in a relatively small area, but after spending much time sifting through the sand without being able to find it, he knew he needed help.  That’s when he found our contact information.

In our discussion he explained that the ring did not have a lot of monetary value; but it had a lot of sentimental value to him.  We made arrangements to meet, and after obtaining permission from the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva to enter the property in order to search for the ring, he showed my wife and I the area where he knew it to be.

We began our search trying to be respectful of the other beach goers lounging in chairs nearby.  However, the ring was nowhere to be found.  Pretty soon, the beach goers who had been observing what was going on began to offer to move their chairs and belongings, but still no ring.  That’s when we began asking more people if we could quickly search their “space” and sure enough under someone’s chair right next to their umbrella the ring was found!


Naples FL — Lost Ring Found and Returned!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Lowdermilk Park, Naples Florida — Tulio was swimming and playing ball with friends in the warm Gulf waters of a local Naples beach when he saw his wedding ring fly off and sink into the water below.  After Tulio and his friends searched for the ring themselves with no success, he found our metal detecting services on the Ring Finder web site and contacted us the next morning.

Since he was working and could not meet us at the Naples beach, we exchanged several phone calls and text messages to narrow down the search location as much as possible.  The tide was high upon our arrival and after two hours of searching, we still had not located the ring.  Tulio then sent a satellite image where he had marked a large area where he thought the ring could be.  With our search area expanded and the lower tide, I was able to search deeper.  After the third hour had passed, I finally saw the lost gold wedding band (inscribed with he and his wife’s name) in my scoop.

We sent a picture of the ring to Tulio and arrangements were made to meet the next day so we could return the ring.

Nokomis Beach, FL — Engagement Ring Lost in Water Found and Returned!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

This young lady lost her diamond engagement ring in the Gulf waters of Nokomis Beach just a few hours after her fiancée had proposed.  Many people helped look for the lost ring before darkness set in with no success.  That’s when we received an email and phone call asking for our assistance and arrangements were made to meet the next morning.

Upon our arrival at the beach the next morning, my wife and I met with the couple who had narrowed down the search area where they believed the ring was lost.  The water had been calm overnight and we expressed our confidence in recovering the ring.  Sure enough, within just a few minutes of searching with our detectors, my wife uncovered the lost ring.

With a huge sigh of relief, hugs and smiles were exchanged as the ring was back where it belonged!


How to Find a Lost Ring — Sanibel Island to Naples Area Beaches — Ring Found and Returned!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

A gold wedding band lost in the sand at Bowman’s Beach near Captiva prompted a phone call inquiring of our metal detecting services.  Arrangements were made for my wife and I to meet at the beach location.  Within just a few minutes of our search, the wedding ring which had a lot of sentimental meaning was back where it belonged!  The smile says it all!

How to Find a Lost Ring — Naples FL to Sanibel Island / Captiva

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Did you lose a wedding band or other item of jewelry at the beach?  Have you ever wondered how to find a lost ring in the water, sand or yard?  Instead of buying or renting a metal detector—give us a call!  We offer our metal detecting service from Naples area beaches (including Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Pier, Clam and Wiggins Pass and Lowdermilk Park) to Bonita and Fort Myers Beach as well as Sanibel and Captiva Island.

Contact us:   Craig Ostendorf  239-209-7517 or Stephanie Ostendorf 239-313-1877

We are a husband and wife team with over 25 years of metal detecting experience and 60+ documented stories of rings that were once lost being found and returned!

We recently helped this young man find his gold wedding ring that he lost at the beach while playing football in the water with friends!



Lost ring NAPLES , FL — Found in Beach Sand and Returned!!!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)



Evan (pictured) lost his wedding band in the loose sand while enjoying a sunny afternoon at Lowdermilk Park in Naples.  While applying sunscreen, Evan’s wedding band flew off sinking into the sand.  After attempting to look for the ring themselves with no success, Evan’s wife Abbey found our contact information under Naples Ring Finder and gave us a call.

Arrangements were made to meet at the Naples beach to find the lost ring.  After just a few minutes of searching, my wife found the ring and it was back on Evan’s finger where it belongs!

My wife and I have several years metal detecting experience between us. (I purchased my first metal detector in 1993).  That—coupled with top of the line metal detectors—makes for a great professional combination and greatly increases the odds that your lost ring or other precious item will be found.

If you have lost a ring or other precious metal item in water or on land, feel free to give us a call or text.

Contact us :  Craig Ostendorf 239-209-7517 or Stephanie Ostendorf 239-313-1877


We are The Ring Finders for Naples, Bonita Springs / Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island / Captiva and all areas of Lee and Collier counties of Southwest Florida.

Naples, FL — Ring Lost While Boating Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

I received a call early Monday morning from Jermaine who was in desperate need of my metal detecting services.

A day prior, Jermaine and his lovely family were enjoying their new boat and a beautiful day on the water at the shore’s edge.  When it was time to call it a day and head back to the marina, Jermaine got out of the boat to give it a little push out into the deeper water. That’s when Jermaine’s hand slipped off the edge of the boat platform and he felt his custom gold and diamond wedding ring fall off his finger and saw it go into the water.  Everybody joined in the search for the lost ring, but they were unsuccessful in finding it.

After a long boat ride home and a sleepless night thinking about how to recover the lost ring, Jermaine got up early and began searching the internet.   That’s when he came across my contact information on the ring finders website under Naples.  We made arrangements for my wife and I to meet to meet him at the marina where his boat is kept.

About an hour later we were anchored in the general area where he had lost the ring the day before.  My wife and I began searching.  Approximately two and a half hours later, the search was over when a faint signal produced a custom gold and diamond ring.

Even though this search turned out to be one of our more challenging searches, we could all enjoy the boat ride back to the marina knowing the ring was found and back on Jermaine’s finger.  The smile says it all!


If you have lost a ring or other precious metallic item in the Naples, Bonita Beach, Estero, Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel areas of Southwest Florida, please feel free to give us a call.  Between my wife and I, we have several years of metal detecting experience and over 55 documented successful ring recoveries.