Craig Ostendorf, Author at The Ring Finders

Sanibel Island to Naples — Lost Ring? — Ring Lost in Sand Found & Returned!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

This young man called us for help locating his gold wedding band that was lost in the sand at Sanibel Island.  The picture says it all!  He is so happy to have the wedding band back on his finger and we are glad we could make it happen for him!

Have you ever lost a ring at the beach in the sand or water?  Give us a call at 239-313-1877 or 239-209-7517.

We use top of the line metal detecting equipment and have over 55 documented success stories since 2012 when we joined The Ring Finders.  In most cases, both my wife and I will metal detect which increases the chances of your lost ring, piece of jewelry or other valuable being found!

 

 

 

 

Captiva / Sanibel Island — Engagement Ring Lost 30 Minutes after Proposal — Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

 


Thirty minutes after saying “yes” to a marriage proposal, Kim lost her engagement ring while trying to take a photo of the beautiful diamond ring.  In the process of trying to get the perfect picture, the ring fell into the beach sand below at the water’s edge.   The newly engaged couple as well as several on-lookers searched frantically for the lost ring—with no success.  That’s when Kim decided to search the internet on “how to find a lost ring” and she came across our contact information.

My wife and I arrived at the location over four hours after the ring had initially been lost.  The tide was rising and the wave action had increased a lot in that time.  We knew that with every passing minute, the ring could get buried under the soft sand quickly.

We got right to work going in opposite directions with our detectors staying within the search area the couple thought the ring was lost in.  Not long after our search began, my wife heard a faint / sketchy deep signal on her metal detector.  Finally after three or four attempts to retrieve the target, the ring appeared in her scoop and was quickly back on Kim’s finger.

This is one marriage proposal this couple will never forget and will be talking about for years to come!

 

Naples, FL — Ring Lost In Chest Deep Water — Found and Returned!

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Another successful ring recovery:  A platinum wedding band that was lost in chest deep Gulf waters while playing football was found and returned to this newlywed couple.

 

Fort Myers Beach — Wedding Band Lost in Gulf Waters Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)
I lost my platinum wedding band in the ocean at Ft. Myers beach on February 17, 2019. We were throwing a football in the water and I didn’t even realize that the ring had slipped off my finger and frankly, I didn’t know if it was in the water or on the beach and I was crushed after looking and calling everyplace we had been that entire day.
I ran across Craig Ostendorf on the internet while attempting to rent a metal detector on February 19th.
Craig and his wife met me out on the beach that afternoon. Craig told me that he felt the chances of finding my ring were good, though I thought finding that ring in that big ocean after two days was impossible. Long story short Craig and his wife marched out into the surf with their equipment to give it a shot. 30 minutes later they found my ring and I cannot Express the relief and gratitude that I feel for what Craig and his beautiful wife did for me.
I would highly recommend these angels for what they did for me, and they accepted a tip from me but didn’t charge for their services.
I thank you both from the bottom of my heart and I’ll sleep better tonight with my wedding band back on my finger.
Please see the photo of my ring, and again thank you both for what you did for me.
Jeff Dawson

Sanibel / Captiva Island — South Seas Island Resort — Lost Coin Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

We were contacted by Kim to find and return a lost Sixpence coin that was very sentimental to her and her family and traditionally part of family member’s wedding ceremonies.  The coin had been lost during Kim’s cousins’ wedding ceremony on the beach at South Seas Resort.  At some point before, during or after the ceremony, the coin—which was put in the wedding bouquet—had fallen out. Kim’s brother is getting married this summer, so it was important to Kim to make every effort possible to find the lost coin so he can use it during his wedding.

After arrangements were made and permission granted for us to enter the private resort, we arrived at the location.  There were three possible locations the ring could have been lost.  After a long walk to the ceremony site on the beach, my wife and I began our search.  After digging a few targets that were not the desired coin, it wasn’t long before I heard another signal close to the surface.  After sifting the sand out of the scoop, the lost coin had been found!

We made arrrangements to mail the coin back to Kim, and below is a picture of a happy Kim reunited with the coin.

Naples Florida — Lost Ring in Sand Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

On January 4th of this year we received a phone call from Ron who had been vacationing in Naples Florida.  Ron had lost his wedding band in the sand while enjoying a day at the beach.  After returning home to California, Ron began searching the internet to see how to find a lost ring and came across our contact information.  After discussing the location and area of the beach where the ring was lost, my wife and I headed out around sunset to begin our search.  As there were several sunset watchers on the beach, we had to search around the watchers.  After a short period of time and no success, the sun had set and people were slowly leaving the beach.  With the beach area empty our search area had expanded and we went opposite directions in our search.  It wasn’t long until my wife heard that sweet gold tone from her detector.  One scoop of sand and the ring was revealed in the bottom of her scoop.

After returning to the car, we were happy to text a picture of the ring to Ron who verified it was his ring.  We made arrangements to mail the ring back to him and he received the ring a few days later.  The picture we just received below shows how happy he is to have his ring back.

Testimonial from Louis in response to 04/23/2018 Naples ring recovery

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

We recently received the following testimonial from Louis for the April 23, 2018 ring recovery in Naples Florida:

”I deeply appreciate Craig and Stephanie’s professionalism and willingness to help.  With less than a few hours of advance notice, they drove more than forty minutes close to midnight to help me find my wedding band.  Not only is the pair professional and competent, but each is kind and good natured.  They found my ring within twenty minutes, and I will forever carry the memories of my most pleasant interaction with them as I look at my ring finger for many decades to come.

I encourage you to call Craig and Stephanie if you require assistance.You may expect meeting a trustworthy, capable and most helpful couple.”

Captiva Island — Ring Lost in Gulf Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

We received a call from a gentleman who had lost his gold wedding band while playing football with his son in knee deep water.  After trying to search for the ring themselves with no success they decided to search the internet to find out how to find a lost ring.  The Ring Finders and my contact information pulled up and he gave us a call.

My wife and I made arrangments to meet them at their gulf side vacation cottage later in the afternoon.

Upon our arrival we gathered our metal detecting gear and we headed out to the beach.  He showed us the area where he and his son were throwing the football and the direction he felt the ring fly off.  Within just a few minutes I heard the nice low gold tone on my metal detector.  Sure enough, the ring was in the scoop!

He and his wife were ecstatic to have the ring back and we are happy to be a part of another successful ring recovery!

Sanibel Island — Diamond and Gold Pendant Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

We received a call from this lovely gal who had lost her 1 carat diamond pendant in the front yard of her home.

While taking her dogs out, the dogs became entangled in their leashes around a tree.  In all the commotion a friend had noticed her chain which was still around her neck had come undone and the pendant had fallen off into the grass below.

Florida grass is very thick and they were unable to locate the diamond pendant.  To make the search even more difficult, there is very little gold on the pendant, so not just any metal detector would be able to locate it.  That’s when we received the call to see if we had the proper metal detecting equipment that would be able detect such a small gold item.

After discussing the situation, my wife and I felt confident we would be able to find the pendant and we made arrangements to stop by on our way home from a weekend getaway—which happened to fall on December 25th.

In less than 10 minutes of searching and much to her surprise, the pendant was found.

It makes us truly happy to see the amazement and skepticism disappear when a once lost item can be found and returned back to the owner!

 

 

Ring found and returned — Matlacha

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Story as told by Steve:

I went fishing over the weekend and lost my wedding ring in somewhat of a freak accident. I was stung by a wasp reaching into a bucket. When I pulled my hand out abruptly, my ring went flying off my hand into the water of Matlacha FL. As I was out before sunrise, I did no see where the ring landed exactly.

I spent the remainder of that day diving and searching for the ring on the 4-5 foot grass flat that I had lost it in. With no luck, I marked the spot on the GPS on my boat and headed in. When I returned home, my wife had found Craig and his wife online through a quick search in Google. I immediately contacted Craig and he agreed to come out and search for the ring the following day after work (2 days after I had lost the ring).

I picked Craig and his wife up at the local boat ramp on my boat and headed into Matlacha Pass. The water was calm with about a 5mph west wind. Having quite the storm the evening before, I was skeptical that we would even have a chance at finding the ring with the current and wind pushing the water around. When we arrived at the grass flat where I had lost the ring, I anchored directly center of my GPS mark as best I could and Craig jumped in the water. I kid you not, less than 5 minutes later he pulled the ring out of the chest deep water. It had embedded itself in the mud and he was able to quickly locate it with his metal detector. Stunned, and in awe I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed.

Craig and his wife were both very down to Earth, and great people to chat with. They treasure hunt as a hobby and really enjoy helping people locate their lost items. I cannot thank them both enough for finding my wedding ring. My only regret was that I quit recording Craig searching for the ring too soon. Another minute or so and I would have had him on camera finding the ring!

Thank you both again for everything!