I saw a posting on www.Craigslist.com Lost and Found section looking for help in locating a lost ring. Brian had been spectating the Ironman race the past weekend. After the race, he found a wooded area off of the route to change into some shorts. He then walked back to the race route, which ran directly past a rural house. Brian picked a spot in front of a driveway and encouraged others still running the race. Suddenly, Brian realized his ring was missing. He retraced his steps back to the wooded area, searching for his ring along the way. He did not have any luck. He wasn’t sure if he lost it while changing in the woods, or while watching the race. It was getting dark, so Brian grabbed a flashlight and continued hunting for his ring. He searched for awhile longer, but did not find anything. Brian was so mad at himself for losing his ring. To top it all off, he was from Illinois and had to return home the next day. This is when Brian posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone else had found it while watching the race.
I responded to the ad offering to help. Robyn, Brian’s wife, replied back with a great image of a Google Map snapshot, including the area Brian was in circled in red. She indicated the main area to search was the driveway. My son and I made arrangements with the homeowner to stop out and search. The grass was longer than usual, so I could see how it would be hard to find the ring if it was dropped. After about 10 mins, all we had was $0.35 in change, a couple pop tops and a handful of other junk. Then, right in the area Robyn said to focus on, we got a strong hit on the detector … it was Brian’s ring! Someone must have stepped on it, possibly Brian while searching for it. It was about 1 inch underground, but was easy to retrieve. I then gave Brian a call to give him the good news, he was ecstatic. You could just tell the relief in his voice when I was talking with him.
This was a special hunt for me, as this was our first wedding ring search and return … we’ve been hooked ever since
Brian and Robyn L.