Dave Cartee, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Ring, Night Find, Pensacola Beach – FOUND!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

I love to find rings at night!!!  There’s something about that cool breeze and the stars in the sky that make it that much better  😃  I got an email last night about 8pm explaining to me that Matt and his wife had been out on Pensacola Beach all day enjoying the Gulf and especially the Blue Angels as they rehearsed for the upcoming show this weekend.  Matt had put up a tent and taken off his shoes.  Unfortunately, his wife put her diamond and white gold engagement band in one of his shoes and forgot to tell him.  When the family ended the day and headed towards the parking lot Matt popped his shoes together on the boardwalk to knock off the sand.  When an inexpensive ring came out he asked if she had put her rings in the shoe and she said, “oh yeah, hand me my engagement ring” 😳😳😳.  Well you can guess where this story goes next. First Matt decided to rent a metal detector and actually did a great job removing all of the bottle caps and pop tops from the area ( I appreciate that 😉).  Unfortunately those machines are just not built to find anything made of precious metal around saltwater or after it has dropped deeper in the sand.  In fact when they finally called me and I came out, you could see his tracks where he had gone directly over the spot with the rental detector.  It didn’t take long once I finally got to the beach and I’m very glad I got to return such an important ring.  Thanks for letting me help you out Matt!

Lost Ring Portofino Pensacola Beach – FOUND!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

Well believe it or not I found my third Texas A&M class ring of the year!  I think that if I find a fourth, I should get an honorary Aggie t-shirt. 😃  I had the pleasure of meeting Evan and his girlfriend Dallas who were in town with family out at Portofino over the weekend. Evan found me on Ringfinders and reached out and let me know that he had a big problem.  He was playing paddleball out in the water with Dallas when his brand new solid gold class ring went flying off his hand.  They all tried looking for it but weren’t able to find it.  I let him know that I would be glad to come find it for him.  As is often the case, it wasn’t where it was supposed to be.  Luckily, this wasn’t my first time and after some thorough questioning, re-enactments and a check of the historic tide charts, I was able to give a very happy Evan back his ring.  What I thought was so neat is that Evan and Dallas told me they had seen the post from a few weeks ago where I found a man named Josh’s Texas A&M ring.  Throughout the search Josh told me that he had not removed that ring in 22 years.  Well you can see from the pictures that Josh was class of 97 and Evan is class of 19, exactly 22 years apart.  Isn’t it neat how fate works out sometimes.  😃  Congratulations Evan!

Lost Ring Orange Beach, AL – FOUND!!!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

I am glad to say that I found my second Texas A&M class ring of the year today.  Josh emailed me this morning and let me know that he was throwing football in the Gulf yesterday when his class ring that he has had on his hand for 22 years went flying into the waves.  He immediately began to search for it and some kind strangers helped but the waves just knocked them around and the sand swallowed up the heavy gold ring.  Luckily he called me and I showed up this afternoon and after getting all the information I could, I began the search.  Josh stayed hopeful for the first hour and watched as I uncovered 2 different earrings and some other bits of metal.  I could tell he was starting to get down as I went into the second hour but I assured him that this was normal and the ring could move in heavy surf and sometimes it’s just not where you think it is but I wasn’t giving up.  Josh was kind enough to get me a Gatorade and as I took a break, I asked him to recreate exactly what happened the day before again.  I picked up another detail or two that allowed me to slightly adjust my search.  Sure enough, on the second pass I heard a good signal that had possibility so I called over Josh.  He was definitely not getting his hopes up but I have to say that when he saw the gold flashing in my scoop, I have never had anyone get so excited so fast.  He grabbed it and ran for the beach and then stopped, came back and started jumping up and down high fiving me.  I told him we should high five on the beach so we didn’t lose it again and we headed that way.  By that time, there were tons of people that came up to see if I had really found it.  It was just an awesome time and totally why I do this.  I feel like I’ve made a great new friend in Josh and I am truly happy that I could give him back something that has been such an ever present part of his life and his memories.  Congratulations Josh and thanks for calling me!

 

Lost Ring Fort Morgan, AL – FOUND!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

What a beautiful ring!  I’m so glad that Lindy and her husband Matthew gave me a call yesterday morning.  They are vacationing out on beautiful Fort Morgan, AL for the week and unfortunately, Lindy lost her ring.  She was pretty sure that it had come off while performing Mom duties for her son out in the Gulf but she wasn’t completely sure.  I wasn’t able to come out until after work but the beauty of the Gulf Coast is that we had plenty of time left and the rain had even cleared out so I could start my search.  It wasn’t exactly where they thought which is often the case but by using a grid search technique I found it in the Gulf and put her ring back where it belongs.  Talking afterward, Lindy was trying to explain that even though they could replace the ring, it just wouldn’t be the same.  Lindy works at her church and I told her, even though you can buy an exact replica or even one with bigger diamonds, there is only one that was there the day she and her husband stood in the church and made a covenant with God.  I think she realized then that I really did understand.  😃  Thank you Lindy and Matthew for trusting me to find your ring.

 

Two Rings Lost, Navarre, FL – FOUND THEM BOTH!!!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

This is is why I love what I do!  When Chelsea called from another state, I knew she was skeptical that I could not only find her rings here in FL but also return them.  She explained that she had dropped both the diamond engagement ring and the diamond encrusted band from her Tacori wedding ring set on the beach while visiting Navarre.  I knew what these rings meant to her both financially as well as emotionally and I could only imagine what was going through her mind.  I couldn’t wait to see the smile on her face when I found them.  Chelsea was on a huge beach and as is common, she was not sure where she lost them.  She didn’t even know if they were in the Gulf or the dry sand.  She also mentioned that they had purchased a metal detector and gone back another day and scoured the area with no luck.  I reassured her that I had a few tricks up my sleeve and a couple of top of the line machines that could find her rings much deeper than the machine she purchased.  She began to feel better and I asked my questions I needed to know so that I could start my search.  I had to put in quite a bit of work on this one because of the size of the area but ultimately I was able to find both rings and put them back on her finger.  As you can see from the picture, her husband Jason was just as thrilled as she was.  I am so glad that I was able to find these for you.  Thank you Chelsea and Jason for trusting me.

 

Ring Lost for 1.5 Years – FOUND!!!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

😃 I couldn’t possibly tell this story better than Lindsey herself so here it is below:

 

“It’s a pretty big honor to have the opportunity to tell this story and share the name of the guy who is the reason this story has a happy ending after all. Over a year and a half ago, in October of 2016, my oldest daughter “borrowed” my engagement ring and wedding band which I had taken off while preparing food for a father/son campout birthday party we were hosting for her two brothers later that evening. Without my knowledge, she wore them into the yard not realizing that because they were loose they would fall right off of her hand into the grass. We discovered that both were missing mere moments before my husband came home from work and guests started arriving. The remaining daylight hours of the party turned into a father/son treasure hunt, and while my engagement ring turned up almost immediately, the wedding band was nowhere to be found. One of the guests had a metal detector at his own home less than a half mile away so he allowed us to use it as we continued to look for two more days. My husband even created a crime scene style search grid, but still we found nothing. Fast forward to May 6, 2018. My precious neighbor messaged to ask if we happened to have a metal detector we might be able to loan them. By the time I wrote back and told her we had actually had to borrow one ourselves a while ago, she already had a different solution to her own situation in the works. And since I shared the story of my lost wedding band with her she was quick to let me know what that solution was–a gentleman by the name of Dave Cartee who had come to the rescue when her son’s girlfriend’s promise ring had been lost in the sand at the beach. While I had doubts finding it was even possible because so much time had passed and it might not even be there anymore because it could have been moved great distances by our lawn mower or buried in the mud by flooding during heavy rains, I couldn’t help but call Dave to inquire if I should hold out any hope at all. Jordan had bought me a replacement wedding band last summer, but there was still something so sentimentally special about the original that if it could be found I would not want to pass up the opportunity, even if it meant paying someone with expertise and good equipment to find it. A few minutes after calling Dave, he and his wife showed up. He searched with the beach equipment he already had on him for a while and when the search didn’t turn up anything right away he asked for permission to return with his land equipment on another day. This evening he showed up and after an hour I came out to check on him. It was evident he was calling it a day. I figured maybe he thought it had just been too long since it was lost or it was too hot to work for too long. “Nothing?” I asked. “No, I found a few things. A foil wrapper, a bullet, a penny. And one more thing” he said while digging in a pouch tied to his waist. “Do you recognize this? It was about 3 or 4 inches down buried in the dirt.” At first I really didn’t. It was so encrusted with dirt that I thought it was some old building material that had been dumped in the yard, but the closer I looked I could see the tiny little diamonds and milgrain. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. The best thing about the whole experience: I could tell that my joy over the returned ring brought Dave equally great joy if that’s even possible. It once was lost but now is found. Dave Cartee, you recovered something irreplaceable. We will never forget your kindness or your commitment to seek and save that which was lost. Thank you!”

 

Lost Ring Gulf Shores – FOUND!!!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

What a great find today!  Tanner called me and told me that he had messed up and lost his girlfriend’s ring that he bought for her.  He was at a volleyball tournament she was playing in and was wearing it on his pinky for safe keeping.  Unfortunately, when he was playing a bit of volleyball himself, the ring flew off his finger.  Luckily he called me and I immediately headed that way.  It was a NCAA tournament so there were people everywhere.  We made plans to meet at the giant volleyball 🏐 and they showed me where they thought it might be.  I think they were shocked when I found it in about 2 minutes.  I love to see the smiles when I find it!  Tanner’s Mom was there and said that they had been looking for hours and she was amazed.  I’m so glad I could help!

 

Metal Detector Needed – Mobile, AL

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

Well this was a first for me! Last week, I had a call from a guy in Mobile, AL who explained that he was a Utilities contractor and had found me on www.theringfinders.com. I made sure he knew that I usually find lost rings in the Gulf, etc. and he said, If I can find a tiny little ring, then he’s betting I can find a 70lb valve 3-4ft deep. I told him that I would be glad to try. I was in Mobile for work on Thursday so I went by after and talked to the foreman. I found it only minutes later, quite a long way from where their plans had it listed. Everyone was thrilled and the foreman said I saved them a ton of money because now they could finally start the asphalt. I can honestly say that this was the first time I’ve needed a mini-excavator to dig out my find. 😄 I might need one of those for the beach. Haha

Lost Class Ring – Pensacola Beach Spring Break – FOUND!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

What a great night recovery.  I got a call tonight from Debbie about 7:30 pm very worried about her daughter Lyndsay’s class ring.  It turns out that earlier in the afternoon on Pensacola Beach Lyndsay was trying to take a sunset picture of her gorgeous Texas A&M solid gold class ring and she dropped it straight down into the sand.  As is often the case, even though she thought she knew exactly where it was, she and her family couldn’t find it because of the way the sand moved the gold deeper and deeper.  They finally called me and were wondering if they should buy a metal detector.  I explained why I didn’t think that was a good idea and after a quick chat decided that I would head out to the beach to meet them immediately.  It was a cool night but things went great and I was able to recover her ring for her in less than 15 minutes in the dark.  Not bad for the first recovery of Spring Break 2018.  😊

 

Lost Ring Perdido Key – FOUND

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

This worked out great!  Jason called me and told me that he had lost the wedding band that had been on his finger for 14 years in chest deep water in the Gulf of Mexico.  I felt horrible telling him that I wasn’t able to get in the water for a week because of Doctor’s orders.  I gave him the number of another ringfinder and wished him well.  I called back to check on him a few days later and found out that because of the depth they weren’t able to recover it.  I decided to call my doctor and I got cleared and gave Jason the good news.  I ended up finding it in only 37 mins and mailed Jason back his ring in Illinois.  As you can see, it is back on his finger where it belongs.  Jason was a little shy so he didn’t send a smile picture but check out his testimonial if you really want to see how happy he is.  Congrats Jason!