Toddler Loses Dad's Wedding Band, Found Eighteen Months Later

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platinum-grass-sm1In the summer of 2012, Matt was playing with his two kids in their back yard in San Mateo County. Jonathan, who was two at the time, asked Dad if he could hold his platinum wedding band. Unfortunately, John didn’t fully understand the meaning of the word “hold,” because within seconds the ring was gone.

Matt and his wife Kelly searched for the ring, but couldn’t find it. A family member with a metal detector tried to find it, and was also unsuccessful. Just recently, they looked on the internet and discovered TheRingFinders.

We met Kelly, Matt and Jonathan this afternoon, eighteen months after the ring was lost. The good news was, the yard was small, and Jonathan was unlikely to have thrown the ring over the fence. The other news was, a year and a half of lawn mowing, watering and activity might have put the ring out of reach.

We pulled a variety of junk targets out of the ground. Old style pull tabs, nails, pieces of aluminum and mystery metallic stuff all came out of the ground. Finally, after 90 minutes, we heard a nice clear tone in the proper range for platinum. Another minute, and the ring popped out from under the grass roots.

Of course, Jonathan wanted to hold it again. And he dropped it again.


Thanks for the generous reward, Kelly and Matt!

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2 Replies to “Toddler Loses Dad’s Wedding Band, Found Eighteen Months Later”

  1. Chris Turner says:

    Nice find Dave! Love the harder searches as they are more challenging…2 great smiles and a nice Christmas present…
    Happy Holidays, Chris

  2. Matt says:


    Thanks again for finding my ring! It’s great having it back, and family and friends love the story (seeing as it had a happy ending). You guys were amazing and obviously very skilled. For anyone considering your services, I highly recommend them!!

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