Del Witters

Gold & Diamonds Wedding Ring Lost in the Willamette River, Oregon – Found & Returned by The Ring Finders

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

How to find a wedding ring in the Willamette River… Call The Ring Finders.
A conversation with Paige raised some concerns but we agreed that it would be best if I conducted a search of the area for her ring. About one week ago, while playing with her son in the river, her wedding ring slipped off her finger. She hired a man with a mask to conduct a visual search but he was unsuccessful. He said his friend had a metal detector but she hadn’t heard back from them; her first concern. Another person inquired via email about the ad she placed and she gave them the specific location of the loss but hadn’t heard anything back from them either; her second concern. Later, in her effort to find a metal detector, she received an email reply with a link to ‘The Ring Finders’; hence our Monday afternoon conversation. Even though Paige had some doubts her ring may no longer be there I assured her that I would either find it or, if not, she will have some closure. We met the following day and I got to work with my Equinox 800 & Xtreme scoop in hand. A little over an hour later and with quite a bit of trash in my pouch I finally had Paige’s ring in my scoop.

Tears of joy flowed freely while she held her ring so I offered her a comforting hug which she promptly accepted; back off Covid Police, I’ve had my shots!

Thank you Paige for the call. Your persistence to use all resources to recover your valuable keepsake paid off. All my best to you and your family.

‘The Ring Finders’, good folks doing great things to help return sentimental memento’s to their owners – Give us a call today.

Gold Wedding Band Lost in Snow McMinnville OR – Found by The Ring Finders Portland & The Gorge

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

In the woods North of McMinnville, OR was Tim’s white gold wedding band hidden under the lingering snow of winter. Asked if I could find it, I replied, “sure can, what happened”. While installing chains and/or shoveling a 30yd path to get on some solid ground Tim’s ring came off. After a beautiful 12 mile drive amongst the timber we arrived on site. I surveyed the area, installed the large coil on my Equinox 800, and got to work. After several passes and a short dig in 3″ of snow I had the ring in hand. “Relieved” among many other words, handshakes, as well as a big grin on Tim’s face expressed his relief and gratitude. It was clear this ring was important to him… he said it also had an engraving inside from his wife Mindy.

‘The Ring Finders’ – Good folks doing Great things to reunite folks with their precious mementos. Give us a call today!

Wedding Band Lost on Beach Manzanita, OR – Found by The Ring Finders Portland & The Gorge

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

Antone called and asked if the Coastal town of Manzanita, OR was to far for me to drive; “No, I’ve found a few rings for folks along the coast over the years, nearly no distance is to far!” My wife’s ears perked up when she overheard me say beach and the 3 ½ hr trek began early the next morning. Once on site, I met Antone, Lyndsey, their bundled up newborn & dog; they were there for a few days of needed relaxation and leaving the next day. There was a staked deep hole & a staked pile of sand where they had hand searched/sifted. I searched the hole first figuring they must have missed it and then the pile. About 4-6” under the pile was the heavy Tungsten ring… mission complete. Disbelief, hand shakes, and talking followed then I recalled my wife was still in the car knitting; I often lose track of time when I’m talking with such nice people who are curious and appreciative.

‘The Ring Finders’ – Good folks doing Great things to reunite folks with their precious mementos. Give us a call today!


Gold Wedding Band Lost McMinnville, OR – Found by The Ring Finders Portland & The Gorge

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

Steve lost his wedding band while cleaning up yard debris from the recent ice storm. Over the phone the potential loss areas seemed reasonable for a search but unfortunately the exact location was mostly unknown. When we surveyed the 4 main work sites, the 20′ diameter x 4′ high brush pile, and accounted for transiting to/from sites, the area covered approximately 1/2 acre; possibly a 3+ hr search. I was thinking I should have packed a lunch… fortunately Joanie, his wife, had made homemade brownies!
For a rental detector with the typical small coil and generally limited capabilities the task would seem impossible but with my Tesoro 3″ x 18″ clean-sweep coil the odds improved considerably. Steve suggested primary, secondary, and tertiary locations given the amount of work at each location. The large area of leaves at the primary location was the perfect combination for loss due to wetness and poor visual search conditions so that is where I started. Thankfully, our hunch was correct and the large search coil made for a relatively quick find.
A successful ring find & return always makes the long road trip more enjoyable… Thank you Steve & Joanie for the good day. Oh, did I mention the delicious brownies!
“The Ring Finders” – Good folks doing great things to reunite people with their precious jewelry! Give us a call today.


Gold & Diamond Ring lost in Vancouver, WA – Found by The Ring Finders Portland & The Gorge

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

Stephanie was throwing a ball to her dog when her ring fell off. The snow covered ground complicated a visual search so the internet search began for help. All references pointed to the use of a metal detector but the same information explained there was a learning curve to success and not all rental detectors are up to the task. They opted for the most reasonable option which was to call to a member of The Ring Finders. The area was marked when I arrived so I got to work in the most logical direction given Stephanie’s explanation of events. Having searched a reasonable distance with no results I returned to the starting point and searched the opposite direction, Bingo. Hidden in the snow, approximately 3′ behind the direction of throw, was Stephanie’s custom white gold wedding ring!
Brad & Stephanie were very happy to have their wedding day ring back on her finger.

The Ring Finders, good folks doing great things to reunite people with their priceless jewelry. Give us a call today!

Platinum, Alexandrite & Diamond Engagement Ring Lost in Snow – Found by The Ring Finders Portland

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

One good turn deserves another!
Shawna helped dig a man’s car out, twice along her street, during a rare Portland snow storm and shortly after discovered her newly resized engagement ring was gone. The ring was on a necklace keeper she had purchased to use why working in the kitchen and figured it would be equally as safe while outside, nope! After buying a detector and becoming frustrated with the constant beeping she opted to hit the internet for help. “The Ring Finders” came highly recommended and she found my info. I met Shawna the next morning hoping to find the ring before the plows destroyed it. One area was untouched other than traffic but closer to the main street the area was plowed. The untouched area is where she spent most of her time but it wasn’t there. The second area was mounds of snow nearly 18″ deep due to plowing. Shortly after starting that search my Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector sounded off on a solid tone that is typical of a ladies platinum sized ring. As luck would have it, slightly covered by the icy snow, was her beautiful engagement ring in pristine condition.
Tears of joy, abundant thank you’s, and the long hug clearly told the story of what the ring and their engagement meant to her… I can’t say it enough, I will never tire of these moments of joy!

“The Ring Finders”, good folks doing great things to reunite people with their special pieces of jewelry. Give us a call today!

Lost Gold Diamond Emerald Wedding Ring – Found Columbia River

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

While swimming, Crystinia lost her gold engagement ring along with her Titanium wedding band.  Crystinia noticed her rings missing while sitting on a nearby log with a friend. They searched the water hoping to catch a glimpse of them but they most likely disappeared immediately in the sandy bottom. Her husband had thought it would be simpler to buy her a new one but she insisted on trying to locate her set, the ones she wore on her wedding day.  An email, followed by a phone conversation, prompted my drive to Sauvie Island along the Columbia River.  We established some search boundaries of the swim area and I got to work. A little over 2hrs later, in chest deep water, I had both rings in my scoop… mission complete!
A sigh of relief, smiles, and “thank you” is such a good moment to share. I love the opportunities & rewards this hobby provides.

The Ring Finders, good folks doing great things to reunite people with their sentimental jewelry… give us a call!

Lost Gold Chain in Columbia River – Found & Returned by The Ring Finders

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

Jose was swimming in the Columbia River near Hood River, Oregon when he noticed his chain was missing; the chain he received from his Mother and worn every day since. Frantically he searched the water where he thought it came off but a successful visual search is nearly impossible given a large body of water and sandy bottom. A couple days later he found The Ring Finders and my info. I explained that chains are an unusually tough target to detect but top-of-the-line equipment and the large clasp may work to our advantage. The sand spit they were on is roughly 1/4 mile long and their exact location was foggy. My first search lasted 3 hrs with no recovery. I returned the following day, by myself, and referenced a picture he sent me. According to the references on the picture we were off by 40yds on our first search. My 2nd & 3rd searches lasted about 2.5hrs each with the same results. On my 4th search, 2 weeks after the loss, the river had dropped 1.5′ which allowed me to rig up my XP Deus with HF Coil for water operations. Approximately 2hrs into that search, Bingo! A sharp tone, followed by slight sand movement with my foot, revealed a gold colored item & seconds later Jose’s chain was in my scoop.

Have I mentioned these events cause people to do crazy things… smile, hug, shake hands, and smile some more!!!
The focused task of a 4 day and 10 hour search was quickly forgotten when I reunited Jose with his special chain.

“The Ring Finders”, good folks doing amazing things to reunite people with their special jewelry!


Gold and Diamond Engagement Ring Lost Happy Valley, OR – Found and Returned

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

Please send warm thoughts or prayers to a newly engaged couple, Naomi and Ruben, who have been engaged 17 days today… every ring has memories this story is just one of them.

As they gathered to play volleyball Naomi thought it would be best to put her engagement ring in her shirt pocket for safe keeping. A short while later she discovered it missing. 25 people walked a line searching the 3″ dense grass with no luck. They borrowed a metal detector and still came up empty; I can only imagine her agony. The following day Ruben happened to find my info on the internet and a few hours later we met. The large sports field was quickly narrowed to a 30’x30′ area with subsequent expansion areas if needed. Their recollection of the loss area and a Minelab Equinox with 15″ coil made relatively short work of the recovery. Happiness, oh, the happiness, never gets old and Covid, forget it, her hug, his handshake, and their thankfulness made my day!

Ruben and Naomi I wish for you many blessed days and years ahead on your journey of marriage.

The Ring Finders, good folks doing great things to reunite people with their precious jewelry.

Custom Silver/Gold Wedding Band Found in the Sandy River near Gresham, OR

  • from Portland (Oregon, United States)

Jesse lost his one-of-a-kind wedding band while playing in the Sandy River near Gresham, OR. The 7 gold nuggets represent him, his wife, and the 5 children of their family; rose gold for his wife.  He and his family searched the zero visibility waist deep water with their bare feet only to come up empty.  The despair of losing such a special piece of jewelry can deflate the fun of any outing.  He reached out to his neighborhood internet site for ideas and The Ring Finders came up… the next day at 3pm my search began with a Minelab Equinox w/ 15″ coil and a Xtreme Scoop manufactured by my friend and fellow Ring Finder John Volek.

Amazement & joy by all, including other river patrons, filled the river canyon when Jesse announced, “he found it!!”. It always fills my heart when I’m able to find and return such a special ring.

The Ring Finders, good people doing great things to reunite folks with their special jewelry!