We received a call from Christine about 3pm on Sunday afternoon. She got our name and number from a friend she had told that she had lost her wedding set of 3 rings.
Christine lives on about a acre of land, she had gone out to the back of the property to help her husband bag up some leaves that he had been raking together. They worked together for about a hour and finished up and carried the bags of leaves up to the garage about a half acre away. That was when she realized that her Wedding Set (3 rings) was missing. In a panic, she and her husband looked all over the yard, they dumped the leaf bags out but did not see anything. They spent several hours looking with no luck. Later in the day while talking with her friend, she told her about the lost rings. Her friend said, wait a minute I heard about this website of people who find rings. She Googled and found “The Ring Finders” website and called Christine back and gave her our number.
It was about 3pm when Christine called and she lived 41 miles from us. I told her we would be there in about and hour & a half. We needed to hurry as I was concerned it would get dark and it was already quite cold, and the darkness would only make it colder. We arrived and got our 2 Garrett AT Pros and Pinpointers out then Christine walked us to the back of the acre of property. She showed us all the places she walked and was helping her husband with the leaves. Ellen and I chatted about what area we would grid off visually and began to detect. Within 10 minutes I hear Ellen say “Here’s One”, I joined her as we looked through about 4-6 inches of leaves in a pile but nothing else rang up on the detectors. I told Ellen to keep looking and I ask Christine to show me the bags of leaves, my thinking was that if one ring was in the pile of leaves that they had been bagging then it was likely the other rings would be in the bags of leaves near the garage. I began to scan the full plastic bags of leaves with my detector and got 3 very light hits. I kept scanning but nothing else hit so I backed up to the bag with something metal inside. I tore a small hole in the bag and began to stick my Pinpointer into the bag. As I got a signal, I used my hand to begin pulling out whatever the metal was. 1st hit was piece of wire, the second was a metal screw and the 3rd hit I could not see it. Finally I saw a glint of Gold in the bag. I began to smile but had to fight the leaves to find it, and finally the smallest of the 3 rings rings was found. Christine was standing right beside me and could not believe I found it. Now the only ring missing was the most expensive, the diamond solitaire with several small diamonds around the band. After determining that nothing else was in the 4-5 bags of leaves, I walked back to the rear of the property and told Ellen that I had found one but that one was still missing. She had been working out visual grid and I went back and started back over the grid working the opposite direction. I made several passes checking every 2inch or less hit that I got regardless of the type of signal. Then I got a shaky 44-46 hit that was very weak, as I was checking everything I almost kept going but thank goodness I did not. I reached down and moved the leaves and grass and there it was, the diamond solitaire twinkled at me. I reached down and picked it up and ask Christine, “Would this make you Happy!” She and her husband were so excited and grateful. It is so much fun to see the reaction of our customers when we are successful.
So 3 rings, 1 in the leaf pile, 1 in a trash bag a 1/2 acre away and one in the grass 5-6 feet away from the 1st one.
Another successful hunt for “The Ring Finders”.
Don & Ellen Wilson – Dallas/Ft Worth