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Lost wedding ring in Cincinnati, Ohio, recovered on couple’s anniversary!

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

About a week before Christmas I was contacted by a young woman regarding my helping in the search for her husband’s lost wedding band. Her husband was certain his ring had been lost while he was clearing brush on their property. The area the ring had been lost in was covered with undergrowth, honeysuckle and a thick carpet of leaves and the couple and a few of their friends had already searched unsuccessfully for the ring for over ten days.

After finding me via my Book Of Smiles on the Ring Finders web site, they decided to contact me for my assistance. It just so happened that the next day after dark, which was my earliest opportunity to search, was also the date of their wedding anniversary and I promised them I would do my best. After walking the site with the couple and reviewing their memories of the events of the day the ring was lost, we agreed on likely location for me to start my search and I got to work.

I had searched just three small grids of the area we had reviewed when I heard the tone I was hoping for. All of us were pleased and surprised when in just under an hour into my search I located and returned their lost wedding ring!

Smiles all around, I was so glad to have been able to help make their Anniversary day even happier!

Found – Wedding Ring Lost While Raking Leaves In Cincinnati Ohio!

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, I had been searching late for another lost wedding ring and I was headed home just after dark when I noticed a text message regarding another wedding ring that had been lost earlier that day. I happened to be within a few miles of the site and so I called to see if a night search was agreeable.

I connected with the ring’s owner and we arranged to meet right away. She and a friend walked me through the search area they had defined and they showed me they had taken care and saved all of the leaves they had raked piling them in their search area. After having searched for hours unsuccessfully seeking another wedding ring earlier, I was glad to help out and this hunt helped me to end my day on a positive note!

Here is the owner’s story:

“I was raking leaves in my backyard, when I looked down at my hand and noticed that my wedding band had fallen off. I had only gotten married a month ago and hadn’t gotten my ring sized properly yet. I was sure we would never be able to find it among all the leaves and we spent two hours combing through the yard to no avail. After it got dark, we found Doug on the ring finders website and decided it was worth it to give him a call. Within an hour he was at our house with his equipment and he found my ring within three minutes! I was so relieved and grateful that someone like Doug would take the time to use his talents to help us!”

Engagement ring lost when canoe capsized, Cincinnati, Ohio

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

“Would love to get your help if you’re available. My daughter lost her engagement ring in river today when our canoe capsized. It was today, Sunday, 6/11/17. We have the exact coordinates. It’s about 15-18 inches of water. We would be eternally grateful if you could help. THANK YOU!!!”.

I was knee deep in water searching for another lost ring when my phone received this message and unfortunately it was late afternoon when I retrieved it. Rain was forecast for the coming week and when it came it was very heavy at times. Though we tried searching during the next week, the water level was higher and the current stronger making searching tough and so we decided to try again when conditions had improved. Hoping for low water and reduced current, we had no idea I would be searching over two months for this ring.

The area where the ring was lost was challenging for canoes and the rains we received were exceptionally heavy for early summer and these factors combined to make searching challenging and sometime just not possible. Over the next few weeks I helped rescue capsized canoes and found many lost items, keys, glasses, phones, clothes, trash etc. When I could do so, I was also removing nails, fish hooks, scrap iron, pop cans, tabs and foil, all of the types of things I should have been finding, but unfortunately, there was no ring.

With ‘dog days’ came improving water conditions which we had hoped for and I continued searching, but again and again I left our search area without the ring. On Sunday August 20th, I decided to try again, just one last time. Going in after a lite rain I was apprehensive but widened my search area and after only about an hour I received several mixed signals, one was of the type I had been hoping for and I was both surprised and pleased to finally recover this ring in a hand full of rocks and gravel.

I was happy to help and so glad to be able to recover this engagement ring because the ring was lost not long after this couple’s wedding, but also because of this couple’s smiles indicating how happy they are to have it back beside the wedding band on the bride’s hand!

Chris Turner, founder of the Ring Finders is absolutely right, it is all about the smiles.

Best wishes and good luck to you all with your searches!


Gun stolen, tossed, lost, found, Cincinnati, Ohio.

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

I recently received a call from a woman who found me via our Ring Finders web site. She indicated her request was probably unlike those I normally receive and she asked if I would help with her search. She explained to me that earlier in the day, a friend had threatened her and stolen her handgun which she reported to the police.  Later that morning, her friend while attempting to elude police on a motorcycle, reportedly tossed her gun somewhere along the side of a wide public thoroughfare just prior to being captured.

The woman said she was very concerned that her gun might be found by a child or a pedestrian and/or that someone might be hurt and so she had been searching all day for it herself. We discussed the route her friend had reportedly traveled and some landmarks and I promised to help search as soon as I could. I worked late that night but was able to start my search just after dark at the start of the area we discussed. I gradually worked back and forth toward the spot where her friend was pulled over. About halfway through my search area, I received a very strong, loud signal and I almost could not believe my luck.

I phoned the police, reported my find and filled out a report for them and I contacted the gun owner to let her know also, hoping she would be able to relax a little after a very stressful day.

Cell phone recovered while searching for ring, Cincinnati, Ohio

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

I was on a search for an heirloom wedding band that had been lost while the couple had been canoeing. The water level was low in my search area but the current strong and after searching for some time with no luck, I did recovered a cell phone. Though the phone was probably ruined, when I separated it from its protective case, I found a note pressed tightly between the case and phone. The note, though damp, was in great condition and it included owners name and out of state address on it.

Thinking the owner might have been vacationing in our area, I decided to try and contact the owner to let her know I had recovered it. All worked out and I was glad to be able to return the phone.

Here is the owner’s story:
“I received the phone in the mail today. Thank you for returning it to me! I thought I would never see it again, since we went back to search for it twice after our canoe tipped in the river. We were canoeing about three weeks ago in the river when we came to a fork, just before the end of our six mile canoe trip. We decided to go left, since the shape of the river on that side was a bit faster than the right side. We approached a tree stump in the water and I tried to steer us away from the log, but we didn’t act soon enough. To our great surprise, the canoe bumped the log and flipped! Next thing I knew we were in the water, our stuff streaming past us in the fast current. I managed to grab some water bottles and towels floating by, but my phone was already nowhere to be seen. It took us a while to get the canoe flipped right side up again, and we were all drenched and tired. We went back to that area of the river to search for it twice: once the day it happened and once two days later, but had no luck. I thought I would never see my phone again!  Thanks again, and good luck with your search!”

Successful High School Graduation Ring Return, Clermont County, Ohio

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

Having recently graduated, Kyle and his girlfriend were visiting some local parks and just beginning to enjoy their summer. Kyle’s girlfriend had been wearing his class ring on a leather thong around her neck and somehow, somewhere they had visited, it had been lost. They had been revisiting and searching all the sites they remembered they had visited but they were unable to find it.

About a week or two later while searching for another ring lost at a local park, I was fortunate to recover Kyle’s class ring. I immediately set about researching the ring, contacting the ring manufacturer and the local high school that I suspected the ring might have come from. I had a lot of information to go on, his name Kyle was on the ring, his initials were engraved inside the ring, and the school mascot was noted on the ring.

I received assistance right away from the school summer staff but we were unable to find the rings owner until after about a week had passed, one staff member at the school noted that their mascot was also the mascot of another school that was not so far away. This was the break we needed. The staff at the second high school I contacted were also very helpful and after searching their yearbook they were able to get me in contact with Kyle within hours.

Returning a lost ring is a rewarding experience and I really appreciated all of the help I received which enabled me to return this ring. Kyle was very surprised to see his ring again, but I think he was most happy because he was able to surprise his sweetheart and return his ring to her!

Lost Engagement Ring Recovered, Hamilton, Ohio

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341


I received a text message early one Sunday morning explaining how a young lady had lost her engagement ring after attending an outdoor concert and festival and asking if I would help in the search. When we spoke, the young lady told me she and a group of friends had looked for her ring until early in the morning using their cell phone flash lights but that they had been unable to find it.

I had a previous commitment early on Sunday and promised to call her as soon as I was free in the afternoon. When I called she told me that she and a friend with a metal detector had already searched for over six hours and been unable to find her ring. She was concerned that perhaps another festival attendee might have found her ring the night before and that it might no longer even be there.

I offered to search anyway if she thought it worthwhile and she said yes it was. We met at about 3:00 pm and she recounted her evening while walking me along the path she remembered taking to her vehicle which was where she thought she had lost her ring. Bottom line, she was uncertain and I was thinking we could be in for a long search of easily three or more hours to cover my grid area which I estimated as roughly half a football field and which was littered and obviously traversed by many festival goers.

I started my search in a corner of my grid area that the young lady did not really think was the correct area, but she had mentioned to me during our walk through that her fiance thought it was a good possibility. I decided to enlarge my grid by an additional fifteen yards just before starting my search and not ten minutes into my search, my detector returned a very strong signal. I could not believe our luck as I saw her ring lying right there in the grass under my coil.

As I walked toward her car, giving her a thumbs up, she was speaking with her fiance on her cell phone and I don’t think she believed it at first, but then she noticed her ring on my finger and she was all smiles, crying happily and excitedly updating her fiance.

I had already had a great morning with friends and recovering this young lady’s engagement ring and seeing her smile made my day even better. I still cannot believe how fortunate we were and what a GREAT day it turned out to be for both of us!



Two recoveries on Saturday, one ring found and one medal, Cincinnati, Ohio

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

I received an email from a gentleman who wrote that he had lost his wedding ring while cutting his grass.

“One afternoon while cutting my grass I had placed my wedding ring in my pocket.  I had a habit of putting my ring in my pocket because I had lost weight and the ring would barely stay on my finger.  After waking inside from mowing the grass, I reached into my pocket to put my ring back on and it was gone.  I knew I had it on before I started mowing and I had only taken a few steps into the house when I realized it was gone – so  it must have fallen out of my pocket while mowing my lawn.  I looked around in a few places and tried several “solutions” for finding the ring in the yard that I found on the internet, but it is a really big yard and a really small ring by comparison.  Nothing I tried worked and I had pretty much given up on the hope of finding my ring.
A couple weeks later I was watching the news and saw a story about someone losing their ring on the beach while on vacation.  They said they called ring finders and someone was able to help them find their ring.  I figured I had nothing to lose and found someone locally to see if they could help.  Doug scheduled to come search the yard with his equipment, and he was great.  He searched the yard, it only took him  about half hour to find the ring.  He was responsive, courteous and most importantly he found the ring.  I can’t thank him enough for helping me get the ring back!”

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That afternoon ring recovery went quickly, which turned out to be a really good thing because as I was traveling to the gentleman’s home on Saturday afternoon, I received a call from a woman in a nearby city who said she had lost a religious medal while cutting her grass. She too had been searching for days with no luck and she sadly described to me that she had received the pewter medal on her 19th birthday and that it was a cherished possession because it had been blessed by the Pope. Because of the earlier quick recovery, I was able to travel to her home that Saturday evening to help search for her medal. After just over an hour of searching and talking and remembering the events of the day when she had lost her medal, I got a good strong signal on my detector and there it was. The medal was close to where we felt it should have been, but we were just starting to get worried we might not find it and so we felt we had been blessed when we were able to recover it.


What a great Saturday!

Successful ring recovery, a team effort!

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341
Though just about everyone we spoke with advised us the odds were not good for a recovery, we decided to try anyway. Good things began happening as we prepared to meet and search which only served to increase our confidence that we did in fact have a chance at recovering this ring. I learned so much on this adventure and I am glad that I was able to assist.
Here is the woman’s story:
“On Friday, my mom, aunt, and I went kayaking. I wasn’t really thinking about it and wore my engagement ring, which happened to be my great-grandmother’s ring. We hit an area with a pretty strong current and then there was a tree that had fallen partway across the river. My kayak hit the tree and flipped. In the process, I lost my ring. We tried to look for it but to no avail.
As I was looking for ideas on the internet, I came across the Ring Finders page and figured it was worth a try otherwise we’d always wonder. Doug graciously agreed to come help us out! We also had my aunt come back with her scuba gear. We went right to the spot where I’d fallen and looked for just under an hour. Doug was picking up some activity with his detector and my aunt had his smaller spot finder wand (a Garrett Pro Pointer II) and she was miraculously able to find my ring! I really couldn’t believe it with how strong the current was in the area! My family and I are so relieved to have it back, especially with the connection to my great-grandmother. We could not be more grateful to Doug for coming out and helping us find it! It was truly amazing!”
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Lost Ring Found At Beach, Cincinnati, Ohio

from Cincinnati (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 513-312-0341

I was at a local beach recently when I noticed a woman who looked distressed. I thought she might be crying and as it turned out, she was upset because she had just lost her wedding ring. I happened to have one of my detectors with me and within a few minutes I was able to find and return her ring.

Here is her story:

“My husband, our 3 children and I were at Stonelick Lake State Park swimming at the beach. While we were swimming, I looked down and realized my wedding ring wasn’t on my finger. It had fallen off my finger into the water. I started crying. There was a man on the beach by the name of Doug who came over to where I was at and asked me if I was okay. I told him my wedding ring fell off in the water while I was swimming. He asked me where I was when I noticed my ring was gone and he used his metal detector and a scooper and found my ring in the water. I am so glad that Doug was there or else my ring would be gone forever. I was just so lucky he was there. It was a miracle for me. Doug, thank you and I appreciate it so much for finding my ring for me.

Thank you,

Kasey Fraley-Thompson”