Fred Stedtler, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost gold men’s wedding band found Forest Hills,N.Y.

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

Marc was cleaning snow from his car after a recent storm. He did not have gloves on and he shook the cold water off of his hands and realized his gold wedding band had fallen off! He heard a clink of metal to metal , but searching in the dark, he could not find the ring.

Marc searched the internet under lost Ring and was directed to the Ringfinder website. Forest Hills is in Queens, NY and not really my area, the local person was vacationing in Florida, so Marc called me in New Jersey. I met him at the site and proceeded to search the immediate area around the cars. After no success in that area I agreed to search on the other side of a chain link fence and had to check individual hand fulls of snow from next to the fence. My pinpointer told me I had a target in the snow and there was Marc’s ring!

Marc was elated to have his ring back and we celebrated another successful Ring return.

Lost gold dog tag found Pompton Plains, NJ

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)
  • O While playing basketball in his own driveway, Cole’s gold dog tag went flying when the chain holding it on his neck separated. He and his friend and family spent hours searching for the piece. This gold dog tag had great sentimental value as Cole’s best friend has a matching dog tag and he was heart broken to lose it.

after locating me on the Ringfinders site we arranged for a search. I used my metal detector for an hour and a half with no luck. I reasoned it had to be somewhere else. I grabbed a ladder to search the basketball backstop, and there between the glass and the frame the dog tag had wedged itself!

It was a happy reunion with his prized possession and Cole was very thankful I had found it. Further proof that it’s not just rings we can locate.

Silver/ Titanium ring with diamond recovered Montague Township N.J.

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)


Jim was in a playful mood while out with his fiancé in Montague Township, in far Northern New Jersey. They decided to sleigh ride in the fresh, new snow. Jim was not wearing gloves and as he shook the snow off his hands, the Ring went flying. He and his fiancé searched for the Ring without finding it. After Jim contacted me through Ringfinders I met him at the school. After a half hour search I received a promising signal at 2 inches and after moving the snow, there was Jim’s Ring!

he was elated that I found it and this has to be an omen for a good year ahead. Despite the 15 degree temperatures, another successful recovery.

Jim’s ring

Jim happily reunited with his ring

Jim happily reunited with his ring

Silver Claddagh Ring recovered- Ridgewood, New Jersey

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

Corrine had received a Silver Claddagh Ring from her Aunt on her return from a trip to Ireland. Imagine how she felt when, while clearing snow from her car and flicking the snow off her hand the ring flew off!
She and her Father searched for the ring as darkness settled in making a visual search extremely difficult.
Corrine locate Ringfinders while searching for a metal detector. I met her and her Father on Sunday morning and within 5 minutes had located the Ring. It lay next to the driveway beneath 2 inches of snow. She was extremely happy as the ring had much sentimental value. Another disaster averted and smiles all around!

Lost engagement ring recovered-Lake Waywayanda, West Milford,N.J.

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

Kate was running as part of a team in an all night relay race. Part of the 8 mile loop ran across a fresh water beach. In the light rain , her hand had shrunk so her ring was on loosely. As she ran over the beach, she felt her ring fall off. This was a beautiful white gold ring with a star sapphire and diamonds and had tremendous sentimental value to Kate and her husband.
They searched  for the ring in daylight but could not locate it.
She contacted me through the Ringfinders website and arranged to meet at the beach at Lake Waywayanda.
She had an idea where the ring came off, so I picked up my favorite detector and began my grid. We searched two 100ft sections before I moved to the 3rd section of the beach, swung over a small pile of sand and got a 57-60 signal. I told her I had a signal, but sounds too low for your ring . Brushed away 2 inches of sand and there was the ring!
Kate was extremely happy and told me she was certain that I would not find it. Proved her wrong there!

We took pictures and she called her husband to tell him the good news. Smiles all around including a happy couple that were watching the entire search from the edge of the beach.
What a great feeling to return something that means so much!


Pleasantville New York-Platinum engagement ring return

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

Lisa’s ring

Lisa and Cameron reunited with her beautiful ring

Lisa is a school teacher and she was very happy to hear that her school trip was taking place at a park a couple miles from her home. While playing with the children, she threw a beach ball and as the ball left her hands-so did her engagement ring! Much frantic searching ensued, including the help of the park employees after which the lost ring was not located. Lisa’s husband Cameron was then enlisted in the search. He purchased an inexpensive metal detector and looked for the ring without success.

Cameron found out about The Ringfinders and contacted me. We arranged to meet and after the drive to the park, the search was on. As I normally do, I had brought 2 detectors along to have  another tool at my disposal. I asked Cameron if he would want to join me in locating the ring. He agreed to use my spare machine and after a brief lesson in how to use the detector we began our search. After 40 minutes of searching and many errant signals Cameron told me he had a signal that sounded promising. I verified the signal with my detector and after looking through the grass, there was her ring below a shallow layer of soil. Needless to say they were both very happy. Lisa told me she thought we would never find it! But with her husband’s help, we had another successful ring return. the ring is a beautiful Platinum ring with an emerald cut diamond. As always the look of amazement and happiness on the faces of this young couple was priceless!

A little help from your friends! eyeglass recovery-Dobbs Ferry,NY

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

Gui had viewed the Ringfinder directory and contacted me to locate his lost Titanium framed glasses. He had been having fun with his son in the backyard and his glasses got wet,so he rested them on top of his head. In the excitement , they fell off and he tried to find them to no avail.The backyard slopes steeply and is covered in Pachysandra ground cover cover.

I arrived and set up to find his glasses. My wife, Susan had accompanied me as we planned on attending a local craft fair afterwards. After an hour of my searching through the ground cover, she decided to look herself. Within 5 minutes she found the glasses laying on the ground in an area I wasn’t even searching. Another satisfied customer for the Ringfinders. Gui was very happy to get his glasses returned and it was smiles all around. Thank you Sue!

Fred,Gui and glasses

Sue and Gui all smiles!

Lost wedding ring recovered Montgomery, NY

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

Matt was wearing his Great Grandfather’s wedding ring that he had inherited. The ring was 18 carat white gold with a 1 and a half carat diamond .It was October 2016 and they were in a friends back yard taking pictures after his friend’s wedding. Walking back to the car Matt realized his ring had fallen off! He and his friends searched for the ring without finding it. Matt purchased an inexpensive metal detector and could not find the ring. 9 months later,hearing of the Ringfinders on Facebook, Matt called me and set up a time to meet and search the back yard.

I arrived at the yard and saw an area roughly the size of a football field. Talking with Matt we narrowed the search area and I located the ring at 2 inches below the ground after nearly 2 hours . Matt was ecstatic to once again have the ring in his possession. Another successful return!

Man’s lost platinum wedding ring found! Briar Cliff Manor,N.Y.

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

imageimageStu was playing ball with his son in his large backyard in Briar Cliff Manor, N.Y. He removed his platinum wedding ring as it was irritating his finger as he caught the ball. He placed it in his pocket and at the end of the day reached in his pocket and the ring wasn’t there!

He searched the backyard with his son until sundown and then searched through the dark with a flashlight without any success. Stu located the Ringfinders site on the Internet and contacted me to search for his ring.

the first visit did not find the ring after a 2 hour search, I returned later in the weekend and after searching the entire backyard, I got a decent signal and searched through the grass and there was his ring! Cheers and smiles all around and another heart breaking incident avoided.

That has to be one of the best feelings to return a precious lost item to someone that may have given up all hope of ever seeing it again. Another day in the life of a Ringfinder.

Man’s lost Platinum wedding band found- Ramsey, New Jersey

from Mahwah (New Jersey, United States)

image imageRamsey New Jersey was hit with a violent thunderstorm on Sunday,May 31 and Kyle’s crabapple tree lost a major branch.During the cleanup Kyle felt his wedding ring slip off. Hours of searching for the ring without finding  it prompted him to contact me to help in the recovery.

I met Kyle at his house on Monday ,June 1, 2015 to search for his ring. After checking the planting beds and front lawn,I approached the front door and found the ring hidden in the grass. Kyle was elated as he was about to leave for work and a business trip. The return of his ring put a whole new outlook to a rainy Monday.