Gary Mullen, Author at The Ring Finders

Diamond engagement ring lost in yard…Recovered!

from Reading (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-610-334-8505

It was noon on 12/06/13 when Kellie B. called me and asked if I was the guy with a metal detector who found rings for people.  I told her that I was and she proceeded to hesitantly tell me that she had lost her engagement in her yard the evening prior, had been on her hands and knees searching for it all morning, and was desperate.  She provided me her address, which was two counties area, and I told her that I would be there as soon as I could.  I arrived in her driveway at 1:45 PM. Kellie provided me with some details and I explained to her how I planned to search for her ring, which she described as an intricate silver ring (possibly white gold) with a large diamond.  I proceeded my east-west 20 ft x 50 ft grid and had begun my north-south grid when I asked Kellie if her pickup truck had been moved since yesterday, she said it had not been moved.  I asked her if she checked the truck bed which she had not, but immediately did but it wasn’t there.  I visually scanned around and under the truck with no luck either.  I asked her if she had been on the opposite of the truck and she said no.  I proceeded to check the side yard between the driveway and the road and at the end of the second pass received a good tone, but nothing showed on the surface with was more or less packed pine needles and dirt.  I checked with the Pro-Pointer and scraped away some of the needles and saw the ring.  I placed on my little finger and began walking toward when Kellie was on her elevated deck; looking very concerned except when I showed her what was on my finger, not believing what I was showing her, she came down the steps and looked long and hard, then she smiled the biggest smile at me and gave me a huge hug.  I one point she had asked me what all this was going to cost her…at that moment I told her that was what I do it for – the smiles!004 002 003  The huge smile that Kellie has on her face spoke volumns to me; as her untold story is of a Lady who carries a burden beyond what I could possibly bare.  I am truly blessed and feel fortunate to have met her as she is an inspiration to me!

Platinum wedding band lost in yard Found

from Reading (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-610-334-8505


On Tuesday 11/12/13 I received a call from Rush, who prefers to be called “Jay”, and asked me if I could find his wedding band.  He said he said he lost it on Sunday the 10th in the yard of a buddy of his while playing football.  

He said the yard was fairly large and covered in leaves.  They started raking the leaves around in hopes of finding the ring which he said was platinum.  He said he was frantic and his wife of 3 months was very upset.

They began calling stores to buy or rent a metal detector with no luck, but then Googled and were directed to DeMarco Detector Sales of Millville, NJ.  He called and talked with Joe DeMarco, who provided him with my name and phone number.  Due to conflicting schedules we agreed to meet on Thursday 11/14 (today) at 9;00AM.

 I also spoke with his buddy, the property owner, and obtained his permission to be on his property for the search. I arrived on-time after a 1-1/2 hour trip and I took the opportunity to peruse the yard and take a few pictures of the search area.  When Jay arrived he showed me where they had been tossing the football, goofing around, and even having a friendly wrestling match in the leaves.

He also said one time he jumped up to catch the ball and in his left hand which hit fairly hard while he was near a large patch of thick ivy ground cover.  I set up my grid strategy and got to work, first in an east-west pattern. There were multiple target indications of 2″ or less which I checked with my Garrett Pro-Pointer.I then changed to a north-south pattern.  

I estimated the area as being 100 feet x 50 feet, and finally received tone we all have come to know as “the one”.  Moving the leaves away was the ring; I stopped set my Garrett AT-Pro down, retrieved my camera from my trouser pocket and took the picture you see here.  Jay came walking over with a very somber and concerned look on his face, but it turned into a big smile when I showed him his ring.  He gave me bear-hug and I did see just a slight tearing up and he said how happy his wife will be.  We took some pictures and I even showed him how to work my metal detector and what I listen for.  I think he wants one – Joe!  Thank you Jay for the generous reward and hope to meet you again down the road…!  WEDDING BAND FOUND 111413 (2) WEDDING BAND FOUND 111413 YARD SEARCH AREA 111413 (3) WEDDING BAND FOUND 111413 (3)

Pinky ring lost and recovered from local park!

from Reading (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-610-334-8505

 Thursday October 10th was a cloudy, rainy day and I received a phone call from my wife informing me that her friend and co-worker’s daughter had lost a ring at one of our community parks and to expect a phone call.  As I was already on a search of a front yard trying to find a “lost” wedding ring from the summer and was still searching for it (but that’s another story), I received a call from Nikki S. who told me that she had received a unique pinky ring as a gift from a friend from her trip to Italy just two days ago, had worn it to Dietrich’s Park to attend a bon-fire and car smash pep rally for the local high school football team the evening before. She described the ring as silver and was vines of flowers and that she had it on when she got there and didn’t have it when she got back to the car.  I responded to the park and ironically met Nikki’s husband, J.R., who was tearing the car apart trying to find the ring.  He explained where Nikki and kids allegedly mingled around watching the events and the areas she did not venture to or beyond.  He had to get back to work and left.  I began my grid search and with the exception of a couple of freshly dropped quarters I was unable to find her ring in the grass.  The rain was now a steady downpour and I opted to return the next day, but as it turned out was even more rainy than Thursday.  On Saturday Oct.12th I returned to the park and began my grid from the opposite direction and expanded it to include a macadam and gravel driveway and the grassy berm.  I had searched slowly and methodically, and finding two more fresh drop quarters.  I had searched about 50 yards when I received another good signal and when I parted the grass blades…there it was.  101213 RING RECOVERY 001   I took a picture of it and sent it to Nikki, who called me and verified that it was her ring and that she would meet me at the park in a few minutes.  She apparently lives very close as she and her Mom, Cathy, arrived there in record time!  She was smiling from ear to ear when I returned the ring to her…A picture is worth a thousand words!  101213 RING RECOVERY 008

Lost wedding ring found at PA Pocono’s Lake Harmony beach

from Reading (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-610-334-8505

On Sunday August 25th I received a call from Joe DeMarco of Demarco Detector Sales; Millvale, NJ who told me that he had received a frantic call from Tammy who lost her wedding ring on a private beach in Lake Harmony-Big Boulder area in PA’s Pocono region. I spoke with Tammy who was very stressed and distraught, said she a friends had stayed in the resort area for the past weekend and were playing volleyball in the private beach area when she noticed her rind missing. She said they searched for a long time and used borrowed rakes to try and find it.  She also said that they had to leave and return home for work the next day in NY, NY. Not being familiar with the area, making numerous inquiries, and researching the location on-line, it was determined that my travel time from Reading, PA was between 1:50 to 2 hours, and since the beach closed at 5pm, I opted to travel there the next morning.  Tammy seemed pleased with that.  On Monday the 26th I left home at 7am and arrived at the fenced private beach at Lake Harmony at 9:15am only to find it locked up. After some phone calls and some detective work I found Linda Nace who was the official/un-official caretaker of the beach area.  She said she was aware of the lost ring and showed me where Tammy had been playing volleyball and where they had their blankets and towels sun bathing.  I began my search at around 9:50 with the volleyball court. Not having any promising tones except small coinage, I extended my grid search to include the area between the volleyball court and the blanket area.  That is where I received the tell-tale tone, and took a fairly decent scoop of sand.  There it was…and it matched the description that Tammy had provided.  I texted her a picture and she confirmed it!  We are working out details of how we will meet-up so I can present the couple with her ring.

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On August 30th my wife and I traveled up to Lake Harmony to meet with Tammy and Shivan.  As it turns out the ring was actually lost by Shivan that day on the beach and was so terribly distraught could not talk and so Tammy took over for Shivan in her best behalf.  Well, the pictures of Shivan’s smile says it all and her wedding ring is now where it belongs!  Let me introduce you; Shivan is on the left and Tammy on the right, and are the most gracious and friendly couple I have met.  I sincerely wish them a long and happy life together and thank them for the generous reward!

Lost Wedding Ring Found at Blue Marsh Reservoir Swimming Area. Pennsylvania

from Reading (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-610-334-8505

On Sunday July 28th at 8:30am I received an email from Greg S. that he had lost his 14k gold wedding band while swimming at the Blue Marsh Reservoir swimming area on Saturday the 27th. 

I immediately called Greg and after a short interview over the phone, I headed for the Blue Marsh. I arrived quickly and after making the necessary preparations entered the water at 9:15am. While there I noticed another detectorist in the water and asked him if he had found anything, which he responded he did not. 

 I started an east-west grid search from the mid-point buoy marker to its left side and received no positive target tones. I then began a north-south grid search, and after 3 hours, I left the water as the area was very crowded with swimmers.  I returned back at 3:30pm, and although it was still very crowded, managed to expand the search area more toward the center, but still was not successful. 

I must have called Greg 3 times to explain to me what his activity was when he lost the ring and where he was relative to the pavilions.  At 6:30pm I decided to stop for the day, but would return the next morning. I stayed in contact with Greg when I got home and he told me he would like to meet me there the next day…I said c’mon down, gave him a description of my truck, and told him I would most likely already be in the water.

I was at the gate Monday morning the 29th when the rangers opened it.  I registered my presence at the park and paid the day fee.  I was in the water at 8:05am and began another east-west grid search where I could not the day before because of the swimmers.  At about 9:30am I met Greg who explained the area where he was swimming.  I continued my grid more to the right of center then I had been before and then I got it; the tone of tones I was looking for. 

By now the water was at my chin and after about eight attempts to get it in my scoop, there along with a lot of small crushed rocks was the glint of gold.  I picked it out and placed it on my finger.  I exited the water and approached Greg and said to him “Please tell me this is your ring”, he looked at it, checked it, and said “Yes, it’s mine”!  He told me his wife was very distraught over the loss of the ring, and it took only about 30 seconds for her to call him back and give her the good news. Here’s the smiling face of Greg with his ring.  072913 HAPPY GREG S. FOUND IT!