Gary Mullen, Author at The Ring Finders
Platinum wedding band lost in yard Found
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…!
Pinky ring lost and recovered from local park!
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. 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!
Lost wedding ring found at PA Pocono’s Lake Harmony beach
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.
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!