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…!