I was contacted by a very concerned father who stated that two class rings were lost on the same day in Lake LBJ. The water level was high and there was plenty of water fun by several people that afternoon. The Lower Colorado River Authority had lowered the lake by 5 feet (not just for us) but for residents to work on their docks, which made the chances of recovery much greater. After getting the details of each loss, the first attempt was made on January 22, 2017.
One young man was jumping off the dock when his Northern Arizona University ring flew off his hand, the other ring was a Texas A&M ring which went flying into the water while throwing a football. Neither ring was located on the first attempt.
After regrouping, second attempt was made on February 5th because on February 9th the LCRA was going to refill the lake to it’s normal level. After a couple of hours of searching, the Garrett AT Pro hit on a possible target. The scoop picked up some mud and after sifting the mud out, there it was. A beautiful NAU Lumberjack class ring.
The ring was returned to a very happy Lumberjack Jordan Anderson. The second ring was not located. It would have been nice to have a double recovery.
Did you ever have one of those call-outs that just seemed odd from the git go? I got an e-mail from a very nice man who explained that he was going through a rather messy divorce and wanted me to check his yards for a missing ladies 18k gold engagement ring. No different than many of the other call-outs that I had and no mention that she was upset and threw it into the yard, but that he wanted me to check his yard for the ring. Ok, I’ll bite. I met him and met his dogs and he lead me to one of the side yards to be checked and he gave me the basis for the yard checks. He wanted to see if any one of his three dogs might have swallowed the ring and …..let’s say, deposited it in the yard. Ewwwwwww, so being the professional I am and representing The Ring Finders, I gave it a go. Tiptoeing over, around and hopefully not thru the land mines was foremost on my mind as was the metal detector itself. He told me to pay attention to the yard yummies as that would be the most likely spot if the ring was there. After checking both yards around the house, I am happy to say that the dogs elimination has been eliminated. Fido, Muffy, and Buffy are no longer suspects.
I guess lightening strikes twice in the same neighborhood. Hieka sent me an e-mail that her ring was “somewhere in my front yard” and she lives within five blocks of last weeks recovery. I eased her apprehension and told her that her ring would be found, no doubt about it. I arrived at her house and she pointed to the area she thought her ring might be in. She was doubtful that her ring could be found in her well manicured lawn which was 4″ deep. I told her “No Problem, we’ll find it.” I searched the area most where it most likely was but no results, I could see the concern in her face so the search area was widened. The Garrett AT Pro then did what it does best, I got a good signal, checked it with the Pro Pointer and buried 4″ down in the thick grass was her ring. After a quick photo, I gave her back her ring and the smiles started. Chalk another one up to The Ring Finders for another successful recovery.
I was contacted by Ashley Rasdorf in Killeen Texas concerning her ring that was laying on a table, picked up by her daughter and thrown into the yard. They bought a second hand metal detector but after days of trying, they could not find it. It was imperative that the ring be found as they are moving and she didn’t want to leave it behind. So I got the e-mail and we agreed to attempt a recovery on Sunday morning. I arrived and was met by a worried Ashley who led me to the search area which was her back yard with the lawn about three inches tall. Three passes over the search area and the AT Pro hit on a signal that registered 50 on the screen, the Pro Pointer lead me right to it and there it was. I called Ashley over, showed her the ring and I had one happy young lady on my hands. Now they can
move and not have that nagging feeling that they left her ring behind.
It started with a call from a very nice lady who had lost her ring two or three months ago. Her husband and herself had been working in the front yard and the next thing you know, her ring is missing. They bought a small metal detector but they couldn’t find it, so I got the call. It took about fifteen minutes and the Garrett AT Pro started to sing. A quick confirmation with the ProPointer and there it was, her wedding band waiting to be rescued. I picked it up, asked her if she had seen this ring before and her smile was worth a million dollars. After a quick cleaning using her shirttail, the ring went back on her finger. Home sweet home.
Another search was made at Lake Pflugerville where a triathlete lost his platinum wedding band in the shallow water. Plenty of twisty-ties were found, along with the usual bottle caps, ring pull tabs and two pairs of sunglasses….but no men’s wedding band. I met and spoke to a fellow metal detector who was working the beach area and she said that several rings have been lost in this lake but she has yet to locate one either. I don’t feel so bad now.
To make use of a lazy Saturday, I decided to try out the new Garrett AT Pro during a training day. I have seven planters with many different types of items buried from one inch to 4 inches in each planter. The planters are very mobile and can be moved to any area for training. Items ranging from a piece of rebar, silver coins, earrings, ring pull tab, keys, .22 shells, .45 bullets, to a paperclip next to a copper penny. The AT Pro worked like a champ, I ran it through the different search modes and I am not disappointed with this machine. Those who use this machine and the AT Gold know what I am talking about. The AT Pro is a great addition to my stable of detectors.
Newest addition to my metal detector lineup will be the Garrett AT Pro, it will complement the Whites Classic IDX and the Garrett Ace 250 very well and promises to be the “go to” detector. I got the 5.8X11 and the 5X8 search coils in the sports package.
I had a search at lake Pflugerville in Pflugerville Texas on May 19 & 20 where a man’s ring was lost in the shallow swim area. Lots of trash was recovered and removed from bottom of the swim area but the ring was not found. I’ll make a return trip to the lake in another attempt to recover the ring and return it to the owner.
The Garrett AT Pro should be of great help in the Lake Travis area as well as Lake Georgetown, Granger Lake, and numerous bodies of water in the Central Texas area. I will report on an upcoming training day and compare the Ace 250 with the AT Pro on several targets ranging from bottle caps, to silver coins, to gold rings.
Lost Ring Austin, Texas
Lost your ring, jewelry, keys, or other valuable items at the park or in your own yard, and thought it was gone forever?
The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service now in Austin, Texas and the Central Texas region. I can also travel to Travis, Williamson, Bell, Bastrop, Hayes, Llano, and Burnet counties to help you locate your lost items.
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The City of Austin prohibits metal detecting in city parks, I can work to secure a permit with the City of Austin so that your valuables can be located and returned to you. If any permits are required for searches, I can work with the local government to secure those permits.
I am a member of the Federation of Metal Detectors and Archeological Clubs, Inc. in addition to Law Enforcement Ground Search Certified by the Garrett Academy of Metal Detecting. I am available to Law Enforcement agencies for Crime Scene Searches.