Gregg Larabel, Author at The Ring Finders

Holland State Park yield’s wedding ring set

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

A text to Tracy M. C. today: “Tracy, Your rings have been lost for over 8 days in Lake Michigan, in good and bad water conditions. I have searched for hours, my friend has helped, he came back the next day with another detector guy, my Ring Finder partner, Dave Boyer, came out yesterday and grid the area between buoys 9-11 and could not find them and I came out again this morning and grid the same area, 50′ X 50′, from the shore to up to my neck. I am calling it quits. Call me back”.

Tracy called me back and was thankful for all we had done and accepted the fact that the rings were gone. I told her, “no they are not lost, I QUIT LOOKING, because I found them.” Her rings were soldered together.

After some happy moments on the phone Tracy and her husband Kevin C. made arrangements to come to my house tomorrow to pick up the rings and add her to my “Book of Smiles”.

Wedding Ring recovered in Indian Lake, Howard City, Michigan

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

I read a post on Facebook that referred me to Kristen V. who lost her wedding ring while playing with a football on a sandbar. Boaters spend weekends and holidays partying there. Instead of waiting for her to call me I messaged her and her husband, Don, right away. Time is of the essence when a ring is lost in a public area. After conversing through Facebook, my Ring Finder partner Dave Boyer and I made arrangements to meet Kristen at her home on Monday morning. When we arrived at her house we immediately followed her by car to the sandbar where the ring was lost. Kristen stood out in the water showing us where she was standing when the ring came off her finger. We began our search in the area it was lost and after 30 minutes we located the ring deeper than first expected due to the football hitting the ring and sending it out in deeper water.

There is a saying in metal detecting “find 100 pull tabs and bottle caps then you will find a ring”. We almost found that many but we made a woman very happy when the ring was found. Thank you Tyler L. for the referral.

Lapeer, Michigan yields double ring set

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

This story is told better from the young lady who called me, this is how it went:

“So on Sunday we went swimming at the lake and I lost my wedding ring. I have been devastated about it. The ring is irreplaceable. Tyler G. took weeks on finding me the perfect ring and told me I could pick something different but I wanted the one he put so much thought into. My uncle Bob, who runs Kings Landing kampgrounds, told me he would rake the lake but still that’s not a guarantee. So I called this awesome guy Gregg Edward Larabel, I found online, read his bio and decided I needed him to find my ring. The search was cut short because it started to thunder. But he and 2 of his amazing friends who came out the next day and didn’t stop until they found it. I’m beyond excited to have my ring back. Thanks so much guys”.

So on Monday after I got Lacie J’s call I jumped in the car for the 2 hour ride hoping that the weather would hold out but after a couple hours hunting for the ring I had to give up. The next day after an hour and going chest deep in to the water I recovered her ring, gave her a call, went to the nursing home where she worked and the rest is Ringfinder history. Thank you Dave Boyer my fellow Ringfinder for driving.

 

Ring recovered in Gun Lake, Yankee Springs, Michigan

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

I got a text from my friend Jay N. who’s friend lost his wedding ring while boating at a local lake. I went out the next morning with my Ring Finder friend, Dave Boyer. After meeting Drew L. and his wife Kristin they pointed us in the area and in about 20 minutes with Dave and I doing a grid search, Dave came up with this beauty of a ring.

Diamondale, Michigan yield’s mans wedding band

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

I received a post from David Boyer, a Ring Finder, about a man who lost his ring in the snow. David was out of town so he referred the recovery to me. I called Ian H. to make arrangements to find his ring and get his story.

He was helping a neighbor push his car out of the driveway when he slipped and fell hands first into the snowbank. He felt his ring come off and began to search the heavy deep snow to no avail. Ian went on the internet and found a ring search site and posted his lost ring and David got on it immediately.

Ian and his wife Kim are newly weds and have recently lost her father so the recovery of the ring was a happy event to them.

My brother Doug and I arrived at their home and immediately began our search. The driveway next door was the scene where the ring was lost and Ian was concerned that the snow plow might have moved the ring down the road several feet. While we search with our detectors at the edge of the drive I suggested that Ian and Kim who were watching us get a shovel and pull some of the snow into the street and we will follow them down with our detectors. Kim grabbed a rake and made a few passes and all of a sudden she yelled out “here it is!!!”. With smiles on their faces and hand shakes all around we took some pictures for our book of smiles and went on our way. It was a pleasure to help out in a small way to recover his new wedding ring.

Ring recovered in Byron Center, Michigan

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

We have a new media outlet in our community, (Nextdoor South Christian.com). I offered my service in the Lost and Found section as a TheRingFinder. Mary K. contacted me last night that her husband had lost his wedding ring. Rick K. had his ring and watch in his hand when he gathered up some belongings and moved them for the serviceman to do some repairs in the furnace area. When he moved them to the other side of the basement he noticed his ring was missing. After several hours of searching for it in the basement, Mary recalled my post in the Nextdoor column.

After her call I was at their home in an hour to start my search. Mary and Rick are moving and their basement was in a turmoil with their upcoming move. After several questions I began my search in sections at a time beginning with under and around the furnace and water heater, I used my pin pointer putting it down the floor drain with no signal present, I moved the freezer and other items then moving my search under the steps. There was one additional area that I searched and under a box which was propped up off the floor about an inch I flashed my light and there it was a beautiful gold wedding ring with a diamond.

I pulled it out and showed Rick the ring and said “is this it”? A relieved look on his face and a smile he said “yes”. We went upstairs to tell Mary the good news. They were both happy with the recovery and could now finish packing up for the move without knowing the ring would be left behind.

Thank you Mary and Rick for putting your faith in THERINGFINDERS.

Cardio workout nets mans wedding band

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

I got a call from my RingFinder partner, Dave Boyer, to help find a wedding band that Ryan S. lost in Lake Michigan. I jumped at the challenge until I got to North Point Park, Michigan. We walked a 1/4 mile to the dunes, up another 200 feet of beach sand and then down the other side of the dune about 400 feet to the water (cardio). After catching our breath from the climb up and down to the water, with our equipment, we got to work. The lake was very calm that day but very rocky bottom. Ryan explained that he was about waist deep and dove forward into deeper water and swam under water. When he dove under his ring came off, so the logical thing to do was grid search about 3 feet to 5 feet. We were in the water well over an hour and I just wore my swim suit and a shirt. I was getting very cold so decided to call it a day. We got several signals and found to dig any of them our steel scoops barely made a dent in the rocky bottom. Coming up with a few nails we decided to pack up and climb back up the hill. Instead of climbing back up the dune we saw 100 steps up to a cottage so up we went (cardio again). We discovered, that once we got up to the top we had to walk 1/2 mile to our car. Day 2 I contacted anther RingFinder partner Ryan Cole to help search the water again but this time I wore my wet suit and asked Ryan to bring his snorkel and mask. The water although rocky was crystal clear and calm. We repeated our steps from the day before (cardio again) and got to the water and started our search. I forgot to mention that the lake bottom was littered with hot rocks so there were false signals all over.  I started deep again and Ryan went shallow using his mask from time to time. We were in the water about 45 minutes when the ring was found among different signals in knee deep water. Ryan S. became a very happy man  once again and after rejoicing awhile we looked up at the sand dune and began to climb up (cardio again) and back to the car. I forgot to mention that this was the second time this year Ryan S. lost his ring it was found up North in another lake by another RingFinder, C. Raison.

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Newly wed loses wedding band in Lake Michigan

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

We were water detecting at Hess Lake in Newaygo, Michigan this morning after going back to my car and checking my emails and text I received a text from Tom Towsend, a TRF, who was unable to make it to Montague, MI to help find the ring so he ask me for my help, I received an email from Al Holden at Prostock Detectors stating he referred my name to Eric R., I then received a voice mail from Eric and immediately called him and got the information and was immediately on our way with my TRF partner, Dave Boyer. Fortunately we were less than 50 miles from Eric and was there in less than an hour. Before I left for Newaygo this morning I checked Lake Michigan to see how the surf is doing, up or down. It was fairly smooth.

We arrived at Eric’s cabin and met him and his Dad, Neil, and 2 of his children (black Labs). Right off the bat I knew we were in good company because Neil was also a fellow Air Force vet. We got our gear and walked down to the lake talking to some neighbors who wished us well and then got a location as to where the ring was lost. The wind was kicking up and the water was getting choppier than it was this morning.

Eric and his wife Emily were playing catch with one of his dogs and when Eric made a catch in about chest deep water he felt the ring pop off and immediately went into recovery mode. He put on his wet suit armed himself with a mask and snorkel, a quarter and 3 screws. Yes, he wanted to drop the coin and screws into the water to see how fast the sand covers them. The ring was gone immediately and so was the quarter and screws.

Dave entered the water about waist deep and immediately got a signal. He found the quarter. A few minutes later a screw was recovered. We started to grid an area and went into neck deep water and made our way into shallower water. After about 20 minutes to a half an hour I got a good signal and about 6″ down I found Eric’s platinum wedding band. Looking at Dave I said I found it and then Eric saw Dave do a fist pump and knew we had found something. I walked out of the water towards Eric and handed him his ring. This is the point that every TRF’r waits for, the smiles, tears, thank you’s and “I can believe it”.

The camera came out and pictures were taken and the neighbors cheered. Dave an I are very happy for Eric and Emily and are glad we could put a happy end to their honeymoon.

Ring recovered from Big Crooked Lake, Dowagiac, Michigan

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

The Ring Finders have a great network of detectors. Dave Boyer received a call from John B. about his wife, Elizabeth, loosing her wedding rings. Dave was not available so he called me and asked if I could help out this couple. John and Elizabeth are from the Chicago area and are staying in a cottage, on Big Crooked lake, with their family for a couple weeks. During the beginning of their stay Elizabeth was in the water at just above waist depth, as she turned around in the water with her hands down in the water her engagement and wedding ring (welded together) slipped off her finger. She was devastated and spent the last few days sifting through the water before they discovered the Ring Finders on Google.

I called John immediately after hearing from Dave and set up a time this morning to come out to the cottage. After introductions I put my swimsuit on and entered the water. The lake was clear with sandy bottom. as I walked out to waist deep water I got a good signal and pulled up a spoon, moving a little deeper to chest height I noticed it was getting deeper with a sharp drop off, that is when I hoped that I would get a signal soon, I did and it was a good ring sound but found it a little deeper than it should have been. I looked in my scoop and there was a beautiful sight I put it in my pouch and headed back to shore while detecting another signal it was a pull tab. I proceeded to shore and asked John if he wanted a spoon, a pull tab or a ring? In his amazement he yelled up the stairs to Elizabeth “he found it”! I wish I could capture the expressions on the faces of my people when the ring is recovered, they are priceless. 

Everyone including Grandma can now enjoy the rest of their stay in Pure Michigan. A great shout out to the RING FINDERS network.

Dog bone Island in Littlefield Lake, Lake, Michigan gives up an engagement ring.

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653

I received a call from my Ringfinder partner, Dave Boyer, he got a call from another Ringfinder, Chuck Raison, who was out of town and couldn’t help Hayley L. find her lost ring. After collecting Hayley’s information about her ring Dave told her we would be at her cottage Sunday morning.

Hayley was attending a family reunion and Hayley, Adam V. (her fiancee) and a group of the guest took the pontoon boat out to Dog bone Island (Shaped like a dog bone). While enjoying the warm weather  and beautiful clear lake water Hayley stepped into the deeper water about 5′ and when she stretched her arms out and down into the water she felt her engagement ring slip off her finger and over the drop off to deeper water about 7′ or 8′. Hayley’s tears raised the water level on the lake about 1″. It was devastating to her because when Adam proposed to her with that ring, her grandfather was there to witness the engagement, he has since passed away.

When we arrived we met the family; mother, father, brothers, sisters, children, aunts, uncles and the dog. (a beautiful Italian family with hugs and handshakes). Getting down to business we gathered our gear and put it on the pontoon and headed out to the island. Dave being the 6’+ guy that he is entered the deeper water and immediately got a signal using our homemade Super Scoop for deep water recovery. I made a sweep over the signal area and came up with a hoop earring. I then started to drag the scoop in the area that Hayley was standing. One scoop nothing, two scoops nothing, three scoops nothing and on the fourth scoop removing the clay and debris at the bottom of the scoop there it was. I took it out and lifted it up to Hayley’s hand and she began to cry this time with happy tears. Adam gave her a big hug. Hand shakes and hugs began all over again with happiness all around.

When we got back to the cottage breakfast was waiting for us and introductions were made again and some lasting memories were made after a very fun but traumatic weekend.

What a beautiful family and very rewarding to have the pleasure of meeting them all including Titan the dog. Another beautiful day will be spent in October when Adam and Hayley become husband and wife.