Gregg Larabel, Author at The Ring Finders

24 karat gold necklace recovered at Benona Township Park, Shelby, Michigan

  • from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
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Back at Benona Township Park on Lake Michigan again. We were there just 6 days ago, and today we got another call — this time for a gold chain with a diamond heart pendent and a Sicily charm. Karin’s late husband had given her this gold chain, so it was very important to her. She thought she might have lost the necklace when she swam from the first sand bar to the second sand bar in water over her head.
So we had a general idea of where to start searching, but it was a still a huge area to cover (more than 100 yards into the lake), and it included water at the max of our capability. We figured we were looking at a tough few hours. I started my grid to the right and Dave Boyer, my Ringfinder partner, went to the left as we had decided to work towards each other. On my first leg on the deep side of the first sand bar I got a nice signal. I started digging but, was having trouble getting it in my scoop. I called Dave over and he tried one scoop with no luck. I dug another couple of scoops and WOW, look at this! It took us an hour and a half to get to the lake, and 5 minutes to find the necklace. I called Karin as soon as I found it but told her I needed better details. I then asked if the necklace was insured and she didn’t think so. I then told her it didn’t matter anyway because I found it. I imagined I could see her jaw drop and tears in her eyes as I told her. She was speechless. I said I was 76 years old and could still make the women cry. What a powerful job we have in reuniting items that mean so much to people. Karin, who lives across state, posed with her son after receiving the necklace from her sister who brought it to her. She is one happy lady.
 

Wedding rings recovered at Benona Township Park, Shelby, Michigan

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We Have To Be Crazy!! Last night at 8:30 I got a call for a lost ring 1 1/2 hrs north of us. We head out and at 10:00PM we arrived at a bridge over a small river leading to Lake Michigan. Jim and Megan met us at the bridge. Megan lost her wedding rings coming out of the river in about waist deep water. It was pitch dark, raining slightly and thunder and lightning in the distance. Megan used her cell phone light to show us the exact spot where she lost the ring. Jim was dressed for the water so we gave him the metal detector and the scoop. We had him scan his wedding ring and told him to listen for that sound and then dig the target. In about 3 minutes he got a signal and dug a scoop full. Megan shined her light into the scoop and retrieved her ring-speechless at that point. Packing up our gear and heading out safe and sound and a little wet and leaving a very happy couple behind.

Diamond earring with white gold post recovered in Allendale, Michigan

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Last year at this time we were called out to Allendale, MI to meet Karen G. who lost her diamond gold stick pin earring while cutting the grass on her lawn tractor. A branch hit her ear while she was going under a tree. Getting down on our hands a knees with my Gold 4″ coil. That coil was enough to give me a good signal. Step up one year:

We were called by Karen G. again to help her find her earring again while cutting grass and going under another tree in her yard. This time it took 3 trips out there to check a 20′ x 20′ area. It was found with an Equinox 800. Karen now has her ear rings insured.

See you next year. LOL

Lost cell phone in Gobles, MI recovered

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I received a call from Dimitriy P. yesterday. He was cutting grass between Blueberry bushes while on his tractor. His cell phone was in his pocket and with the bumpy ride it fell out and went under a clump of cut grass. After walking between the rows of bushes where he had been driving the tractor and searching for the cell with no luck he Googled “lost cell phone” and found the Ringfinders. I have Kalamazoo as one of my cities I serve and that was close by. After reading my resume and making a few reference calls I was asked to find his cell phone.

I called my detector friend, Tom Cleary, to help me search the large area. We started at the front of the field and worked our through the Blueberry bushes. After a search on the front of the farm we headed towards the back and that is when Tom called out to me that he found the phone under a clump of grass with his Equinox 800 detector.

I called Dimitriy as he was driving the 2 1/2 hour trip from West of Chicago. We sat in the shade and waited for about 50 minutes for him while also charging up his phone. Upon arrival Dimitriy explained that his friend just bought the Blueberry farm and it had grown up from neglect for a couple years so they had to cut the grass between the rows of bushes. He said the phone wasn’t that expensive except for all the information that was on it. After a few pictures taken he invited us to come down when the Blueberries were ripe and help ourselves. Thank you Tom for the help.

New Era, Michigan ring recovered

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I got a call today from Clayton K. who lost his wedding ring. He explained that he was playing football  on the shore of Lake Michigan in about a foot or two of water when he notices his ring had fallen off. He immediately marked the area where he was when he discovered it was gone. While Clayton was at work this afternoon, my Ringfinder friend Dave Boyer and myself, took the 77 mile trip to help find the ring. When arriving at the cottage’s rented by the family to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Clayton’s grandparents we were greeted by all the family anxiously waiting our arrival. Dave and I got busy searching through the one foot waves and cool summer water, after about 20 minutes Dave got a good signal and called me over to scoop up the sand. Finding nothing I moved my detector a couple of feet at the edge of the lake, where the waves roll in and bury everything in the area, and got a good ring signal. As I dug for the treasure the waves would fill in the hole with more sand. It was like taking one step forward and two steps back. After an unsuccessfully search I gave the job to Dave who dug several scoops of sand and after going down about 18 inches he was able to recover the white gold wedding band.

The family all clapped and took pictures while Clayton’s wife ran the ring up to the cottage to call Clayton for verification that it was his ring. After she came back saying it was his we headed back up the 50 plus stairs to the parking area. It was a happy day for all the family. Seeing that Clayton was at work I had his parents Jennifer and Mike stand in for our book of smile picture.

Engagement ring recovered in Kalamazoo, Michigan

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I was in Florida a week ago when I got a call from Isabella M. asking for help finding her ring. I was coming home the next day and told her I could come down to help her find her ring. After a few questions as to what happened, she said she shook her hands not knowing her ring came off until she got to work in the cold and snow it is quite obvious where it might be. I asked her if the plow came through their apartment parking lot, she said yes but they did not move there cars. (good move). I arrived at their apartment and began my search. Isabella walked between the cars the day her ring was lost so after her fiance moved his car I began my search. I got a nice signal by the curb but came up with junk. As I grid my search towards the rear of her car I got a solid signal on my Fisher F75, but the number on my detector only read 12, because it was a solid signal sweeping back and forth I put my pin-pointer down and there it was under about an inch of snow. I called her outside and with a big smile She reached out for her engagement ring. Another successful ring find, I love this job!

Making Applesauce in Sand Lake, Michigan

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I got a call today from Jeff S. who lost his wedding ring yesterday between an apple tree, 2 mile walk on a trail and somewhere near his house in the woods. I told him I would be out searching in a couple hours.

We met at the place where he was gathering apples that fell to the ground under an apple tree along the road by his house. I did a grid search in an area 20 feet by 10 feet and then directly under the tree in some long grass. I didn’t find the ring there so anticipating the 2 mile walk along a leafy trail we went to his house first. I searched his apple barrel while he went through his pants he wore yesterday, no ring yet. We walked a path into the woods by his house, detecting along the way, where he concocted an applesauce for his animals, made up of sugar beets, apples and molasses. I searched the area with my Fisher F75 detector and swung it like a wand over the pile of apples and got a hit. After moving the mess around there was the gold ring that was his dads old wedding ring, dripping in molasses. I took a picture of the ring and a big Smile of Jeff holding it for my Book of Smiles. I hope his animals enjoy the applesauce as much as Jeff enjoyed the ring back on his finger.

 

Lost wedding ring in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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I got an email from Andy K. the other day. He lost is wedding ring while playing soccer with his children in his dads front yard. Before the search we found we had a few things in common, we went to the same high school and his wife was serving in the US Air Force. I retired from the USAF. Andy pointed out the area where he thought the ring might have came of when he blocked the soccer ball. I started my hunt in the neighbors yard as the grass was longer and Andy was standing with his back to the neighbors lawn which told me that is where the ring glanced off his finger. I started my grid search and made a third pass and got a signal on his ring. Reunited with his ring we said our good byes and wished him the best in his new venture.

Diamond Earring recovered in Allendale Michigan

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My Ring Finder partner, Dave Boyer, called me for some help in locating a diamond gold stick earring that was accidentally knocked off Karen G’s ear while cutting grass on her tractor mower. Karen brushed under a tree branch in her front yard and felt the earring come off. The back of the earring was still on her ear. Dave went out and used his ATPRO with a small coil and Garret pin pointer but could not get a signal after using the other earring as a target. Dave and I went out the following Saturday morning and met Karen’s husband Mark and immediately got to work. I used my Fisher F75 with a 4″ gold finder coil and got a signal on the sample so started a detailed search on my hands and knees making a 4″ grid in the area it was presumed lost. It was very possible that the branch tossed it away as it whipped the earring away. After about 10 minutes on my first forward grid search I got a signal and deep down in the grass roots in almost the exact spot where it came off, I picked out a beautiful Diamond earring. Matching it with the other one made both Karen and Mark very happy. Mark mentioned that if it wasn’t found he would be on the hook to buy Karen another set but it would be larger.   After meeting their dogs, which is a requirement when we go on a Ring Find, we said our good byes and made a couple very happy for Book of Smiles.

Ladies class ring lost 19 years, returned

  • from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
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I was looking for a lost ring at Beechpoint Christian Campground at Dumont Lake in Allegan, Michigan last week, when I recovered a 2001 class ring from Lourdes High School in Chicago, Illinois. I haven’t found the original ring I was looking for yet but I found a great story with this class ring. There was a name inscribed inside the ring DaVonia C. F. so I looked her up on Facebook and sent her a message. After contacting several of her friends from FB, she was convinced this was not a scam. After taking the ring to my friend, Kenneth, from Russell and Ballard Jewelers to get cleaned, I called the local Fox 17 TV station and asked them if they would like to run a feel good story. I set up a time today to drive the 360 mile round trip from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago where DaVonia lives and works to present her with her ring. I contacted Fox 32 TV station in Chicago to meet us at her work. After an interview and pictures we parted company and friends forever. I feel pretty good that at age 75 I can still make the ladies cry.

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