Gregg Larabel, Author at The Ring Finders

Ring lost 10 years in Matteson Lake, Bronson, Michigan, recovered

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

Three years ago I met Phil and Carolyn O. at a college bowling tournament. Their son, Justin, bowls with my grandson, Chase B., for Robert Morris University. They also have a daughter LeAnn who attends the tournaments with them. We frequently talk about my ring finds during the bowling season and it makes for good conversation. A few months ago LeAnn asked if I could find a key to her condo that she lost while on a 6 mile walk around the Spring Lake, MI area. Needless to say we could not find her $2 key but while on the 6 mile walk she mentioned a ring that she had lost 10 years ago. This is where the story picks up. When LeAnn was born her dad gave her mom the gold ring with LeAnn’s birthstone and small diamond, at age 16 her mom passed it off to her. When she was 18 and at her friends cottage, at Matteson Lake, she fell off the end of the dock and her ring fell off. Now ten years later my Ring Finder partner, Dave Boyer, and I went out to the cottage. The water bottom was very muddy but after about 10 minutes the ring was recovered in about 10″ of black mud. The picture below shows how it was blackened and bent but after I took it to my jeweler, he cleaned it up to look like new.  LeAnn wanted to show her appreciation and gave me my own ring, A Ring Pop!

Man’s wedding band recovered in Fennville, Michigan

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

I got in touch with Evan A. from an email saying that he lost his wedding ring while finishing his landscaping around his house. While searching on line for metal detectors he came across Lost My Stuff and sent out an email. As a subscriber, I contacted Evan right away. I told him that I was with The Ring Finders and got his phone number off the LMS site. Dave Boyer, my fellow Ring Finder and I were on our way to another search and told Evan that we could come out to his house on Thursday evening. When we got to his house we looked at the fresh wood chips that he had spread around the flower beds and within 5 minutes I found his ring under a bush. Evan and his wife were at work so they put their trust in us as strangers who replied to a lost ring request.  He was impressed “by the response time and the integrity these two individuals possessed”. It reminded him of prior military days in the Air Force, “where he was sworn to uphold our three core values, integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do”.

Oval Beach, Saugatuck, Michigan gives up another ring.

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

Received a call from (Judge) Joe H. today, the beach patrol gave him my name and cell number. He was out in waste deep water throwing a football when his gold wedding band fell off. I was on my way to pick up my Ring Finder partner Dave Boyer for a search of an inland lake when I got the call so I told Joe “I will be there in 45 minutes”. We arrived at 2:10 pm, made our introductions and got to work.  As you can see in the picture the waves were 2 to 3 feet high and very difficult to search an area doing a grid search. Joe stood out in the water where he said he was playing and Dave and I started a search in the area. In less than 10 minutes I got a very good signal with my Fisher CZ21, the harder part was trying to steady myself to scoop the prize. One scoop and after the sand sifted out I had Joe reach in and pull out a gold wedding band. It was his, as there was a wedding date (8/12/94). His anniversary to Leah H. is tomorrow and I’m sure there will be a nice celebration now. Joe is a farmer, football coach and a judge visiting from Illinois. Welcome to Pure Michigan.

White Lake, MI surrenders heirloom ring

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

I received a call yesterday from Laura R. referred to me by a fellow Ring Finder Tom Towsend, she lost a ring that was given to her from her grandmother through an aunt who both past away. Laura and her family are vacationing in a family home on Lake Michigan from Dallas, Texas. Saturday night after a party at the Yacht Club Laura was down on the dock with her brother securing their boat when she slipped into the water, while Laura’s brother was pulling Laura out of the water her ring slipped off her hand.

This morning my diving partner Greg Lewis and I went out to the boat dock and met Laura. After about and hour of searching in a very weedy lake the ring was recovered and returned to Laura’s finger. It was a pleasure meeting Laura and learning about her background as an artist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Heart shaped diamond with prongs goes missing in Hudsonville, Michigan

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

I got a referral from my niece Stephanie, to get a hold of Megan B. about her lost diamond setting off her wedding ring. While Megan was working in her front yard it appeared that her heart shaped diamond with prongs came off her ring while removing her gloves several times. Megan showed me where she was working putting dirt under some garden blocks. There were about three places in the yard where she removed her cloves so I proceeded to search. Prior to arriving at Megan and Jeff’s home I stopped at a friends jewelry store to get a setting to test on my detectors. Fisher F75 DD coil did not detect it, small gold nugget coil did not detect it, Bounty Hunter time Ranger 10 inch coil did not detect it but the Gold nugget coil on the BH did give me a faint signal in the all metal mode. I started a grid search and also used my Orange pin pointer but that would only detect it using the side of the pointer. After scouring the three areas, I asked Jeff for some water and picked his brain as I usually do the detective thing before I start but Megan was gone. I asked him what exactly did Megan do that day the diamond was lost. He said “from the yard she got in the car went to the drive in ice cream stand then home” at that time, Jeff noticed her diamond missing while setting at the kitchen table. I then asked him my list of questions: did you check the gloves? Did you check the car? did you check her clothes, purse etc? I couldn’t grill Megan and didn’t find the diamond after crawling around on my knees for two hours in the front yard in the hot sun so I said goodbye to Jeff and said I will be back Tuesday to continue my search. Woo and behold! I get a call from Megan, “it was in my purse, thank you so much for coming out to help”. Happy days are here again. So it is very important to ask all the detective questions, Who, What, Where and When. I love my job.

Hit the Trifecta at Oval Beach, Saugatuck, Michigan

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

After detecting in a nearby lake all day I arrived home to set down for dinner and got a call from Andy K. saying his wife Jessica lost her 3 rings. One ring was from her grandmother and the other 2 was her engagement and wedding ring. They have been married for one month and are from Cincinnati, Ohio attending a wedding in Saugatuck. They took the trolley from the hotel to the beach and when they got to the beach they put their towels and a handbag in a spot on the beach and Jessica placed her rings in the pocket of the swim suit cover she was wearing and placed the cover in the handbag. When they got ready to leave Jessica pulled the cover out of the handbag forgetting she put the rings in the pocket, they grab the trolley back to the hotel and discovered the rings were missing. They hustled back to the beach and ask the ranger if they knew anyone who could help them find Jessica’s rings. I left my card with the ranger and they have called on me over the years. Andy called me and I told him I could be there in 45 minutes.                                   After showing up at the beach I proceeded to do a grid search of the area they were in earlier. I searched a 20 foot grid North and South finding a penny which I handed my scoop to Jessica and she took the penny, I went another 20 feet the other way and got a quarter and handed my scoop to Jessica and she took out the quarter. After several passes with no success I went up and down the path where they entered the beach with no success. I then took an East and West grid search of the same area and after 4 passes I got a faint signal with my Fisher F75 and scooped up a ring with a blue stone. I again handed the scoop to Jessica and she thought it was another penny, when she looked into the scoop she fell to her knees crying “that’s my grandmothers ring”. I then took another scoop and showed it to her and she continued crying “that’s my engagement ring” and then the next scoop was her wedding ring. Jessica could not control herself thanking me and Andy stood there amazed too. This was the end to a very nice day at the beach and a trip to Pure Michigan.                    BTW Jessica, I never did give my $.26 back that I found. 

Wedding band recovered at Rosy Mound, Lake Michigan

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

After traveling through Europe on their honeymoon and enjoying the married life, Steve J. never lost or misplaced his white gold wedding band. This past weekend Steve and his wife Kristi decided to take a weekend drive to the West side of the state from Lansing and swim in the Great Lake of Michigan at Rosy Mound. Somewhere between the beach, water and coming home Steve discovered his ring was missing while washing his hands when he got home. Steve immediately went on line and found The Ring Finders (Tom Townsend). Tom was not available so he referred me to them. After getting their story I told them I would go out the first thing in the morning to search. Steve had pinned the area on Google Maps and sent it to me.

I got out to the park at 6:30 am and immediately packed up for the 3/4 mile trek up and down 500+ steps to the beach. At the time I didn’t know whether his ring was lost in the water, the sand or in his car driving back home. The pin he made for me showed they were swimming, between the last 2 buoys to the South so I started a grid search from shore to the end of the last buoy up to my chest with several passes and only finding a crusty Quarter and a dime. I decided to change my grid from E and W to N and S. The area was at least half a football area. On my last N/S grid I got a hit and there it was. SWEET!

I took some pictures of the ring and the area and text Steve and said “is this your ring?”

Kristi said a little prayer last night that I would find the ring and before all my ring searches I say a prayer: “Lord, guide my eyes and ears, my hands and feet, guide them to the ring I seek, Amen” I’m sure someone was looking over my shoulder and guiding me to that small piece of gold in a very large body of water.

 

Spring Lake, Michigan keeps a ring

from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-406-6653
Got a call from my Ring Finder friend Chuck Raison about a man in Spring Lake, Michigan who lost his ring in about 20 feet of murky water. Chuck was unable to dive for a while and asked if I knew a diver. I got in touch with Greg Lewis, a diver I had recently met and asked him if he would dive. We arranged a meeting spot at my house and went to the site where the ring went down.
I gave Greg my Fisher CZ21  to use and adapted it for diving and in the water he went.
What are the odds of diving in an area 50’ x 50’ in 20’ of water with no visibility, 6” of muck and using an unfamiliar metal detector to find a white gold ring with 3 diamonds in it?
I’m writing this story as I watch Greg’s bubbles rise in the water while he searches the area.
“Guide his eyes his ears his hands and his feet, guide them to the ring he seeks, Amen” so my little pray goes.
Seth, is a West Point graduate who is stationed at Ft Polk, LA and couldn’t stick around for the ring rescue but his Father-in-law met us at the scene. Thank you to the gracious neighbor who let us use their dock as a staging area. 
After 1 hour in the water in zero visibility Greg had to come up and change tanks. We use the other tank with a string and an empty water bottle to lower in the area of the lost ring to give him a reference to swim around. This may need some more engineering for another trip.
Well the dive is over and the only thing that was brought up was an old Blatz Beer can. This is the end of this story but not the end of the search. Stay tuned.

Wedding band recovered in Allendale, Michigan

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

I received a call from Robert H. yesterday, he said he lost his wedding band 3 years ago and wanted to know if I could find it. After getting some information on the lost ring I told him I could be out in the morning. Today, Dave Boyer my Ring Finder partner, and I went out to Robert’s house and got to work. Robert lost his ring while taking a large flat rock out of the pond in about 3 to 5 feet of water. While taking a shower afterwords he noticed the ring was missing. He posted the lost ring on Facebook and got several message to give me a call because I was a Ring Finder.

I put my waders on and started my search from the shore to about 4 feet getting no signals I went back and put my swim suit on so I could go deeper in the water. The first 3 feet of the bottom of the pond was sand, then about 3 inches of black mud and the rest of the bottom was sloppy grey clay. Dave directed me to the left and front of the dock and I got a high pitch signal on my detector unlike a gold signal, but I dug it anyway because that was the only signal I got out there. After a couple scoops of mud and clay I finally got something in my scoop. At the very bottom of my scoop, after squeezing a gallon of soft clay, was his gold wedding band. Needless to say Robert and his wife Marlene were very happy and amazed, that after 3 years, his ring was back on his finger.

 

Men’s wedding ring recovered after winter storm in Perry, Michigan

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

Last week during one of the worst snow storms and low temperatures in the state of Michigan, I received a call from Joel C. telling me he lost his 14K gold wedding ring while placing money for his snow plow driver under the blue cap on his LP Gas tank. I told Joel that I could come out and search for his ring the next day although it was -10 degrees and about a foot of snow. Alyssa C., Joel’s wife, explained that he cleared the snow off the gas tank, pushing the snow down towards him, then placing the plow fee under the blue cap (see picture). I set my detector to discriminate out the steel gas tank and proceeded to search in front and behind the tank and around the driveway and snow piles that had been plowed later that night after he lost his ring. After an hour or so of searching I then questioned Alyssa with several probing questions as to whether Joel remembered having the ring on during the day and what took place that evening, I stop the search and said I will be back after the weather warmed up in the following days.  I called a Ringfinder friend, Jon Hamil, from the other side of the state to meet me at their house to help with the search. We both made the 1 1/2 hour trip from opposite sides of the state and began our search in now a snow free area. Jon and I went over the same area as I did before with no success.      After an hour searching outside we went in the house checked the couch, sink drains and garage, still no ring. Going back out to the yard John used a system he developed and discovered the ring on top of the yellow children’s discarded plastic slide (see picture).  I looked on the slide and there was the ring. I was dumbfounded by it’s presents and questioning myself how it landed there in a snow storm. I guess it doesn’t matter because it made Alyssa smile and she gave us each a hug and sighing with relief that the ring was found she immediately called Joel to tell him the good news.