Gregg Larabel, Author at The Ring Finders

Oval Beach, Saugatuck, Michigan gives up a spectacular ring after 2 days under the sand.

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

I received a call today from Laura K. asking for help in finding her Diamond/Platinum band at Oval Beach. She was vacationing with her mom and sister and Monday afternoon did a little sunbathing. While packing up that afternoon, Laura folded the chair which she placed her ring in the cup holder and forgot about it and walked off to her car. I gave her 3 options as to what would happen to her ring seeing that it has been 2 days since it was left behind. Option 1: someone laid in the area to sunbath and found it in the sand, Option 2: Detectors come out to the beach almost everyday and comb the beach for coins, rings and other treasurers and Option 3: is that I will find it with my medal detector.

When Dave Boyer, my detecting partner, and myself got to the beach it was packed. Laura said they were sitting next to the boardwalk leading down to the water. We had to walk around bathers trying not to interfere with their day at the beach. It was a hopeless search so I gave Laura a call to try to pinpoint the spot a little closer. She told me an area near the boardwalk where a family of about 10 people were sitting. I came up to them and politely ask them if we could check the area where they were sitting because they may be sitting on a beautiful diamond/platinum ring. They all got excited and laughed but graciously moved over about 10 feet. After they moved I started checking the area and 5 feet into the search I found the ring about 6 inches down in the sand. I yelled “I found it” everyone started clapping and bathers from all over look and started clapping. “you guys are great” “Nice job guys” and on and on. The cherry on the top is when Joe, a guy we found his wedding ring for last year, 1 day before his anniversary out in the water, yelled out “they found my wedding ring here last year”.

I immediately called Laura who was eating with her mom and sister to give her the good news. Here are some pictures of Oval beach, the ring and Laura with a big smile.

Lost wedding band in Rouge River, Rockford Michigan

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

Got a call from Ashley S. last week that her husband, Nick S. was tubing in the river and came across a big tree branch that he tried to push away while floating down the rapids. His ring got caught on the branch and popped off. Although the water was crystal clear and shallow the current was too fast and he could not find it. My detector friend Dave Boyer and I went into the river and headed to the second bridge are per Nicks instructions. After searching the rocky bottom for a couple of hours with no ring we met up with Ashley and Nick. Nick got into the water with us and started orienting himself and discovered we were in the wrong area. We started looking in the area where the branch was but still didn’t find his ring. Wedding rings have special meanings to people and Nicks ring was no different but because it was a Titanium ring he felt he could get another one with not a lot of expense. As detectors we come across a lot of Titanium, Tungsten and Stainless Steel rings so I suggested that he pick one of mine out that would fit him. He found one that was like his old ring and it fit. We now have a happy husband and a happier wife. Congratulations to the both of you.

A pleasant experience at Pleasant Lake, Michigan

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

After receiving an email about a lost wedding ring I immediately contacted Curtis R. and got the scoop as to how he lost his unique Tungsten Carbide wedding ring. He was swimming at Pleasant Lake with his wife Chelsey and his children he was standing in water 2 t0 3 feet deep and shook his hands up and down and shortly after that noticed his size 13 wedding ring was missing. It is a unique ring because it had a Hawaiian wood wrapped around the outside and it was the one he was married with so it was also special to him.

We made arrangements to meet at the lake the next day around 2 pm. I began the 100 mile trip to the lake without incident and met Curtis and his family and suited up for the search. He pointed out about a 50 by 25 foot swimming area he was in and I started my grid search. After one sweep N and S, I focus my search from the deeper end to the seawall. About 6 feet from the metal seawall I got a good signal and in the scoop was his ring.

Smiles and a yell “he found it” was made. after some pictures and a handshake I told him he was officially married again after a week. It was a PLEASANT experience finding his ring.

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.