H Connell Raate, Author at The Ring Finders

Diamond Ring lost in Syracuse NY. — FOUND

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

Friday, March 2nd, late afternoon. My wife and myself are getting ready to visit my sister to have supper and spend the evening with her. I had just stepped out of the shower when my wife hands me the phone and on the other end is a young lady named Taneesha. She has lost her ring while entering a local restaurant. She has looked for her ring but the snow has “ate” her ring. To paraphrase a movie saying, “Who do you call — “The Ring Finders”” I have to look for this ring NOW because if I don’t find it before the snow melts, someone else will find the ring and put it on their finger. I pack up my gear into my wife’s car and off we go. I did call my sister on the way to explain why we will be a little late. Here is the video of my successful hunt for Taneesha’s ring. \


Ring lost in a snow bank, Syracuse, NY – FOUND

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I received a call from Oliver who lives on the east side of Syracuse.  He stated that while shoveling snow off his driveway, he lost his gold signet ring.  He had the ring on when he went out to shovel the snow, he finished the driveway and then climbed into his car to move it and realized that his ring was gone.  He had searched, but with no luck.

I arrived and interviewed him and started the search.  The banks where he would have shoveled the snow were 4 foot high, and there was around 12 inches in the front yard.  I checked the driveway, side walks and the snow piles along side, but after 1 ½ hours was unable to find his ring. A signet ring is very small and the big snow banks, piled around 4 feet high, my detector could not penetrate all the way to to the bottom of them.

Now, I’m like a beagle dog chasing a rabbit.  I don’t give up until I catch the rabbit,(ring) or the rabbit goes down a hole.  We agreed that the banks were just too deep, and I would return again in the spring when the snow melts.  After all, the ring would not move and would be there when the snow melted. A thaw was arriving the next weekend, so Oliver was to keep checking along the sides of the snowbanks as they melted back, and if he did not find the ring during the thaw, I would return after the snow was gone.

One week later Oliver called, and he found the ring.  It was right where we figured it was, deep into the piled up snow.

When anyone loses a ring there are lots of emotion involved. They are mad at themselves, they feel the sense of loss, they second guess themselves as to what if anything they did wrong, and of course they feel the financial loss.  When you call anyone from “The Ring Finders” we arrive with thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but most important we arrive without emotion.  We interview you and with a clear head brake down what happened so that we have a picture where the ring should be. Most times we can find the ring right then and there, but sometimes we have to return because of environmental reasons.

This was one of those cases.  I was sure the ring was in the snow bank, but because the bank was big, my machine was unable to penetrate completely into the center of it. But I was worried that someone else would find the ring as the snow melted before I returned. So I asked Oliver to keep checking as the bank melted.  He did so, and he found the ring.  This is an example of “clear thinking”.

So I did not find the ring but we found the ring.

Another smile.

Ring lost on Grand Cayman, FOUND

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I was on vacation on Grand Cayman, and while enjoying myself metal detecting, I was flagged down by the beach attendant.  She said that a lady just up the beach had just lost a ring and would I help her find her ring. YES, as I’m a member of “The Ring Finders” that is what we do.

Anyway the attendant pointed out the young lady on the beach, I introduced myself and found the ring on the first scoop.  Because I did not have my Go Pro on my person, the “find” was not video taped, but I went back to my wife further down the beach, got my  Go Pro and returned to interview the young lady.

This video shows my interview of her, on the beach.

Great find, please enjoy.


Loss pendant in yard Canandaigua New York – Found

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I received a 911 call from wonderful lady, whose name is Jo Anna.  It seems like she was walking her dog in her back yard earlier this week and using a “chucker” to throw a ball for the dog to chase and return to her.  Jo Anna had on a chain with a sterling silver pendant that has a clip that allows for easy changing between different pendants and different chains.

Jo Anna and her dog were having a wonderful time, the dog chasing the ball and returning that ball to Jo Anna where she would bend over, pick up the ball and chuck it again.  Everything was fine until Jo Anna got back into the house and started to get ready for work, Then is when she discovered that the pendant was not on the chain anymore.  We all can imagine the panic that sets in at a time like this, as we all have ourselves experienced a similar experience.  Panic and sense of loss.

Jo Anna tried to recover the pendant herself as she rented a metal detector from a local dealer, read the booklet that comes with the machine and started searching her back yard.  Although a salesman for a detector would not tell you, it’s just not that easy.  The machine has to be set up right for the metal content that is present in all soil, and that content changes as you work any area which requires more adjustment. Also, metal detectors speak in sounds (tones) that are different for all the different metals.  I call these tones “metal detector speech”.  Now we speak English but the metal detector speaks in those tones.  We can’t teach the machine to speak English, so we must learn what the detector is saying.  In other words, we must learn metal detector speech. That takes years to refine.  Jo Anna worked her yard with her rental machine, became discouraged, returned the machine and looked up  www.theringfinders.com  and gave me a call.

When she called we set up a time to meet and search.  I arrived, questioned Jo Anna as to what she was doing, where she had walked that dog and where she believed the pendant would be.  I set up my grid and started searching.  As the pendent was lost only a few days ago, it would not be buried into the lawn, so I could ignore all the signals that were deep and not silver, and there were lots of those signals.  It did not take long and I got a nice “hit” close to the surface and silver.  Although I took out my pin-pointer to find it in the grass, I noticed the glint of the silver before I had to use the pin-pointer.   There It was !!!, now it’s time to give the pendant back to the lady that makes it look beautiful.

I filmed the search and the recovery.  It’s a short (5 minute) video, so if you are interested click on the like below and enjoy.

Thank you for watching, I enjoy my job.

Wedding ring lost in yard – Found, Cicero New York

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I received a 911 call from wonderful lady, whose name is Jessica.  What happened was her 3 year old daughter got into Jessica’s jewelry box to play with the rings and things. Then the daughter went out into the back yard with the box and proceeded to lose Jessica’s engagement ring and wedding band.  When Jessica found out what happened, of course she had a sense of panic and loss.  Although upset, she forgave her daughter and searched the yard.  She was able to find the engagement ring but not the wedding band.  Her husband borrowed a metal detector from a family member and searched the yard but only found out the there is LOTS of metal buried in every yard.  That’s when Jessica went on-line and found “The Ring Finders” website.  (www.theringfinders.com)

While we talked, trying to set up a time to search, we discovered that we both available that evening. Jessica only lives some 5 minutes away, and we had about 2 hours of daylight left so I decided to go right then and do a quick search of her back yard. I arrived, questioned Jessica as to where she had found the engagement ring, and the general layout of the yard. I set up my grid and started searching.  As the ring was lost only a few days ago, it would not be buried deep into the lawn, so I could ignore all the signals that were deep and not gold, and there were lots of those signals.  I went up and down the lawn checking with my pin pointer all the signals that the big detector detected.  The first four or five came back strong but they were buried, and a ring lost just a couple of days would be lying on top of the soil, although it would be under the grass and invisible to the necked eye.  I got another signal, checked with the pin pointer, moved the grass and, there it was !!!, now it’s time to give the ring back to the Jessica.

I filmed the search and the recovery.  It’s a short (5 minute) video, so if you are interested, click on the link below and enjoy.  Jessica’s response if precious.

Ring loss at Cornell University, Ithaca New York – FOUND

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

This hunt turned into a 7 month saga that had consumed my thoughts at least once a day every day during that time.

Late August 2016 I received a call from Kevin who now lives in California. He is an alumnus of Cornell University in Ithaca NY.  Kevin stated that in 2006 he was at a function being held at the Cornell Recreation Park, a private park that the university has for school and alumni functions.  Kevin stated that during that outing he lost his platinum wedding band somewhere in that park. He was positive that he lost it there as he had it when he went to the park and during the day he noticed that his ring was gone.

He had just found “theringfinders.com” web site, saw that I was the closest to the park and asked if I would be so kind as to look for his ring. Off course I would, so I obtained the important information about the ring, where did he think he lost it etc. He was quite sure that he lost it during the “Tug of War” but they also played Frisbee, and did a lot of causal walking. So at the next possible time I went to Cornell to look for his ring.

The park is way off the road, has a gate that is locked when not in use, and is quite large for a private park. It has a big, 8’ x 40’ BBQ pit, some buildings etc.  I started looking for his ring and was digging lots of aluminum foil (from the BBQ) and the usual pull tabs and junk, but after 5 hours of hunting I had not found his ring.  I had only covered about half of the park and had not gotten to some of the places he played Frisbee or anywhere near the area where he had done some causal walking.  Some 10 days later I returned to the park to finish the hunt, but with the same results after 6 hours of hunting.  No sign of his ring.

I had failed. Now we all fail at times, but usually it’s at a public beach, park etc. where someone else has found the ring. It was possible that Kevin’s ring was picked up that day by another alumnus. I tried to convince myself of that and I e-mailed Kevin that I thought that was why I did not find his ring. My wife and I were heading out to Florida and the Caribbean on a cruise and would not be home until just before Christmas. It was not much of a vacation as at least once every day I was thinking about Kevin’s ring. When we returned there was snow on the ground and the ground was frozen. No more hunting until spring.

The next three months was more of the same.  Where was Kevin’s ring? Did I miss it somehow? Was the dry hard ground to blame? While I was in the Caribbean I watched people on beaches and in parks.  They do not look down while walking so I discounted the possibly that Kevin’s ring was picked up that day.  Although I’m sure some of the alumni brought lawn chairs, I watched people as they sat in the chairs and they don’t look down either. The park is locked except when there is a function so no-one else would be there searching with a metal detector.  Kevin’s ring HAD to be there.

I e-mail Kevin during March and asked if it would be OK to continue looking for his ring.  I informed him that his ring was causing me to loose sleep and I had to find it.  Of course he said yes.

April 3rd of this year the snow was gone and the ground has thawed so I took the day to look for Kevin’s ring again.  I had planned to search all week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday if needed.  I guess the metal detecting gods were smiling down of me that day as I set up my grid, did a little video, and started searching.  The FIRST hit, I got his ring. It was close to the BBQ pit in the area of the Tug of War.  I was elated and you can see my thrill by watching the video on You Tube. 

I’m still not sure way I did not get it last fall.  Did I just miss it, or was the dry ground to blame?  Who knows, I’m only very glad that I found his ring as now I’m sleeping at night.

So I shipped Kevin’s ring to him and its back on his finger where it belongs.  Mission accomplished.

Ring lost while gardening in Sandy Creek NY, Found

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I received an e-mail from Penelope, (Penny) last November about a ring that she had lost in her garden while doing fall cleaning of the garden for the winter months.  I was in Florida and would not be home until mid-December so I contacted her that I would search when I returned home.  Unfortunately when I returned home the ground was frozen so it would not be possible to dig to recover the ring, and therefore we put off the search until this spring.


Spring has now arrived so we made arraignments to search last week.


This was quite an easy search and the area was quite small and she was quite sure where the ring was.  I set up my equipment and started searching.  About 5 minutes later I got a good “hit” and I took out my spade and dug a little plug and there it was.  A squeal of joy, followed by a big hug from her made my day.  Another successful find.



18K Diamond Ring lost it snow, Found. Syracuse NY

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I received a call from a lady who had lost her wedding band while shoveling snow off her sidewalk during the last snow storm that had hit us.  She stated that she was positive that she had the ring on when she went out to shovel, but discovered that the ring was gone about 1 hour after coming into the house afterwards.  She wondered if I could find it for her even though the snow was still on the ground. I suggested that if she waited until the snow melted, she would be very likely to see the ring just lying on top of the ground.  Because she lives in the city, she did not want to wait until then as many people walk down her city sidewalk and as the snow melted away, someone else would find it before her.  She knows her neighborhood, so I’m sure she would be right.


Because she works during the day and the urgency of finding the ring ASAP, we decided that it would be best if I searched the area during the day when she was at work.


I arrived just after 8:00 a.m., fired up my detector, and started sweeping along the edge of her sidewalk to the house and found nothing.  Then I started working along the street sidewalk and when the detector sang out and I started removing the snow in small batches being very careful and checking every batch with my pin pointer.  There about 1 foot off the sidewalk in one of the batches of snow was her ring.  This recovery was fast and easy, as now it was just 8:25 a.m.


I called her at work, told her the good news and package up her ring and it went out yesterday via USPS Priority Mail.  Another ring returned to the finger where it belongs.


Many people lose their rings during the winter as being cold, fingers will shrink and lose two ring sizes.  Then activity, like shoving show, throwing snow balls, etc and the ring is gone.  If you lose your ring during this time, be sure to call your local “Ring Finder”.


Memorial Ring lost in Bahama’s. Found

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

First I must state that I think that there are angels among us that guide us to witness, and sometimes to perform little miracles.   This is a story of one. I know that 99% of the people that start reading this will not read it to the end, but I do this for one “angel” as this has been the most amazing and inspiring recovery that I have had in over 14 years of finding lost items. More on this angel later, but I do hope that you will read it to the end as I think you too will become inspired.

This all takes place on a private island in the Bahamas owned by Holland American Cruise Lines, but also used by Carnival Cruise Line ships when Holland American is not in port. This island does not have any permanent residents, but there are just over 20 employees of Holland American that stay on the island to feed that animals and maintain the island when the ships leave. The island has miles of walking trails, beautiful tropical plants and scenery and is just one wonderful place to spend the day when the ship is in port.  The biggest attraction is the beach. It is I guess, one mile long with anywhere from 50’ to 80’ of dry sand with thousands of lounge chairs for the guests to use. In the water it is all sand with no rocks out as far as you can walk which is anywhere from 200’ to 400’.  So this is one massive beach to find a ring – so the miracle starts to come into view.   

My wife and I love to cruise during the winter and we love Holland American.  I bring my metal detector on all cruises and love searching the islands we visit in the Caribbean but usually I don’t find anything on this island.   You see all the ships have safes in the state rooms and all guests are encouraged to keep all valuables in these safes, plus there is no reason to “bling up” on this island. Also, I find very little trash on this island as the men who stay on this island clean the beach after each ship and there is no need for cash when on this island as with all cruise ships you charge everything with your room key card. Therefore very few coins are found on the beach. Sometimes I don’t bring my detector ashore on the tender as there is very little to find ashore, but I did on this trip. – The miracle takes another step forward.  

It’s Monday, February 13th and it was just one of those great days to be alive. A soft breeze, lots of sun, a beautiful beach and no snow. Remember we live just north of Syracuse, New York and we left snow to come here. We took one of the first tenders over to the island, picked out a couple of lounge chairs and my wife settled in to read a book.  I fired up my detector and started searching. As more and more tenders arrived the beach began to fill up with our fellow cruisers. Although I enjoy “visiting” with people, I try to stay away from other beachgoers so they can enjoy themselves. Therefore,  I just wander around the beach in a haphazard way, not setting up a grid to do a complete search as I would do if searching for a lost ring. Wandering around the beach in a haphazard way is no way to do a search as I would be missing many areas where people congregate and would lose a ring. So I spent most of my time in the more nonproductive areas of the beach. I searched up to around noon when we decided to go to the BBQ which Holland has on the island for the cruisers.  After eating we returned back to our chairs and I agreed with my wife that I would only search until 1:30 and we would return to the ship. I wandered around and at the agreed time I took a straight line back to our chairs to meet my wife to return to the ship, but on that way back to her I got a great “hit” on the detector.  I dug, and up came a ring. Although the ring was dirty and filled with sand I could see that it was a semi-precious memorial ring. It was a good find, and the most valuable find of the day.  I think I had found a few coins up until then and a half a dozen pull tabs and bottle caps all morning.

The miracle has happened at this point, but I did not know it yet.

We returned to the ship, took showers and spent the rest of the afternoon just sitting back and enjoying the day.  After supper I decided to look at the “finds” for the day so I took out my brushes and cleaning compound and started cleaning the coins and the ring.  Much to my surprise the ring cleaned up very well and I could see that the ring was a memorial ring, possibly sold by the American Cancer Society as on the right hand side of the ring was the white American Cancer Society “White Ribbon”.  Just above the ribbon molded into the metal was the word “Grandpa”.  On the left side of the ring was the word “Kayla”.  See the pictures attached to see the left and right side of the ring.  Engraved into the inner side of the band was the full name of obviously the owner. I wouldn’t publish her name here.

“Angels” are around us all the time and I think an angel was there with me today and directed me to this lost ring on this massive beach.

–  The miracle was starting,  –   as I think Grandpa was the “angel” and I think he lead me to his granddaughters lost ring. But the miracle continues. 

Now finding a person with only a name is not impossible, but very hard and is likely to fail.  But as I stated at the beginning of this story, this island is un-inhabited with only some 20 or so workers on it.  Also there are only two cruise lines that use it so it was a possibility that I could find the owner.  But that would take two very big corporations to get behind me and help to find the owner.  In today’s world most people working for a corporation would put any request of this type in the “trash”.

The first person we contacted was a clerk at the front office of the ship we were on.  She listened to our story about the ring and then asked us to stand by as she asked the Hotel Director if they should try to locate the owner of the ring.  Much to my surprise the Hotel Director, Mike Mahn, was very interested, invited us into his office, listened to the story and then stated that he would contact the head office of Holland American to check the passenger manifests to see if she (Kayla) had been on any Holland ship recently. Both of these two persons took the extra time to help someone that they didn’t know, went above and beyond their normal job duties.  I thank them both for this extra effort. – Another part of the miracle, corporation employees that go above and beyond their job description.

Mike said that he would get in contact with us if he was successful in the search.  Some two days later we were summoned to his office where he stated that they had found the owner. – But the miracle is still moving on. 

Sidney Leonor at Holland American’s head office in Seattle Washington was unable to locate anyone with that name that had sailed with Holland, so she took the extra effort to contact a Richard Brown at Carnival Cruise Line in Miami Florida, and Richard did find out that Kayla had sailed on a Carnival ship that had visited the island in July, 2016. – Again, employees that are going above and beyond. Thank you. 

I don’t know which cruise line contacted the family, but an e-mail was sent out to them and then a couple of days later we were summoned again to Mike’s office for an update. He stated that Kayla’s father had answered the e-mail and was very happy that his daughters ring had been found.  Mike then made arrangements for the ring to be polished, boxed up in a ring box on the ship and then paid and made arrangements for the ring to be shipped back to Kayla at her home address.

As of this writing I don’t know if Karla has received her ring.  I hope so.  If I get any updates on this saga, I will post it to this board.  Here hoping.

                                                                                             UPDATE  ——–    SEPTEMBER 2017

My wife and myself took another cruise this summer, and we just happened to be on the same ship.  The Hotel Director, Mike Mahn was still  on-board.  I finally got to speak to Mike about this ring and asked him if indeed Kayla did get her ring back and also did he, or anyone else get a “thank you” from her, as I never got any correspondence from anyone involved.  Mike stated that to the best of his knowledge no one had received any acknowledgment or thank you, but Carnival had shipped the ring  NEXT DAY AIR, SIGNATURE REQUIRED and someone had signed for the ring.  Therefore, the ring was delivered.

Kids now-a-days just don’t have any social graces.

Lost ring Brewerton, New York-found .

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996



I received a call from a gentleman (Jim) who had lost his wedding band.  He stated that he lost it in his yard on November 9th while moving a brush pile of tree branches that had been accumulating over the years. .  It was a 14K white gold band.  Jim had looked for his ring, had moved all the brush to a burn pile, checking every branch to make sure the ring was not on a branch.  He stated that there was lots of leaves, etc. under the pile and even though he carefully had looked in the leaves, etc. the ring was still eluding him.  He looked me up on “The Ring Finders.com” web site hoping that I could find the ring for him and gave me a call.  I was out of town on another search, and would not be home for quite some time, but as he explained the area (his yard) to me I stated that there was no chance of someone else finding his ring so we would get in contact when I returned.

I arrived home for the holidays and Jim and I made plans to look for the ring. It had snowed most days since he had lost the ring, but there was a thaw over the last few days so the snow pack was no not as deep.  On the assigned day it was turning to snow again.  There was about a 3” snow fall during the night and early morning but nothing that would stop the search.


I arrived at Jim’s house, introduced myself and unpacked my detector.  Jim escorted me to the area where I set up my detector for the conditions and started the search. It did not take too long before I got that familiar “tone”, and I pulled out my pin pointer.  Jim started to pull back the leaves, etc. and we were both surprised how deep the ring had gone down.  Jim dug down about 4 inches and there is was. Jim’s jaw dropped and he said  “No – No,  I don’t believe it.  There it is” and he pulled it out of the ground, dirty but back into his hand.  I think you can see the thrill, the disbelief, and the happiness on his face in the above picture.

He put the ring on his finger and we walked back to his house to show his wife. Jim’s wife was all smiles, so I have TWO happy customers.  I’ve said this before, “Happy wife means happy life”

Jim and myself said our goodbyes, and he gave me a very nice “finders fee”.  Thank you very much Jim

This points out something that everyone who losses a valuable should do.  If it is lost on public property, (beach, park, sidewalk, etc.), GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE ASAP, as the longer you wait the better chance that someone else finds you valuable. BUT don’t give up on anything lost on private property. .