Bethany was taking her two children to soccer within her development, she stopped and dropped off her eldest at one park. Having a few minutes before her youngest needed to be at another park she decided to put sun block on both of them and herself. In doing this she had taken off her rings (wedding band and engagement ring) and placed them in the pocket of her shorts. Bethany then spent a few minutes running around the soccer pitch with her oldest child and then she hopped back in the car to drop of her youngest at another park just a couple of blocks away. After dropping off her youngest she returned to the original park watched the match from the sidelines. She soon realized that her wedding band was in her pocket but her white gold diamond solitaire engagement ring was missing. She got several of the parents to help her do a visual search after the match but they had no luck. Later that afternoon Bethany and her husband Jeff did another visual search also with no luck. They thought about options and decided that purchasing their own detector wouldn’t be a feasible option. That is when Bethany found my profile on TheRingFinders.com.
Bethany sent me a text inquiring if I would be able to help in the search of her missing ring. After a couple of texts back and forth and then a phone call we had a location and a time to meet. Luckily I had a day off work and Bethany was working from home so within a couple of hours of our first communication we were meeting up and beginning the search. Bethany took me to the closest park and showed me the areas of the park she was in, then we went to the next park and did the same. This last park was the one that she removed the rings to apply the sunblock to her children so it seemed like the proper park to start my search in. Bethany returned home to continue working and left me to do my search. I started doing my systematic grid search of the park and within a half hour I noticed a flash of silver color as my metal detector’s coil passed over the target and sounded off. I reached down and pulled the ring from its grassy hiding spot, snapped a couple of photos and sent Bethany a picture text of her ring. She was at the park a few minutes later and she told me that the text I just sent her was the best text she had ever received.
Ring recovered 6/10/2021
Tom and Jamie were shoveling snow from our recent record snow storm from the sidewalk that goes from their back door to their garage. Jamie decided that this was the perfect time to make a snow angel. After getting up from the snow Jamie shook the snow from her arms and hands. In doing such Jamie’s wedding ring went flying off her hand and it disappeared into the snow with no indication on where it went. They tried a brief search for her ring but then realized that they needed some help that is when they found my profile on TheRingFinders.com.
Tom sent me a text message asking if there was a possibility that I could help them. We made arrangements to talk via phone after he was done with work. During that conversation I learned of the circumstances of the loss of the ring and I agreed to come search. I prepped my gear and headed out the door. After arriving at Tom and Jamie’s house Tom showed me the search location. I grabbed my Garrett Apex, made some adjustments due to heavy EMI and began my search. Within seconds of starting my search I received a signal that was promising, I pinpointed the target, removed a bit of snow and there was Jamie’s ring. Jamie’s ring is a custom made platinum ring set with stones from heirloom rings.
Ring recovered 3-17-2021
On the weekend of March 13/14 the Denver area received it’s largest snow fall in 18 years with some areas receiving as much as three feet of snow. On the following Monday Dana was talking on the phone with a friend and they decided to compare snow depths. Dana actually grabbed a tape measure and headed to their back patio to measure the snow that had accumulated on top of their trash cans. In doing this Dana’s hand that had her great-great (maybe one more great) grand father’s wedding band on came in contact with the snow. In shaking the snow off her hand, the ring went flying off and into the snow. She didn’t hear the ring hit anything due to the snows depth and she couldn’t see any hole in the snow to give indication of the ring’s location. Dana and her husband started filling plastic tote containers full of snow and taking them to their bathtub to melt to see if they could find the ring. After several totes with no ring and not a lot of snow left in the immediate area they needed to try something different that is when Dana found my profile on Theringfinders.com and she called me.
Dana called a little after 4:00 PM and explained her situation. I thought there would be just enough time for me to drive to her house and perform a search. I am co-host of Relic Roundup a live talk show podcast about treasure hunting ever Monday night, we go live on air at 7:00 PM. So with getting my gear together, the drive would normally take a half hour but I wasn’t sure of road conditions (remember a near record snowstorm just occurred) a search and then return home. It was going to be tight but I had to do the search.
I arrived at their condo and we talked about the events that lead to the rings loss. Dana, her husband and I moved some metallic items out of the search area and I began my search. I grabbed one of my detectors that I typically use for ring searches and began swinging. But due to underground electrical cables, yard edging and other interferences that machine wasn’t going to get the job done. I switched machines to my CTX 3030 and started swinging again. After a minute of two I received a good signal and made comment of such. I kicked away a couple of inches of snow and the gold band made it’s appearance. Dana had put up a good front while I was searching but when I finally recovered the ring she realized what it was that was missing. Inscribed on the inside of the band is “ELS to HLE Dec 21,1896. ELS was her great-great grandmother Elizabeth and H was her great-great grandfather Herman. I felt fortunate to now be associated with such a story and history of this ring.
Ring recovered March 15, 2021
Will was outside of his north Denver house tossing a ball for his dog Winston on a warm March Sunday afternoon when he felt his ring leave his hand. Will and Sadie, his wife, began searching for the ring with no luck. Sadie found my profile on The Ring Finders and called me. I was out enjoying the warm weather by swinging one of my detectors for fun but unfortunately I was nowhere near my home or their house. Due to that set of circumstances Sadie posted on Nextdoor asking to borrow a detector to search for a lost ring. One of the replies that she received was from a member of a local metal detecting club who offered to come and search for the lost ring the following day.
He came to their house and performed a search but was not able to recover the ring. He then gave the president of the metal detecting club a call and he offered to come and do a search the following day which was a Tuesday. The club president then preformed a search as well with the same results, no ring. So Sadie contacted me again and we set up a time for me to come by and do a search Wednesday afternoon. After my arrival I talked with Will and he told me of the circumstances of the rings loss and of the other two unsuccessful searches. I set about my search as Will and Sadie returned to their house and their 7 month old daughter. Within a couple of minutes of beginning my search I had Will’s ring in hand. Both Will and Sadie were surprised that I recovered the ring and in such a quick manner.
Ring recovered March 10, 2021
The summer of 2019 Garth was at a private reservoir with his family. Out in deeper water the reservoir had floating docks with diving boards on the docks. As his family made their way onto the dock for a bit of sunning Garth swam over to a log that was nearby and gave the log a spin. When he spun the log a piece of bark somehow caught his platinum wedding band and pulled it off his hand. He attempted to dive down to recover the ring but the depth made free diving difficult and the weeds that lined the bottom of the reservoir made such an attempt very dangerous.
Garth never gave up on the idea of someday, some how he would be able to get his ring back even though his family was urging him to get another ring. This winter season those in control of the reservoir lowered the water level well beyond normal. Garth seen this lower level and started searching for a way to recover his ring, that is when he found my profile on TheRingFinders.com and we set up a date to search for his ring.
When Garth and I talked he mentioned that the ring was in what he thought would be chest deep water. The calendar was only in January, there was a sheet of ice on the reservoir and the water temperature was not above 35 degrees. I knew that this search was not going to be comfortable for me physically. I needed my neoprene waders, my water scoop and a good bit of luck. We set a date for me to come and conduct a search on a day that the forecast was looking good for Colorado in January, highs were expected to be in the 40’s. I arrived at Garth’s residence and we set out for the reservoir which was with their private community. I searched for a little over an hour that day but I had to give up do to my arm being numb (a bare arm in 35 degree water isn’t recommended) and the sun had set. So we left an open search agreement for me to come back and search again when the weather cooperated.
A week passed by and weather looked good enough to conduct another search on the weekend which would give me more time to search. I met Garth at the reservoir and this time I had added a pair of neoprene gloves and a 5.3 mil wetsuit to protect my arms from the cold water water. After a couple of hours of searching I received a good signal on my CTX, it it took me several scoops to get the target into my scoop, it was Garth’s wedding band. When I shouted out to him (he was on the shore) that I had a ring in my scoop he sank to a crouching position with his face in his hands. He was a bit taken over with emotion that we had finally found his ring.
Ring recovered January 30, 2021
Erin and Dan moved to Denver from the Miami area soon after getting married. They moved into a VRBO to get by for a few weeks. We received a nice spring snow storm and Erin headed out to back door of their place to let the dog out and do something she couldn’t do in Miami, through a snowball. After tossing the snowball she shook her hands off and that is when both her wedding band and engagement ring slipped off her finger. Erin and Dan spent the next hour of so heating water and trying to melt the snow off the back porch since Erin was beside the porch when her rings slipped off. After several pots of water they gave up and decided to try to find another route to recover her rings. With that being said Erin searched the web and my name came up in the Ring Finders.
Erin called me just as I was getting dinner ready to put into the oven. During that phone conversation she explained her situation and I told he that I would be able to perform the search after I had dinner going. Soon after the phone call ended I had the food in the oven and I loaded up the car with a few detectors and headed out for the search. Upon arrival Erin lead me to the back yard and explained what she did and where she was standing. I put together my XP Deus and made a couple of swings over the yard when heard a promising signal. I kicked back 3-4 inches of snow and there was a gold band laying there. I signaled to Erin to come over, she looked at the exposed area and pulled the wedding band from the ground. She moved a bit more snow and her engagement ring appeared. She couldn’t believe that I had found her ring so fast.
Rings recovered April 16th, 2020
Stephen was doing some yard work and putting much in his planters around his house. During the preparations for this project he went to his local Home Depot to purchase several bags of wood mulch which he loaded into the back of his SUV. Upon arriving home he unloaded the vehicle and proceeded to spread and rake the mulch around the planters. When done he went inside clean up he noticed that his wedding band was missing. Considering that there were four mulch beds with many square feet of mulch spread he knew that his chances finding his ring were next to nill.
Stephen started to search the web when he came upon my profile on The Ring Finders and he called me. We made plans for me to come to his house a little later that day to preform the search. Upon my arrival Stephen showed me around and described his pattern of work and how he spread the mulch by hand. I put my detector together and began my search I searched the whole mulch areas and found nothing. I then grabbed another detector and searched again with the same results as the previous search. There was metal yard edging around the mulch areas that would not allow for me to get closer than 3″ – 4″ from it so our next step was to remove that yard edging (which of course meant that it would need to be re-installed). But before we removed the yard edging I asked to search his car. He stated that he had already searched the car a couple of times. Within a couple of minutes of me starting my search of his car I found his ring. He was very surprised that his ring was in the car.
Ring recovered March 17, 2020
During the “Stay at home” order of 2020 David was out playing tether ball with his kids. As he went for the winning hit of the ball he felt his platinum wedding band slid off his finger. He immediately started looking for the ring. After several hours of searching the ring was still missing even though he searched the yard while walking a grid pattern.
After contemplating his options for a couple of days, David found my profile on The Ring Finders and called me. We made arrangements for me to come to his house later that day for me to perform a search for his missing wedding ring. We did a few reenactments with a ring that I had brought with me and averaged the results to locate a start to our search area.
I began my search of the yard and after about 20 minutes of searching I still had not located the ring. During that time I has searched the majority of the yard and but due to the the angle of the sun I could not always see my walking trails in the grass thus I was not confident in my complete coverage of the yard. I went to my car and retrieved some pin flags to conduct a proper search. On my first pass my XP Deus sounded off and right at my starting location of my initial search was the ring. I was probably standing right on the ring when I started my search.
David and his wife were quite happy to get his ring back.
Ring recovered, April 8th, 2020
Heather and her husband were out at their vehicle during one of our snow storms. Heather was brushing the snow off her husbands jacket when her ring slid off her finger and disappeared somewhere in the snow outside their apartment complex. They spend a couple of hours searching for the ring, even borrowing a metal detector to aid in the search. The borrowed metal detector added to their confusion as it was continuously sounding off. After doing all that they could do to recover the ring they called me in hopes that my experience and quality of equipment would make the difference. Heather called me, and we talked about the loss of her ring and their attempt to find it. During that conversation we set up a time that night for me to come to their place after I got off work to conduct a search.
As I pulled into the apartment complex that night the snow had been coming down for a few hours and the temperature was falling quickly. Heather and her husband met me at the site of the ring’s loss and once again we went through their story of the loss of the ring. They showed me how she brushed off her husband and where they were standing when this all happened. The search area was small but loaded with shrubs and grasses that were all covered in several inches of snow. I went to grab my detector and Heather headed into the apartment to talk with some friends that had come over for a visit and to go out for a meal. I turned on my XP Deus and made my first swing when I heard a good signal, within a few seconds I had the ring in my hand. Heather hadn’t even made it into the building yet when we were yelling for her to come over to get her ring. She was shocked and EXTREMELY happy, a couple of tears rolled down her cheek as she thanked me.
Ring recovered January 7th, 2020
I had flown across country to attend the Chattanooga, American Digger magazine’s Civil War relic show and sale and end up doing a ring recovery.
The family of a young lady were staying at a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee having a family reunion over the 4th of July weekend when a ring given to her by her boyfriend, Sean, went missing. This ring, a gold band, is not just a simple gold ring this ring belonged to one of his great grandparents so it is a cherished family heirloom. The events of the day had the family playing volleyball in the lower flat area (a couple of acres of grass) about a hundred yards from the cabin. And then they spent some time around the firepit that night. The ring could be in either location or some place in between these areas. Potentially a VERY large search area.
The ring search was set up by my friend Craig after he had seen a posting online. We contacted the owner of the property who granted us permission to search for the ring. Craig and I met the owner at the gate for the property and she let us in and showed us around a bit. I grabbed one of my detectors and headed out while Craig readied his equipment. It was getting warm so I wanted to get going sooner rather than later. I looked over the site quickly and determined to start my search at the walkout basement door area and search to the firepit. Within a few swings I heard a promising signal, I parted the grass and there laid a lovely gold ring. I returned to the car just as Craig had finished his prep and was heading out to conduct the search. It was a quick search.
Ring recovered July 29th, 2019
The lower field
The mountain cabin
Sean gets his ring back