Jim Wagner, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Gold Engagement Ring Recovered in Catonsville, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

I received a call from Richard yesterday about a ring his fiance lost in back of their apartment complex the day before. He said they were certain it was there somewhere, but they were unsuccessful locating it despite visually looking for it for hours. He was also concerned about it being washed away due to the very heavy rains the area seen the night it was lost.

Luckily we were able to meet up that late afternoon between rain showers. Richard directed me to the area he felt was the best location to start and I immediately got to work. After about 5-10 minutes, Richard let me know he’ d be right back an went around to the front of his apartment. During that time I found this under some fairly thick vegetation…..

Upon Richard’s return a few minutes later, I presented him with the ring!

Shortly thereafter, the rains started back up again. Luckily, the ring is back where it belongs and all is well!

Lost Gold Diamond Wedding Band Set Recovered in Nottingham, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

I received a call back on the 18th of March from a woman who was positive she lost her wedding set in her back yard while doing some spring cleanup with her husband. Despite searching through the leaves for hours, they were unable to locate either of the rings. They also decided to go out and purchase a metal detector and give that a try. They quickly realized if you are not proficient and experienced with a detector, attempting to use one on the fly leads to frustration. I was able to meet them at their home that very day (Sunday) and immediately began my search once they showed me the probable areas where the rings might be. After about 20 minutes……SUCCESS!

The rings(the one in the picture above is her engagement ring) were not too far from each other and were up close to a shed in the yard. To complicate things, there were spare railing pieces leaned up against the shed making the “hiding place” perfect, but they couldn’t escape me!

The rings are now back where they belong with their very happy owner!

Lost Platinum Wedding Recovered in Towson, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

Early last month I was contacted by Rodney. I was able to help him recover his lost wedding band back in 2014. Unfortunately he was in need of my assistance once again. He had lost the same ring except this time it was lost in a different area and under different circumstances. The good news is we were once again successful in locating it! I’ll let Rodney tell you the story in his own words…..


It was a cold evening in December and I was attending a holiday party with family and friends.  I stepped outside to assist the host with some bags and in the process my wedding ring fell off into the snow in his front lawn.  I searched with flashlights that evening but was unable to locate the ring.  The next day I assumed we would have better luck and returned to my friend’s house to search for the ring as we knew it was in a very small area in the front lawn.  We crawled around the area digging and clawing for hours at the ground but were unsuccessful so I knew it was time to call in the experts.  I had used Jim’s service a few years back and was confident that if he could come out he would be able to locate the ring.  I reached out to Jim and we agreed to meet at the location a few days later.  When we arrived I explained the situation and the area where the ring was lost.  Jim got his metal detector out to begin to search.  Within a few minutes he was able to locate the ring within the area I showed him.  I am so thankful for Jim and his ability to assist with locating lost items.

Thanks Again Jim!

Rodney S.


Lost Class Ring Recovered in Elkridge, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

I received a call from Langston about 2 weeks ago. He informed me that he lost his ring at a local park. I had a good feeling I would be successful in recovering it as he was very confident in where he lost it. I’ll let him tell you the rest in his own words……….

I had a game at Rockburn Park in Elkridge. Being a creature of habit I follow a set routine. Before I change shoes for the game, I always take off my class ring and watch, and put them in the same pocket in my bag and put them back on when the game is over.  After the game I was sitting in my open trunk changing shoes. I put my watch back on but couldn’t find my ring. I figured it must have fallen deeper into my bag and I just figured I’d find it in the light at home.
When I got home I dumped my bag and couldn’t find my ring. I figured it must have fallen out of the pocket on my bag when I was changing. I went to the field the next morning before work and looked for about 30 minutes in the area where I parked the night before with no luck. That afternoon one of my teammates also looked for the ring. I wanted to find the ring as soon as possible. My fear was that once they mowed the grass at the park, the ring would be irretrievable lost. This was my college class ring, and it had considerable sentimental value, especially since this year is the 20th anniversary of my graduation. I was contemplating renting a metal detector, but I did some online research and many said that unless you know what you’re doing, your chances of finding your lost item are slim. Also, this was the day before the Labor Day weekend. I was doubtful that I could find someone to come out, let alone that they would actually find the ring. I called Jim that evening and recalled the details of where I thought I lost the ring and he said he believed there was a good chance we could find it. We agreed to meet at the park first thing in the morning.
When I got to the park the next morning, Jim was already there waiting. I pointed out the areas that I traversed on the night I lost the ring and where I thought the ring probably fell out. Jim put on his headphones and got to work in the area I thought was the likely ring location. Not three minutes after we started, Jim waved me over and pointed down. Sitting in the grass exactly where I’d parked the night of the game was my class ring. I couldn’t believe he found it so fast.  He said that remembering all the details and narrowing down probable locations was the biggest help to him in finding the ring. Also, the park personnel said they normally mow the grass on Thursdays, but for some reason they didn’t that week. Lucky for me they didn’t!! I would definitely recommend Jim to anyone that is looking to retrieve a lost item. He was awesome!!!
Thanks Langston for the great endorsement and I’m glad the ring is back where it belongs!

Lost Wedding Ring Recovered! Fort Meade, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

This past Sunday I found myself back on the base at Fort Meade to look for a lost wedding ring. I’m starting to think that the late Civil War General George Meade might have a fondness for rings as this makes my 3rd time on the base to help someone out! Here is Nichole and her story…….

My husband lost his wedding band during PT when they were playing football. We tried searching for the ring on the field, but couldn’t find it. We were convinced it would be lost for good until we came upon Ring Finders. We decided to hire Jim because he has rescued other lost rings from Fort Meade and his ratings are phenomenal. We emailed him the day after the ring was lost, and he met us the next day to help us find it. Jim found the ring within a few hours and we are extremely thankful! Jim is persistent and truly cares about finding your lost ring and with his professional equipment and persistence, we were reunited with the lost ring! Hopefully we never lose another ring, but if we do, Jim will be the first one we contact.

Nichole and Devin

Lost Platinum & Diamond Wedding Band Recovered! Linthicum Maryland.

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

It had been a while since I received a call from someone in a panic after losing a ring, but that changed about a week ago when I was contacted by Bill. He told me that while he was getting items out of his truck 2 days prior, he not only felt, but heard his ring hit the ground. Thinking it would be in the immediate area where he was, he began to look on the asphalt parking lot, the curb/gutter area and the sidewalk/grass area adjacent to the curb. After hours of searching he came up empty. Thinking it must have rolled into the storm drain a few feet away, he pulled the grate and hopped into the hole. Again, after searching through the debris and leaves, he came up empty. He then started questioning himself if he had actually heard the ring hit or if it was wishful thinking. At that time, we made plans to meet the following afternoon.

Upon meeting Bill the next day, the first thing he said was “Thanks for coming out to do the search, but I really don’t expect you to find it”. “I’ve spent hours and hours in this area and simply don’t think it is here”. I told him if I had a dollar for every time I heard that, I’d have about $50! I then got to work and after doing a quick search with my detector over the grassy sidewalk area and coming up empty, I decided(after surveying the immediate landscape) to go own into the storm drain as Bill did a few days earlier. The big difference this time was that I had my state of the art equipment with me along with years of experience to use it effectively. Within a few seconds I hit a target signal. I proceeded to move some leaves aside and BAM!!! There it was!

As I’m climbing out of the storm drain, Bill, who was loading items in his vehicle, gazed over with a look that said, “I told you I already looked down there.” I then walked over to him and said, “I think this is yours!” Needless to say, he was shocked, amazed and grateful all at the same time!

Bill actually played a huge role in helping me recover his ring. He gave me a detailed description of exactly what happened and contacted me quickly. One big rain storm and this ring would most likely be gone for good.  Length of time is not always that critical, but in this case it definitely was.  As always, I’m happy that another lost ring is back where it belongs!

Lost Diamond Wedding Band Recovered in Baltimore, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

My detecting partner had a really nice “lunch” this past Wednesday. I’m not talking about what he had to eat that day, but what he was able to accomplish for Andrea. Just goes to show what talent, high end equipment and a lot of dedication and experience can accomplish. Here’s the story in Andrea’s own words…

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, my family and I were looking forward to a wonderful day at the MD Zoo in Baltimore.  My sister-in-law was visiting from upstate NY and my husband and I, along with our two kids, Natalie (age 6) and Jack (age 3) were excited to spend the day with her exploring the zoo.  Natalie hadn’t been to the zoo since she was 2 years old and this was Jack’s first time to the MD zoo.  Like many families with young kids, we had a bit of a rough time getting our family moving in the right direction to get to the zoo for its opening hour and felt a little behind the 8 ball by the time we arrived and parked around 11:30 am.  In an effort to move us along, as soon as we parked I got out of the car and immediately started making efforts to apply sunscreen to the kids who weren’t too happy about the process, but complied just the same!  I set my daughter’s hat down on the ground next to our vehicle in the grass and grabbed the sunscreen out of our backpack.  Before spraying it on my hands, I made the unfortunate mistake of taking off my diamond engagement ring and my diamond wedding band and placing it in my daughter’s hat on the ground so I wouldn’t get sunscreen all over my rings.  I went on to apply sunscreen to my daughter and then moved on to my son.  While I was putting sunscreen on my son, I heard my husband say to my daughter, “do you want to wear your hat today?”  Again, distracted with putting sunscreen on my squirmy 3 year old, I didn’t even think to say anything about my rings.  I heard my daughter say “no” and what happened after that changed the course of the day for us.  Once my daughter said no about wearing the hat, my husband who had already scooped the hat off of the ground, turned the hat over, folded it in on itself to make it smaller and shoved it into our drawstring backpack to take it into the zoo with us.  I realized not too long after that what had happened and made a beeline for the backpack.  Miraculously, my diamond engagement ring was still in the hat, but my diamond wedding band was no where to be found.  


The next 7 hours were agonizing.  That’s how long we stayed at the parking site looking for the ring.  Thank goodness my sister-in-law was with us and agreed to take our very excited children into the zoo so their day wouldn’t be spoiled.  My husband was in and out of the zoo that day trying to assist with the kids, but also trying to assist me with the ring search.  He even drove to the local Home Depot to see about purchasing a metal detector, but found out they didn’t have any in stock.  We ended up finding 2 individuals online who agreed to come out that evening and look with their metal detectors, but, unfortunately couldn’t locate the ring.  We stuck around for a couple of hours after the zoo closed for the day, and the kids were hungry and tired, plus there was an impending thunderstorm about to hit, so we decided to pack it up and return to our home in Harford County saddened, shocked, dumbfounded…..you name it!


The weekend passed and I had heard back from one of the metal detectorists who had been helping us the day this happened.  He graciously went to the zoo on Monday, 8/1/16 with 2 buddies, searched for over 2 hours even expanding their search area in the parking lot.  They didn’t find the ring.  Before I had heard this news from him, I had searched the internet for other metal detector experts in the area.  I had found The Ring Finders website and found the contact information for the Baltimore area rep.  I reached out to him and he got back to me immediately, but, unfortunately, told me that he wasn’t in the local area at the time.  He told me he was in Ocean City conducting several ring searches.  He agreed, however, to provide me with a referral.  He gave me Lance Griffin’s phone number.  I called Lance and arranged to meet him at the zoo on Wednesday, 8/3/16 @ 11:30 am during his lunch break from work.  When I arrived at the zoo, it was packed!  In fact, it was more crowded than it had been the previous Saturday when the ring went missing.  At that moment, I didn’t have much hope to find the ring especially knowing that we had searched for so long on Saturday and that a search was done on Monday as well.  To make matters worse, when I arrived at the zoo, I immediately noticed that there was a car parked in the parking space that we had been in when the ring went missing.  When I met Lance, he was so professional and calm.  We walked to the parking space, he asked me to describe what happened, and the approximate location of everything.  He said he would give it a try even though there was a car taking up the majority of the parking space.  I’m so elated to report that Lance found my ring within the first 10 minutes of meeting him in the small strip of grass next to where that car was parked!!


The last several days have been an array of emotions.  The emotion that I struggled with the most was guilt.  Guilt for praying for a material object to return to my life knowing very well that there are so many people in the world facing problems much bigger than the loss of a ring.  Still, I sent up prayers that my ring, which means so much to me, would be returned safely to my finger; the same finger my husband placed it on during our wedding day close to 12 years ago.  As I sit here now, I have so many other emotions running through me.  I am absolutely amazed that a man, Lance Griffin, who is essentially a total stranger to me, out of the goodness of his heart, listened to my story, responded to my plea for help, delivered on his promise to meet me, and came through with what resulted in an unbelievably beautiful outcome.  I have so much gratitude for him and all of the individuals that make miracles like this happen.  Lance, for me, exemplifies the goodness and the positivity that exists in humanity!

Andrea and her husband relieved and appreciative!

Andrea and her husband relieved and appreciative!

Back where it belongs!

Back where it belongs!

ANOTHER Lost Wedding Ring Recovered In Fort Meade, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

I’m starting to think that Union Civil War General George Meade was not fond of jewelry and his ghost may be playing a role in the amount of lost rings at the Maryland fort that is named in his honor! A few weeks ago I received a call from Dina telling me how her husband lost his wedding ring in their back yard about a year prior. They we certain it was lost back there and because of that I felt confident that I could find it. I’ll let Dina tell the rest of the story in her own words…..

A year ago my hubby lost his wedding ring of 11 years the same week that he was scheduled to ship out to South Korea for a year long Army deployment. He was jumping on our backyard trampoline with our two children when he felt the ring fly off. He had lost some weight since we were married and I had been telling him to get it resized; not that I’m saying I TOLD HIM SO or anything of the kind. The four of us searched the perimeter to no avail. We brought out the child’s metal detector that we already had but it dinged on everything on the ground.
Seven months and many rainy and frigid days later, I gave up on ever finding it and bought him a new ring for Christmas. He wasn’t entirely thrilled with it; he was still attached to the original ring because I had had it engraved inside with a surprise “inside joke” phrase between us.
This April, the year in Korea was finally coming to an end and I figured I’d call in a professional as a last ditch effort before we moved away from Fort Meade the following month. My husband scoffed at the idea of Ringfinders locating his lost band, but I called Jim Wagner. I was immediately impressed at how professional and thorough he was on the phone with his questions and comments. The day he arrived I wasn’t expecting him to find anything, but he was confident and his efforts paid off in about 15 minutes! The ring was lodged in the mud close to the trampoline. My hubby was in such disbelief that he asked me to email him a photo as proof! We are so thankful to Jim for recovering something that had such great sentimental value to us.

Dina and Jason, Fort Meade




I am glad I was successful. This one was a bit more special as I was able to return something to a family that serves and protects our freedom every day.


Lost Engagement Ring FOUND in Severna Park, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

A few weeks ago I received a call from Tim explaining how his wife lost her engagement ring. He went on to say while she was almost positive it came off while walking their dogs down the driveway. The driveway, which was a good 100 yards or so long, was bordered the entire length on one side by wooded area. She believed it came off in a specific area where she recalled the dogs getting wrapped around some brush, but did not rule out any of the driveway due to the frigid temperatures that day. We made arrangements to meet the next day and Tim and Tara went over the area with me that he described the day before. I’ll let Tara tell you in her own words how things went down, but on a side note to my detecting colleagues….this was actually tough one to find! Reason is that although the ring was on the surface, there ended up being a piece of old “soda can” aluminum directly under the ring about 2 inches down! This means nothing to most of you who read this, but to us metal detecting geeks this spells trouble! A piece of “trash” like this so close to the target(in this case the ring!) acts like a shield to obtaining the “good” signal we would be looking for when searching for gold and/or platinum. I mention this in the event you are looking for something that should “sound” specific in your headphones and you have no luck. I suggest you take a break, regroup and come at the situation in a different manner. It sure paid off for me…….and for Tim and Tara!


“I came home from work and walked my dogs as usual. The only difference that day was the bitter cold temperature outside. I came in from my walk and noticed my engagement ring fell off (my fingers shrunk in the cold weather) I tried to retrace my steps but the area to cover was overwhelming, it was getting dark, and leaves were piled high. I panicked and called Home Depot & Ace Hardware trying to rent a metal detector. No one in the Severna Park area rented them-only sold, and they were thousands of dollars. I Googled “metal detector help severna park” and The Ring Finders popped up. We called and Jim scheduled to come over the very next morning at 6:30am (even though he was leaving for vacation that morning). Jim arrived and told me to stop and think, and walk him through my steps. We walked up and down the street and didn’t find anything. My husband and I had to leave for work, and Jim said he would try and stay a few more minutes. He explained if he didn’t find it, he would come back another day to search. My husband and I were preparing for the worst and discussed calling the insurance company.. when mid sentence we got a call from Jim! HE FOUND MY RING! Tears poured down my face! We met to pick it up and I immediately hugged him! Jim is an amazing man! We are so happy we called the site! Jim told us if it was out there, he would find it! He wasn’t going to give up on us! So I want to tell you if you are reading this because you lost something and you want it back CALL JIM NOW!”

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– Tara & Tim
Severna Park MD

Lost Engagement Ring Recovered at Fort Meade, Maryland!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

It’s been quite a while (Jan. 2014) since my last last blog, service request and recovery, but that is a good thing as no one wants to lose something precious or important to them.  That changed when Anni contacted me last Wednesday after she lost her engagement ring the Saturday before. She was referred to me by someone who I’ve helped out in the past. That goes to show that people who you help out are truly appreciative and remember such things.  As I usually like to do, I’ll let Anni tell you the story…..

During a family photo shoot in the park, my engagement ring slipped off my finger. I noticed it almost immediately but the park was large, the grass was thick and many leaves had fallen from the trees making it very difficult to locate where the ring may have fallen off.
After looking for the ring and being unable to find it, we borrowed a metal detector and spent the next few days using the metal detector for several hours each day trying to find the engagement ring. After two long days, our metal detector found two pennies, a gum wrapper and the tab to a soda can.
Using a community social media site, I reached out to see if anyone was aware of a “lost and found” office I could contact. Although there was no “lost and found” office, one person had referred me to a “professional ring finder” that had been able to successfully find her wedding ring that had been lost outside and covered in snow.
In desperation, I contacted Jim Wagner, “the professional ring finder,” to see if he would be able to help find my engagement ring. Although the ring had suffered through two days of heavy rain and been lost almost an entire week, Jim was confident he would be able to find the ring.
Jim was professional and responsive and met with us the very next day after contacting him. We had a general idea as to where the ring may have fallen, so he used that knowledge coupled with his experience as well as his high-end metal detecting equipment and was able to locate the lost ring within approximately 30 seconds. He found the ring in the same area we had already searched early in the week using our own metal detector.
I am eternally thankful. It is such a terrible feeling when you know you have lost something so dear to you and not sure if you will ever see it again. Jim was extremely professional, personable, prompt and helpful. He works with the top of the line equipment and has a real passion for finding things. Best of all, he genuinely wants to reunite people with their precious, lost valuables and he gets great satisfaction from helping people.

…..Thank you Anni for such a kind endorsement. It was a pleasure helping you and your husband locate the missing ring. Most of all, a big thank you to you and your family for your service and sacrifice for our Country!

Anni's husband John with the ring in hand!

Anni’s husband John with the ring in hand!

There it is after removing a few leaves above it!

There it is after removing a few leaves above it!