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14K Gold Mother's Ring Lost in the Surf, Found and Returned Myrtle Beach SC


Two hours from home after a week long vacation I get a phone call from Don H. asking if I could help find his wife Diane’s Mothers ring that she lost around 8pm the night before. The connection wasn’t very good so I told him I’d call him back around 2pm and would be there between 4 and 5pm. During our broken conversation I thought he gave me the name of a resort that it was in North Myrtle Beach, however when we talked at 2 he said the resort was in Myrtle Beach. I got all the details from Don and called Matt Fry (TRF Myrtle Beach) not sure whether he was still out of town or not. During Don’s and my conversation he told me that his wife lost her ring between 9 and 9:20pm not at 8 like he originally said so I needed to leave home within about 20 minutes to catch the tide. When I called Matt he didn’t answer so I assumed he was still out of town and left. I was within 15 minutes of arriving at the resort when Matt called back, saying he was in town but to go ahead and take it.

I arrived in the parking lot and Don showed up shortly afterwards to show me the exact area. Don also explained that they were down from Minnesota for the Myrtle Beach annual cheerleading competition with one of their daughters and they all needed to be at the convention center. I worked it out with Don that I’d surprise Diane and that when I found her ring, I’d text him with a picture and then deliver it the convention center.  When I walked out on the beach it was packed with tourist and needless to say I had an audience watching me search. About 4 gridlines and calf deep in the water I got a strong 46-47 on my AT Pro along with a few other junk tones. Luckily I got the ring in the first scoop, dumped it out on the sand and immediately saw the gold. I texted Don with a picture and he immediately replied with a 100% it’s hers!! I’m not sure what Don told Diane to get her out front away from her cheerleaders but she didn’t look happy when I introduced myself. I think he told her I bumped their car in the parking lot. But I told Diane that Don had told me that she had lost her Mothers ring and if she could describe it that it would help me know what I was looking for. As she finished with her description, I held up her ring and said “Does it look something like this?” Her expression was priceless, there were a few tears of joy and the hugs were strong and sincere. She had to make a quick exit to get back to the girls but she was one happy lady!!! It just doesn’t get any better than this.

Don and Diane, thank you for trusting in me to help find your lost treasure and thank you for the very generous reward. Have a safe trip home!!!


Diane Howard Diane's Mother's ring

4 Responses to “14K Gold Mother’s Ring Lost in the Surf, Found and Returned Myrtle Beach SC”

  1. Jim Brouwer says:

    Nice Find and Return!!!

  2. Matthew T. Fry says:

    Great job Jim. Thanks for covering my behind. This work thing is begining to bother me. LOL!

  3. great job find and return . its not about ring but about memory which is given as a gift by some one special for there love .So its important to keep the ring safe.

  4. Larry Griffith says:

    What’s the problem with your surf PI? Was it repaired by White’s? I really like my PI but have had problems… primarily with water infiltration. This happened more than once and White’s replaced my first one after failing to repair the first one. The local authorized repair facility (France) finally solved MY problem (on the second one) by tying a knot on the wires that continually got caught in the ‘rubber seal’ allowing the water to leak. The knot shorted the wire lengths therefore preventing this problem.

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