Rachelle was brushing off her pants on the third floor of her apartment building, just outside her door, when she felt her wedding ring slip off her finger. She didn’t hear it land, and she couldn’t find it anywhere around her door, so she knew it must have fallen three stories into the snow. That’s when she found TheRingFinders.com and gave me a call. I arrived at the apartment complex at about 9:00 pm, in the dark. We used headlamps and detected the snowy grass area below her apartment, but there was no ring there. Part of my job as a ring finder is to help people narrow down their search area by telling them where their ring is not, and it wasn’t in the grass. So we turned our attention to the next place to check, on the concrete on the other side of a fence. They had looked earlier, but hadn’t seen any marks in the fresh snow. We got a key, unlocked the gate, and started looking. Rachelle’s husband noticed a glint in his headlamp in the shallow snow, and found the ring up next to the fence. I’m counting this ring in my finds even though I’m not the one that actually found it, because I helped them narrow down the places where the ring could be. I’m glad for the part I played in helping find the ring!
Joe needed to trim some dead branches from the big pine tree in the yard, so of course, he decided to climb the tree. But as he leaped up to grab the lowest branch, he felt his wedding ring slip off his finger. No problem, he thought, how hard can it be to find a big ring in a small lawn? He borrowed a metal detector from a friend and searched the whole area. He found trash, coins, wire, and even a lost fork, but no ring. Then they called me. We arranged for a time to meet, and I started searching through the junk-filled yard with my metal detecting equipment. I found the ring 20 or 30 feet from the tree, in the opposite direction from where we thought the ring would be. When a ring goes flying, it’s hard to guess where it will finally land.
Three years ago, Kayla’s husband lost his heirloom wedding ring. The ring had belonged to Kayla’s grandfather, then her father, and then her husband. The 14K yellow gold nugget ring was made from Alaskan gold. They hoped the ring was just lost somewhere in the home, but after three years, they realized it wasn’t going to turn up on its own. They thought the ring may have slipped off in the back yard, so Kayla contacted me and asked for help. You may wonder if a ring that was lost several years ago can be found with a metal detector. Yes, it can! I have found rings that have been in the ground for 80 – 100 years, or more. I was happy to bring my metal detectors and do the search. After about 40 minutes of pushing tree branches out of the way, moving lumber, and dragging a small swimming pool out of the way, I found the ring, down a couple of inches in the grass! Now the heirloom is back in the family. Maybe someday Kayla’s son will own it.
Before Mike started working in the yard, he slipped off the wedding ring that he had been wearing for more than three decades and dropped it into his pocket. Then he weeded and hoed in the garden, cleaned in and around the fish pond, and rested on the porch for a few minutes before realizing that the ring was no longer in his pocket. He and his wife searched, but they didn’t find it. Next, they found a place to rent a metal detector, but they couldn’t make it work right. What they didn’t realize was that their yard was plagued by the bane of metal detectorists: underground power lines. If there are power lines in the ground or in the air, searching with a metal detector is very difficult. So, their next step was to contact a Ring Finder. I got the call yesterday afternoon, and was able to drive up to Weber County that evening. Mike and Christie were very nice and very happy to see me. I adjusted my detector to deal with the buried power lines, and went to work. I searched the garden. No ring. I searched in and around the fish pond. No ring. I searched around the porch. Still no ring. Then I started searching the lawn, and found the ring hidden in the grass! Another happy ending!
I got a call to find a lost SD memory card. A professional photographer had done an engagement photo session, then unfortunately lost the memory card in the park. I searched for a couple of hours, but the card was just not there. Someone must have found it first. I really hate it when I can’t find something I’m looking for, but if it isn’t there, I can’t find it.
The photographer mentioned that while he was looking for the card, he talked to someone else that was looking for a lost ring. He pointed out the area, so a few days later when I had time, I returned to the park. After a couple of hours of searching in the sun, I found a ring. Then the detective work started. I found the name and number of the park activity organizer. She was able to connect me with the man that had lost the ring.
Here’s the story: The American Fork City summer festival was underway. Art Dye park was full of people enjoying the activities, including food, concerts, and a big bubble machine. Someone challenged a local high school teacher to dive into the big pile of bubbles. He got a running start, dove in, jumped to his feet, then shook the bubbles off his hands. His white gold wedding ring flew off into the pile of bubbles. They searched, and even came back with a metal detector, but they couldn’t find the ring. I was super happy to be able to return the ring. High school teachers put up with enough grief, so I’m happy to be able to help out when I can.
I had the unique opportunity to describe TheRingFinders.com on the radio! A few days ago, I got an email from a producer at BYU Radio. He asked if I would be interested in describing TheRingFinders service and talk about what it’s like being a ring finder. Wow! I hadn’t ever done anything like that before, so I told him, “Sure!”. Over the next few days, we discussed what to focus on, what questions the host should ask, and other things. This morning I drove into the studio, met a few producers, and then met the host, Lisa Valentine Clark. I spent about 15 minutes live on the air on the Lisa Valentine Clark show. You can hear my segment here or learn more about Lisa’s show here. The segment played twice this morning, 2/5/2019, on FM radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. It’s also available as a podcast. The producer told me that I could expect about 100,000 people to listen to the segment, all over the world.
Maybe increased publicity like this will help connect a few more people with ring finders to find their lost rings!
Josh was playing in the snow at a small park when he noticed that his wedding ring was gone. He tried looking for the ring by moving the snow around, but it’s really hard to find a ring that way; often it just sinks lower in the snow, or it gets stepped on and pushed into the roots of the grass. Then, he did an online search for “metal detector rental in Provo”, and found TheRingFinders.com, so he gave me a call. I was able to stop by that night after work. It took me longer to get ready, putting on my boots, snow pants, knee pads, tool pouch, coats, gloves, and scarf, than it did to find the ring. Fortunately, he had only been in a small area in the park, and we could see his footprints clearly. After just 3 or 4 minutes of searching, I found the ring!
Yesterday, Sabrina and her fiancé, Patrick, were traveling across the country so he could report for duty at Ft. Irwin. When they stopped along a lonely stretch of I-70 in central Utah to let their dog out, Sabrina felt her engagement ring slip off of her finger. They thoroughly searched through the snow where she was standing, but they couldn’t find it. Next, they drove the several miles into Salina, Utah, bought a metal detector, and went back for more fruitless searching. Patrick had to report the next day, so they didn’t have time to search further. Sabrina was heart-broken to lose her ring. She found TheRingFinders last night, gave me a call, and asked me to help. This morning I drove more than 2 hours through a snowstorm, but I was able to find her ring! I shipped it out this afternoon, and it will be back on her finger in a couple of days.
Thank you, Patrick, for your service in the Army!
Dillion was throwing a ball for his dog in a snowy soccer field when he felt his gold wedding band slip from his finger. He immediately marked the spot where he had been standing, then he and his wife began searching the area through 6 or 8 inches of snow. After searching for a long time, they decided they would not be able to find the ring by themselves. They found TheRingFinders and gave me a call. I was able to find the beautiful gold ring quickly about 10 or 15 feet from where Dillon lost it.
Jon and his family came from Louisiana to Park City to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his family at a nice vacation home. When Jon’s wife threw a snowball from an upper balcony, her ring slipped off and fell into the snowy yard below. They searched through the snow for hours, but when they couldn’t find the ring, they called me. We got more snow overnight, so I got to swing my detector through 14 inches of Park City powder. That’s a workout! But I found the ring this morning and shipped it off to Louisiana this afternoon.