I got a text message from Rod asking if my equipment could find a hearing aid that had been lost in the grass. I have found hearing aids before, so I told him I thought I could. I asked him to meet me at the church where it was lost, and to bring a similar hearing aid so I could hear how it sounded, so I would know what to listen for to find the lost one. Unfortunately, his hearing aids were very small, and my detector would hardly make a peep when passing over the spare he brought. That meant that I could probably not find his lost one. I spent several minutes searching, but finally decided that my equipment just wasn’t sensitive enough to tell the difference between the tiny hearing aid and the random specks of garbage metal spread all over the church lawn. I told Rod that I probably couldn’t find it. I hate giving up, so a spent maybe an hour searching the whole lawn where it might have been lost, methodically going back and forth to search every square inch. As I detect, I keep my eyes on the ground, watching for anything that might be there. I found the tiny hearing aid with my eyes, rather than my detector! As I swung slowly back and forth, there was the hearing aid, hiding in the grass. Rod was happy to have his expensive hearing aid back!
Now this is a very unusual story. Today I was driving through Provo, and I saw a very old house. I didn’t know who lived there, but I knocked on the door and introduced myself to Zach, the man that answered. His home was built in 1885! Often old homes may have a few old coins in the yard, or maybe an old relic like an original key or a civil war-era bullet. I asked Zach for permission to use my metal detector in his yard to see if I could find an old relic or two. He was happy to give me permission. I didn’t find any old coins, but I did find a cool old pocket watch, and a man’s wedding ring. The ring wasn’t deep in the grass, so it looked like it had been dropped recently. I told Zach about the ring, and he told me it was his! He had lost it just a couple of weeks ago! He never thought to ask a Ring Finder to come help him find the ring, but one just knocked on his door! What are the odds???
Rings aren’t the only precious lost items that can be found with a metal detector. I got a call from Matt this morning telling me about an iPhone that was lost in the snow in a driveway near Sundance Resort. I was able to meet Matt and some of his friends. We searched for about a half hour, and fortunately we were able to find the phone. Unfortunately, it had been mashed by a snow plow. 🙁 At least we know that the phone wasn’t stolen, and now the data and pictures on it can be recovered.
Have you ever heard of palladium jewelry? Palladium is a precious metal similar to platinum. John and his wife both have palladium wedding rings, but after playing with his daughter in the Jordanelle Reservoir, John realized his wedding band was gone. He contacted me and we arranged to meet at the reservoir. It took me about an hour, but fortunately I found his ring in about three feet of water! I love it when I can reunite someone with their precious ring!
John and his wife Tiffany were at the Willow Creek dog park, in Park City. Willow creek is a great dog park with a big pond for the dogs to swim in. John saw a dog struggling in the water, so he jumped in, swam out, and saved the dog. But then he noticed that his wedding ring was gone. Tiffany found TheRingFinders.com and gave me a call. After about 30 minutes, I found the lost ring in about four feet of water and one foot of icky black muck.
I found the ring, but John is the hero because he saved the dog.
Thomas lost his ring in about three feet of water at Cemetery Point Beach at Pine View Reservoir near Huntsville, Utah. Of course he was devastated because he loved that ring. I made the hour-and-a half drive and met him at the beach. It took me about an hour, but I was fortunately able to recover the ring for him! I love it when I can return a precious item to its owner!
A big snow storm came through Provo, and after Douglas finished shoveling out his car he found that his car keys had slipped out of his pocket and were lost somewhere in the snow. His friend recommended he try TheRingFinders.com, so he contacted me. We searched for about 30 minutes, dug down a big pile of snow, and found his keys!
Molly had been engaged for exactly one week when she lost her beautiful 1.5 carat diamond solitaire platinum engagement ring while sledding in Emigration Canyon, above Salt Lake City. She hit a bump, broke her sled, and then lost her glove while sliding through the snow. When she reached the bottom of the hill, her precious ring was gone. Of course, she was devastated. She and her family searched for the ring, but couldn’t find it. After a sleepless night, she found TheRingFinders.com, and called me. She had to fly home the next day, but I was able to meet with her brother, who showed me where they thought the ring was lost. After about an hour of searching, we found the ring about 4 inches down in the packed snow. The family was so excited and relieved to have the beautiful diamond ring back.
Salt Lake City got hit with a big snowstorm this week. Jarom shoveled his walks and driveway, then noticed that his wedding ring was missing. He spent all day searching through the snow, but he couldn’t find it. He did an online search to rent a metal detector, and found The Ring Finders. I was able to be there the next day, and we found the ring in a few minutes! We are both very excited!
I got a text late one night from a young man named Daniel. He had been playing ultimate Frisbee with some friends in Provo, and had taken his white gold wedding ring off for the game. He had put it in his coat pocket and left the coat on the sidelines. After the game, he put his coat back on and spent a few more minutes playing Frisbee. Later that night, he found that the ring was no longer in his pocket, so he searched and found me on TheRingFinders.com
He was on his way out of town, so we weren’t able to get together for a few days. I didn’t want to wait too long and risk someone else finding the ring and keeping it, so he emailed me a Google Maps image of the field with a couple of possible locations marked. I got up early the next morning and started metal detecting on the field before 4:00 am. I started early because organized football and ultimate games start at 8:00 am or so, and I didn’t want to interfere with them. Daniel’s hunch about where he may have lost the ring was a good one. I found the ring after about 45 minutes of searching.
I met him for the first time tonight when he and his wife came to my home to retrieve his ring. They were very happy to have that ring back, and I was very happy to be able to help them!