Luke Berube, Author at The Ring Finders

2019 class ring recovered from nausea beach orleans ma

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

last night I received an email from alexis stating she lost her class ring on nauset beach in the wet sand down by the orleans resident ORV area. I went down there early this morning to try to search the area but came up empty handed. By 830 she called me to give a better location so back I went, a ranger was kind enough to give me a ride down the beach to save 20 minutes of walking. So I was back in the same area as earlier and spent about 30 minutes going over an area just to the north of where I previously was when I got my first solid signal which turned out to be her ring

I sent alexis a picture of her ring to let her know I had it and it was safe, needless to say she was very happy and will be back on cape on Tuesday to be reunited with it

Class ring lost nearly 60 years ago found by chance while diving found and returned to owners daughter

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

so for the past month my hobby hunts have been rather anti productive other than a few old silver coins which is some what depressing. I decided to go on a short road trip about an hour away from cape cod to an undisclosed location/pond I’ve never dove before, the water temp was 70 at the surface and 65 at approximately 8-10feet deep. Right off the bat I hit a brass signet ring that looked like gold but unfortunately was not (still a ring and a decent start) so I kept going after a couple hours my air was getting low so I made my way back to my vehicle to head back to the cape to do another dive in a pond I’ve done very well in in years past. While heading back in I got a solid mid tone on my minelab Excalibur II and started digging and fanning the muddy silt on the bottom, I reached my hand in the hole and grabbed a handful of muck but felt an unexpected target, it felt like a ring (it was a ring). It turned out to be a class ring from gate of heaven high School in South Boston class of 1960 with the initials WJW. So now we fast forward past the second dive back home where gold ring number two for the day was found which was much older than the class ring, I started the search for the owner but could not find any records of a person from the class with those initials. Feeling like I hit a dead end I turned to Facebook and found a group of alumni from the school which I managed to join and posted the find with a help find the owner please request, that was Sunday morning around 6am. By noon I had a text message from a woman who was named Christine wadel saying she believed it could be her fathers ring and that his name was William Joseph wadel, so rather than text back I called her and she sent me some pictures of her father as well as his HS diploma from the class of 1960. She agreed to make the trip to the cape on Tuesday 6/18 last night to get the ring so she could give it to her after this weekend who lives in Virginia when she goes to visit him. I got ahold of  WBZ 4 Boston and a reporter came to the cape to do an interview with us and to document the return. So now the ring is in christine’s Hands and will be headed to it’s right place on her fathers finger, this type of recovery/return has been on my bucket list for years and I finally managed to pull it off

heres a link to the story

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/06/18/treasure-hunter-finds-south-boston-high-school-class-ring-lost-60-years/

Christmas Eve miracle white gold wedding band found and returned from campground beach in Eastham ma

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

December 24 2018 A Christmas Eve to remember

So I’m not someone who would normally believe in Christmas miracles or believe I’d be a part of one. Back in late July early August I got a call from Eleanor Hube from J&E enterprise (metal detector shop in Yarmouth)
She said a woman was on the cape with her family and that her cousin had lost his wedding ring, so I called heather and told her that I would head down after work to search for the ring. I got down to campground beach in Eastham around 5:45 pm and met heather and her husband, cousin Eric who lost the ring, his husband justin, and a few other family members who were there for the trip
There was some discrepancies as to the location that the ring came off but we had a general idea so I started searching and found some coins and trash and that was it and was the same results for the next 30-40 times I searched, until last night. I took a ride up to campground to see the condition of the beach and to my surprise the sand had moved a lot which was good there was only a couple inches of the light top sand before the heavy black sand which locks jewelry is once it hits it . I figured I’d go give it about an hour to see if I could find the ring, I walked out about 500-600 feet to the bar to the right of where the ring was supposedly lost and started to search, I was actually hitting targets pretty frequently which is a good sign. On my 10th pass I got a very faint signal that was bouncing around in numbers and was scratchy sounding which usually means a rusty bottle cap, I swung over it very slowly and the tone and numbers evened out a bit so I dug down about 10 inches ( this area had quite a bit of light sand) and dumped the scoop so I could check the pile and I got the target out and it sounded very good so I checked the pile by hand and I stuck my pinky finger in to the ring. I compared it to the picture that heather sent me of justin’s ring which was the twin to Eric’s and it was a match. I got a call from justin per heathers request and I sent him a picture to confirm my suspicions and it was indeed Eric’s ring. Justin wanted to keep it a secret and give it to Eric as a late Christmas present but Eric some how caught wind of it, needless to say they are both thrilled and it will be headed back to NJ on Wednesday morning.
“Best Christmas present ever” was the text from justin last night, now I can put this one in the strenuous recovery complete book and move on to the next.

the ring was mailed out on Wednesday morning and was received from the post office on Saturday morning.

i received a call from a reporter from the local newspaper (Cape cod times) on Monday afternoon to do a story about the recovery of Eric’s ring, which should be up in the paper in the next week, ill post the link when i get it

it drives me crazy that it took as long as it did to come across Eric’s ring but perseverance was the key to this recovery.

according to the reporter i spoke with on Monday she said that when heather called her about the story that i bacame a part of their family with the recovery, and that’s an awesome feeling  

 

Update links may have to be copied and pasted in browser

cape cod times article link:

https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20190102/man-discovers-wedding-band-lost-months-ago-at-cape-beach

wbz4 Boston link :

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/01/02/cape-cod-ring-finder-wedding-band-lost-beach/

Lost ring found and returned from private beach in Chatham

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

around 6pm I was loading my scuba tanks in to my vehicle that were just filled, when a call came in with the caller ID of Chatham tides motel. I answered and the man I was talking to was the manger of the motel who said that while fishing a couple hours before calling me he had caught a blue fish and released it back in to the water, while shaking the sand off his hands his ring came off and hit the sand with out a mark. I told him I could be there in about 20 minutes, upon arrival he showed me the area which was about 5’x5’ and a few swings later I had a solid signal which turned out to be his ring. I think it took longer to walk the 100 feet to the beach then to recover the ring.

Lost watch found and returned from red river beach in Harwich ma

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

tuesday September 4

‘I decided to go down to red river beach in Harwich after I left work. While I was wandering around with my detector I came across a signal that really rang my ears bad, I figured that there was a few cans buried there and that I really didn’t want to find another pile to bring to the trash but a light sweep of my foot revealed a rather large watch. I left the beach shortly after popping the watch from it’s shallow grave I showed the watch to my father who asked if it came from red river , I said yes and he informed me that a man had come in to his work asking if it had been found and left his contact info in case it was found. The next morning I got the mans information and gave him a call, I told him where I got his number and that I look for lost items for people. I asked him to describe the watch in detail he said it was a TAG HEUER AQUARACER stainless band with blue outer ring and inner face. I said well that’s a good description and that it matched the one in my hand, needless to say I think he was shocked, we spoke for a few more minutes he gave me his address and the watch was sent out the next morning to North Carolina. It arrived at his office today via usps and I received a text with a picture of the watch where it belonged 

Engagement ring found and returned from private beach in Eastham Massachusetts

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

Erika and her family were visiting the cape from Canada, they were staying a very short walk from a private beach in Eastham. While sitting in her beach chair in the water her ring came off her finger and buried in the sand in about 1ft of water . I received a text from her around 1030pm on aug 26 but my phone was in my truck, Monday morning came around and I responded to her when I got to work and we made arrangements to meet after I got out of work. I got to the house they were staying at around 6pm we walked to the beach and about 10 minutes later the ring was back on her finger

Second platinum ring of the the night returned from mayflower beach in Dennis MA

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

This one is very similar to the last post with the exception that Nate is a full time cape resident and he was throwing a football with his son…. Nate was down at mayflower beach with his son on Tuesday evening around 7pm they were throwing a football between the #2&#3 lifeguard stands in waist deep water, Nate went to catch the ball his son threw and the ball hit his hand just right that it knocked the ring right off of his finger. He contacted Eleanor from J&E metal detectors to see if he could rent a detector to try to find the ring but she had already rented her under water machine to Andre from my previous post. I called her yesterday to ask a question and she gave me Nate and andres phone number to see if I could help them out. I managed to get to Andre first which took all of 8 minutes then I beat Nate to mayflower to get the search going but had no luck at first, then Nate arrived and we narrowed the search area down to an area that was about 30x30ft but still no ring I kept thinking about the tide in cape cod bay which comes in approximately 6” 15 minutes which put us out a bit too far so we went in another 10 ft and boom a solid signal 2” down, one scoop later and there was Nate’s gigantic ring that I think most people could wear as a bracelet. We then exited the water and walked to the group of people who Nate left his phone with talked with them for a few minutes and learned about a ring on of them had lost on a Martha’s Vineyard beach 4 years earlier and plans will be made to search for that soon.

‘Anyways Nate’s ring was safe he and his wife were happy and I was too, we took a couple pictures of the ring then parted ways

Platinum band returned to couple from chest deep water at Dennis port beach

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

andre and his family rented a small cottage on the water in Dennis port in between sea street beach and Glendon beach. While out playing catch with his daughters’  yesterday andres ring was knocked off his finger while catching the ball one of his daughters had thrown, he managed to rent a detector from Eleanor of J&E metal detectors and spent most of today looking through the rough waters of the small beach it came off in. He managed to find a good amount of trash but not his platinum ring, I called Eleanor to ask a question and she gave me andres number as well as a local man named Nate who also lost a platinum ring yesterday (I’ll get to that in the next blog post) I called and left a message with Andre who called me back 15 minutes later and gave me directions to him. Upon my arrival he gave me an approximate location to search, 2 targets and 8minutes later his ring was in my scoop and he was happy.

we talked for a few minutes afterwards and then I was off to find Nate’s ring which was a bit more time consuming but successful 

Elusive platinum band (well sort of elusive) recovered from a private west Yarmouth beach

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

jay and his family had rented a vacation home that was tucked away in a gated private community. Their vacation seemed to have been going well until jay removed his platinum wedding band and put it in the small beach bag that they had brought for the essentials of a day at the beach, someone had apparently gone looking for something in the bag and had dumped the contents in the sand along with jays ring. After the first search jay had done with his family which led to nothing more than stress he contacted Eleanor hube from J&E metal detectors to rent a detector to hopefully find the missing ring. 4 plus hours of detecting later and the ring was still hidden in  the dry sand, upon returning the detector Eleanor offered to search for the ring today as we had some nasty storms coming through on Saturday. Well I gave her a call to see if she had any luck and she asked if I would go find it because she was in a good amount of pain, I said I would and she gave me a map and jays number.

i got down to seagull beach around 5pm to avoid the parking fee and started the 1/2-3/4 mile hike to get down to the private little beach where the ring had gone missing a few days before. I met some nice people who had kind of expected someone with a detector to show up (they did ask a few questions to prove I was looking for his ring and that I was in touch with him) after that I began the painstaking 20 second search which yielded a solid 12.05 on my ctx 3030, one scoop in I saw the ring sticking out of the sand and I knew  the ring was safe.

The people I met on the beach asked me to stop by if I found it, I did and they were nice enough to give me a ride back to my vehicle so I didn’t have to walk.

Jays ring will be mailed to him tomorrow and the story of the elusive platinum band can have a happy ending 

 

Update the ring arrived around 10am at jays house and I think he’s very happy

Red river beach in Harwich ma gives up another ring that was thought to be gone for good

from Orleans (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-508-240-4880

‘Lost on Tuesday July 31 recovered Friday August 3

mike was down on the cape for vacation, he and his family rented a house on red river beach in Harwich so they could enjoy the beach without having to travel the jam packed streets and worry about finding a parking spot. It seemed as if the vacation was going as planned until mike was in the water with his daughter on his shoulders and a large wave slammed into him knocking his tungsten wedding ring off his finger in to the warm yet rougher than normal water.

mike managed to get ahold of Eleanor hube of J&E metal detectors of Yarmouth who rented mike a Tesoro sand shark detector which I think he really enjoyed using but he was unsuccessful in finding the band. When he went back to return the rented machine Eleanor gave him my name and gave me his cell number with a map of the location of the ring, I gave him a call and agreed to look for the ring that night, well the conditions in the water were terrible to say the least and the waves were breaking above my head. I did manage to get a good strong signal last night that I was sure was the ring but actually bringing it to the surface proved too difficult so I called it a night called mike and said I’d be back tomorrow. Well after work I got back to red river around 5:30today and 10 minutes of getting thrashed in the surf resulted in the large ring in the scoop. I exited the water and called mike to give him the news needless to say he was very happy and he contacted his uncle who was still on the cape to pick the ring up