I often wonder if the stories about The Ring Finders that I share with people ever stick in their memory banks. After reciving a text message about lost keys from an old co-worker, I knew that my story telling had paid off. George, the old co-worker, had been playing in the snow with his family. After a few flips and snow balls thrown, his keys went missing. George looked and dug in the snow that day and the next morning without finding the keys. As he sat in the snow pondering how to get his keys back, he remembered a guy he had worked with that metal detected. A quick text reconnected our paths and I made my way to Idaho to find his lost keys. After saying “hi” to George’s newborn baby girl, we both made our way up to where they were playing. The search area was where they had made foot prints and body prints in the two and a half feet of snow. I made a quick pass around the outside of the tracks. When reaching about three quarters of the way, I got a negative signal. George started digging where I pinpointed. He quickly uncovered his keys. Saving George three hundred dollars for the replacement cost of one of his car keys and seeing a friend again, was well worth the trip.
After receiving a wallop of a snow storm in our town, Joren had a horrible day. He lost his phone and dislocated his shoulder while sledding in the newly fallen snow. Joren found out about The Ring Finders while looking up metal detectors. He sent me a frantic text for help. I quickly replied, and then we spoke on the phone. Joren had the coordinates of the last known location for the phone. He sent me the link and I followed my gps to the spot. I searched up and down the hill where the pin was dropped for the location of the phone. With no luck I waited for Joren to show up. He gave me a quick run down on his movements in the snow which included hopping a fence. So by process of elimination we hopped the fence and started searching. The phone was not in the landing zone where we jumped over the fence. Following the path of footprints in the snow that led away from the landing zone, I got a solid 18 on the display of my detector. Joren’s phone popped out after the second scoop. One fence hopped, equaled one phone lost, when there’s a foot of snow on the ground.
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Normally something as trivial as a lost battery wouldn’t make the cut as a worthy lost and found item. However, for Rob and his two Golden Doodles a lost lithium battery in the backyard could mean the death of one of the dogs. See, Rob had let his beloved dogs out into the backyard to burn off some energy after a long day stuck inside. Rob had attached a head mounted flashlight to one of his dogs to keep track of her. As the dogs ran around, an energy filled wrestling match broke out. Followed by an all out race around the perimeter of the yard. As Robs 4 yr old lovable Golden Doodle passed by him in an all out sprint, Rob could see the battery door was open on the light he had put on her. With many attempts to call the dogs back to him, the battery fell out into the snow covering the backyard. This is where I show up in the story. Rob knew that he needed to find the battery because if Sadie ingested the battery it would kill her, and Sadie would infact try to eat the battery. I showed up at 4pm two days later. It was dark and cold. I didn’t know what the battery would ring up on my detector. So all of these factors added in, I didn’t find the battery. I returned to Robs house two days later. Rob had bought another battery. So I got to scan the battery and find out what it rang up on my detector. It rang up like a quarter which I was originally thinking it was going to ring up like an iron target . With that knowledge, I repeated my search and found the battery in five minutes. Saving the life of Robs beloved dog is totally worthy seeing his smile on The Ring Finders book of smiles.
Last week,Sue was sitting on her porch step talking to to her landscaper during the fading hours of daylight. As Sue was talking she noticed the diamond on her wedding rings was flipped downward. She quickly flicked the rings with her thumb to adjust their position. As her thumb snapped forward her three rings went flying. Quickly exclaiming “I lost my rings” to the landscaper, the daylight faded to black. A search for the rings that night was useless. The next morning a search began and ended with no luck. So Sue reached out to her community. The neighbors, her church, and the little four year old boy across the street were all praying for the ring to be found. The Minister from Sue’s church even came over to look. He saw an over grown bush right beside where Sue sat. Thinking the ring might be in there, he asked when she last cleaned out the leaves in the planter box? Little did he know that when he began to tend to the over grown mess he would remove the rings from its hiding place. As he worked with his hands cutting and cleaning up the leaves and twigs he had picked up Sue’s rings. Now from there the minister took the five gallon bucket of trimmings and walked to the backyard . He placed the bucket under a covered carport and then left. So for a week that bucket sat there untouched. Sue was devastated and distraught. She saw the rings come off and disappear. How could she not see the rings in the grass she thought. Sue had the landscaper cut the grass really short and then used a shopvac to try and pull the rings from where she thought they were hidden in the grass. Now completely stumped Sue turned to the internet. Her daughter told her to buy a metal detector so Sue typed in ring metal detectors . Instead of finding a metal detector to buy she found The Ring Finders. I hadn’t begun my days work yet when Sue called me. We talked and I told her I would be right over. I heard Sue’s story and began my search. The whole front yard, the planter boxes, under the porch, in the juniper bushes and down the front walk was where I searched with no ring found. I knew the minister had cleaned up a bush, so I asked where he put the clippings. So Sue and I headed to the backyard to the five gallon bucket. I thought for sure I would see her ring in that bucket. However I didn’t see her ring when I searched, not even in a trailer where more clippings had been tossed. Now I knew that a bagged lawn mower had been used on her lawn so as I walked past Sue talking to her about the landscaper my eyes saw a small shape in the gravel. So I asked Sue what is that? And then again I asked what is that Sue? I circled the rings and then started jumping up and down as I saw the diamond. Sue’s rings had been found. Whether it fell out of the bottom of the bucket or an act of God placed the rings in the gravel. The rings were found. We hugged a bunch, celebrating all the answered prayers and Sue thanked God and me for finding the rings. See, the three rings Sue had lost were on her hand for 58 years. When her husband Gaylon passed away 10 years ago his ring was placed behind hers and soldered together. So finding those three rings brought back the memories of her late husband and the feeling of their love for one another.
I can’t explain how thankful I am for you finding my ring. He did an amazing job and the fact that he wasn’t giving up on us and came back for a second round to look for it! I highly recommend him to anyone!! He was also the nicest guy!
Thanks again! https://theringfinders.com/blog/Luke.Schlining/2022/07/lost-white-gold-engagement-deer-lake-found/
Andrew was tying up his family’s pontoon boat, when he bent over to grab the rope, his iPhone 13 slipped out of his shirt pocket and dove into the water. Andrew tried to dive down and find the phone without any success. Andrew turned to the computer and started researching metal detectors. After becoming overwhelmed with the idea, he decided to look up underwater metal detector rentals in his area . The Ring Finders website popped up with the answer he needed. So I got a text from Andrew today about his lost phone. We spoke on the phone and made arrangements for me to show up later that day. After arriving and putting on all my snorkeling gear I quickly made my way to where he said he bent over to grab the rope. Scanning around with my Equinox 800 I had very few targets and I knew that his phone would sing to me if I went over it. After about two minutes of detecting I got a symphony of sound in my headphones. I dove down two different times and the second, I came up with his iPhone 13. I’m completely thrilled with the reward you gave me Andrew and I really hope after drying your phone it turns on. Those iPhones are amazing when it comes to being waterproof.
Swimming around, splashing and having fun Christina was enjoying a summer time swim in Deer Lake. As the family dog inched closer to the edge of the dock, Christina started splashing at the dog to entice the dog to jump in. Watching the water droplets fly into the air Christina saw her engagement ring fly off of her finger and quickly sink into the deep dark water below. Panicking, Christina screamed for help. Her fiance Braeden heard her cries and ran out quickly to find out the cause. Dismayed by the news of the lost ring Braeden, Christina and the friends and family that were there started to brainstorm on how to recover the ring. The water was 20ish feet deep, so they thought they might be able to drop a magnet down to retrieve the ring. After testing the magnet out on other rings that were present they found out gold is not magnetic. Braeden then knew what he had to do, ask Google a question. How to find a ring in a lake. BAM…The Ring Finders website showed up with the answer. Call Luke Schlining the Ring Finder 509 263-8995 the story read. I was just walking back to my car after celebrating a birthday party for some neighbor kids when I got a call. “Can you you find a ring in a lake”? Braeden asked. My answer was a resounding yes and we discussed the details of the search. I got all my gear ready and headed out to Deer Lake. After diving down to 20 feet I could see and fill a that i was in a thermocline . The water was an ice cold 32 degree and viscis . The visibility was ok until the silt got stirred up. Oh yeah and my waterproof metal detector started to flood with water. I however, didn’t find this out until I arrived home. I knew for a fact that my metal detector was the reason I didn’t find the ring. I did tell Christina and Braeden I would fill my tanks and be back the next weekend. So here we are the next weekend. I found myself suiting up to go diving again at Deer Lake. Christina and Braeden were there anxiously waiting. I had another waterproof metal detector with me this time a vibratector. So I knew I would be getting a lot of signals. After about a dozen nails later I transitioned to the left of my buoy and there in the silt was Christina’s ring. The amazement of seeing her ring was overwhelming. I worked really hard to find that ring so it felt great to have it in my hand. I surfaced with the ring and told the couple man its clear down there, so clear I found your ring. Braeden had a huge smile on his face as I handed him the ring. As I exited the water and packed up my gear, I got to talk to Braeden and Christina about their engagement and proposal. They both were very happy with lots of praise and thank you’s. I had a blast finding this ring thank you guys for trusting in the Ring Finders.
Everytime I get a call for a lost ring in a lake I have to tell myself and the caller that the odds are severely against you to perfectly retrace your path in the water. If however there is a fixed objetect near the lost target area that can mark the spot, that will increase the odds considerably. For Philip and Jane they defied these truths that I have come to know. Both of them used situational awareness and pinoint memory recall to put me in the exact spot I needed to be in. That exact spot was in 17 feet of water in Diamond lake. I was parallel to and about 20 feet from the floating dock and perpendicular with the last pillar on the porch which was over 200 feet away. I was guided to those two markers by Jane. See Philip had mentally marked these two spots right after he saw his ring slip off his finger and sink into the abyss. Also I had a floating buoy with an anchor and guide line and another guide line attached to the dock. However none of my equipment not even my metal detector was needed. As I descended down to where my buoy was anchored I was scanning the lake floor. As a large log and a 25 gallon steel drum came into view I saw the glimmer of a golden rim in between them. The shock and awe of seeing the ring sitting there stunned me. But as I was just a few feet away from the ring my stunned state turned into excitement. I scooped up the ring and attached it to my bcd, then grabbed my guide lines and buoy and swam back to the dock. Jane was sitting on the porch when I came back to shore, probably a little confused about my quick return. Although me holding up her husband’s ring quickly remedied her confusion. I have to give full credit to Philip and Jane. They trusted me to come out and find that ring but also gave me the best chance I could have to recover Philip’s ring. Tremendous thanks to you guys for the reward and outstanding directions.
John, his wife and kids were out in the backyard enjoying the first day of heat this summer. Sunscreen, water and running around were the ingredients for fun that day. Little did they know, those ingredients are also how you make a ring disappear. At 11 am John had his picture taken showing his wedding ring on his hand. By 6pm another picture of John was taken and his ring was gone. After realizing that his ring was gone John grabbed a rake and raked the whole back yard. With no luck, John put on a rubber band in place of his ring and went to work. As john sat at his desk brainstorming a solution to his lost ring problem, John thought about a metal detector and decided to Google Spokane metal detectors. The Ring Finders popped up first and I got a text from John at 9 am. I made arrangements to be at John’s house by 11 and met his wife Angie at the front door. Angie told me where I should search in the backyard. A few grid searches put me right over John’s ring. That thick green grass hid his ring so well. As I bent down to pin point the ring I pulled back the grass. Unknowingly the ring slid on to my finger. Thank you John and Angie for the reward and trusting The Ring Finders to have the recipe that solved a lost ring problem .
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Thank you Luke for finding this gold cap I really appreciate it and all I can say to anyone who loses a ring while gardening or any thing of metal call Luke he really helped me out!! Fast, friendly and very respectful again thank you Luke!!!