Today was a day of metal detecting for me. I started off by diving in a lake looking for a wedding ring lost 2 years ago to which I didn’t find. After coming home and cleaning up my gear I wrote a lady back who asked if I would travel to Post Falls, Idaho for a ring search. After dinner my Family and I went to a newly discovered park near our house to play. I was swinging my Whites detector around the playground when Charlayne, the lady who wrote me from Post Falls, called. I asked a few questions and found out that she had lost her ring in the front yard or the back after placing it in her pocket with a hole at the bottom. She also told me that she had rented a metal detector and raked both yards with no luck. I said I would be right over. My family and I drove 32 minutes to reach her house. After putting on my gear and seeing a picture of the ring Charlayne left me to my work. Which was a short job. I made my way from the front steps to the mail box like Charlayne said she had done and found a small foil wrapping under a fresh dug hole. So I made a second pass on the other side back to the steps and then back down for a third pass. I was about half way to the mail box when WHAM!! A solid 13-14 vdi at depth of 0 inches rang up and my pinpointer showed me why well cared for grass hides rings the best. After taking a picture of the ring hidden in the grass I smiled at my wife who was watching me from the car. I then headed to the back of the house to find Charlayne, her face went from worried anticipation to fourth of July fire work happy. After I showed her the spot where her ring had fallen out of the hole in her pocket and hid from her for a week; we said our goodbyes and took her advice to have some ice cream at Rogers. Thanks for the suggestion Charlayne and for trusting in The Ring Finders to find what you lost.
After starting my work for the day I got a call from Judd. His wedding ring had gone missing. On the day that Judd was turning 50 he woke up sick. So because he had to attend his own birthday he went outside to do a little work out. After hearing this I knew the ring was in his yard and I could find it fast. So I got done done with my work and headed to Judd’s house. He told me that he started his work out on the hanging rings. Before he started the hanging, he took off his wedding band and placed it in his pocket. Like all deeds that are done to keep the ring safe this act made Judd lose his ring. I knew that if his wedding band fell off by his hanging rings where the grass was thin,Judd would have spotted it. So we moved to the spot where he stretched. I started searching there. And there is where I found his ring. Judd’s ring was just one pass over from where he did a back arch. The ring was hiding under a tuff of grass. Judd had been wearing that ring for 21 years and almost gave up on finding it.
I always check my email for lost ring inquiries, and lately Ive been getting scam emails on my Ring Finders email. However, today after work I read Mellisa’s email about her lost engagement ring, that she had lost in her front yard over a week ago. Even in the email she sounded hopeless and thought the ring walked away. So after a few text’s and her getting off early from work we met up at her house. I grid searched the front yard twice, the side yard, the front strip of grass by the side walk and then I got on my hands and knees and dove into the small bushes by the front of the house. At that point I started asking other questions about if she knew she had it on before doing the yard work. This is usually when the ring search turns from a ring search and recovery to a closure search. I told Mellisa the ring was not in her front yard or anywhere else I had looked. I think at that point she gave up. To be honest so had I, but the small concrete drive between her yard and the neighbors gave me the idea to search the neighbors yard. I took one pass down the drive way side of the grass and found a penny. I turned up the yard and got a blast of a signal. Looking down in the grass I saw a shape. The sweet sweet shape of a lost ring. Pushing back the grass I revealed the ring and my face gave way to excitement of finding it. Mellisa who was watching me ran over and I handed her the lost ring. At the beginning of this ring search I told mellisa rings are sometimes lost and found in a place you might not expect. This was very true about Mellisa’s lost engagement ring.
Yet another snow covered car steals a man’s wedding ring. That man Jared, was just closing the door to his car and with the slam of the door he also heard the ting of his ring hitting the door. Thinking the ring couldn’t have gone far, he and his wife looked for an hour. After not succeeding, Jared took to his computer to find a metal detector to buy. Low and behold the internet led him to the Ring Finders and so begins my latest Ring Finders tale. I got an email from Jared about his ring and dawned my snow bibs and took off to his house. The car that stole Jared’s ring was still parked in the spot where he had lost the ring. So knowing a thing or two about how conductive cars are I stayed away from the car and grid searched around the door he had closed. “The ring is being hidden by the car” I told him. He moved the car backwards but still no ring, he moved the car forwards and then I heard the sweet sound of the lost but now found ring. I said ” I bet this is it”, I swept the snow with my foot and Jared’s ring landed in front of him. He was wearing a smile when he bent down to pick it up and an even bigger smile with his ring back on his finger.
With the recent snow fall in my town, I knew that cold snow covered hands lose rings. So it was no surprise when Bryan and Cypress contacted me about Bryan’s wedding ring. It had snowed 3-4 inches yesterday. Although at 8pm last night while it was still snowing, I dawned my snow bibs and boots and head lamp and headed to a paid parking lot downtown. Bryan’s directions and pictures gave me a good idea of where he was parked. Which was great but there was also two big pickup trucks parked in the same area. That along with a few metal strips attached to the asphalt in the parking lot, I thought maybe his ring was under the trucks or too close to the metal to be found. However I kept swinging around, I was in a paid parking lot and hadn’t paid. So when I saw the parking lot attendant walking around checking cars I knew I had better explain myself. He told me good luck finding it in the snow and went on about his work. Well I knew better and watched him walk over to my car. Again I walked over too him and told him that was my car, he gave me a thumbs up and walked away. I, being a window cleaner and seeing how these parking lots work I knew I better make sure my car was not going to end up with a ticket. While I was walking around checking on the parking lot attendants whereabouts I was swinging my detector around the front of one of the big trucks. I have to say I was more focused on the attendant then Bryan’s ring. So I was surprised when my detector screamed at me and showed a 30 vdi at 0 inches. I kicked the snow half hearted and the target moved. So I bent down and started moving the snow around. I saw the rim of the ring packed in snow and thought “Oh a quarter cool”, but this quarter had a hole in the middle, and had an owner it was Bryan’s ring. I called Bryan when I got to the parking lot and called him back with his ring in my hand. It took about 10 minutes to find his lost ring which is amazing given the fact it was night time, 28 degrees, and that parking lot had not been plowed yet.
So I got an email notification about a comment on my rent a metal detector blog post. When I read the comment, it was from a man name Cameron. He had the lovely task of digging out his cars that were buried in snow. While he was moving the snow around, a friendly man came by with a plow and helped him clear his drive way. Little did Cameron know that when he was putting some chains on his wife’s car his keys had fallen out. Like wise the friendly man who was plowing didn’t know he was pushing around Cameron’s keys. So for five days Cameron and his wife tried to find these keys. Cameron borrowed two metal detectors, he watch a ton of metal detecting videos, and then found The Ring Finders. When I got to Cameron’s house I started searching where Cameron and his wife had not shoveled or sifted the snow. After not finding the keys anywhere around his house I was told by Cameron to look by this truck where the friendly man with a plow had made his first pile of snow. In that pile was Cameron’s keys, just a shovels throw away from a five foot tall pile of snow that him and his wife had sifted through. Its a miracle that they were not destroyed by the plow.
Picture this, you turn 40 years old and your family gives you a beautiful ring to remember that day. As fast as that memory was created it was erased by the memory of the ring falling off and making that sound that only gold can make when it falls through the snow and hits the ground. After hours of digging and renting a metal detector this man named Alex became just as lost as his ring. He went home to shovel the new snow from that day and then had to tell his wife that he didn’t find it again. Just then, a friend told his wife about my post on Craigslist. Alex gave me a call, the journey to the location took place, my Whites Spectra V3i coil passed over that ring, and I am now writing about another happy ending to a Ring Finders recovery. Watch my shaky video for the excitement footage :
Today this lady named Karen decided to follow a sign from God and take a leap of faith by contacting me from the information I had posted on Craigslist. Her ring was lost over the Christmas weekend. However, Karen did not know where it was lost or the actual day it came off. Her dear friend was trying to help her by placing an ad on the Spokane Craigslist. I was watching the lost and found section while I was on vacation and saw her ring ad pop up on the top a few times. I was also re-posting my ring finders ad as well. These two action created a spark of hope in Karen’s heart. She called me today with only the strength to get out the message that she left and say hello when I called back. Her tears made this Ring Finder head out in 2o degree weather with 2 feet of snow on the ground to search for a ring that may not be there. So I dawned my detectives hat when I got there and started questioning her about everything that happened that weekend. There were three spots of interest . So after searching the front drive way where she got out of her car, the walk way to the stairs and the stairs. I headed to the back yard where she had thrown a few snow balls with both her left and right hands. To give you an idea of the snow conditions, I had two hands on my metal detector to be able to move it through the new snow layer so I could be closer to the snow that had frozen last week. The ring was under a foot of snow. It rang up as a 17 and gave me the biggest thrill to date seeing the out line of her ring in the frozen snow. I got the signal and told her fiance John that this could be it and in fact it was. After showing John the ring and giving him a hug, Karen had come back outside and saw us hugging. I quickly moved to the porch to give her the ring but her week of looking for the ring came full circle and emotions almost brought her to her knees. This was a really good new years day for both Karen and my self. God is alive in Spokane, Washington you only need to have faith that His Promise will come true. Happy New Year Ring Finders Family.
All Ring Finders Stories that end with a picture of the owner holding their ring is a happy ending. However for Ross the happy ending he was having in his picture was caused by his own ring find recovery. This ring search took all of 20 minutes because after I struck out looking around the car where Ross was sweeping snow off windows , I asked Ross to move the vehicle. As he moved the car I kept on searching around the snow covered car lot. Ross was walking back toward me telling me about what happened to the ring and then stopped and looked down. In a very small clump of snow and ice he saw the golden and silver rim of his lost ring. My hats off to you Ross, and I am truly glad you have your ring back.