After 18 years........Lost ring is found..!!

  • from North York (Ontario, Canada)

This was a very special search for me.

Most of the searches I conduct for people are for jewelry items that are recently lost,……this story is very different.


Last week I received a call from Jodie, a vey nice lady from Richmond Hill ,Ontario.

A friend of Jodie’s had read an article on me in the Toronto Star newspaper the week before, and called Jodie to tell her the story.

Jodie’s friend knew that she had lost a ring 18 years ago and assumed it was lost forever.

Thats when I got the call.

Jodie briefly told me that the ring was lost when her son was eight years old and fell into the water of a private lake in the winter time.

She had to pull him from the water and then began to rush him back to the house, but stopped briefly to sit him onto a wooden fence to help him with his jacket. She remembers quickly removing her freezing hands from her gloves to assist him before  taking him up to the house to get warm.

Later that night she noticed that her engagement ring was no longer on her finger. They searched for the ring and at one point rented a metal detector to no avail. She then assumed the ring was gone for good for the last 18 years……..

Well, I met with Jodie and her daughter Tara this afternoon at an absolutely gorgeous, and very large property on a private lake.

After getting all my gear from the car, we trekked down to the lake and Jodie re-enacted the events of that day so long ago.

I then asked her a ton of questions then began my search.

I had to stop several times just to knock down tall grass and weeds that were three feet high just so I could swing my detector.

After about two hours into the search, Jodie went back to the house while Tara stayed with me.

I then had to crush down and pull more weeds in a certain area and once it was flat enough, I began to scan again.

Then, that signal, that signal that had been waiting to be heard for 18 years called out loud and clear in my headphones.

I know that sound,  that special sound of a ring,and my heart started to race. I took out my pinpointer, pried up about an inch of soil and caught a glint of gold, then I saw the diamond, a dirty diamond, but……. We had it…!!!!

After sleeping under the stars for 18 years, the ring would find it’s way back to Jodie’s finger.

I called to Tara and showed her the ring. She then went and got Jodie.

Jodie’s reaction was priceless when she first saw the ring. She was overjoyed..!!

Tara then cleaned up the ring, and it looks as good as new.

I’m so happy you have your ring back Jodie…!!  It was a thrill for me to find it. Also, it was a pleasure to meet you and Tara and to spend some time on your beautiful property.

I hope you enjoy your ring for years to come….!!!


Take care,

Mark Ellis


2 Replies to “After 18 years……..Lost ring is found..!!”

  1. Chris Turner says:

    What an amazing story! I love the ones that have been found after many years of hiding! Congratulations Mark! Great job!
    Chris Turner
    CEO/The Ring Finders

  2. Mark Ellis says:

    Thanks Chris..!!

    That search was a lot of fun.
    I wish I had more of these searches for long lost

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