Mark Rubey, Author at The Ring Finders

Ring lost at Mission Bay Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Wei and his wife Bella were spending the day at Mission Bay, when during a volleyball game, Wei’s platinum wedding ring flew off his finger and landed in the soft sand. They search for the ring for quite a while, even used a metal detector, but, no luck. They got on the internet and found TheRingFinders.com. Bella gave me a call and we agreed to meet in a half hour at the site. Luckily, the volleyball court was empty, they showed me the area they thought the ring landed, and I was able to get set up and start my grid. First target was a nice solid 12 on my Equinox detector. I had high hopes, but, it turned out to be a partial pull tab. A couple more passes, and I got another nice solid 12. This time it was his ring, a bit outside the area they thought, but, that happens when rings fly! A pleasure to meet you both and thank you for the reward.

Ring lost at Mission Bay Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Sebastian took his ring off to apply some lotion, and forgot about it until later when it was time to leave. He had been paddle boarding that afternoon too, so, it could have been in the water or dry sand….he just couldn’t remember for sure if he put it back on at one point or not. He and his parents Ed and Karen sifted and raked through the dry sand for hours, all the way down to the water’s edge and couldn’t find it. In talking with some other folks there at the beach, a suggestion was made to find someone with a metal detector to help locate the ring. An online search brought them to TheRingFinders.com site where they got my contact info. I received the call at about 8pm and made arrangements to meet Ed and Karen at 8:30pm. We found each other easily at the parking lot and made our way over to where they had been camped that day. When they told me it was a silver ring, that put a smile on my face as those are a lot easier to find on a trashy beach than a gold one. This wasn’t just any dime store silver ring though! It was custom made by Sebastian’s grandfather who has since passed away. Sebastian was devastated losing it, so this just had to be found. Ok, man’s silver ring…..that should be a nice high conductor sound…..like a quarter (30 reading on my Equinox). On the first pass, that’s what my first target was, a 30, Alright, found it right away….not! Just a quarter like my machine told me. Drat, or words to that effect when his ring wasn’t in the scoop! I continued all the way to the water,¬† made a return pass to the top of the slope, and started down the next pass only hearing low conductors, when I got a 19 on the display. Hmm, not likely it’s the ring, most likely a crusty zinc cent, but, it was high enough to scoop anyway. Well, no one was more surprised¬† than I was finding his beautiful silver ring in the basket. Ed and Karen were over the moon with appreciation for getting this family heirloom back. Karen put the ring on her finger, took a photo, and texted it to Sebastian. All he texted back was OMG over and over again. Just as we were all done and ready to leave, the fireworks started across the bay at SeaWorld. An appropriate celebration on a successful recovery! A pleasure to meet you, and thank you for the reward.

Ring lost at Coronado Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Adrian called me asking for help finding his wife Rosi’s ring. They are visiting here and were enjoying the warm day at the beach. Soon after setting up camp, Rosi took her ring off to apply lotion, the ring was dropped, and it ended up in the deep dry sand. That should be simple to find just with your fingers, right? Nope, after straining sand through their fingers for over a half hour, they realized they needed help. TheRingFinders.com to the rescue! Adrian was kind enough to reserve me a parking spot at this busy beach. We met in the lot and proceeded to hike down the beach to the search area. The spot was already outlined with an eight foot diameter groove in the sand and I could see where they had been searching. Turned on my detector and less than a minute later, I got the signal I was expecting and found Rosi’s ring just under the surface inside the circle right where their fingers had already raked. A relieved Rosi and Adrian can now continue to enjoy their vacation. A pleasure to meet you two and thank you for the reward.

Lost rings at Coronado Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Jenny and family were spending the day at the beach in Coronado. Jenny took off her rings to apply some lotion, and placed her rings in her daughters hat. The hat got picked up, the rings tumbled out, and they were swallowed up in the soft fluffy sand. Not knowing what to do, she approached the lifeguard and asked for help. The lifeguard called me to see if I would be willing to help. I assured him I’d be happy to, so, he had Jenny call me to make arrangements. After getting the particulars, I gathered my gear and headed to the beach. After lucking into a good parking spot, meeting the family at the site, I was shown the search area, got a description of the two lost rings, and went to “work”. On the first pass, first signal, (10 on my Equinox) one of her rings was pin pointed just under the surface. A foot away, I got another 10 reading, and my pin pointer went to work zeroing in on the other one. A happy Jenny can now head home with a complete finger. A pleasure to meet you and thank you for the reward.

Lost ring at Mission Beach Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Tammy and family are visiting here from Kansas and went to Mission Beach for a day in the sand. Tammy’s ring finger was a bit swollen and her ring was bothering it a bit, so, she removed it and put it on her pinky finger. Some time later, she noticed it missing and searched the area a bit where they were sitting, but, no luck finding it. An online search found TheRingFinders.com and my contact info. I got the call for help from her friend Matt, gathered my gear, and headed down to the beach to battle the traffic and parking. I got a parking spot about a half mile away and hiked to the search area where I met Matt and Tammy and got a look at the search area. Just a small section where I could see where they were set up and an even smaller “box” outline in the sand. I started at one edge of the area, and immediately got a solid 15 on my Equinox. Nope, just a pull tab. Made the return pass, and started my next pass, where right inside the “box” I got another solid 15 reading, and it was Tammy’s ring. A happy Tammy can now catch her train out of town today without a sad tale of what was lost. A pleasure to meet you and thank you for the reward.

Ring lost at Fiesta Island Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Angie and Steve came to San Diego to enjoy a day at Fiesta Island and the Over-The-Line Tournament going on yesterday. Angie removed her beautiful engagement ring to apply some lotion, set the ring in her lap, and…..well, you can guess the rest. The ring ended up in the soft sand and disappeared from view. They and others around them tried to find the ring, but, to no avail. Some consultation with others, an online search, contact with fellow RingFinder Curtis Cox further north and his referral to me, got the ball rolling. They were still there at the site, so, I gathered my gear and headed out for the normally short 10 mile journey…..and a journey it was. It took an hour to get there, and parking was virtually non-existent. I managed to squeeze between two vehicles parked at the edge of the road (with just a couple of inches on each side to spare) and park down on the beach. A short hike to meet Steve, and an even shorter hike to the search area. This event has been going on here for decades and always draws a huge crowd. The search area was right next to one of the dozens of ball fields, where spectators have been dropping pull tabs, bottle caps, and other metal trash from day one. I expected this to take a while to sift through. Steve and Angie cleared the area of chairs and other items while I fired up the detector and donned my gear. Sure enough, all sorts of signals were hitting my ears with just the slightest movement of the coil. One nice strong 12 on my Equinox alerted me to a shallow target after only a minute or two. I zeroed in on the signal with my pin pointer and pulled Angie’s “precious” out into the sunlight again. Cheers went up all around the area, and a very happy Angie and Steve can now travel home in a much better frame of mind. A pleasure meeting you, thank you for the reward, and best wishes with your upcoming marriage.

Lost ring in Coronado Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Brandon was enjoying the beach with his young son. He dutifully applied sunscreen after taking his wedding ring off and placing it in his lap. His son started heading for the water, so, Brandon got up to chase after him. Off went the ring somewhere in the fluffy dry sand where it disappeared. An online search brought Brandon to TheRingFinders.com where he found me. After getting the particulars, I agreed to fight the traffic and parking on a holiday weekend to meet up with him at the site. As expected, traffic and parking were troublesome. Add a HUGE, miles long, bicycle cruise in town, and I had a real fun time getting there, and especially leaving! I think at the time I got the last paid parking spot at the Hotel Del Coronado. After that, it was pretty much a breeze. I met Brandon out on the beach, he showed me the search area, and a few minutes later, the ring was in the scoop. A pleasure to meet you Brandon, and thank you for the reward.

Ring Lost in Coronado Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Zari spent the day at the beach in Coronado, and when she was ready to go home, noticed her wedding ring/engagement ring combo was missing off her finger. She wasn’t sure if it came off in the dry sand building sand castles, or, out in the water where she was tumbled by a wave after introducing her daughter to her first experience in the surf. After an online search and finding TheRingFinders.com and my info, she contacted me Tuesday evening for help. Since there was a strong possibility that the ring could be in the water, I told Zari that it would be best if I conducted the search at the next low tide, which was at 4:38am the next morning. I had her send me some photos of her location on the beach along with a photo of the rings. Upon arrival the next morning at 2:30am, I triangulated the photos to get me on ground zero. Unfortunately, I discovered grid marks all over the sand in the area of where she had been camped the previous day and they lead down the slope toward the water. Not a good sign! Looks like someone has been there recently, but, that’s a very popular section of beach, so, not completely unexpected. I looked down the beach in both directions, and the grid marks are only 50 feet either way of ground zero. Nowhere else on the beach!¬† WTF? I’m thinking that someone somehow knew there must be a lost ring there. Well, I was already there, so, I may as well give it a try. I hit the dry sand first and didn’t get a single good target other than one zinc cent. Ok, off to the water. I made 4-5 passes into the surf without a single target. On the sixth pass just as I turned to head back up slope from shin deep water, I get a nice solid 10 on the Equinox, One scoop and I had the ring! I texted Zari with the good news, but, didn’t expect or get a response until later in the morning. After a bit of sleep, got up, and went off to another detecting adventure that morning, I arranged with Zari to meet later in the day and get the ring back on her finger. A pleasure to meet you and thank you for the reward.

Ring lost in El Cajon found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Brian was making an early morning delivery when, after jumping out of the back of his vehicle, he shook his hands in the cold and, in horror, saw his wedding ring fly off his hand, bounce twice on the concrete, and then shoot through a chain link fence overlooking a drop-off. He jumped the fence and looked for the ring, but, without success. He found TheRingFinders.com website online and my contact info. After a bit of phone tag, we made contact, and agreed to meet at the site. I got there a bit early and after some text/phone directions from Brian as to the search area, got started. Wow, what a place to detect! A steep slope, soft surface, and lots of metal junk everywhere. Normally, I would rather hunt at the bottom of a steep slope, but, not this time. There was all kinds of metal trash at the bottom along with another chain link fence. I started on the lower section of the slope and gridded my way toward the top hoping it was still just on the surface somewhere. Brian helped with removing dead branches and other metal debris while we both struggled to stay on the slope. More than once we both ended up involuntarily sliding down that slippery slope. After making it all the way to the top and next to the fence the ring passed through, I was faced with detecting the very bottom next to the neighboring metal fence. Moving slowly and picking through the trash, I investigate numerous targets while hearing the fence “talk” to me. I got close to 3/4 the way to the end of the search area, when I got another 14 foil/pull tab type reading I’d been getting numerous times over the last hour. This time, it was his ring, a few inches down in the leaves, loose dirt, and grass that covered that area from our eroding that slope with our search efforts. Brian was happy to have his original ring back to continue it’s story instead of having to get a replacement. A pleasure to meet you Brian and thank you for the reward.

 

Ring lost in Alpine Found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

April contacted me yesterday asking if I could travel to Alpine, Ca. to search for a lost wedding ring. Sure I could! We made arrangements to meet today at 1pm to conduct the search. It seems that after dark the night before, in a momentary fit of pique, she threw the ring across the street from her house toward the front yard of a neighbor. She shortly regretted her actions, and with her husband, searched for hours with an inexpensive metal detector without success. After getting the description and likely area where the ring should have landed, I started a grid search in the ice plant with my Equinox, while my wife did a visual search along the street, sidewalk and yard area. After a little over 15 minutes and several pieces of foil later, I got a good signal in the ice plant right next to a bush. I pulled some of the surface branches aside and ran my pin pointer down inside. Just as I received a signal, I could just see the beautiful white gold engagement/wedding ring. My wife went back across the street to give them the good news. After showing them where the ring ended up, I removed it from it’s hiding place and handed it to a happy April. A pleasure to meet you and thank you for the reward.