I picked up my phone Thursday morning to see a missed call. I listened to a message left by Debbie explaining that her husband Gary lost his yellow gold wedding band on the beach during a walk the day before. I phoned her back to get the particulars and the location.
I met Debbie and Gary at their condo in Myrtle Beach later that day. As we walked to the beach I listened to Gary explain that while walking on the beach he felt his wedding band slip from his finger. He told Deb what just happened. As they searched the powder dry sand in the area they were coming to the conclusion that it was becoming an impossible task. They were both heart sick that the wedding band that had been on Gary’s finger for 34 plus years was possibly gone forever. I assured both of them that if the ring had not been picked up by another metal detectorist we should find the wedding band in short order. we all rubbed our left earlobe for Ring God luck and I set to work with my trusted CTX 30-30. Working thru the 10 yard by 30 yard area I was not getting any signals. I started working a circle around the original area. On the second pass around the grid I heard what we were looking for. I didn’t think the numbers were that good, but sent the sand scoop to the target anyway. Behold! Gary’s ring shown bright in the bottom of the scoop. I removed the gold prize and asked them if they had really rubbed their earlobes for luck. While I was holding Gary’s band up for them to see they were too busy assuring me that they did, not noticing that I had the ring. Then it happened, “The Ring Dance” of tears, hugs, laughter and sighs of relief. We talked on the way back to their home. I was told about the 34 plus years and the meaning of that wedding band to both of them. Years of raising children, nursing, a military career, and time spent as a Sky Marshal after 9/11. That wedding band had years of story attached to it. I’m glad I could help continue that story.
Gary And Deb Thank You for the generous reward, and the opportunity to meet two great people.
I received a very anxious phone call from Janice on Wednesday. Janice just lost her wedding band on the beach and was about to come unglued. Janice told me how she had taken her ring off to apply sunscreen and placed it on the arm of her beach chair. Our local lifeguard then asked them to back up their chairs and umbrella so he could see the entire beach. During this process the ring hit the powder dry sand and quickly disappeared. They searched for about an hour in the 25′ square area with no luck. Janice did a web search on “How to find a lost ring in the sand” and found The Ring Finders Directory. She told me she had not left the beach and that she was not allowing anybody to sit in this area.
Arriving at the beach 30 minutes later I called Janice to let her know I was there. Looking down the beach I noticed people waving to me and rightly guessed that to be the anxious lady and her family. They had a 25′ square drawn in the sand and were ready for me to put a smile back on Janice’s face. I had them all rub their left earlobe for good luck and started to work. Searching from where the chairs were, back to their present location, I could see Janice fretting with each grid pass. Almost to the chairs I got that lovely tone in the phones. I told Janice that her ring was right there and asked her if she wanted to do the honors of uncovering it. Her husband Jerry looked on and encouraged her but she just couldn’t bare to look. I sent the scoop into the sand very carefully and lightly sifted the sand away to reveal her beautiful diamond encrusted white gold wedding band. The very ring that her husband Jerry placed on her finger 27 years ago. Janice came forward and took the ring from my hand and then commenced to do “The Ring Dance”. Tears, laughter and hugs, I love the ring dance. Vacation saved!
Janice and Jerry Thank you for the generous reward and trusting me to do this search. I wish you traveling mercies back to Cleveland Tenn. I wish you another happy 27 years.
The last weekend in April is always a fun time for me. Every year my boys, my father and myself get together for the annual “Fry Boys Weekend”. This includes camping, fishing and enjoying each other’s company. We spent the weekend close to home as we adventured to Huntington Beach State Park near Litchfield Beach.
On Friday afternoon, my youngest (26) and I went to the beach with metal detectors to start our weekend adventure. The wind was blowing down the beach at 30 plus knots which had the area void of most people. Surely they did not feel like being sand blasted. I got a great signal and found a man’s Victorinox watch just under the surface of the sand. The watch was clean and still running. I felt this to mean it was a pretty recent drop. The only man and woman sitting on the beach saw me recover this treasure. The lady came over to me and told me that an older couple had come down to the beach and seemed to be looking for something in the sand. She felt like maybe they were looking for this watch. Not knowing who the couple were or what they might look like, I tried to think about how I might find them among 100 plus camp sites. I thought about posting a note near the door of the Men’s Room (No Jokes Please) to see if the rightful owner might see it. Sure enough on Saturday afternoon a young lady, Allison, approached our camp site and asked if I was the person that had found her fathers watch. After asking her to describe the watch, I was happy to return it to it’s rightful owner. Without a call I still like to return things as it is the right thing to do.
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So this post has been needing to happen for a couple weeks now.
I woke up early Friday morning, with sleep still in my eyes, I noticed that I had a text message on my phone. Getting my first cup of coffee I also noticed that I had several severe weather alerts on my phone as we are under tornado warnings for most of the day. I looked at the text from Brittni explaining the loss of her husband Paul’s wedding band the day before. Paul was throwing a foot ball with son Connor. As Paul caught the football in the shin deep water he felt his wedding band fall off. As he saw the ring disappear with the next wave he realized the ring was gone. I called Brittni back and ended up with Paul on the line. They were schedule to fly back to Chicago that night, as this was the last day of their vacation. After checking the radar forecast I saw that we would have about an hour window between thunderstorms coinciding with a low tide. Perfect!
Driving to meet Paul, Brittni and Connor at the beach, it is dumping buckets. As I pulled into the appointed parking lot the heavens opened and the sun shown thru. After walking to the spot on the beach with the family I had them rub their left earlobe for luck. I began the grid search at the water’s edge. After a 45 minute search I got a great signal in ankle deep water. I missed the ring twice with the sand scoop as the target was deeper than I expected. The third try revealed Paul,s beautiful tungsten carbide wedding band in the scoop. As I walked from the water Paul and Brittni were moving toward me. I held out the scoop and had Paul remove his ring. “Let The Ring Dance commence! High fives, hugs and smiles all around. After a few pictures and some small chat we moved to our vehicles. As I drove out of the parking lot it began to rain again. The weather man was spot on. Paul was too as he put me on the location of his wedding band.
Paul and Brittni, Thank You for the generous reward and trusting The Ring Finders to help you.
I received a phone call, last Saturday after noon, from Patrice. She explained to me that her mother had lost her late husband’s 14kt. gold wedding band and asked for my help. Patrice explained that her mother wore the ring as an obvious reminder of the 61 years of marriage and the life they shared together. Patrice explained to me that her mother Genewood, (Gene) lost the ring from her finger a couple weeks ago, while raking pine straw in her back yard. I had a ring search with Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach) in Sunset Beach NC on Sunday. Since the ring was in the yard we set a time for later in the week and nicer weather.
I met Miss Gene and her daughter Patrice at their house Thursday afternoon. I listened to Miss Gene explain her activities the day she lost her husband Tom’s wedding band. Our search area was going to be in the back yard, down one side of the house, and across the street where she dug up and replanted a magnolia tree. Miss Gene had already un-bagged and searched thru several bags of pine straw and held one more for a search. I had them rub their left earlobes for luck as I fired up the CTX 30-30. I started near the corner of the back patio and walked along the grass next to the sidewalk that led around the house. I had walked only about 15 feet when I heard a crisp signal among some other unwanted tones. I looked down and picked up a man’s gold wedding band snuggled up next to the sidewalk. I turned and held out Tom’s wedding band. Miss Gene stared at it in disbelief as Patrice jumped up from the steps. Tears of joy began to run down Patrice’s face as she hugged her mother. Miss Gene just stared at the ring I was holding. She finally took the ring from my finger and placed it on her index finger where she had worn it since Tom’s passing in November. A few tears of relief showed under her eyes as she stared at it. I call this reaction “The Ring Dance”. I think we all felt Tom smiling from the celestial heavens. I listened a while as Miss Gene told me about a life well lived by Tom. Thank You Miss Gene and Patrice for a generous reward. 15% will be donated to the Shrine Children’s Hospital “Road Runners”. And thank you for trusting The Ring Finders to do this search.
I got a text message on my phone Sunday, about a lost wedding band in the pine straw. Mark texted for help with his lost wedding band. Jim Wren, (TRF North Myrtle Beach) had also called me as he got a similar text. I called Mark back. He explained how he thought he lost his wedding band but he wasn’t sure. Mark and his wife Kathleen, who have been married for 22 years, were visiting their son at our local Coastal Carolina University. Their son was having a get together last Friday with friends and family. Mark was helping with stringing some lights in the trees when he gave one of the house mates a boost up a tree. He felt that is where the ring most likely to be. When Saturday came he realized his wedding band was missing from his hand. He, his son, and 3 other house mates spent a couple hours raking pine straw and searching the back yard with no luck.
I met Mark at the house an hour after contacting him. I passed by Kathleen sitting in their SUV. I told her to rub her left earlobe to give us luck. Mark and I walked to the back yard as he explained the loss again, and pointed to the tree where he gave a boost to his son’s room mate. As I walked toward the tree I noticed bottle caps and pull tabs on the ground. (College). I stepped away from the area to ground balance my Fisher Gold Bug Pro. After setting some discrimination, I walked to the tree where Mark Was standing. I literally swung the coil twice ( 4 seconds maybe) as a beautiful number 56 showed on my screen. “There it is” I said as Mark reached down to move just a little sand to reveal his wedding band. His eyes grew big and bright as we found his ring that fast. “That’s amazing!” as he thought about the 5 guys looking for the ring the day before. After a couple photos and some chit chat we returned to the driveway to show Kathleen the good news.
Mark, Thank you for the generous reward. 15% will be donated to the Shrine Children’s Hospital “Road Runners”
I received a phone call referral Sunday afternoon from Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach), about a ring that was just lost in Myrtle Beach. Jim gave me the phone number to the young man, Rob, that lost his wedding band. I phoned Rob back and told him I could be there in 30 minutes.
I called Rob when I got to the location. I walked out onto the beach and was met by Rob’s wife Stefaney. She explained that Rob was up in the room and would soon be there. Stefaney was not happy when she explained the loss of the ring. Rob was throwing a Frisbee on the beach when he felt the ring leave his finger. Yes, Rob is left handed. Stefaney and Rob had the where with all to mark the spot he was standing at the time with a beach pail. I had Rob and Stefaney rub their left earlobes for luck as I set the Excalibur II to work. I worked a 20 yard square in front of the area with no luck. I returned to the starting point to then work behind the beach pail. On the first grid pass I got the tone in the phones I was looking for. Rob and Stefany were looking on from 20 yards as I removed the ring from my sand scoop and held it up for them to see. I love happy endings. The young couple were ecstatic as I handed Rob back his wedding band. Then I took it back from Rob and handed it to Stefaney for safe keeping. This week marks their first wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary! I hope you enjoy many more. Thanks for the reward, 15% will be donated to The Children’s Shrine Hospital “Road Runners”
I received an email from Martha, on July 28th, explaining that her husband had lost his wedding band in the sand 4 weeks earlier. Martha was not looking for me to search for this ring, rather if anybody contacted me about a found ring she would offer a reward. I returned Martha’s email and explained that the likelihood of somebody contacting me in that scenario would be very slim. I told Martha that I was going metal detecting that weekend anyway and that I could give it a try where he lost it. I asked Martha for all the particulars they could remember and to email me back. Martha’s husband Brad was wearing his wedding band on his little finger as it no longer fit his ring finger. Because the ring was fitting a bit loose, Brad lost it in the dry sand while putting up a shade canopy on the beach. Brad had the where with all to stop and take note of all of his surroundings. When Martha gave me all the details, I felt like I would be searching about a 40′ square area in the sand.
I arrived at the beach at low tide with my Minelab Excalibur. I was trying to avoid rain showers as I watched the weather on my phone. Avoiding the rain was not going to be possible. I’ve been wet before, let’s do this. I walked to the area of the beach that Martha and Brad had explained to me. Pacing off the number of steps from a stairway, I pictured a 50′ square and started my grid in the sand. On the 8th grid line I got a nice tone in the earphones. I started to send the sand scoop to the target when I visually saw the top of the ring starring at me as the rain had washed some of the sand away. Mission accomplished! I thought about doing a little more detecting, but was tired of being wet I moved to the truck. When I got back to my computer an hour later I sent Martha an email giving her the good news, and asked her to call me. I answered the phone a few minutes later and could tell by the excited voice on the other end that it was her. Getting her mailing information straight, I told her that Brad’s ring would be on it’s way home. Brad’s wedding band could continue it’s story that started 28 years ago.
Martha and Brad, thank you for trusting me to do this ring search, and for the nice reward. Brad, get that ring resized!
I got a phone call from Jim Wren, TRF North Myrtle Beach, around 8:00 Friday night. He received a call from Jeremiah about his wife’s lost engagement ring in Myrtle Beach. Jim and I respect each other turf when it comes to ring searches, and often we work together on many of them, or cover for each other. I told Jim that it would be a couple hours before I could get there and asked if he wanted to take the call. Jim was equally out of the area, so I told him I’d take the call. Getting the particulars from Jim, I called Jeremiah back and told him it would be 10:00 before I could get there. We made arrangements to meet.
Arriving at the beach with my equipment, I met Jeremiah, Brittany and John. They explained the loss to me. Brittany had not moved from the spot that she lost the ring 2 hours before. She lost the ring in shallow water while playing football. Catching the ball sent her ring into the water’s edge. She saw it lying in the sand just before a wave took it away. For 2 hours she stared at this 20 foot by 20 foot area, while Jeremiah found The Ring Finders on his phone. I had them rub their left earlobe for luck as I started what was going to be a 30 by 30 foot grid. About 10 feet into the grid, and 31 cents, I got the beautiful golden tone on my Minelab 30-30 CTX. Carefully sending the scoop into the wet sand, I dumped the sand next to the hole. Spreading the sand with my foot revealed a beautiful white gold, diamond engagement ring. The ring that Jeremiah had placed on her finger 3 years before. As it shown in the light from my headlamp, Brittany snatched it up. Cheers from the four of us broke the tense silence. Then “The Ring Dance” started. High fives, hugs and laughter ensued. We don’t find them all, but it sure feels good when we do.
Jeremiah, Thank You for your service to our country. Brittany, Jeremiah and John, Thank You for the hansom reward. Good luck in your futures.
I received a call from Carl Last Week about his wife’s lost wedding band. Carl had been watching a local news story about that famous TV star, Jim Wren, being interviewed about a recent search and recovery he did in North Myrtle Beach. Carl remembered his wife Beth losing her wedding band in the driveway of their home 3 years earlier. He jumped on line to The Ring Finders site and found me in the directory. Carl explained the loss, and we made plans to get together in a few days.
Monday came, and I was having one of those Mondays. I desperately needed a win, so I called Carl to see if he wanted to do a search. Carl said he needed to cut back the shrubbery in the area of the lost ring, and to come on. I met them in their driveway 30 minutes later and listened to Beth explain the sequence of events surrounding the ring loss. I had them rub their left earlobes and say a prayer for luck. Carl was busy hacking 3 years of plant growth from the area they felt the ring could be. The first thing that I noticed about this area was the power lines and cable TV lines right where we were to search. This was not going to be as easy as I thought. Electrical interference had the Fisher Gold Bug chattering like Snap, Crackle and Pop after being dunked in milk. No way that was going to work. Going back to the truck, I got knee pads and my pin pointer. I searched a 4 foot square in the shrubbery. After 40 minutes, finding every piece of wire and nail left by contractors, No Ring. I tried the Gold Bug again to see if I could work thru the interference. I unplugged the earphone to ignore the chatter and watched the numbers on the screen as I scanned the grass next to the driveway. Interference numbers were lighting up constantly between 40 and 45 as I worked the area. I watched a couple targets briefly change those numbers. Finding more trash, I realized this could work. After 10 more minutes I was ready to give up, but tried one last time. A 56 kept bouncing on the screen between a bunch of 40 numbers. “That’s gold”. The pin pointer did its job as I pushed my fingers into the roots of the grass. Bingo! Carl was watching from his chair a few feet away. I told him I found the ring as he stared at me in disbelief. We called Beth out of the house as I told her I wanted to say good bye before leaving. I then held up here ring and asked if it was hers. “That’s not my ring” as she thought I was playing some cruel joke. I asked again, as her focus went from me to the ring on my little finger. Here comes “The Ring Dance”. Beth’s chin started quivering as she put her hands on her knees and started crying. I rubbed her back for reassurance as she straightened up. Tears of joy ran down her cheeks as she remover her wedding band from my finger. The wedding band that Carl put on her finger 23 years earlier. She stared at it in shock. Carl watched on with a huge smile knowing what it meant for Beth to have it back after 3 years of being lost. I love it when it goes right.
Carl and Beth, Thank You for the generous reward. Good luck to you future, and hopefully another 23 years.