Matthew Fry, Author at The Ring Finders

FOUND AND RETURNED MAN’S TUNGSTEN CARBIDE WEDDING BAND IN MYRTLE BEACH, SC.

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

I received a phone call from Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach) on Sunday afternoon around 6:00. Jim had gotten a text from Michelle that her husband Milton had lost his wedding band in the surf earlier in the day. Milton lost his wedding band in knee deep water 2 hours before high tide. When I called Michelle back, I was on my way to dinner with my significant other (Honey Sunny). We set a time to meet about 7:30 to give the tide some time to recede. Michelle and Milton were sure they could put me in a good search area and I felt like this should be a fairly easy hunt. “Never say that”. Donning headlamp and carrying my other gear I met the recently married couple at the resort where they were staying. Working the area they suggested and chasing the receding tide down the beach into the darkness was proving to be more to this search than earlier thought. We made arrangements to try again the next day at low tide, just after lunch. We talked again at length as to how the ring was lost and I went to work with thoughts of a successful hunt. Working the low tide for another 2 hours once again proved to be a negative result. Talking to Michelle before leaving the beach, she said that Milton had mentioned that the ring was loose as he swam in deeper water and that at that time they may have been 30 to 50 yards further north. With this new information I worked in the water for nearly 2 hours in the low tide window Wednesday. Again, no luck. Before leaving the beach on Wednesday I was talking to Milton and he told me that maybe when he lost his ring that he thought they were more south. I broke away from work once again Thursday and tried moving my grid south, from mid beach to waist deep water. Once again with the same negative result. At this point all of us are frustrated. I told Milton that I was going to suspend the search for this ring but that I would come back to the area occasionally and give it another try. They were leaving, returning home to Maryland, the next day without Milton’s wedding band. I was sure this ring was there and I told Milton not to buy a replacement for a couple months and we would see what might happen. Well, my OCD self couldn’t leave this ring alone. I called my father Saturday and asked if he wanted to go to accompany me to the beach to do a ring search. He does not metal detect but enjoys watching from his beach chair. Having exhausted a 60 yard by 140 yard area the other 4 hunts, I once again expanded the grid search to the south. Working a grid from mid beach into thigh deep water at yet another low tide, I got a strong signal on my 3rd pass. I dug up a very nice satin gold TC 850 ring. I was pretty sure this was Milton’d ring. I walked back to where my father was sitting and got my phone to take a picture. Sending it to Michelle’s cell number to see if this was Milton’s ring. I asked my father to monitor the phone as I went back to searching. I did not want to loose the low tide opportunity if this was not his ring. About 30 minutes later I saw my dad waving me down to a phone call. Michelle confirmed this was Milton’s wedding band. The same band that she placed on his finger back in March. Another happy ending.

15% of all rewards are donated to The Shrine Children’s Hospital “Road Runners” Transportation Team.

 

Lost Wedding Band and Engagement Ring Set, Found and Returned In Myrtle Beach SC.

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

I was driving home from a vacation in the mountains when I got a call from Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach). Jim had just gotten a call from Amie about a lost wedding band and engagement ring set that were lost in the water in Myrtle Beach. Amie had already returned to Fayetteville, NC.  Amie lost her rings near high tide which for us is always a good thing as we should be able to find the rings in dry sand after the tide recedes. I told Jim that I was driving back to the beach and could not get there any time soon. Jim Wren was also driving back in from an out of town trip and was also unavailable. Jim Wren called trusted friend Jim Brouwer to see if he could give it a shot. The two Jims decided that they would work together that night around midnight as the tide would have gone down enough to open up the search area from both water and people. After 3 hours, they did not have any luck in their efforts.

Jim Wren called me the next morning and explained the hunt and its’ outcome. He asked if I wanted to take over the call as it was in Myrtle Beach and he had another hunt in North Myrtle. Working with a little better information Jim Brouwer and I met at that awful hour of midnight to once again make search for these rings. I got to the beach a little early and started to eliminate areas on the beach. Brouwer showed up and could see the grid lines left in the sand by my sand scoop. Brouwer began working south of the area as I kept expanding the grid north. An hour into the search I got a very weak 12:03 on my CTX 30-30. I really expected to dig up a piece of foil, but was pleasantly surprised to see a diamond engagement ring in the sand pile. I turned around to face Brouwer 80 yards away. I turned on the flasher on my headlamp for him to see me. As Jim approach I showed him the ring and told him the other ring had to be around this area. Jim and I cross grid a 10 yard area for another 30 minutes without success. On a couple occasion both of us passed on a scratchy signal that barely caught the attention of our detectors. Jim decided to max out the sensitivity on his Equinox and research the same area around where I found the first ring. Sure enough, 5 feet away from the first ring, Jim unearthed the wedding band match to the found engagement ring at 11 inches. Two old guys on the beach at 1:30 in the morning doing the happy ring dance caught the attention of two young guys that were fishing nearby. They were pleased with our finds as well and there to witness and take a picture of Jim and I with “Ring Dance Smiles”

Amie’s ring are back on her finger where they belong. The same finger that her husband Charles placed them on 22 years ago.

SUPER HEROES, SUPER HUMANS AND PREMONITIONS, FINDS AND RETURNS WOMAN’S LOST ENGAGEMENT RING IN MYRTLE BEACH

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

(June 28th) I was on my way to dinner with visiting family when I got a phone call from Claire. Claire had just lost her engagement ring in the surf of Myrtle Beach, SC. Claire lost her ring in belly deep water, while throwing a football, at a low tide. I told her that I was on my way to dinner and that I would call Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach) to see if he might be available to do this search. Jim said he would take the call and see what he could do. Jim called me back in short order and informed me that he had just gotten a phone call to do a ring search in his area, and that he had called Jim Brouwer (Super Human), and J.B. was going to meet Claire and family at the beach. When Jim B. got there the tide had risen quite a bit. He searched for a while but soon realized that the water had gotten too deep to work. Jim returned that night around midnight and searched the low tide waters to no avail. Saturday morning I got the message that he did not find the ring. I joined Jim at low tide that morning and we searched for nearly 3 hours in the belly deep water. No Luck. Claire had returned to Virginia that morning, but her parents looked on (great people) as we gave it another shot on Sunday. Both Jim and I separately returned to the area a couple times over the next couple weeks. We were being frustrated by this ring that we knew was there. I have to admit that after a couple weeks of searching for this ring I had given up. Mentally for me, it was one more sacrifice to “the ring gods”.

(July 18th) I am driving to meet a customer, to discuss signs, when my cell phone rings. I see it is J.B calling. “Maaatt” (Trying to imitate his accent) “That ring on 6th avenue, I have it. Can you call the girl?” I am amazed, after 3 weeks in the water he has found this ring. I pull over and start scanning my phone from 3 weeks ago hoping I still have her number. Without my notes in front of me I can’t even remember her name. I find her number and call… “This is Matt with the Ring Finders, we have found your engagement ring.” There is a very long pause on the other end, and so I ask her to remind me of her name as I do not have my notes. “This is Claire.” I could hear her voice cracking with emotion as she received the news. I was happy to hear that they had not purchased a replacement as of yet. Claire emotionally shared a story of how she and a late grandmother shared a liking of cardinals. She told me that 15 minutes before my call there was a cardinal on the rail of her back patio that had reminded her of her grandmother. This was about the time Jim found the ring. (Premonitions). Talking with Claire later that day, she told me that her nephew was the ring barer at her and Peter’s wedding last November, and that he had worn a super hero outfit. He told Aunt Claire that it was because of his super powers that we found her ring.(Super Powers) Super Heroes, Super Humans or Premonitions… Whatever it was I will take a win however it comes. Claire’s ring is now back where it belongs.

Jim Brouwer (author of “Gold Beneath The Waves” Amazon) Has been a trusted friend to both Jim Wren and myself on ring searches. He has helped both of us on several occasions. I can’t say enough about this man, his integrity, and his willingness to help us and other people. Way to go Jim!

Men’s White Gold and Diamond Wedding Band Found and Returned in Myrtle Beach

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

I received an urgent email from Julia on Tuesday about a lost ring in the ocean. Julia did not leave a phone number, so I emailed back. I got a return phone call from her about 6:30 that night. She put her brother Bailey on the phone as he was the owner of the lost ring. Julia is a local and was being visited by her brother. Bailey was referred to me by a local life guard named Hanna. I made arrangements to meet Bailey at 7:30 in the morning for the next low tide.

I arrived at the beach and Bailey was already there. He told me how he and his son were boogie boarding the day before near high tide. He told me how a wave crushed him into the bottom and jerked the board from his hands. He told me he saw the ring come off and land into the running surf. We joked about it happening in slow motion like Frodo’s ring glistening in the sun as it flew through the air. Bailey put me in a good location for the lost ring and I started a 50 yard wide grid running parallel to the surf. I thought I would find his wedding band around the low tide water line, but I started about mid slope to quickly eliminate that as a search area. On my third pass in the grid search I got a beautiful mid tone in the phones of my Excalibur II. One scoop of sand at 4 inches and I had his diamond encrusted wedding band in the scoop. Bingo I said as I plucked it out of the sand scoop and handed it to him. He stared at it for a moment and then exclaimed “That’s Amazing”. Bailey then told me he had not told his wife that he had lost his wedding band. The ring’s story gets to continue, hopefully for another 14 years on his finger. Another happy ending.

 

Bailey, I wish you well on your return to Texas. Thank you for the generous reward. I hope the shoulder heels up soon.

Lady’s Lovely Engagement Ring Found and Returned in Myrtle Beach

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

I started the morning off as usual checking emails and text messages on Tuesday morning. I noticed an email on my phone. Daniela reached out to me for some help locating her white gold engagement ring that she lost on Sunday. She left a phone number that was for her office in Connecticut. I left a voice mail, then sent her an email as well. That was probably a good thing as I was under the assumption that she had returned home from her vacation in Myrtle Beach. Daniela called me back shortly afterwards and explained all the incidentals to the loss of the ring. Daniela lost her ring in the shallow water near high tide. I explained with confidence that I should be able to locate this ring if it has not already been found by another metal detectorist.

I arrived at the location that afternoon around 1:30 to chase the last hour of a falling tide. When I spoke with Daniela earlier in the day, I told her to rub her left earlobe and say a prayer around 2:00. I mentally pictured the search area as 80 yards by 25 yards to the water’s edge. I ran the 80 yard grid line leaving a heavy mark in the sand with my sand scoop. I turned around to walk the 80 yards back, 5 feet from the last grid line, making sure to overlap my swing pattern. On the return path there was a lady digging a large hole in the sand to create a tidal pool for her little children. I joked with her about finding lost treasure as I passed by. I was about 10 feet past her when I got that beautiful mid tone in the earphones of the Excalibur II. Sending the scoop to the target and dumping the contents onto the beach the lady digging the hole watched intently. I kicked the sand to spread it out. As I did this lovely engagement ring jumped from the sand pile and bounce across the sand. As I picked up the engagement ring I audibly said to myself “This is why we do what we do”. The lady digging the hole in the sand asked what I meant by that. I explained to her what I was doing and why I was there. I then told her about the wonderful group called The Ring Finders and what it has done to help people all over the world be reunited with the precious treasures that they thought were gone forever. I called Daniela from the parking lot near my truck and asked if she indeed rubbed her earlobe for luck. As she told me that she had, I told her it must have worked because I had her engagement ring in my pouch. She told me that she would be right down to meet me. Again, I thought she had returned back home. It was a lovely surprise to be able to hand this ring back to her in person. As we talked, I sent her husband David a text with a picture of the ring. I told him that I just proposed to Daniela. She was excited to say the least as she stared at the ring on her shaking hand. The Ring that her husband David placed there 12 years ago. With Daniela, David and daughter Lexi’s vacation saved, I left the beach with a smile. Daniela, thank you for the opportunity to help you with this ring search, and thank you for the generous reward. I wish you and your family “Traveling Mercies” back to Connecticut.

White Gold Chain Found and Returned in Myrtle Beach

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

I was throwing darts with the boys Wednesday night when I got a phone call from Timothy about 8:30. Timothy explained that he had lost his white gold chain that afternoon at the edge of the high tide line. He told me that he was lamenting the loss to a pool side bartender that had remembered hearing about The Ring Finders network. After getting Timothy’s phone call I headed to the beach resort about 20 miles away.

I arrived at his oceanfront resort with my Minelab Excalibur II, a couple flashlights and my sand scoop. Timothy met me in the parking lot. I had him rub his left earlobe for luck and then we made our way to the beach. Earlier that day Timothy was getting buried in the sand. He took the necklace off and placed it on his shirt. You know the rest of the story. We arrived at the spot on the beach where Timothy was buried. I set up my machine for the search and turned it on. Just as I was about to start swinging Timothy turned on the flashlight that I had given him. Just as he did he exclaimed excitedly “Is that it”. Right in front of my coil was an exposed 2 inch section of the chain. Timothy reach down and plucked the chain, that his mother had given him, from the sand. I didn’t do a lot of work, but I will take the win. Back in the parking lot Timothy handed me a hansom reward and explained that he would have not gone back to the beach to look for the necklace in the dark. Like I said, I will take a win, any way it comes. Timothy, good luck in your future endeavors, and thanks again. ‘Til next time!

Ladies Engagement Ring Found and Returned in Myrtle Beach, SC

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

As the saying would go “Around your behind to scratch your elbow” rings true in this ring search. I got a phone call from Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach) on Wednesday. Jim had gotten a call from Berenice, who had gotten his number from Joe Denton. Joe is a local Minelab representative. Berenice had originally called Joe to rent a metal detector. She explained to him that she had just lost her engagement ring on the beach in the dry sand. Joe had told her about Jim and The Ring Finders and gave her Jim’s number. Being that the ring was lost In Myrtle Beach Jim called me and gave me Berenice’s number.

After calling Berenice, I met her at the beach 45 minutes later. Berenice pointed out the spot where she and her fiance Austin were lounging on the sand. Earlier in the day Berenice had placed her engagement ring in Austin’s hat for safe keeping. Returning from a swim, Austin grabbed a towel and upset his hat dumping the ring into the sand. They did not realize this happened until they got back to their hotel room. I started a circle grid search from point 0 and had not made it thru 3 rotations when I got that beautiful gold tone in my Minelab CTX headphones. A careful scoop of sand and a gentle sifting revealed Berenice’s engagement ring. Smiles and hugs ensued. Austin just returned from the room to find out the good news. Berenice showed him the found treasure.

Thanks to all that helped The Ring Finders return this soon to be bride’s engagement ring. Berenice and Austin, Thanks for trusting us to find your lost treasure. Good luck in your future. This ring has started with story and a great ending.

Man’s Gold Wedding Band Returned In Myrtle Beach, SC

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

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.

 

Found Ladies White Gold and Diamond wedding Band In Myrtle Beach, Returned!

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

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.

Men’s Watch Found and Returned Litchfield Beach, SC

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

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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