Michael Limberg

Car Keys Lost in the Snow in Davenport, IA…Found

  • from Bettendorf (Iowa, United States)

It has been snowing on and off in Iowa for the past several weeks and the temperatures have been subzero for most of this time.  The snow has been piling up and even my yard has large piles of snow from the repeated clearing of my driveway.   The same is true for a new friend named Jake.  Jake was clearing his driveway with his girlfriend when he realized that his ring of car keys was no longer in his jacket pocket.  Jake and his girlfriend searched for a while, but they were unable to locate the keys.  Jake searched the Internet for ways to find lost keys in the snow and one of his search results said to contact “The Ring Finders”.

I received a call from Jake yesterday morning and I told him that I would head straight over to his house.  I met Jake in the driveway a few minutes later and I was provided with some great details of approximately where he lost his keys and the steps he did to try to find them.  I started my search with a comparison of the driveway cement’s rebar tones and a ring of old keys that I tossed in the snow for a reference.  I searched the outer banks of snow lining the driveway to eliminate the possibility of the keys dropping on the edges of the shoveled snow.   I then began a search over the tops of the snow bank and quickly located a good signal matching my test keys.  I pinpointed the location and Jake used my spade to uncover his lost keys about 4″ beneath the surface of the snow.  Jake was very thankful to have his keys back in his hands within an hour of calling me out for this search.  You’re welcome, Jake.  I’m glad I was able to help.

Car Keys Lost in the Snow in Moline, IL…Found

  • from Bettendorf (Iowa, United States)

I received an email last night from a young lady I will call, Nikki.  Nikki was cleaning the snow off of her car when she noticed that her keys had fallen out of her pocket.  We had just gotten nearly a foot of newly fallen snow and while Nikki searched through the snow with her hands and a rake she was unable to locate her keys.  I emailed Nikki a reply and told her that I would be out to her home in the morning and see if I could find her keys.

I arrived at Nikki’s house this morning and began my search, which was hampered by all of the rebar in her concrete driveway along with very uneven snow piled around her car.  I lowered my sensitivity quite a bit on my detector and I leveled off the snow with a shovel immediately around all sides of Nikki’s car.  The leveling off of the snow actually took longer than finding her keys as I would scan each shovel full of snow in the event that I had scooped up her keys.  Once I had a nice evened out surface of snow I found Nikki’s keys in hard packed snow on the drivers side of her car.  Nikki was at work so I delivered her keys to her at her office.  As expected, Nikki was happy to get her keys back in her possession.

  

Diamond Engagement and Gold Wedding Band Set Lost for Six Months in Long Grove, IA…Found

Patricia was doing some late season gardening in October 2017. The temperatures here in the Midwest were average for October, meaning it was cool, but not yet considered cold, and a little breezy.  Patricia had been prepping all of her flower gardens for the winter season by raking and bagging up the flowers and plants that were dying back from the end of the season.  During the process of raking, bagging, and the wind blowing her hair in her face, Patricia removed her gloves frequently to brush her hair out of her face and then continue on with her gardening.

It wasn’t until Patricia was done with her work and she was inside cleaning up that she noticed her wedding band set was no longer on her finger. She believes the temperature was just cool enough that the ring came off of her finger during one of the many times that she removed her gloves.  She did not expect to ever see her rings again.

Fast-forward to April of 2018. Patricia’s rings have been missing for over six months.  She was certain that her rings were not in the lawn bags as she had dumped them out one-by-one in October and thoroughly searched the contents.  This gave me confidence that her rings were still somewhere in her yard.  Beginning at about 10:00AM I searched each of Patricia’s flower beds and then I began a grid search of the back yard.

Just before noon I had covered approximately half of the back yard when I got a good “gold” tone on my metal detector. After pinpointing on the signal I looked beneath the search coil and I could see a little shiny object deep in the grass.  I reached down to pick the object up and it was Patricia’s rings.  When I showed the rings to her she cried, she smiled, and she was speechless.  It was an overflow of emotions in one instance.  Just seeing how happy she was made the hunt for her rings that much more rewarding.

I’m a couple of months late posting this story, but I wanted to share this wonderful event.