Norman Slaymaker, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Iowa Hawkeye Lettermen Ring… Found Iowa City, Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I received a call from Jim in early September about his lost Iowa Hawkeye Lettermen’s Ring. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972 and lettered in track and had the ring to prove it until Sept. 2nd.

He and his family went to the Hawkeye football opener in Iowa City on Sept. 2nd. It was a hot sunny Iowa afternoon and Jim applied some sunscreen before the game and isn’t sure but later he thought he might have placed his ring on top of his car while applying the sunscreen and then forgot it.

He realized during the game that his ring was missing and of course they looked for it but couldn’t find it. On the way home his son was sitting in the backseat and heard something rattling around on top of the car. When he looked out the back window he thought he saw something gold hit the pavement and then go in the ditch. So he told Jim to stop he thought it was his ring that fell off the car.

They borrowed a metal detector and searched for 2 hours and didn’t find it. Later that week he found me online and contacted me and we met the next Sat. at the location. We had five of us searching with two metal detectors for over four hours and didn’t find it.

I went back on Sunday the next day for almost 3 hours and didn’t come up with it. For any of you who have attempted to search a road ditch you know how brutal it can be. There is always so much trash and the weeds are high, plus the traffic is distracting.

I had prior commitments and work for the next month of weekends but I finally made it back out there on Oct. 15th. I switched to my 6 inch coil to get through the weeds easier and separate through the trash. After an hour and a half I got a good signal next to a buried pop can and I found it!!

Here is a short video of the recovery

Plus some pictures


Found a Great Wedding Ring Today!

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I was contacted on Oct. 19th about a woman’s lost wedding ring. About a month ago Paula had been pulling weeds around her yard and was throwing them down a steep hill when she realized her wedding ring went flying with the weeds. Her husband rented a detector and then bought a cheaper detector in the hopes of locating the ring. After hours of searching he decided he needed some help. I arrived this morning around 9:00 a.m. and he showed me the location that he already had marked out with orange flags. I made my way back and forth between the flags and I believe it was my third or fourth good signal I found her ring! It came up at 12-12 on the CTX3030.

I was very happy to help this nice couple recover her ring and thanks for the great reward.

Lost Wedding Ring… Found in Mitchellville Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I received an email from Betsy on September 27th saying she had lost her wedding ring in her yard. She told me that her husband had raked the area they thought it was lost in and they had borrowed a metal detector but didn’t find it.

So I was able to make it there today October 1st. After about 15 minutes of searching the area I heard a shallow low signal 12-05 on the CTX3030 and I found her beautiful white gold wedding ring!

I was very happy to help this nice young couple find this important ring. Thank you for the nice reward and good luck to all the ringfinders out there.


Lost Wedding Ring… Found At a Winery

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I received a call from Judy who was very upset about losing her wedding ring. She had been traveling from Minneapolis down to a wedding at a winery near Dubuque Iowa. She wasn’t sure where or how it was lost but it wasn’t in her car. They had made several stops along the way. She did send me a picture of where they were parked at the winery on a gravel lot. So I went on Friday to search for it.

After eliminating one area she stopped at I went on to the winery. Using the picture she sent me I started a grid search of the area. On the third pass I caught a glint of something shiny on the ground, going over it with the detector It sounded off. Yes it was her ring!

I was very happy to make that call to her and she was over the moon to receive it. Thanks Judy for the very nice reward.









Lost Wedding Ring… Found in Lone Tree Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I was contacted by the husband of a lady who lost her ring after mowing her yard. She was dumping the grass clippings from here bagger and got caught in the rain. He said she was shaking her hands trying to get the grass and water off and her ring came off too.

He said a friend of his had some cheap metal detectors and they were going to search for it but wondered if I would be available if they didn’t find it. I said yes I was on vacation all week after the 4th of July. So I got the call that they didn’t find it. I went yesterday on the 6th and was able to find it.

Here is what his wife wrote me along with her picture for the book of smiles.

Hi Norm, This is Molly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for finding my ring. You have no idea how much relief it brought me. I am beyond thrilled and very impressed I have to say after searching that area many times on our hands and knees, as well as going over it with 2 metal detectors. I had little faith that you would find anything.  You have a gift, and we hope you are blessed ten fold.

Thanks Molly and Joe for trusting me to find your ring and the nice reward.

Lost Wedding Band… Found Near Oskaloosa Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

Wow it’s been awhile, I had to relearn how to do the post and the pictures.

I received a call Sunday June 25th from a very nice guy named Mark. He had lost his wedding band in a private pond near his house. He was trying to clean weeds off his swimming area and in the process lost his gold wedding band at the bottom of the pond. He told me he was pretty sure where the ring came off. So we made a plan to meet today after lunch. When I arrived I met Mark and his wife. I then got my equipment together and he led me down to the area to search. He pointed out the place in the water where he thought the ring came off. I searched out to chest deep water and asked him if I was close. He said your a little deep and it’s on your left. So I turned toward my left took a few steps toward shore and got a good signal. One signal and one scoop and I had his ring! That almost never happens to me!

Thanks Mark for trusting me to find your ring and the nice reward.

Lost Wedding Band… Found Near Independence Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I found a mans white gold wedding band Monday for a nice young couple. He was messing with some leaky paint cans and didn’t want to get paint on his ring so he gave it to his wife to hold for him. There was an outside water faucet beside the barn so she decided to wash any paint that got on the ring off and wash her hands and get a drink. She thought she put the ring on her ring finger next to her wedding ring and then shook her hands to try and get them dry. Well the ring came off. They searched on hands and knees, bought a cheap detector, no luck. I arrived and gridded the area beside the faucet and didn’t come up with it. So I expanded my search, still nothing. I had her do a couple of reenactments with a ring I brought with me and the ring never went very far. So I put on my six inch coil and went back through the area in a tight grid, still not there. I was beginning to think I would have to come back and do the entire yard. We were standing there discussing it when something on the ground caught my eye. I looked away and then my brain said look back there. I walked over and there it was laying in the gravel. gravel-ring   How it got there is a mystery because it was on the right hand side of the faucet. Just glad we had a happy ending. wedding band 2wedding band

Lost Wedding Band…Found At Boone, Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

A guy named Guy sent me an email last month about his lost wedding band. He was participating in a mud run on ski hills and lost his ring. Lucky for him he had a GoPro camera on that day because he was able to determine on what hill the ring slipped off.

At the top of a hill called Abby’s Alley (coincidently his wife’s name is Abby) he had his ring on, when he got to the bottom and got a glass of water he noticed it was gone. Today he had his children along and we all went about halfway up the hill. He said he thought when he lost it he was sliding down the hill in mud and using his hands to slow himself down.

So I started my search in the middle of the path, my first hit was a penny type signal, my second hit was his ring! I looked down and could see an edge of it in the dirt. Man I like those quick hunts. He couldn’t believe I found it so fast and was very happy to have his ring back.

Best of luck to all the ringfinders,

Norm Slaymaker

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Lost Engagement Ring Iowa City, Iowa… Found!

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I found an engagement ring today for a lady named Susan who gave me a call yesterday. She was at her son’s baseball game on Wednesday evening and was helping the team warm up before the game. She had a baseball glove on and when she took it off and tossed it to her son she thinks her rings went with it but she wasn’t sure.

Here husband Sam and her rented a detector the next day and found the wedding band where she had tossed the glove but no engagement ring. She searched again on Friday but still no luck.Susan and Sam

So she gave me a call and I met them this morning at the ball field. I started out by thoroughly going over the area where the wedding band was found and came up empty. Sam told me they had walked behind some bleachers and stood for awhile beside a building watching the game. So I followed their path and behind the bleachers I got a shallow 12-20 signal on the CTX. Looking down I saw a glint of gold through the grass and knew it was going to be a good day!Susan's ringsThey were very happy and relieved to have her ring back where it belongs.

Good luck to all the ringfinders out there.

Lost Wedding Ring… Found Des Moines, Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

Austins ring AustinI found a white gold wedding band today for a young fella named Austin. He lost it while mowing roadside ditches this summer. When he parked the tractor he noticed his wedding ring was gone.

At one point during the day he had stopped to clean the mower out and figured he lost it there. His dad had an older metal detector so he went over the area with it and said he found lots of junk but not the ring.

So I had the day off from work for Veterans Day and we decided to meet up and see if we could come up with it even though it was brutally cold out with the wind blowing out of the north. When I started the search I found out why he had trouble at this site. It was at a crossroads in the country and it seemed that everyone who stopped at the stop sign threw some kind of junk metal into the ditch. I had many good gold signals that turned into pulltabs, pop tops, foil, bits of cans and other assorted junk.

Luckily some of the dead grass he had pulled from the mower was still laying there in clumps so it marked where he had cleaned out the mower. In one of those clumps I got another good gold signal, a 12-16 on the CTX3030 at two inches. There under the dead grass was his ring!

Glad I could help him out and he was very happy to have his ring back.