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Missing Wedding Band at Egg Harbor, Wisconsin—FOUND!





July 4th weekend was supposed to be a family holiday, a fun time.  But for Phil & Becky Saubetin of Madison, Wisconsin, the day ended on a sad note.  Missing, was Phil’s wedding band.  It went astray at Egg Harbor Beach on the Door County peninsula.

Becky wrote, “No matter how much I tried to tell myself that it was just a token of our marriage…a thing…it’s not.”  She remembered the gold-band’s inscription, “FOR MY PRINCE CHARMING LOVE B.”  Adding to the frustration was the fact that they had glimpsed the ring momentarily in the water.  But as they tried to reach it, the currents of Lake Michigan pushed it out of sight into the sandy silt. Despite their best search efforts and those of strangers who came to their rescue, including one with SCUBA gear, the ring seemed destined to be lost forever, as if swallowed by a sinister monster.

A search on the internet raised the Saubetin’s hopes when they discovered and Metal Detecting Specialist, Paul Humphreys. He lived 3 ½ hours away in Waukesha, WI. Would he even consider helping them?  Yes, he would.  But on the day he and his wife, Kathleen met with Phil and Becky on location at Egg Harbor, the waves were unusually high, whipping the lake’s bottom into a swirl.  The water quickly washed over Paul’s equipment and despite protective measures, the moisture silenced his machine. But Paul was more determined than ever.  He promised to continue the hunt another day armed with underwater equipment.  And he did  just that, returning in the wee small hours of August 4th, exactly one month later.

After nearly two hours, a “loud and proud” bark from his Minelab Excalibur detector was like a trumpet blast announcing an important event.  As sand filtered out from Paul’s stainless-steel scoop, early morning rays reflected off a gold wedding band.  Was it Phil’s?  This question was answered immediately when Paul caught sight of one of the words inscribed inside the band, “CHARMING.”

That night, Phil received an email from Paul.  Its subject line read, “Prince Charming Rides Again!”  And the photos attached bore tangible evidence of what Phil and Becky thought was lost forever.

Early this morning the Saubetin’s arrived at our home to collect their precious token. Phil placed it on his finger amidst family smiles that made the whole room sparkle.  Then their youngest daughter put her arms around her Daddy’s neck, squeezed tightly and asked, “Do you feel married again, Daddy?”  His answer; a mile-wide grin!

8 Responses to “Missing Wedding Band at Egg Harbor, Wisconsin—FOUND!”

  1. Scott says:

    This is lump-in-the-throat stuff! Way to go! I can’t wait to go out with you again in the pursuit of more happily ever afters. 🙂

  2. Mike McInroe says:

    Way to go Paul!!! Another awesome search and recovery and it sounds like you are feeling somewhat better these days. Keep up the good work my friend!!

    Mike McInroe

  3. Chris Turner says:

    Way to Go Paul…So happy you are doing what you love to do and that you are feeling better!

  4. Linda says:

    Yay! I agree with Scott about the lump in the throat! What a great story. I’m so glad you have found a way to use your favorite hobby to help others! Love ya!

  5. Becky Sautebin says:

    Paul, Thanks again! Words can not express our gratefulness and excitement to have Phil’s ring back on his finger!!

  6. Dan Hurley says:

    WTG Paul! A+ search and found.

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