I received a text message from Hales Corners resident, Jason Squires, earlier in the week. It was like an S.O.S., only instead of a sinking ship, it was his wife’s (Michelle) beautiful wedding ring that had slipped out of sight below the snow’s surface behind their home. When the couple realized the ring was missing, they knew for certain there was only one place it could have been lost. But that was several days before when the snow was soft and fresh. As if to seal the ring’s fate, nighttime temperatures had been dipping below zero Fahrenheit, creating a thick pavement-like crust. To make matters worse, a well-meaning friend suggested a local squirrel may have taken a shine to the ring, hiding the prize among its other buried treasures. This latter thought was not comforting.
Jason even rented a metal detector and tried valiantly to decipher the cacophony of signals it presented, but his best efforts failed to bring the ring to light. That’s when his boss at work suggested he search the internet for help. Almost immediately he discovered The Ring Finder’s Directory of Metal Detecting Specialists and my profile listed in the State of Wisconsin. That prompted Jason’s S.O.S. message.
I arranged to meet Jason on location after work the next evening. It was getting dark when I arrived. It was also bitterly cold, the kind that can quickly immobilize exposed skin. Jason led the way. Upon arrival, patches of frozen grass and dirt bore tangible evidence of his previous search attempts.
Given the plummeting temperature I got to work immediately, sweeping the area with my XP Deus high-frequency coil. The ground came alive with a jungle of audio signals across the entire conductivity spectrum; metallic debris was everywhere! But finally, underneath some low tree branches, a signal in the range I was waiting for beckoned investigation. I broke up the icy crust with my boot and then kneeling down I carefully shaved away the frozen layers with a knife.
We spotted the ring at the same time laying right where it had fallen days before. Jason was ecstatic! “That took you exactly 19 minutes!” he exclaimed.
Funny thing, the smile on Jason’s face made the cold vanish.
“Thank you so much!!! You came and completed in minutes what I couldn’t do in hours! My wife Michelle and I can’t tell you how grateful we are. You are a true professional and don’t even charge for your service. You gave us back something that meant the world to us. The smile on Michelle’s face said it all. God bless you! We will recommend you to anyone who is in our situation.” Jason Squires – Hales Corners, Wisconsin.