I was contacted March 8 2019 by Karen. She came in from out of town on family business and had the unfortunate event of losing her college ring and her late fathers wedding ring wile in town helping her brother. I asked her a few questions about the rings and she gave me a generalized area of where they might have fallen off. I was able to make it out there on March 10, spoke with Karen and her brother Tom. She showed me the places where the rings could have fallen off while she was working in the yard. The area was from covered leaves and vines to waist high bushes in many different spots. Also she showed me the areas in and around a few flower beds where they could have fallen off, so I thanked her for the information and began my hunt for the rings. After about 3 hours I had searched all the areas with no luck of finding the rings. I spoke with Karen again and she wasn’t sure if the rings even made the trip, but something in her head told her that she had them on while working outside in the yard. She thanked me and I was on my way. She was leaving to go back home to the Washington D.C. area the next morning.
I received a text from Karen on the evening of March 17 that her bother happen upon her college ring in part of the yard that I didn’t search because she wasn’t sure about that area. She asked if I could come back by and research the area where her bother found her college ring, she said that her brother marked the area around where he found the ring. I was able to make it out to the location and search for the ring again on March 19 and met with her brother. Tom showed me the area where the college ring was found. I retrieved my detectors and began to search, within about 3 minutes I was able to located her late father’s ring about 3 feet from where her college ring was recovered by her brother. I went to the door after recovering the ring to ask Tom if this was the ring that Karen had lost. Tom
had the biggest smile on his face and said “Yes”. Gave me a firm hand shake and said “You just made Karen’s day.” It is always a great feeling to be able to return a lost ring and see the big smiles and what it means to the people who lost it.
I received a call from Taylor Schach over the weekend while at the beach for spring break. Spoke with him for about 15 minutes about his wedding band that he lost while doing some yard work to fix the excavations from a few chipmunks. He explained he was working in the yard and believed that he knew the area where he lost it. He stated that he went and rented a metal detector and tried to find it himself. After a bit of searching and no help from the people who he rented the detector from as how to operate it, he only managed to come up with a few clad coins in the yard. He searched the internet and came upon the ring finders site and saw I was in the area and called. I explained that I would be returning home on Sunday and maybe we can meet late Sunday or Monday after I got off work. We settled for Monday because I would be turning late Sunday from the beach.
I made it over to Taylor’s residence and he showed me the areas where he was working and filling in the chipmunks holes and tunnels. He also said that it could have come off in the driveway while playing basketball also and believed that if it did it would be located in the bushes next to the driveway. After planning out how I wanted to do my search, I pulled out the pinpointer and started to check each hole that he filled up with dirt, there was about a total of 10 or so holes that need to be checked. After about 5 minutes I started to get a signal with my pinpointer in a hole that had a tunnel in it that went off at an angle that he had filled in. After scooping it out twice I started to get a signal, after scooping out another five or six times the signal was not in the hole anymore. I turned my pinpointer to the area I was piling up the dirt and there was the signal again. Moving the dirt with the edge of the pinpointer the gold wedding band shined in the sunlight. Taylor was surprised that I found it that fast. He was very happy that I was able to recover his wedding band for him. It was down about 8 inches, down in the chipmunk tunnel. It never gets old to see the expressions on their faces when you tell them you found it and you are able to return their lost possessions to the them.
I was contacted by Dorian Barrett about her husband Tarrence losing his Tungsten wedding band while working out in the yard. Mrs. Barrett called and advised that her husband had lost his wedding band while working out in the yard this past weekend. She said that they searched the area and could not find it, she knew the area about were it could be. After searching various outlets she came across the web site.
When she called, I was at the fire station but we decided on when the best time when her and her husband could be there. This morning one 3/7/2018 I met her husband Tarrence at there residence and he began telling me about the morning that he lost it. He showed me the area when he felt it come off, he believed that it went into a flower bed that was covered in leave and small branches. After getting a visual of the area I came up with a plan to start in the yard were he felt it fly off his finger and work toward the flower bed. A quick search of the grassy area produced only deep tones several inches deep but those targets were to deep to be the ring . After about 10 minutes of searching the flower bed with my small hand held pinpointer I found the Tungsten band sitting on edge under about 3 inches of leaves beside the stalk of a flowing bush.
Both Dorian and Tarrence were happy that I was able to recover the ring for them. It is always a good feeling to return something lost and seeing the look on their face when you hand it over to them. It was a good morning.