I received a call from Caleb Dick on May 11, 2020 to see if I could come out to search his backyard for his wife’s lost antique wedding ring. Caleb explained that his wife Ashten lost it about 3 weeks ago, he didn’t know who to turn to, so he rented a detector and tried for hours to find the ring. He said not knowing how to use it, what to listen for, he knew there had to be a better and easier way to find the ring. So he searched the Internet and stumbled on the ring finders website and called. I was at the fire station and asked if the afternoon of May 12th would be ok to come out and search. He said that would be ok and I got the address and explained the services I provide. He pointed out the importance of Ashten’s wedding ring how it was passed down to her from her late grandmother. They were very close and Caleb said that Ashten had been worried about the ring since she lost it throwing a toy to the family dog off the deck into the backyard.
The backyard is steep and treacherous with unstable footing; the hill is between 30 to 40 degrees on a down hill angle. Very difficult to detect and I had to come up with a game plan. During the search I had to move some bushes and tall weeds along with a few briar bushes. The ground was just as described, steep; a lot of weeds and of course some Poison Ivey. After searching with my AT Pro for almost an hour and a half and finding nothing but iron signals (nails) and aluminum, I decided it was time for a change. I changed my coil from the NEL coil to the smaller Sniper Coil for the At Pro. After a water break and changing of the coils I was back at it. Within about 5 minutes I was able to find the ring after swinging over an area that had so many signals earlier it would drive you crazy. There it was covered in dirt but still had a bright shine to it in the fading sun light. I picked up the ring and gathered my detector and pin pointer and headed up to see Ashten. I knocked on the door, when she opened the door I held up the ring and Ashten had the biggest smile on her face and was very happy. It is always a great feeling to be able to return a lost ring to someone and to see the big smiles and learning what it means to the people who lost it.