Rob Ellis, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Ring Lake Recovered SCUBA Diving: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

Ring Lost in Pennsylvania Lake Recovered SCUBA Diving

Lost July 15th, 2019; Sara and Alberto called to ask if I could find a lost ring. Sara was swimming with her daughter in their community lake. The daughter reached for Sara and accidently pulled the ring off Sara’s finger in about 10 feet of water. As the photo shows, the ring is intertwined bands. One of the bands is covered with diamonds. Sara’s ring matches Alberto’s ring, and the set has great sentimental value for the couple. They live outside my normal area, about 5 hours away. I offered to search, telling them my fee would include reimbursement for travel and overnight accommodations.

Sara and Alberto were hesitant so we discussed researching potential local options. I also suggested they call RingFinder SCUBA divers who were closer. Following my advice, Sara and Alberto found a local diver with a metal detector from a nearby dive shop. The diver agreed to search the area, removing submerged wooden boards from the bottom. Though he used a metal detector, he was not able to find the ring.

Next, they tried a SCUBA certified RingFinder team from another state. Unfortunately, they seemed uncomfortable with the conditions, unfamiliar with normal search patterns, and were also unable to locate the ring. Sara called again asking me to take the job.

July 30th, 2019 My Divemaster (Mrs.E), and I drove up and stayed in Wilkes-Barre. The next morning I searched for two hours. I had not anticipated how cold the water in the spring fed lake would be. Just below the surface the water temperature was in the mid-50s. The bottom had a layer of fine silt which, once disturbed, quickly decreased visibility (which was poor to begin with). I found numerous small bits of aluminum cans and bits of other trash. After 30 minutes, my perception narrowed and my efficiency decreased due to the cold. I didn’t find the ring.  But, now that I was familiar with the conditions I knew I could adjust for the cold and improve my search pattern. I asked Alberto if I could return and conduct another search for no fee and he said agreed.

August 12th, 2019 Mrs.E and I made the trip again.  This time I used a thicker dive suit (7mil). Because the weather had turned colder and the water was colder, visibility was better and I could recover  targets more effectively. One of the finds was a set of lifeguard keys used to open the gate to the lake and facility. I used a PVC grid I’d constructed but surfaced after an hour with no luck. My wife and I discussed our interpretations of the potential location of the ring, and she suggested searching closer to the dock. Within 30 minutes I heard a clear target. I gently waved my hand to move the silt and uncovered another piece of aluminum. Sitting next to it was Sara’s ring!

Getting to the Lake

Beautiful Site

Gear Staged

Easier to Get Dressed in the Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Descending

Some Typical Trash

 

Saved From the Lake

Smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring Lost in Lake Recovered Metal Detecting Richmond Virginia

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

June 30th, 2019 In Chesterfield (near Richmond) Virginia, Dustin was playing on a boogie board in the lake behind his home. He felt his ring slip off and quickly mentally marked his location and where it dropped. The ring is a family heirloom, which made the loss even more heart rending. After buying a detector and not being able to find it himself, he called me.

The water depth was about 4 feet deep, and the mud was almost a foot deep. Dustin had searched the area so the bottom was disturbed. There was a chance the ring had been inadvertently pushed into the mud, so I needed to be able to locate deeper targets. I started with my ATMax and a standard coil, but the signals were erratic. I switched to my Excalibur underwater detector and started to locate and remove the usual trash targets like fishing lures and pieces of aluminum. When I didn’t find it after an hour, I re-interviewed Dustin and visualized how a strong young man like Dustin would have been pushing his board. Using that information, I went a little deeper into the water and hit on a clear target. The depth and mud made it difficult to extract. Another successful recovery of a family treasure!

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

Lovely View

Starting to Search

Working

Saved from the Lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin Smile

 

Dustin’s Beautiful Classic Ring

Platinum Ring Lost in the Snow Recovered Fairfax Virginia

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

On January 15th, 2019 Chris lost his ring while cleaning snow off his car. He and his wife searched the area until dark. They called me and I got there as soon as possible the next day. In the afternoon traffic, it took me over an hour of travel! Now that I’m retired, I can drive there during the day in less than 30 minutes. After Chris’ wife showed me exactly where he was standing and what he was doing, I started the search. I placed my coil where I thought the ring might have landed, and heard a clean target on the second sweep. It was one of the quickest recoveries I have ever experienced!

Smile photograph withheld by request.

To recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

 

 

Academy Ring Recovered SCUBA Diving

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

October 31st, 2018

I had a call out to Montrose Virginia to recover an academy ring. The owner saw the ring hit the water and put me very close to the target in about 8 feet of water. I’m so happy to have been able to help a true patriot!

Personal photos witheld by request.

To recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

 

 

 

 

 

Clean-up of Replacement Roof Trash From Yard

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

8/13/18 My neighbors Bob and Karen had their roof replaced, and I offered to clean their yard. I especially wanted to protect their dog, Dillon, who had already gotten into veterinary trouble eating a coin. Compared to other yard clean-ups I’ve done in the past, this one was quite clean. However, I did find one of the square cap roofing nails (foreground of picture) sitting straight up sitting on a tree root. I’m glad I could remove it before someone stepped on it.

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435.

Ring Lost Off Dock Recovered SCUBA Diving, Goose Bay Marina, Maryland

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

A wonderful gentleman in law enforcement told me he lost his ring off a boat dock. After an hour and a half drive, my Dive Master (Mrs. Rob) and I arrived at the marina. Like most dock recoveries, the client had a good idea of where he had lost his ring. There was zero visibility and thick mud in about 6 feet of water. Luckily there was very tittle trash. It must have looked easy to the cheering crowd on the dock, as I found the ring in less than 10 minutes!

Photos witheld by request.

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

Lost Wedding Band Found in the leaves

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

November 26th, 2017 I got a call from Ciaran.  He asked if I could search for his ring in deep leaves. He had a good idea of where he lost it in a field at the beautiful Morven Park International Equestrian Center. I was unable to search until several days later. Due to rush hour traffic, the 40 mile trip took 2 hours. Got to respect Northern Virginia traffic! Once I arrived, I located the ring in about 15 minutes.  It was under several inches of lovely fall leaves. Then 2 hours of driving in rush hour traffic to return home but, this time with a smile on my face after reuniting another ring with its owner:)

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found! Small gold hoop earring

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

November 25th, 2018 I got a call from Laura. Her daughter Kelly had lost a small gold hoop earring of great sentimental value. They thought it might have been lost two days earlier while raking leaves in the backyard. I explained how difficult it was to find micro-jewelry, but they still asked me to look.

I calibrated my ATMax with the 4 inch sniper coil using Kelly’s other earring and searched the yard. I then went over the bags of leaves. I did my best, but could not find it. I put my gear in the car. As I was walking up to the front door, I saw a glint of gold on the mulch. There it was, inches away from the front step!

If I can be of service, the fastest way to get me is to text or call 703-598-1435.

Gold Wire Earring

Found: Diamond Ring

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

On the night of October 19th, 2018, Noelle was walking her dog in an open area near her parent’s home. The dog decided to run and she was pulled off balance. Later, Noelle realized her beautiful diamond ring was missing. Not knowing where she lost the ring, she carefully searched her parent’s house and retraced her steps. When she couldn’t find the ring, she called me.

Noelle did a great job showing me where and how she walked the dog that night. Because it was dark, she could not pin-point exactly where she was when the dog pulled her off her feet. The field is directly under power lines, which can sometimes interfere with metal detectors. After making the proper adjustments to my detector, I searched the area for a couple of hours. I then traced Noelle’s steps back to her parent’s house. I also went through her car. I was not ready to give up. After a business trip, I planned to return with another detectorist and expand my search area,

I happened to be passing through the neighborhood on the way home from another search (gold hoop earring) when I decided to stop and do a quick search. This time I entered the field from the opposite direction. It was getting difficult to see in the dark. While I was walking back to the car I found the ring. It was further away from where Noelle thought she had fallen. There had been enough foot traffic in the area to push the ring into the clay-like soil. Because it was so late, I returned home and called Noelle with the good news. I met with her a few days later to return the ring.

If I can be of service, the fastest way to get me is to text or call 703-598-1435.

Hand shovel marking the spot

 

 

Grass and dirt scraped away

 

Saved!

 

Beautiful!

 

Reunited!!

 

 

 

Lost Diamond Stud Earring Found in Yard

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

 

 

 

On September 28th, 2018 Dee was in the backyard with her grandchildren when they were attacked by wasps. As she was escaping, Dee accidently knocked off her diamond stud earring. She contacted the other local Ringfinder, and Earl was able to search right away. Incredibly, Earl found the back of the earring! He knew I would be searching and left a marker showing where he found the back. Thank you Earl!

Using Dee’s other earring, I calibrated my detector’s digital read-out and began where Earl found the earring back. I looked carefully through the yard. In every lawn, there are many bits of small metal trash, and this was no exception. After several hours and many false hits, I was forced to stop looking. I regretted telling Dee I couldn’t find the earring, showed her where I searched, and pile of small metal I collected from the lawn.  I also asked her if I could stop by and search again in the future. Even though she was disappointed, Dee thanked me for searching, and even gave me a bonus above my call out fee.

August 31st, 2019 UPDATE: FOUND! Dee didn’t realize it, but her case started me on a mission to find a metal detector that is more sensitive to small diamond stud earrings.  Almost a year later I called Dee to ask if I could search again. This time I was armed with a new specialized detector. Luckily, my son was in town and offered to help. After a couple of hours of very, very small metal targets, he suggested an area to try based on the direction Dee was running. On the third target, he caught a glimpse of sparkle and pulled the earring out of the dirt!

If I can be of service, the fastest way to get me is to text or call 703-598-1435.

 

Look carefully…

 

It’s right there…

Dee is Suprised and Elated!

Diamon Earring Found!

Dee’s Husband When Showed the Found Earring