I’m so elated about this recovery!
It was a Friday evening when i got the call from George. He had found The Ring Finders service online after a friend mentioned it to him. George needed to locate a lost gold bullion cache and was told that The Ring Finders is the place to find a recovery specialist to relocate it.
It had been some years since his cache was buried. George was doing some earth moving with heavy equipment. After widening and flattening a small trail next to his house he realized he had unearthed and misplaced his buried cache. After moving and spreading the dirt down a hill he had no idea where the cache had ended up. Before contacting me to do a search they had tried to extensively search the location with rakes and a homemade metal detector themselves. With no success. The following day, after i was contacted, I met up with George at the search location on his property. We agreed on my reward if the cache was found and i started my search. I was about 3 hours into the search and digging nothing but nails, larger pieces of iron and fencing wire. I was starting to think the excess of junk close to the surface was masking any good deeper signals. So i kept digging all the trash signals i came across hoping to clean up the search area (to better pinpoint wear the gold cache might be located). After another hour of digging with no success, i took a lunch break with George. He was kind enough to offer me a homegrown organic lunch form his garden! We spoke for a while about different topics and after lunch he was starting to think i wouldn’t find the cache and was preparing himself mentally for that. I told him I would not be giving up yet and that i intended to locate it. So back to dirt fishing i went! I rescanned the whole area i had combed through before with no real banging signals that a gold cache would be giving off. I was starting to get a little discouraged after a whole day of searching when, i decided to re-scan the exact location the cache was originally buried. I moved up the hill past that location a few feet thinking the heavy machinery could have pushed the cache backwards while backing up from the slope. The first signal i got in that area was clear enough to dig. I put my digger into the ground and instantly heard broken glass. I continued digging, broken glass and pieces of plastic were coming out of the hole and surrounding area. It always happens when you least expect it to! I started to get real excited because the description of the cache was of a glass mason jar inside a plastic planting pot! I dug about 8 inches down and there it was! All smashed up and spread out, four one ounce gold maple leaf’s and two one ounce gold bars!! I did it! My first gold cache recovery. It’s hard to describe the feeling of recovering something like this but it was awesome! Next, I surprised George with it. I walked into his house and dropped it on the table. He could hardly believe it and was short for words! He had just about given up on ever having it in his possession again, but there it was! I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to help someone recover what is precious to them.
This was my reward.
One ounce gold maple leaf ! Awesome…
I received an e-mail from Kayla, through The Ring Finders website. She stated that she was swimming in about five feet of water in a pond in Stonyford CA. When she got in past her shoulders she tried to turn around to avoid going in over her head. That’s when the ring slipped off!
So the search was on! I agreed to meet Kayla on site as soon as possible. After giving me the general location I began my search. It started off slow. I was getting serious electrical interference from a well pump and conduit that was about 25 feet away from the search area. Also at the bottom of the pond was a lot of decomposing vegetation. Witch made it difficult to get my scoop into to recover targets.
After about an hour of adjusting frequency and changing coils i was able to get the interference to a minimum. I searched the area for about another three to four hours and recovered only a handful of targets. A few pull tabs, foil, and some baling wire.
I took a short break, and that’s when Kayla’s fiancé said he thought it might be more to the left of the area Kayla first directed me to. So I jumped back in! My first signal was a solid 61 62 on my garret at pro. I thought it was gonna be another pull tab. But when I pulled my scoop out, there it was! A beautiful diamond and white gold engagement ring!
I immediately got back to shore and surprised Kayla! She was very very happy and in shock that it was back in her hands.
I was happy to recover this Ring for Kayla and will never get tired of searching and finding items thought lost forever!
I recently received a call from Garnet and her husband Erin. They heard of my service from a friend who saw The Ring Finders rack card I set up on a bulletin board in Shelter Cove. The couple had lost two rings; a diamond engagement ring and a diamond wedding ring. The couple explained that they regretfully lost the rings during an argument (they were thrown towards a truck in the driveway). Days later, using their own metal detector, they found the smaller half of the interlocking wedding ring poking out of the dirt in their driveway. They kept trying to find the other rings but to no avail. Then during the search, an heirloom yellow gold and garnet ring was lost when it fell off her finger. A double ring search! The following week, I arrived to their driveway in Redway, California. They told me the details of where they found the wedding ring and that they had heard at least one if not both rings hit the side of the truck and bounce. Behind the truck and the long driveway, was a large patch of thick ivy and trees. I started a grid search where the rings were thrown from. I searched for about four hours. I finally got a solid ring signal (51-53 on my Garrett AT Gold metal detector)! There it was, the lost garnet ring under the leaf litter. Shortly after, Garnet pulled up again in her car and I presented the ring to her. She was happy! It was good start, but we had more work to do.
I continued my search of the area and into the ivy for about another three hours with no luck. Finally, we agreed that I would continue the search in the morning. The following day I continued the search into the ivy and other parts of the rocky gravel driveway. I searched for about four more hours before calling it a day. I explained to Garnet and her husband I had searched the area well and was sorry but I could not recover their other missing ring. They were still happy I found one of the rings and kind enough to still give me reward but, still wanted me back the following week for another search. I agreed! The following week I expanded my search area further. About 45 minutes later I got a strong ring signal on the edge of the driveway in between the ivy and eroding pavement. I bent down with my pin pointer and the signal was under a flat oval rock that had recently been driven over. I flipped the rock over and checked the hole, it was deeper so i grabbed my spade and stuck it in the spot to turn the dirt up and out it popped! A beautiful diamond ring! This was great recovery. Thank you to Garnet and Erin for having me back again. Looks like third time was a charm. Also, thank you for the reward!
I received a call from Alex on Monday afternoon stating that him and his wife were visiting the Mendocino Headlands that previous Saturday, in the historic town of Mendocino. He informed me that his wife had lost her 14k white gold Dimond pendent with necklace somewhere on their short hike. They parked on the west side of Main Street and walked the path down to the rocky tide pools. They suspected that it could have fell off in the tall grass next to wear the parked, and that they spent most of their time by the tide pools.
So I started my search in the semi tall grass along the shoulder of wear they parked and started there hike. I detected that area for about an hour with no results. I decided to slowly walk the path they took down to the rocks. Once at the rocky tide pools I decided to visually scan the area and tied pools knowing I would most likely spot the necklace if it was in that area.
About half an hour later i spotted it !! It was laying at the base of a rock in one of the higher tide pools. I was very happy to have recovered this item for Alex and his wife. My first call out with The Ring Finders was a success !! Alex and his wife were very happy and could hardly believe the great news!