I don’t check Craigslist very often, except when I’m trying to locate an owner of a ring. The other day I saw a Craigslist lost and found post that gave too much information about where the ring was lost. I called Ryan to ask if it had been found? It had been lost on a Thursday on the dry sand in Laguna Beach,CA. This being the beginning of summer with many new people searching the beaches with metal detectors I thought that the ring probably had been found.
I volunteered to go give the area a quick grid search. It’s a short beach with only about 30 ft of dry sand from the beach homes to the wet sand. Ryan had put his white gold wedding band in the cupholder of his beach chair. He forgot it was in the cupholder when leaving then walked less that 200ft to leave the beach.
When I got to the beach I found a gold colored ring within the first few minutes which turned out to not to be Ryan’s ring. Later I searched the whole area of dry sand with no success. That night I started to think about one small spot that people were lying on the sand and the possibility that the ring could of fallen out of the cup holder on the walk to the car in the wet sand.
I returned he next morning at a lower tide and found Ryan’s ring in the area where people had been sitting the first day. It was difficult to stay positive when I knew it had been over four days in such a heavily hunted beach.
I sent Ryan a picture of the ring and he immediately text me a reply.,” That’s it! I can’t believe you found it, I thought it was gone forever”
Ryan and his wife were out of town for a few days, actually planning to purchase a replacement ring. I returned his ring a few days later. Sometimes it’s easy to give up on a search if you think about all the negative possibilities of where the ring could have been lost. I just concentrate on eliminating the hiding places that a metal detector can be used find it.