Lost Cache in Torrance, CA... Found

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)


I received a call from Kathrine about trying to find a cache she had buried in her cousin’s backyard about 10 years earlier. She had not told me what was inside the cache, except that the box contained things owned by her father, so my metal detecting hormones started to get excited. I started thinking I was going to help this lady find some great jewelry, maybe some gold coins or some silver. I brought along my Garrett AT Pro, and also my ATX in case I had to go deeper.

Kathrine told me the cache was in an ammo container. I started with the AT Pro set in custom pro mode with no discrimination because I know the ammo boxes are steel, and right away got the growling sound of iron. I started to dig, and ended up hitting the concrete footing of the block wall we were near which apparently was reinforced with rebar. I continued my search, and got a target ID of 70, and then 81. I started to think there were maybe a lot of coins in this cache, so I started to dig.

I had to dig around a tree that had grown in the area of the cache in the last ten years, and found the cache under a big root. I got real excited, I had found the treasure, and Kathrine started jumping up and down at the sight of the ammo box under the root, which of course increased my excitement. When I brought the box up out of the ground tears were flowing down her face, and she was excited to get the box open, as was I. As she opened the ammo box and started to bring the treasure out, each item brought tears to her eyes, a pair of her father’s old glasses, his old shave cream brush, a couple of slide viewers with pictures of their old house in them, and her mom’s ID badge from her previous job. Her parents had been gone a while, and Kathrine had wanted to save these items, so they would not be lost, and now wanted to find them, so they would not be forgotten. What I originally thought of when going to find this cache of treasure, was a short sighted view of what treasure really is. When I saw the tears of joy streaming from Kathrine’s eyes, I knew I had found a great treasure.

Kathrine was referred to me by Joe DeMarco of DeMarco Detector Sales.

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.


6 Replies to “Lost Cache in Torrance, CA… Found”

  1. Bob says:

    Awesome Steve!

  2. Guy Fuller says:

    Good lesson and great story. I would react the same way as most would. I had a short chat with Joe last night and this story kind of goes on what I told him. When I first started this I would let it bother me if a client went to some one more available than me to get help, but now I find myself referring clients to someone that can get right on their lost item. Thanks and HH

    1. Steve Smith says:

      Thanks Guy.

      I understand Guy, I was unable to fulfill the requests of 3 calls made to me in the last week because I was in Oregon, but had no problem referring the people back to The Ring Finders directory to find another person associated with The Ring Finders in their area , because I trust that anyone associated with this group of metal detectorists will do all they can do to recover the lost item.

      Best regards.

  3. Chris Turner says:

    Great and exciting discovery!! Way to go Steve. its great to see what people treasure and to be able to help them…Best, Chris

    1. Steve Smith says:

      Thanks Chris, yes this find made me think a little differently about treasure.

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