Lost Keys at Malibu Creek State Park...Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)


I received a call from Pat this morning worried because she had lost her keys the day before. I agreed to meet her at the location, which would take me a couple of hours to get to. When I arrived Pat showed me the area, and it was covered with tall grass and weeds grown from recent rain storms. She told me that the bundle of keys was large, so I figured the hunt would be pretty simple. Also she was worried because some of the keys would be very hard to replace. Her car key was also with this bundle, so the likelihood of them being lost in this location was great because she had them when she arrived, but when she got back to her car she could not get in.

I proceeded to hunt in the tall grass, and worked the area slowly and surely. I covered the area completely, and then went out of the box. I then started looking in areas that might not have been a possibility, but still with no luck. It was a warm day here in So. Cal. (about 85 where I was hunting), so I went back to the truck to get a drink of water and regroup. I then went over the first area again with no luck. I knew from what Pat had told me, those keys had to be there, so I had to press on. At this point I decided to switch detectors, and went to a 6 inch coil, and then proceeded to begin the whole search again. I got to the mid way point when I got a confirming signal. I put in my pin pointer, and found Pat’s keys in weeds that really were not too high, but had wide leaves which were able to hide her keys quite well.

Pat had gone off walking her dogs when I found her keys, and was walking back as I was getting back to the car. At this time I raised my hand with her keys dangling, and could see relief appear on her face. It was a pleasure to be able to help Pat today, and to know I was a part of the joy she experienced.

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.

2 Replies to “Lost Keys at Malibu Creek State Park…Found.”

  1. Chris Turner says:

    Great going Steve…Sounds like a tough search but you didn’t give up and you found another Smile!

    1. Steve Smith says:

      Thanks Chris,

      Yes I knew the keys had to be there, so I could not be complacent about the search.

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