I received a phone call requesting help on finding a ring that had been lost along the highway in Yakima County. This was a wedding ring of white gold and diamonds. The couple had already searched the area looking for the ring for three hours and had not been able to find the ring. The ground they were searching was covered in tall weeds and a brush.
I arranged to meet them the next day in the early morning hoping to cut down on the HWY traffic noise. We met at 8am and drove to the location where they had pulled over once they noticed the ring had fallen out of the car. As with most searches the initial location was not where we found the ring. The going was tough for the search as the coil of the metal detector had to push through the weeds and brush along with countless signals in the target numbers that were trash and very loud traffic noise. Most ring searches like this rely on hearing the signals.
The target search area was adjusted a few times by the couple and no luck. Finally the wife asked I look in an area she thought the ring may be in, and after searching for about ten minutes I was able to locate the ring. I was surprised that the ring was already half into the loose ground and duff. It was also sitting on its edge, not flat like I would have thought. The ring was at least 20 feet off the roadway. The signal on the detector was not great, but it was in the right range with a decent tone response. I had to look close to see just the top of the ring with the diamonds.
Needless to say we were all very happy to find the ring and I was given a very nice reward for my efforts. Along with a couple of hugs, hand shakes and lots of smiles. It is hard to explain the awesome feeling of finding someones lost wedding ring when the odds of finding it are so very remote.
It was a great hunt and this wedding ring, now 9 years old will continue on.