When Mike Ruelf set his 22k gold wedding band down on his dock on Wednesday night, the story begins. After hearing a plop, he realized his band was now at the bottom of the lake. What to do…..what to do. Surely his wife of eight months would understand……right??? He could call the jeweler and get another ring…….plead ignorance. At least his wife was up in Virginia and not in the house. A quick internet search for metal detectors for rental was commenced, but somehow the world wide web led Mike to the ring Finders web site. Suncoast Resaerch and Recovery Club president Tom Jones took the call and immediately contacted Mark Prue in North Tampa. Mark only lives about three miles from Mike and arranged to meet him Thursday afternoon. After introductions, Mark donned his water gear and slogged his way beneath the dock. Hampered by 8 to 10 inches of muck and weeds, up came a nail…another nail….a quarter…..a fourth nail…and finally…..BINGO!! Mike let off an unrestrained “YYYEEEESSSSS” and high fives were shared all around. Mike’s final words before Mark departed after a large helping of “thank-yous” was “I can’t believe there are people who actually do this!” At least the story has a happy ending and Mike avoids the doghouse!
Gary spent the day planting new plants and doing yard maintenance. At the end of the day he discovered his ring was missing. Stacy, Gary’s wife, contacted our club and Howard Metts was dispatched to attempt a recovery. Stacy met Howard and after 1 1/2 hrs of hunting Gary came home and Howard re-hunted areas he showed him as possible locations for ring. After 2 1/2 hrs of searching and finding only some coins, Howard asked Gary (the husband) to retrace his steps as Howard knew from his wife he was in the garage. First step was to get a hand trowel out of his tool box. He opened the drawer to the toolbox and there sat the ring. I was glad he found it as there was no way I could have missed it when detecting. What a good ending to a difficult hunt.
John was out feeding the ducks in the pond behind his apartment, as he did every day. On one of his tosses he felt his ring fly off his finger and heard it splash in the water. The ring was his fathers whom he had lost about 10 years ago. It was a beautiful gold ring with 5 diamonds it meant a great deal to John because his father had worn it for many years. He returned to his apartment and told his mother and wife that he had lost his father’s ring. Everyone was devastated, but Jeanne went to work on her computer searching for a solution. She soon found our Ringfinders site and contacted Tom. The location is close to where Mark Prue lives, so Tom dispatched Mark to the rescue. Mark spent some time on Sunday and believed he had located the ring, but he could not get down through the weeds and muck to retrieve it. He contacted Mike Miller that afternoon and they agreed to meet at the location to try again. Mark guided Mike to the location he thought the ring was and after fighting the weeds and muck for about 15 minutes, Mike got the target. After returning to shore and dumping the scoop of mud Mike reached down felt through the mud and sure enough it was the ring.Needless to say John and his family were overjoyed.
Trish was out walking her dog on a crisp February evening and stopped to brush out her dogs hair. As she was brushing she felt her diamond wedding ring fall off. She concentrated a search in the area where she knew it had dropped but the area was covered in thick monkey grass and she could not find it. She found us at the Ringfinders site and Mark Prue from our crew was dispatched and after a through search found the ring. The ring had been passed down through her family and held a lot of sentimental value. Trish was thrilled to have the ring recovered and Mark was happy to see the smile on her face when he returned it to her.
Patti and her boyfriend Mark had come to Florida from New Jersey to attend a wedding in Orlando. They came to Clearwater to visit with family and had spent the morning sailing. After sailing they came to the Palm Pavilion for lunch and were just walking out toward the water when Patti realized it was a little warm to be wearing a scarf around her neck. She reached up to her neck to pull the scarf loose and felt her necklace break. She recovered her chain, but her diamond pendant was gone. Patti and her family searched in vain for about an hour and then a restaurant patron suggested she contact us through The Ringfinders web site. We sent someone right away and the search began. After several return trips we finally found it. As you can see she was one happy lady. Mark was pretty happy also. He had just given her the pendant in March and it was a one of a kind that he would not be able to replace.
Brandon and his wife were launching a kayak off of his parent’s dock when all of a sudden his wedding ring slipped off into the water. They could see the ring sitting on top of the silt and decided to try and net it with the pool skimmer. When they dipped it in the silt was stirred up and the ring sank deeper into the muck. After the water cleared the ring was gone. They got some swim masked out and tried to relocate the ring, but no luck. Brandon’s Dad searched the internet for help and found us. Brandon called and we scheduled a search for the next morning at 9:00 am. Brandon had to go to work so we met his Mom at the site and within 1 minute we located the ring and returned it to his Mother. As you can see she was very happy!!!!.
Dale’s wife had just left town to attend her class reunion so he decided to go for his weekly swim down at Maderia Beach. As he dove down to swim under water he felt his wedding ring slip off. He stopped right then and called someone over to stand in the place while he walked down the beach looking for a dive mask. He returned and hunted the bottom for over and hour but had no luck. He didn’t want to have to tell his wife about losing his wedding ring just when she left town so he contacted us and we did a hunt the next day. We were not successful the first time and he ended up telling his wife when she returned from her trip. As you can imagine she was not to happy with him. I scheduled another hunt at the next good tide and within an hour we had his ring. He was one happy man and I bet his wife was too.
Barbra was just getting ready to dive into the water for her daily swim when she noticed she was still wearing her cherished diamond pendant. She turned around on the dock and headed for her condo. As she crossed a grass area she removed the chain that was holding the pendant but when she looked into her hand the pendant was not there. She frantically looked all around the area, including the dock but could not find it. Her granddaughter had just recently moved in with her and started searching the internet and soon found The Ringfinders. Barbra contacted us and a team went out that evening to see if they could find it. We had no luck that evening so we returned the next day with a gold nugget detector and soon found it hidden in the grass. What fun it was to see the smile on Barbra’s face when I reached up, saying it was just another piece of tin foil, and dropped the pendant into her hand.
John and his recently married wife had just returned from their honeymoon and were settling into their home together. They decided to take a break and spend a day at the beach. After they arrived at Maderia Beach and setup a spot on the beach they ventured out into the water. They were just cooling down in neck deep water when John’s wife noticed his wedding ring was missing. They tried to locate the ring in the murky water but had no luck. John’s wife found us on the Ringfinders site and contacted us. We responded the next day with a small team and in about an hour we recovered the ring. Needless to say, John was overjoyed!
Pete Nicolai was busy cleaning the gutters on the roof when he wiped his hand against his pants to dry it off and BINGO his wedding ring was gone!!!!!!! He heard a ping when the ring hit the ladder below him and never caught site of where it landed. He searched for the ring in the yard and surrounding bushes but had no luck. He went home and broke the sad news to his wife and then they returned and searched with no luck. A few weeks later, Pete read an article on Yahoo about “The Ringfinders” and when he went to the web site he found Michael Miller listed as a resource for finding lost items. He contacted Mike and they made arrangements to meet at the site. Doug Brozek joined Mike in the search and within 15 minutes Doug recovered the ring and returned it to a very happy Pete.