Syd Kanten, Author at The Ring Finders

Diamond ring lost in Jasper National Park…Found!

from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

On October 31, 2018, I received an email from Drew.  On October 3, 2018, he and his wife were travelling the Icefield Parkway, that runs through Banff and Jasper National Parks, in western Alberta.

Shortly after they entered Jasper National Park,  they were hit with a blizzard and an incredible amount of snow.  They had to sit in their S.U.V. for 3 hours,  until the storm settled down.  They managed to move ahead for about 3 kms (2 miles)  but, again, they had to pull off on the shoulder of the highway.  It was then, that Drew’s wife stepped out of the S.U.V. into mid-thigh deep snow.  She began to brush the snow off her pants, and suddenly felt her wedding ring slip off her finger and into the snow.

After 2 hours of a futile search, digging with a windshield scrapper, in minus 12 degree C temperature (plus 10 F),  they gave up.  Emotions were extremely high.  Drew’s wife, knowing her precious 1ct.  diamond, with 60 smaller diamonds, was within inches, not to be found.  She had to leave it behind.

After they returned home,  Drew’s wife was the one who found The Ring Finders website.  She told Drew about it, which he paid very little heed to,  but looked it up later;  without her knowing so.

He found,  I was the closest ring finder to the National Parks,  at that time.  He had bought a metal detector and was secretly making plans to return to the location and search.  In his email, all he was asking for was any possible advice that would aid in his search.

I had replied that Jasper National Park was 300 kms  (for Jim,  that’s 200 miles) from my place, and I would be willing to search.  All I asked was to cover fuel expenses.  Drew was more than happy that I would help out.

A few emails back and forth,  I finally asked Drew, where he lived.  He replied St. Louis Missouri,,  home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the St. Louis Blues hockey team.  I told him I am more of an Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fan, but have always been a Cardinals fan.

Again,  a few emails later,  Drew asked me,  who my all time favorite Cardinal player was or is?  I said,  No question,  number 20 Lou Brock!

Later we decided to do a search for June 1, 2019.  I was sure the snow pack would be melted by then.  As it turned out,  I was only 50% correct.  On the other side of the road,  from our search location,  the snow was still approx.  2 feet deep.

Drew flew to Calgary on May 31, and rented a car.  On Saturday June 1, at approx.  10:30 am we met at the location.  It was the Parker Ridge Trailhead,  on Icefield Parkway highway.  Drew knew he would recognize me from my picture on The Ring Finders website.

Being it was a Saturday, and no classes to teach,  my son,  Tyler joined with me.  Drew had met up with 2 friends from Calgary,  so we had a crew of 5 people to do the search.

We introduced ourselves to each other,  and chatted about the ring;  along with the storm Drew and his wife encountered.  A little visiting, just to get to know each other a little better.  Drew went back to his car,  for a few seconds, and came back and presented me with a beautiful,  original Mitchell & Ness,  St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey.  Number 20 with BROCK across the top of the back.  Drew actually tracked Lou Brock down,  twice,  to get him to autograph it.  However,  the 79 year old,  baseball Hall of Famer,  no longer signs autographs.

Drew showed us, pretty much the exact spot,  where he parked on the side of the highway, where his wife stepped out and went behind the S.U.V. and started brushing the snow off her legs.  The spot where she felt her ring slide off on the back swing.

I felt confident, we would find the ring;  but was surprised by the amount of trash items we found.  We started working,  from the edge of the pavement down to the slope of the ditch,  marking each search strip with a pylon.  I was positive the ring would be on the surface,  or maybe covered with 1/2 inch of road sand,  from the highway maintainers in winter.

After close to 2 hours of searching,  we were all standing at the side of the road.  I was saying,  I was going back to the car,  for a coffee and change the battery in my pinpointer.  About then Tyler bent over and picked something up.  I got a glimpse of it, it was a ring!  My first thought was,  it’s costume jewelry!  He held the ring out to Drew, and asked,  “Is this the ring we are looking for?”

Drew immediately lost all composer;  in fact he went border line hysterical!  People who were parked across the road were starring,  and wondering what all the commotion was about.  Finally,  I said to Dre to go over and explain to those people what was going on, and nobody here is getting killed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before long, we started packing up equipment,  more visiting,  picture taking etc.  Drew was still having a hard time to contain himself.  He was already making plans,  for how he was going to present it to his wife.

That particular morning,  a marathon race was going on.  We waited until all the runners had passed by,  later thinking approx.  100 runners ran by-inches from the ring.

There were so many variables that could have happen to this ring,  in the 7 months it laid on the ground:  being picked up by someone,  or a large amount of ravens picking up shinny objects,  and so on.  Drew’s complication during flights from St. Louis to Calgary,  changing flights four times.  He also kept the whole idea of coming back to Canada, to search,  a secret from his wife.  Drew’s wife got her beloved ring back,  after what I believe was an incredible story.  Somethings are just meant to be.

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous 12 diamond engagement ring, in Red Deer found

from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

I received a call from James, at noon on January 2.  James’s wife had lost her wedding band and engagement ring, in the snow, on Christmas day.  James told me he had been pouring warm water on the snow wear the rings were lost, he managed to find the wedding band.  He asked,, can you please do a ring search??  I asked my son, who is a school teacher, and still on Christmas break to accompany me.  He has a lot of experience with digging tools and a pin pointer!  We arrived at James’s address at 2:30 pm.  James showed us the area, and where he had been pouring warm water, to melt the snow.  We did a thorough search of this area, with numerous 72 hi tones, only to discover, under the landscape gravel, the filter cloth was nailed down with rust proof nails, that rang a 72 hi tone!!  Before long, my son and I ignored every 72 hi tone.  Eventually we moved further on from target area, into 10 inches of snow.  soon in the space of 5 inches, AT gold give me 3 quick tones,,, 2, 72 hi tones, and a beautiful  mid hi tone at 59.  My son and I searched through the snow, by hand, and nothing!  another pass with the detector,  I said,  we moved it!  A few seconds later, my son nailed it with the pin pointer….Gorgeous 12 diamond engagement ring!!

Lost Wedding Band…Caroline, Ab-Found!

from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

 

 

 

 

A couple months ago, Rick came into our family feedstore, I had showed him an ad about The Ring Finders, that I had placed in a free publication and weekly buy and sell paper.  He told me, he lost his ring in his back yard 2 years ago, while playing football with his son. He had spent many hours looking for it, he even pulled all the grass, where it dropped. At the time, there was about 3 feet of snow on the north side of his house, and we agreed to search in spring.  I arrived at Ricks place, after work, he had just got off work as well.  He showed me the location, as well, I asked him many questions.  I was a little concerned when told me how many times he had cut his lawn, but I had to try and search.  Rick was very interested in the Garrett AT Gold, and asked all kinds of questions about the tones, and how did I know weather it was a nail, or ring etc.  Soon I got a hi tone, and an 81,  Rick asks, is that the ring!  I said, no, it’s a penny, and I can not leave a penny in the ground.  After searching for 1hour and 45 minutes, I got a nice mid tone at 60. 1 and 1/2 inch down was his wedding band.  Rick had given up hope of ever finding his ring, he didn’t have much hope of me finding it, esp when there was no signal, where he thought he lost it.  Rick, and his wife were very happy.

Lost Ring Sylvan Lake…..Found

from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

Hi my name is Syd, I joined The Ring Finders to help people find their lost jewellery.  If you have lost something, and need help finding it, contact me ASAP and I will do my best to help you recover what you thought was lost forever.