In late June, I responded to a Craigslist offering my assistance in locating a ring lost in a local park. I received a response stating that they had already searched the area with a metal detector with no luck other than the usual trash and a little bit of change. I had never given much thought to hunting that park, because a few years ago much of it was ripped up and completely redone. I put this one off in the back of my mind.
Until this weekend, every time I drove by that newly remodeled park this summer I noticed that there was quite a bit of activity as of late. I decided to have a look around, Saturday I found some loose change and a little silver ring. My wife was with me this trip and I managed to put off her boredom for a little over an hour.
Sunday afternoon I had a chance to get away to take another look. After about 2 hours, with nothing much to show but a little change, I received a signal that had a rather low id (normally trash) but it was a good solid signal. I took my pin-pointer out and waved it over the spot and received a solid tone (metal close to the surface.)
I pulled the grass back and immediately recognized that glimmer as a white gold ring……I thought to myself, what would the odds be of someone else losing a ring in that same area. Shortly after getting home, I pulled up that email I had saved months earlier and replied to it asking for a description of the ring that was lost. From the description I received it was pretty obvious…..we had a match.
Tonight I met and returned the ring to Brittney and found that it was lost while putting lotion on a little one while at an outdoor concert. She thought it was gone forever….
Rick Smith lost his tungsten carbide ring while playing in the March of Dimes mud volleyball tournament held each year in the Denver suburb of Aurora. A contributor that led to the loss of the ring is the fact that Rick has lost in the neighborhood of 50 pounds since his marriage.
Rick was changing positions when he actually saw the ring leave his finger and fall in the knee deep soupy mud. He and five of his teammates searched for several minutes but at last the officials of the tournament made them play on.
Now nearly two months later while posting my ad for “Ring Finders metal detecting service” on Craigslist I noticed an ad posted by Amy, Rick’s wife, about the loss of the ring. I sent Amy an email and told her I may be able to help find the ring. That evening I received a call from Rick and we made arrangements to meet the following morning at the site of the volleyball tournament. During our phone conversation Rick mentioned that he was contacted by another metal detectorist about searching for the ring and that this gentleman did not have any luck.
Sunday morning we met at 8:00 and Rick showed me the site of the volleyball tournament. This hunt site was HUGE with at least 30 volleyball mud pits set into a field. Rick had a good idea as to which court he was on when the ring came off but he was not 100% positive that the court he was pointing out was the one we needed to search. After a quick look at the vegetation growth and reading of the site we determined which court we needed to search.
Our first pass with the metal detector yielded no signals to dig. The work then began as we started to pry up the dirt clods in the area of where Rick’s loss occurred from the now dried out mud pit. Each dirt clod was about 10 inches in depth and fairly heavy. We moved each clod off to the side of our search site placing them upside down so that we could search the bottom side of the clods with the metal detector. I first scanned the bottom of the newly formed hole and then the clods without any success. Rick was starting to lose hope but we removed more dirt clods and I once again scanned the newly exposed soil, no luck. I made my way over to the clods and the first clod I scanned, the last out of the hole, I received a signal. I pulled the clod up to look at it and there was the edge of Rick’s ring exposed to the daylight. I let Rick see the clod and the edge of the Ring, he as ecstatic! Though this ring was not a very expensive ring, it was HIS wedding ring and he finally got it back.
Ring recovered September 25, 2011.
Sunday morning, I noticed an ad on Craigslist for a wedding ring that was lost in a local park. I contacted the person and arranged a meeting that afternoon (besides it was going to get me out of mowing the lawn) I arrived at the park a little early and managed to find 16 cents, two bottle caps, and a couple of the ever present pull-tabs. Shortly thereafter I met Paula and her husband and got into the details of what happened.
She took off her engagement ring and put that in her pocket but left her wedding band on she put on a baseball glove to join a game of catch. After playing catch for a bit they began heading back to their car. She pulled the glove off and retrieved her engagement ring from her pocket, that’s when she noticed that her wedding band was no longer on her finger.
She showed me the general area where she thought she had pulled the glove off on the way back to the car. I set up a couple of stakes to mark of that area and begin searching. Shortly after I started, she and her husband begin intently looking at the area where she was standing playing catch. She felt that it may have been more likely that she dropped it anywhere from there towards where I was searching. I shifted my focus to where she was standing while playing catch. Three or so hours of searching for turned up nothing. Paula and her husband had to leave a little earlier to drop some relatives at the airport, so I sent her a text to let her know that I hadn’t found anything but I wasn’t giving up.
Two days later afforded, about an hour to search after work on my way to get my wife. I changed my focus back to the original area and begin a grid search. I had roughly 10 minutes left before I had to get my wife and decided to head for the car. I was about 15 feet from the car when I had a solid signal on top of the ground. Stuck the pin-pointer in the grass and had a sold tone, pulled back the grass to reveal a nice platinum band with diamonds.
I immediately took a picture with my phone and sent her a text…..”I hope this looks familiar.” Shortly after, I received a phone call from a very excited Paula…..she couldn’t believe that I had found it.
I got an email from a lady saying she had lost her wedding ring. She was pulling weeds and debris from a flower bed in her yard and noticed her ring was missing. This happened over a year ago. Her husband and her rented a detector but couldn’t find it.
They are getting ready to move so they thought they would give it one more shot and found my name on theringfinders site. When I arrived this morning Sept. 18th
it was raining but not hard enough that I couldn’t detect. They showed me the area she thought it was lost in and assured me that it wasn’t thrown away with the weeds. Well I searched for awhile finding mostly junk targets. On my thirteenth target I pulled up the ring and what a ring it is!
She was so excited when I called her over. She couldn’t stop hugging me. I was so happy to help these people. It was definetly the best ring I’ve ever found. I can’t wait for my next call out. Happy hunting everyone.
I saw a posting on www.Craigslist.com Lost and Found section looking for help in locating a lost ring. Brian had been spectating the Ironman race the past weekend. After the race, he found a wooded area off of the route to change into some shorts. He then walked back to the race route, which ran directly past a rural house. Brian picked a spot in front of a driveway and encouraged others still running the race. Suddenly, Brian realized his ring was missing. He retraced his steps back to the wooded area, searching for his ring along the way. He did not have any luck. He wasn’t sure if he lost it while changing in the woods, or while watching the race. It was getting dark, so Brian grabbed a flashlight and continued hunting for his ring. He searched for awhile longer, but did not find anything. Brian was so mad at himself for losing his ring. To top it all off, he was from Illinois and had to return home the next day. This is when Brian posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone else had found it while watching the race.
I responded to the ad offering to help. Robyn, Brian’s wife, replied back with a great image of a Google Map snapshot, including the area Brian was in circled in red. She indicated the main area to search was the driveway. My son and I made arrangements with the homeowner to stop out and search. The grass was longer than usual, so I could see how it would be hard to find the ring if it was dropped. After about 10 mins, all we had was $0.35 in change, a couple pop tops and a handful of other junk. Then, right in the area Robyn said to focus on, we got a strong hit on the detector … it was Brian’s ring! Someone must have stepped on it, possibly Brian while searching for it. It was about 1 inch underground, but was easy to retrieve. I then gave Brian a call to give him the good news, he was ecstatic. You could just tell the relief in his voice when I was talking with him.
This was a special hunt for me, as this was our first wedding ring search and return … we’ve been hooked ever since
Brian and Robyn L.
Best man looses groom’s wedding ring right before service is to start. While honeymoon in France, mother of the bride finds ringfinders online, calls me and within 90 minutes, ring was found on the lawn. Couple had a happt flight home knowing the ring was found. Best man felt a lot better too. I also received a nice reward.
Gold wedding ring.
The night before their scheduled departure to return to Arizona while visiting the family of her boyfriend in Greeley, Colorado Danielle Crook lost a ring that was given to her by her boyfriend. A hand full of people searched the driveway and area of rock and bushes that separated the neighbor’s property from theirs. They searched in earnest for over two hours with no luck. There was a mat of leaves that blanketed the river rock area that contained the bushes that made a visual search seem nearly impossible.
Danielle found my profile on “Ring Finders” and sent me an email around 11:00 that night explaining that she was leaving the next day so time was a critical factor. I responded to her email early that next morning and told her to call me ASAP and we should be able to work something out. Within minutes I received a call from Danielle and we arranged for me to search for her ring which was white gold with a diamond adorning its top. I readied my gear, strapped it onto my motorcycle and headed out to meet Danielle.
Upon arrival introductions were made and I further inquired as to how the ring became lost. Come to find out a dispute had come about and the ring was tossed aside in the heat of the moment. Almost instantaneously Danielle regretted what she had just done and wished she could take it back. She could not remember how she had tossed the ring, right or left handed. I had her toss another ring with a several inches of sting tied onto it with both hands while in the seated position she was in the night before.
I began my search in the area of the consistent landing spot from her right handed toss. Using my metal detector I began searching the leafy rock area first without success. I then switched to searching the branches of the bushes, the branches were small in diameter but long and filled with leaves. Within a minute I heard the tone of white gold come from my machine. I separated the branches of the bushes and there was a pretty little ring hung up on a branch in the middle of the bush about 24” above the ground. I called Danielle over to see the ring for herself, I almost had to put my figure on it for her to be able to see the ring. Within 12 hours of contacting me Danielle had her ring back on her hand. She was quite happy to get her ring back and this made their flight back to Arizona a much better flight.
Ring recovered July 29th, 2011
- Danielle with her ring back
I was contacted by Eric today stating that he had lost his White gold wedding band while out on a sandbar where boats anchor up at lowtide to hangout,swim. While playing ball in about 3 feet of water and missing the ball when thrown to him,he had to retrieve it from a nearby marsh island.When he approached the island he had stumbed in the sand mud bottom and continued playing not noticing until later that his wedding ring was gone.Later that night while searching the interenet on how to find the ring,he came acroos The Ring Finders website and contacted me the next day.We met at the marina and ventured out the sandbar and began the search first where they had anchored up in about 3 feet of water and retraced the days events eventally ending up at the marsh island where the ring was found after about an hours search total.He along with all the nearby boaters watching were just simply amazed with the recovery of such a small item in such extremely difficult area.I have to say so was I! He immediately phoned his wife with the great news and was extremely Thankful for my help and forwarded me a generous reward and displayed some of my advertising at his friends local bait & tackle store.Thanks again Eric! Glad I could help!
On 07/31/11 @ 10:19 am, I received a phone call from a young lady who had lost her 14kt Gold Diamond Engagement Ring on the Beach at the Delaware Seashore State Park Bethany Beach, Delaware. The ring slipped off of her finger and fell into the dry sand while she was applying suntan oil. The sand had been searched for about one hour without any luck before I received the phone call. I arrived at the beach and found that the area of the lost ring had been marked with beach towels. I began my search and with three swings of the detector I received a familiar gold tone. I used my sand scoop to carefully recover the ring and as the sand filtered through my scoop the ring appeared. The young lady gave a cheerful yell as she said “He’s got it, I see it!”. Another great recovery!
On July 4th i was detecting an older beach that gets little use now.After about 4 hours i came out of the water and was greeted by a gentleman that I’ve been greeted by before and he asked how i did. I told him pretty good i got 4 gold rings and ones a class ring. He asked if it was a woman’s ring which i said yes,was it from Whitman-Hanson a said yes,he gave a date range(she wants to keep that private)i said yes, and are the initials —(also keeping private)I said yes he said her mother is right over there on the neighbors deck. I went over and introduced myself and said i would like to return her daughters ring.She looked at me and i think i could see a tear.I gave her my number and told her to have her daughter call me because i want to get the ring cleaned up first before i return it.Its been a couple weeks but on July 24 i met with her and gave her ring back, as you can see she was quite great full.