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Ring lost at La Jolla Shores found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

James was here in town for a wedding, and staying at a beach resort at La Jolla Shores. Yesterday was a hot and dry day, so, He was out enjoying the beach and throwing a ball to his cousin in the cool, shallow water in front of the resort. Well, we know the scenario here! Ball gets thrown, and his family crest, signet, heirloom ring decides to take a dip too. Ring hits water, sinks quickly into the sand, and disappears. An online search brings up The Ring Finders website and my contact info. The tide had already receded a bit, and was still heading out, so, my wife and I jumped into the car and headed to the location. We were actually able to find parking not too far away, which two weeks ago would have been impossible on a Saturday afternoon. We meet James out on the beach and he shows us the search area. He makes his best guess at where “ground zero” was and I start a spiral search out from there in the wet sand . Half hour later and no ring, I start a cross grid and expand out beyond my initial grid. Another half hour later and only two targets total, I finally get a sweet, solid 16 on my Equinox just outside my initial search area. Sure enough, James’s ring pops out of the shallow plug of sand. A pleasure to meet you James, and thank you for the reward.

Lost Ring Lake Recovered SCUBA Diving: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

Ring Lost in Pennsylvania Lake Recovered SCUBA Diving

Lost July 15th, 2019; Sara and Alberto called to ask if I could find a lost ring. Sara was swimming with her daughter in their community lake. The daughter reached for Sara and accidently pulled the ring off Sara’s finger in about 10 feet of water. As the photo shows, the ring is intertwined bands. One of the bands is covered with diamonds. Sara’s ring matches Alberto’s ring, and the set has great sentimental value for the couple. They live outside my normal area, about 5 hours away. I offered to search, telling them my fee would include reimbursement for travel and overnight accommodations.

Sara and Alberto were hesitant so we discussed researching potential local options. I also suggested they call RingFinder SCUBA divers who were closer. Following my advice, Sara and Alberto found a local diver with a metal detector from a nearby dive shop. The diver agreed to search the area, removing submerged wooden boards from the bottom. Though he used a metal detector, he was not able to find the ring.

Next, they tried a SCUBA certified RingFinder team from another state. Unfortunately, they seemed uncomfortable with the conditions, unfamiliar with normal search patterns, and were also unable to locate the ring. Sara called again asking me to take the job.

July 30th, 2019 My Divemaster (Mrs.E), and I drove up and stayed in Wilkes-Barre. The next morning I searched for two hours. I had not anticipated how cold the water in the spring fed lake would be. Just below the surface the water temperature was in the mid-50s. The bottom had a layer of fine silt which, once disturbed, quickly decreased visibility (which was poor to begin with). I found numerous small bits of aluminum cans and bits of other trash. After 30 minutes, my perception narrowed and my efficiency decreased due to the cold. I didn’t find the ring.  But, now that I was familiar with the conditions I knew I could adjust for the cold and improve my search pattern. I asked Alberto if I could return and conduct another search for no fee and he said agreed.

August 12th, 2019 Mrs.E and I made the trip again.  This time I used a thicker dive suit (7mil). Because the weather had turned colder and the water was colder, visibility was better and I could recover  targets more effectively. One of the finds was a set of lifeguard keys used to open the gate to the lake and facility. I used a PVC grid I’d constructed but surfaced after an hour with no luck. My wife and I discussed our interpretations of the potential location of the ring, and she suggested searching closer to the dock. Within 30 minutes I heard a clear target. I gently waved my hand to move the silt and uncovered another piece of aluminum. Sitting next to it was Sara’s ring!

Getting to the Lake

Beautiful Site

Gear Staged

Easier to Get Dressed in the Water









Some Typical Trash


Saved From the Lake











Ring Lost in Lake Recovered Metal Detecting Richmond Virginia

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

June 30th, 2019 In Chesterfield (near Richmond) Virginia, Dustin was playing on a boogie board in the lake behind his home. He felt his ring slip off and quickly mentally marked his location and where it dropped. The ring is a family heirloom, which made the loss even more heart rending. After buying a detector and not being able to find it himself, he called me.

The water depth was about 4 feet deep, and the mud was almost a foot deep. Dustin had searched the area so the bottom was disturbed. There was a chance the ring had been inadvertently pushed into the mud, so I needed to be able to locate deeper targets. I started with my ATMax and a standard coil, but the signals were erratic. I switched to my Excalibur underwater detector and started to locate and remove the usual trash targets like fishing lures and pieces of aluminum. When I didn’t find it after an hour, I re-interviewed Dustin and visualized how a strong young man like Dustin would have been pushing his board. Using that information, I went a little deeper into the water and hit on a clear target. The depth and mud made it difficult to extract. Another successful recovery of a family treasure!

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

Lovely View

Starting to Search


Saved from the Lake!










Dustin Smile


Dustin’s Beautiful Classic Ring

Wedding and Engagement Rings Lost in the Dry Sand, Found and Returned Myrtle Beach, SC

from North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-655-5889

I got a call from Matt Fry’s (TRF Myrtle Beach) wife, Sunny saying that Matt and she were on the highway and Matt just got a lost ring call. She asked if I could take it for him. I asked her to text me the man’s phone number. Shortly after getting the number, I called Randy to get the details. Randy told me his wife had lost her rings and wondered if I could help. I told him I’d be there in an hour.

When I arrived at their location and was walking out on the beach, I text Randy saying I’m here. As I walked on the beach I saw Randy waving his hand, so I made my way over to them. I introduced myself and asked what happened. Randy’s wife, Lesa, said the rings were within about a 6 ft radius and she had taken them off and put them on the towel, forgot them until she shook out the towel. I asked if the rings were separate or soldered together, she said they were separate and both rings were yellow gold. I turned my Equinox on and took 6 steps. First signal was a VDI of 16 so I knew I had one of the rings. Took a few scoops to get it, but as I lifted up the scoop I saw the small wedding band. I turned around and handed it to Lesa, who was trying hard to hold her emotions. A couple more swings and I got another signal, 12 on the VDI, scooped it up and had her beautiful engagement ring. As I handed her the second ring there was no more holding the emotions, a few tears fell, but they were happy ones! Total search time was about 30 seconds.

Lesa and Randy, thanks for calling The Ring Finders and so glad we could help. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Matt, thanks for the call, happy I could help.



Clean-up of Replacement Roof Trash From Yard

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

8/13/18 My neighbors Bob and Karen had their roof replaced, and I offered to clean their yard. I especially wanted to protect their dog, Dillon, who had already gotten into veterinary trouble eating a coin. Compared to other yard clean-ups I’ve done in the past, this one was quite clean. However, I did find one of the square cap roofing nails (foreground of picture) sitting straight up sitting on a tree root. I’m glad I could remove it before someone stepped on it.

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435.

Lost Wedding Band Found in the leaves

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

November 26th, 2017 I got a call from Ciaran.  He asked if I could search for his ring in deep leaves. He had a good idea of where he lost it in a field at the beautiful Morven Park International Equestrian Center. I was unable to search until several days later. Due to rush hour traffic, the 40 mile trip took 2 hours. Got to respect Northern Virginia traffic! Once I arrived, I located the ring in about 15 minutes.  It was under several inches of lovely fall leaves. Then 2 hours of driving in rush hour traffic to return home but, this time with a smile on my face after reuniting another ring with its owner:)

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435.








Gents White Gold Wedding Band Lost & Found Swanage Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Back in August, Russell and his family from London were making the  most of the last days of summer playing in the sea off Swanage. Unfortunately for him, soon after returning from the sea he noticed his wedding  ring missing!

I was very concerned to hear where it had been lost- I had an unsuccessful recovery from almost the same spot a few days before & put it down to the exceptional soft deep sand in that area. Nevertheless I soon went to the location knowing the tide would be out by then & set the machine for deep targets assuming the sand had well consumed it by then.

The area had already been combed by the 6pm beach hunters but after half an hour, between the trash, 8 inches down came the distinguishable sound of gold! I regard it as a very fortunate recovery due to the deep sand & the treasure hunters regulary in the area.  Russell and his wife were very grateful to retreive the ring back and will endeavour to make a donation to the Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary at Church Knowle.

Tungsten Ring Recovered in South Amboy, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

Eric, from South Amboy, NJ called me about his Tungsten ring he had lost. He stated that he was swatting cob webs that were forming at the corner of his porch when his ring flew off his hand. He stated that he actually heard the ring hit the porch but then didn’t get a chance to see which way it projected. He searched a few days to no avail. Even borrowed a metal detector from a colleague, but unfortunately the detector turned out to be too noisy to pick up any defined signal. So he called on me and I went to his house the next day. My personal best, I recovered the ring in 5 minutes and 47 seconds. I know this because I attached my go pro to my detector, turned it on and started swinging. After reviewing the video, I recovered it at the 5:47 mark. Needless to say he was very happy, as was I.  Another content Ringfinders customer.

The Ring Finders & Dave Milsted get a little press in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

from South Jersey (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1- 856-433-0719

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a little article in the Sunday September 8th edition on The Ring Finders, Rich Hageney and myself (Dave Milsted).

Her is the link to the article:


Sentimental Gold Ring Lost & Found In The Sea Swanage Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Millie & family were enjoying their last day on Swanage Beach when disaster struck. Out to sea, about waist deep Millie felt her gold ring slip from her finger. The ring had huge sentimental value as it was given to her on her 18th birthday from her mum as it was given to her on HER 18th birthday too.

Quickly I went to the area knowing how soft the sand was under the sea in that area. I wasnt very optimistic because of this however after half an hour came a distinctive tone of gold. Millie & family were overjoyed to have the ring back. It reminds me why myself & others dedicate our time, for no personal reward to recover lost items because of the relief & appreciation they show. Millie has said she will kindly donate to the Margaret Green Animal Charity soon.