found on Muskegon River
- L to R Anthony Tundo (owner of ring), John Griffith (cousin), Don McCleod White Birch owner
While at work Tuesday July 26, I got a call from Anthony Tundo. He lost his ring while canoeing on the Muskegon River near Houghton Lake. During a bachelor party on the river they got out of the canoes to play some catch with a football and take a rest during the 4 hour trip. When Anthony caught the football he felt his Tungston/Carbide wedding band come off and fall into the river. Although it was shallow in that area and sandy bottom there search was in vain. Anthony’s cousin, John, a former Army soldier had his GPS and quickly got the coordinates.
During the call from Anthony he had given me the coordinates (which I looked up on Google Earth) and found that it would take a canoe trip just to reach the site so we set it up for the next day.
Anthony and his cousin John drove over 200 miles from St Clare, to the White Birch campgrounds and I drove 135 miles from Grand Rapids. Don McCleod, the owner of White Birch, let us use his van and a canoe to go up river. John dropped us off and was going to meet us down river in about an hour and a half. Anthony had the GPS which he wasn’t real familiar with so was given a crash course and we set out on the river. Paddling down the winding river at 5PM nothing looked familiar and Anthony kept losing the GPS signal. We are in the boonies and after an hour we came upon John waiting for us. So the three of us jumped back in the canoe and headed up the river against the current. After one hour we located the site. I located the ring with about five swipes of the CZ21 and found the ring. It was now 7:45PM and I kept thinking of what Don had told us “don’t get caught on the river after dark, you’ll never find your way back”. So we headed back down the river finally reaching our destination at 8:45PM and back to the campground at 9PM.
Van and Canoe = $20.00
Four hours paddling the canoe = Backbreaking
Swating flies and mosquitoes = Useless
Finding the ring in 3 minutes = Priceless
I want to thank Don McCleod for trusting 2 guys from Detroit area and 1 guy from Grand Rapids with his Van and a canoe. It makes you feel good that there are people like Don still around.
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.
On Monday, a lady named Allison called and asked if I could find her platinum/diamond ring that she lost in the surf at Swami’s beach in Encinitas, Ca. I told her I’d give it my best shot and we arranged to meet that evening. My wife and I took the 1/2 hour drive and arrived about 6:30 to find Allison already there with her daugher in tow. She explained how she took her daughter into the surf the previous afternoon and felt it slip from her finger as they played in the shallow water. The ring was quickly covered and she couldn’t find it. She had a pretty good idea as to location so I started my search in the middle of “ground zero” and worked my way each way of that. After an hour or so of parallel passes from dry sand to 3 feet deep water and nothing to show but one piece of scrap metal, I decided to work a pattern the other way and search parallel to the beach instead. I started in the deepest water I planned on searching and at the end of one pass I got a nice clear signal. As the surf calmed and water cleared between waves, I spotted half a ring jutting out of the sandy bottom and as I reached for it, a wave rolled through and obscured my vision again. I tried grabbing for it several times only to have it slip through my fingers with each wave that passed. After pinpointing it again, I made another grab for it and had it in my hand when a larger wave hit me and gave me a good drenching. I managed to hang on to it this time and was able to look it over to verify it matched the photo of Allison’s ring that she had showed me earlier. Heading back to the beach where the women were waiting, it was hard to keep a straight face as I displayed it on my little finger! Smiles all around as Allison made a phone call to share the good news.
Lost Ring, Found Ring and returned.
A call came for help finding a very sentimental wedding band. It was silver and lost while playing soccer…possibly in the water. We were told that the French play soccer wherever one can play. I have detected many beaches on Cape Cod but this one was not on my “Been To” list. The team met with Emily and drove behind her, down a water filled dirt path, reminiscent of some of the road I had traveled in Iceland – one way and nowhere to turn around. As luck would have it, we met another car coming out and the other driver had to back up into a passing point. Once at the beach two of us hit the water and the third detectorist worked the wooded area.
About 25 minutes into the search which expanded well beyond the small swimming area a low-hi signal came into my ears from my Garrett Infinium detector and in a few seconds my scoop was holding the silver wedding band. A few seconds later the ring was returned.
Another ending with smiles!
One afternoon in beautiful Daytona Beach Kevin was enjoying a fun game of disc golf at a local park. Mid-game he realized that his wedding ring was missing! Earlier that day he remembered having to wade into a small pond to look for his disc and thinking at the time that his ring felt a bit loose. He returned to the pond and looked for some time for his ring but soon realized with all the mud and the murky water it would be next to impossible to find. Later that evening as Kevin was searching online for a way to find his ring he came across theringfinders.com. After reading some of the stories and information he found my name in the directory. That evening he sent me an e-mail describing his situation and asked me if I could help him out. I immediately sent him back a response and we set up a time to meet at the park the next day.
I took my Tiger Shark water detector and my Whites DFX to search both water and land at the site. After meeting Kevin and listening to his story he showed me the area in which he was sure the ring was lost. I choose the TS and into the cool murky water I stepped. The bottom of the pond was very muddy and was full of long grass like plants. I first tried clearing out the exact spot where Kevin said he was searching for his disc. There were the usual junk targets like nails and a few coins and even a section of an old fishing pole. I had a medium sized long handled sand scoop that worked well for digging in the mud and after an hour of no luck I finally came up with the ring in the bottom of the scoop and you should have seen the look on Kevin’s face! Surprise, shock, joy and the look of “I can’t believe you actually found it!!” A look which quickly turned to “Oh Yea! You really did find it!!”
It has been my honor and privilege to once again help a person in need and I am so glad for Kevin and his little family that their happy story continues and the ring has been returned to it’s rightful place!
Give me a call!
Mike McInroe proud member of theringfinders.com
An innocent flip of a beach towel catapulted Pamela’s precious ring into the abyss of endless loose sand. Despite her best search efforts, and those of her friends, the ring seemed destined to never to grace her finger again. And its story might well have ended were it not for the phone call Pamela made to a Wisconsin member of The Ring Finders.–Paul Humphreys. After hearing Pamela’s story, Paul arranged to meet her the next afternoon at Bradford Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan near downtown Milwaukee. Pamela pointed out a living-room sized area close to the water’s edge whee she believed the highly sentimental token made its fatal leap. After only 10-minutes of searching with his Whites XLT Metal Detector, the ring’s hiding place was no match for the detector and Paul’s skills. What a joy to present yet another lost ring to its overjoyed owner! And as his practice, 25% of the reward he received, is donated to the Waukesha Memorial Hospital, the medical facility that helped Paul return to his love of metal detecting after battling serious cancer.
This young man lost his deceased father’s ring on July 3rd at a park in Iowa City. It was hot and humid that day and his hands were sweating. He was on a hiking trail and tossed something in the weeds beside the trail and you guessed it his ring went too. It was just dark enough that he couldn’t find it.
He went back last Sunday to search for it but the weeds were about chest high and very thick. That’s when he realized he needed help.
So I met him at the park today July 10th and he took me to the location where he lost it. Luckily he left the item he threw into the weeds where it landed so it marked the spot.
I did about eight passes through the weeds with nothing to show for it but a buried can lid. So we did a reinactment with a junk ring I brought and I searched the area where it landed without any success.
I then made a pass further over from where my junk ring landed and went beyond the real high weeds and got a sweet 12-47 reading on the E-Trac.
I used my X-1 probe to locate the target under the weeds and up came his father’s ring. The look on his face was priceless. I was so glad I could help this young man out.
Chris is right this is a game of inches. Happy hunting everyone and good luck on your searches.
Hi folks, If you have lost a ring, or lost a valuable piece of jewelry call me.
- Wedding ring returned
After an email request to find a lost wedding ring in 5 feet of water, I jumped into action. Traveling 2 hours from my home my brother and I went to Long Lake located in Reading, MI close to Coldwater. The lake had a muddy bottom with about a foot of mucky clay every step was an adventure. After searching around in neck deep water a hit was made and up came the scoop with the wedding band in it.
The owner, Chris P. of Dayton, Ohio, standing in the water with us, yelled up to the people on shore “they found it”.
A yellow gold band with six diamonds was handed to the owner and he said “I can tell my wife now that I lost my ring and found it, this is the second ring I never found the first one”.