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Lost Military Knife in Columbus, OH “FOUND”.

from Newark (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 1-740-334-7293

I received a call that a guy had lost a friends Military knife. The knife was lost after it was thrown and he missed the target he was aiming for. He did not think that he would miss, but he did and that is where the fun begins. Him and his friend looked, racked, moved brush in the trashy metal, weeds, trees, sticks area with no luck. After I got there, I searched for about half an hour through the trees, weeds, dirt, and a lot of trash metal everywhere. There is was underneath the sticks and dirt. He was very happy to see the knife again and so was his friend to have the knife back.

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Lost Military Knife in Columbus, OH “FOUND”.

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Lost Military Knife in Columbus, OH “FOUND”.

 

Lost Weddding Ring … Tourmaline Beach, San Diego, CA. .. Recovered Ring

from Newport Beach (California, United States)
Contact: 1-949-500-2136

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

I live in San Diego, CA. part of the year .  I go to my club meetings of Coinshooters of San Diego on the 4th Friday of the month. Thursday night I checked Craig’s List .. Lost and Found. Just out of curiosity. I usually don’t reply to Craig’s List postings, but I sent a message to Becca who had ask for help finding a ring that she had lost a week before. She and her husband had been surfing at Tourmaline beach Saturday 9/21/13.. They both put their rings in a backpack with cell phones and car keys. At one time during their stay at the beach, they took the car keys out to get something from the car. Later, when they were at the car getting ready to leave they went to put the rings on. His ring was there but Becca’s small platinum w/ 3 clear diamonds was not in the back pack. They assumed that the ring had been pulled out of the backpack when removing the keys earier on the beach.

The next day they sifted through the sand and Monday they rented a metal detector ($60 ).. They could not find the ring.. A week pasted and Becca took a chance and posted on Craig’s List.  After I contacted her, I told her I was a member of TheRingFinders metal detecting service. She could research my blog to see if she could trust me. She gave me a general location and said she could meet me after I got there. Sometimes when people assume the ring was lost at a certain time or place it just turns into a time consuming, failed search. I just had to give it a try. If I couldn’t find it I had a nice beach and a beautiful day to go metal detecting. I got there at 10am and found the ring within 30 minutes. Becca was still on her way to the beach. I texted her a photo of the ring and told her to drve careful. It will be waiting here for her. It stayed under the sand for a whole week evading other metal detectorists and the high tides of this week.

This ring was given to Becca by her husbsnd when they worked in South Africa several years ago. It ment the world to her. It also made my day. All these recoverieso are important to me and I often get caught up in retelling these stories to other people.

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Lost Ring … Laguna Niguel, CA. … Found at the beach in sand

from Newport Beach (California, United States)
Contact: 1-949-500-2136

Saturday .. Sept. 28, 2013

Sara’s boyfriend Conner called me around noon Saturday asking me about The RingFinders.  He needed help to find a small silver ring that his girl friend Sara lost in the sand at the beach. I was able to meet them at a small secluded beach in South Laguna. All these beaches are accessible only by stairways with over 200 steps. They are beautiful and not used by many people.

As we walked down the steps Sara told me that before going for a swim she put her ring on her sandals. When she came back she picked up the sandals and the ring went into the sand. Several people spent a couple hours searching the sand. I could see the whole area they searched from the top of the stairway. I started a grid search from the middle of the area spiraling outward. Conner started his stopwatch app on his iphone.The same iphone that helped him find The RingFinders and call me with directions to their house.  Eight minutes later we had the ring. There was another family on the beach that had helped sift through the sand before I got there. They all yelled and applauded when the ring was found.

Sara burst into tears. She told me that this small silver ring was given to her by her mother, when she was baptised 10 years ago. Her mother passed away 3 years ago and this ring was so very special to Sara. I will never look at a small silver ring the same. You can never tell how sentimental a ring is by it’s size or what it cost. I believe I’ve found and returned more than $70,000 worth of jewelry but this small silver ring I will not forget. I have found many rings that I could not locate the owners. I’ll look at them differently from now on..

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Lost Diamond Wedding Band, Steveston in Richmond BC…Found

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-778-838-3463

Today I received a call from a young lady who told me the story about how she lost her ring one week ago at coffee shop called Waves in Steveston in Richmond. She said she had the ring on while she was having coffee, she was showing it to her two friends then she went outside, gave hugs and went to her car and that’s when she noticed it was gone!The sad thing was the ring was too big for her finger and she knew it but she wanted to show her friends. After coffee she was going to go to the jewelry store and have it resized to fit her finger. The ring was her late mother-in-law’s and you can imagine how heartbroken she was.Well after a few question we set a time to meet today and when I got to the coffee shop there wasn’t really much to search but what there was I was ready to give it 100%  It took a good 30 minutes and some detective work and after the second search in the same area the ring showed itself under a big shrub!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think the first search under that shrub it was caught in the grass blades and after shaking it the second time it fell to the ground below…What a great feeling for both of us when the ring showed itself!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think we were both surprised because we started thinking that it must have been picked up by someone who saw it on the sidewalk…I hate to give up on a search and I’m glad I didn’t. I love my job!Lost your ring…Call me ASAP!”Renting a metal detector is hard. We make finding your lost ring easy.”Watch the video of the search below…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8tRLFN_QGg

Local Man Hunts Your Lost Treasures in Newark, OH.

from Newark (Ohio, United States)
Contact: 1-740-334-7293

Newark man searches for treasures

Baughman uses metal detecting to reunite people with lost jewelry

NEWARK — Jon Baughman could be considered a modern-day treasure hunter.

But he isn’t in it for fame or fortune. He’s most interested in reuniting people with lost jewelry that is important to them.

For several years, Baughman has spent his spare time using metal detectors and other gear to search for rings in Licking and Franklin counties.

“They are a person’s most precious item, especially when they are passed down from generation to generation,” he said.

“I enjoy giving peoples’ lost treasures back to them.”

A Utica resident, Baughman was inspired to learn about metal detecting from his wife’s grandfather, Ed Collins, and his father-in-law, Jim Jolliff.

Whenever the three men get together, they enjoy going out to parks with their metal detectors and seeing what they find. Baughman has also participated in several seeded hunts, where participants compete to see who can find the most items buried in the ground.

When he discovered the website, theringfinders.com, Baughman found a way to turn his interest into a business.

Theringfinders.com is a large database of metal detecting specialists so clients around the country can search for a ring finder in their area.

“The main thing is they are willing to help you out,” he said.

He joined the site in February 2012. Last year he got about 20 calls. So far this year he’s gotten six.

A calibration tech at Abbott Laboratories, Baughman keeps his gear in his truck so he can respond to a call as soon as possible. He travels with several metal detectors, including one that’s hand held, shovels, and scoops to search in sand and water.

Although he doesn’t search for lost jewelry in people’s homes, he’ll search any outdoor space, including beaches, parks, lakes and yards.

When customers call, Baughman tries to get as much information about the ring or piece of jewelry as possible. He needs to know where they lost it and how long it has been missing.

If it’s in a public place, such as a parking lot or a park, he has to move quickly. If it’s on private property, he has to get permission to search the area.

When he’s searching for a ring he uses his metal detectors, putting small flags into the ground behind him so he knows were he’s been.

If the jewelry is buried, he has to dig for it, using his hand held detector.

“I’m there to help them and search everywhere I can,” he said. “I keep talking to them and get some more details and some new (information) pops up.”

Baughman works on a reward basis but charges a $30 call out fee to every customer to cover his travel expenses. If he finds the ring, it’s up to the client to decide how much he gets as a reward, he said.

Some of his customers have thrown their rings after a fight with their fiance or spouse. Others have lost it swimming or had it fall out of their pocket.

One woman called him to help her find her husband’s wedding band, which fell off his finger when he was pulling leaves off a rake. She was thrilled when he was able to find it.

He also was able to help a man in Gahanna who lost his ring playing football with his sons and a woman in Mount Sterling who lost two rings in a barn.

Although he’s had many successful finds, there have also been times he couldn’t find the ring.

Some have sunk to the bottom of the lake and others have been picked up by someone else. But he never gives up the search until the customer tells him its over.

“At least they have closure,” he said. “When you have something that’s lost, you want to know if it’s there or not.”

While he’s hunting, Baughman often comes across lots of metal objects, from cans and pop tabs to horseshoes and bottle caps. He picks up what he finds and stores it in a bucket in his garage.

“I was in Scouting, and we leave it better than how you find it, so I always pick it up,” he said.

When it comes to ring hunting, it’s important to be patient and thorough, Baughman said.

“Practice is the biggest thing and knowing your equipment,” he said. “There is a lot of detective work.”

His favorite moment is being able to tell someone he’s found their ring.

Once he returned a class ring to a woman who hadn’t seen it in 29 years. She was so happy she cried.

“You always get that rush when you find one,” he said. “I always get a big smile on my face because I know I made them happy.”

ajeffries@newarkadvocate.com

740-328-8544

Twitter: @amsjeffries

October 07, 2013

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20131006/NEWS01/310060029/Newark-man-searches-for-treasures

About this series

“Aces of Trades” is a weekly series focusing on people and their jobs — whether they’re unusual jobs, fun jobs or people who take ordinary jobs and make them extraordinary. If you have a suggestion for a future profile, let us know at advocate@newarkadvocate.com or 740-328-8821.

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Jon Baughman, an experienced metal detecting specialist and member of The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, demonstrates how he uses different metal detectors and equipment to find customers’ lost rings and other objects. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

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Jon Baughman, an experienced metal detecting specialist and member of The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, demonstrates how he uses different metal detectors and equipment to find customers’ lost rings and other objects. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Baughman, an experienced metal detecting specialist and member of The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, demonstrates how he uses different metal detectors and equipment to find customers' lost rings and other objects. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

Jon Baughman, an experienced metal detecting specialist and member of The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, demonstrates how he uses different metal detectors and equipment to find customers’ lost rings and other objects. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

 

Jon Baughman often finds himself digging up trash instead of precious rings and notes the variety of objects he finds from old horseshoes and bent spoons to beverage can pull tabs. Baughman pockets all trash he finds and disposes of it later. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

Jon Baughman often finds himself digging up trash instead of precious rings and notes the variety of objects he finds from old horseshoes and bent spoons to beverage can pull tabs. Baughman pockets all trash he finds and disposes of it later. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

 

Jon Baughman, an experienced metal detecting specialist and member of The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, demonstrates how he uses different metal detectors and equipment to find customers' lost rings and other objects. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

Jon Baughman, an experienced metal detecting specialist and member of The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, demonstrates how he uses different metal detectors and equipment to find customers’ lost rings and other objects. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

Lost Ring in Calgary Area – Recovered

from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

White Gold and Diamond  Wedding Ring lost for 10 months then recovered  10 inches deep.

Ring Still in the hole

Ring Still in the hole

This saga all started in January of 2013 when. Mrs. P.  was feeding the horses and threw some hay over the fence into the horse paddock and off came her wedding ring.  When she realized it was gone they did a visual search of the amongst the hay and snow but no luck.  Dismayed she felt it was gone for ever, 6 months later Mr. P. was searching the internet and found The Ring Finders and called me to come out.   I went and searched the horse paddock to no avail, all I found were iron signals after questioning them they told me they had scraped all the manure off the paddock in May to use in their vegetable garden on the other side of the 4 acre property.  We headed over to the garden area only to find that with all the rain we had this spring it was too muddy to get into without sinking knee deep.   Sadly, I was not able to retrieve the ring.

The last few days of September are waning, and I received a call from Mr. P.  asking if I would come out again and search the garden as the harvest was done and wanted to Rototill the ground but thought we should give it another try first, I agreed.  To my surprise when I got there he advised me that his Dad had been over and tilled the garden not once but 3 times since he called me and his Dad had all so spread some of the garden soil on another part of the property.   I figured that I was in for a long hunt.  I set to checking where the soil had been spread before going over to the garden area.  Nothing but nails there, so off to the gardens here I got lots of deep iron signals and after 1 1/2 hours,  I had searched 3/4’s of the garden and got a deep mixed signal bouncing from an ID of a scratch 45 to 80 on the Garrett AT PRO, this was peeked my interest so I started digging at about 9 inches I hit non-tilled hard soil, I checked with my Garrett Pin-Pointer probe and the item was still deeper, after another inch the item revealed itself!  Yes, it was the long lost ring in all it’s gleaming glory. 

Indus Ring RIng Only

Mr. And Mrs. P.  were thrilled to get it back and we celebrated of a refreshing beer.  Thank you Mr. & Mrs. P. For your generous reward.
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For Service in

Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, Carstairs, Indus, Irricana, Beiseker, Didsbury, Olds, Bowden, Okotoks and Red Deer, Call Bill Jones (The Detectorist) 403-701-1739 or Email:  Bill.Jones@TheRingFinders.com

Wedding Ring Found in Roseneath, Wellington, New Zealand

from Wellington (New Zealand)
Contact: 022 361 4990

Colin got my contact details from another metal detectorist in Auckland.  Colin had been working in his garden a week ago when he realised that his wedding ring was missing.

He spent some time searching for it and tried to hire a metal detector.  He got onto another ringfinding website in Auckland and they put Colin on to me.

The area to search was reasonably small but included small bits of landscaping that contained various bits of metal and nails.

After about 30 minutes I got a signal that I thought was another piece of junk, but when I dug about 2cm into the soil the ring revealed itself.

I always get such a thrill when the target appears like that.  But not as much as Colin and his wife.  They were really thrilled.

Thank you Colin for a generous reward – some of that will go to the Life Flight Trust Helicopter.

Colin reunited with his wedding ring

Colin reunited with his wedding ring

Colin's Wedding Ring

Colin’s Wedding Ring

Pourquoi louer un détecteur de métaux en France? Contactez theringfinders.com

from Provence (France)

Recherchez le web  theringfinders.com (Larry Griffith)

metal detector rental in France? Why?

from Provence (France)

Using a detector without experience can be overwhelming and frustrating. Why not consider contacting a knowledgeable metal detectorist who has all the equipment and knowledge to be successful in locating those important, cherished or valuable items? We will respond quickly to your needs at  Theringfinders.com.

Lost Ring Grand Junction, Colorado

from Culebra (Puerto Rico)
Contact: 1-939-490-9082

This ring finder can now be found in Grand Junction, Colorado. The move from Palmer, Alaska is a permanent one and with a longer sunny season there will be more time to metal detect.  I am an avid metal detectorist and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Grand Junction has great history and many beautiful and interesting places. If you have lost a ring or need help finding a lost item or artifact, call me and maybe we can find it together. If you own a metal detector and are looking for someone to hunt with feel free to contact me as well.