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Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band Lost on Sykesville, Maryland Estate…Found

  • from Washington (District of Columbia, United States)

Thad’s handsome tungsten carbide wedding band found by member of THE RING FINDER’S, Brian Rudolph.

Thad shows off his most sentimental keepsake after professional metal detectorist Brian Rudolph recovered the wedding band in his client’s front yard.

Brian Rudolph, Lost Item Recovery Specialist (Land, Water, Sand, Snow, Leaves, Cliffs, Houses & Vehicles) Will Find Your Lost Keepsake! Call ASAP (301) 466-8644!

Thad called me up in the early evening hours hoping that I would be able to help him find his lost tungsten carbide wedding band. The young man found my information on the elite international metal detectorist directory called THE RING FINDERS. He had already tried searching for it for three hours with a metal detector but he still couldn’t recover the special keepsake.

My client had been married for 8 years and this ring meant the world to both he and his wife Jessica. When Thad first talked to me on the phone, he sounded like he was about to cry. Tears were welling up inside and the desperate man was literally crying out for help.

The ring was lost while Thad was hanging out in his front yard with his dog. At some point while making a certain “flicking” motion with his hand, the band presumably flew off and the rest of the story became a mystery for Thad and “Jess”.

Though I was exhausted after conducting a huge search on a soccer field in Urbana, Maryland and still knowing that I would have to pack my things and wake up early the next morning to drive to Washington DC to take a train bound for New York City, I promised Thad that I would do the search for him that night. He was so very grateful. I declared to the fellow, “I will find your ring, and you’ll be wearing it tonight”. Thad was beyond hopeful at that moment.

I arrived at Thad’s beautiful property sometime around 10:30pm at night. After gathering up my gear, Thad immediately took me over to the front yard where he showed me where he thought he lost his precious sentimental keepsake.

Once I acquired all of the necessary information about the ring and the approximate area where the wedding band most likely had been lost, I set up my grid lanes and began to detect. With my high lumens headlamp on, it took me no more than 2 minutes or so to pick up a decent target signal coming from around the third grid lane, I believe.

I knew that this had to be my client’s ring with what my detector was registering on its screen. Immediately, I knelt down, took out my pinpointer (a handheld detector) and narrowed in on the object that was hidden in the grass. Just as I used my fingers to track and identify the surface target, my eyes locked in on Thad’s tungsten carbide wedding band! It had been resting just beside a very small tree that had recently been planted by the couple. The rim of my detector’s coil barely made contact with the handsome jewel, but I was still able to successfully identify its whereabouts!

I could not have been happier for Thad and Jess! He couldn’t believe how fast I was able to recover the lost wedding ring and my client was extremely emotional filled with words of gratitude and praise!

Thad’s three hours of no success verses my successful results in ten to fifteen minutes was no competition indeed! Thad’s choice to call a professional metal detectorist to finally garner the results he was desperately looking for was certainly a no brainer!


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Lost Keys Sturgeon Neighbourhood St. Albert, Alberta

  • from Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)


Received a call from Loren the other week requesting my service to locate her neighbours house and mail box keys she lost while shoveling snow on her property, she also brushed off the truck and that when she notice she did not have the keys on her, Loren  searched everywhere with no luck.

I meet up with Loren she showed me the area she was shoveling and she said she was beside her truck when she noticed the keys where gone, I began my search around her truck and with in minutes I had her keys back in her hands. Another happy client.


Promise Ring Found Broadmoor Estates Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada

  • from Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)


Braden called me last evening around 7:00 pm requesting my service to locate his girlfriend’s promise ring which was lost in front of her house,  either on the road or lawn.   I told him I would be there within the hour.

When I met Braden he told me that he had spent over two hours in the dark cold blustery evening searching for the ring.  He told me where he thought the ring might be and I found the ring on the road two feet from where we stood. Braden had considered going out and purchasing a metal detector from Canadian Tire but as he was searching on Google he found me and The Ringfinders.

Thank you Braden for entrusting me to find your Promise Ring. Another happy client.

Gold Wedding Band Recovered West Edmonton, Alberta.

  • from Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)


Joseph called me this morning requesting my services.  He explained that he and his wife were out this morning at a park taking photos of themselves in the freshly fallen snow that we just received over night. When they returned home he noticed his ring was missing from his finger.

Joseph quickly went on the internet to locate a metal detector to rent and instead found my blog and called me.  I told him I would be there in one hour. I meet up with Joseph and he showed me the area that they walked to,  which made it easy for me as all I had to do was follow their tracks. Within 15 minutes the ring was back on Joseph’s finger.

Thank you Joseph for entrusting me to find your wedding ring.

Another Happy Client.


Marine’s shrapnel necklace Slidell, Louisiana – Found

  • from Lafayette (Louisiana, United States)

Before Necklace 1 IMG_1914 IMG_1915 IMG_1917Randy is a Marine infantryman combat veteran, having served two tours in Iraq, in 2003 and 2004. His job was anti-armor operations and explosives. On September 6, 2004 he received a traumatic brain injury due to a road side bomb or IED (Improvised Explosive Device). He had a piece of shrapnel from a 155 millimeter mortar shell penetrate his face directly under his right eye. He had two brain surgeries and a facial reconstructive surgery. He now has three plates, titanium mesh, a bracket for a cheek bone and over twenty screws in his skull.

His initial brain surgery was done in Lundstuhl, Germany. The neurologist gave him the piece of shrapnel that entered his skull. Once he got home to Louisiana, a local jeweler mounted the shrapnel on a necklace. The shrapnel is held by an eagle’s claw, the piece then white gold plated.

Randy began working for a professional fireworks company near his home in Covington, LA. Since he had experience with explosives, the transition to fireworks was easy. He also attends school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette working on a degree in Computer Science. On July 3, 2014 while working at the company’s remote storage facility, he removed the necklace and put it on a pack of papers, then placed the stack in his truck. A co-worker grabbed the stack of papers with the necklace. Later they discovered the necklace was missing.

Randy had worn that necklace for a decade. He expressed the emotions he felt. “I felt like a piece of me died. As you can imagine, this shrapnel meant a lot to me even though it is hard to explain being connected to something that almost ended my life.” He and others hunted the area extensively. Even though friends advised him to “let it go”, he could not. He continued to look for ways to locate the necklace.

We began communicating with Randy in April of this year. We finally were able to meet him on site July 16, just a few days after the one year anniversary of the loss. The site was limestone and grass with several forty-foot long steel containers, separated from each other by two to four feet. Staking out the area of highest probability, Sid started a search within the boundaries. Carrie, with her detector set on “Zero Discrimination”, decided to search outside the lines. She detected a strong iron signal within 2 minutes of her starting the search. Looking down, Carrie saw a tiny chain extending from a patch of grass. The rest of the necklace was hidden in the grass. Needless to say, we were all excited. A few pictures and we were on our way home.

Carrie and I are both proud of the service this brave young man has given to his country and saddened by the injuries he has suffered. We are happy that we were able to help him reclaim a piece of his history.

Australian Opal Earring Houma, LA – Found

  • from Lafayette (Louisiana, United States)

Opal Earrings

Carrie and I received a call from Jan telling us she had lost an Australian Opal earring her husband had given to her on their first Christmas together, 34 years ago. Her daughter was to wear them for her upcoming wedding. Wedding pictures were taken at a plantation home in Houma, LA where the wedding is to take place. The bride removed the earrings and Jan placed them in her ears. She then left that location and went to 3 other locations before noticing one of them missing. They searched all possible locations during the week before contacting us.

Carrie and I arrived at the plantation home in a light drizzle to begin our  search. The ground was soaked from recent heavy rains.  Jan estimated her movements after placing the earrings in her ears. After flagging the search area, Carrie adjusted her Garrett ACE  350’s sensitivity and discrimination with the other earring, placing the item in a ziplock and varying the item’s position (post up, post sideways). Made the first sweep slowly with both of us pin pointing every hit. Halfway through the second pass we were both checking out separate hits 1 foot apart when Carrie found the missing earring under the short grass. Our search time was two hours.

It was such a pleasure to meet Jan and to see the beautiful smile on her face when she saw the earring!  Thank you Jan for the generous reward.

Jan and Carrie