Colleen and her fiance had just finished raking, bagging and setting bagged leaves out in the road in front of their house when Colleen noticed that her platinum engagement ring was no longer on her finger; so they immediately put the bags of leaves in the garage and started searching.
They searched everywhere: the back yard where they bagged the leaves, the spot in the backyard where they temporarily set the bags, in front of the house where they placed the the bags to be picked up. They even dumped out and searched two of the bags of leaves, but they still came up empty-handed. So they purchased a metal detector to help in the search, but the metal detector was beeping at everything and didn’t have much depth. That’s when they decided call for help.
I got the call the following day and made arrangements to come out and find the ring that evening. Colleen was visibly upset and I knew we had to find it. First I gridded the front yard, but came up with nothing. The same thing happened with the back yard and out by the street. That left just two places where the ring could still be found: inside the garage in one of the bags or in the leaves from one of the bags still spread out on the garage floor.
I first searched the leaves on the floor and the ring was not there. So we decided to see if we could detect the ring in any of the bags full of leaves without dumping them out. I got a good solid hit on the first bag we tried and told Colleen that this was probably her ring. So I dumped the leaves out on the floor and found the solid signal: a large piece of foil! This was very disheartening to us all. What were the chances that a large piece of foil would be in that bag?
I continued to search the dumped out leaves from that same bag and very quickly got another solid signal. I let Colleen and her fiance know that it could be the ring, but I really didn’t want to get their hopes up again only to find another piece of foil. I uncovered the object in the leaves and exclaimed This sure looks nice and shiny to me!’. And, sure enough, it was Colleen’s engagement ring!
Interesting to note: they had emptied and searched that same bag that we found the ring in. They emptied it on the garage floor, searched the leaves and bagged them them back up.
We were all thrilled to see the ring back on Colleen’s finger!