Katrina called me about the custom Saphire and Diamond engagement ring she lost while cross country skiing near Turner Valley. After chatting for a while, we decided that it would be more of a closure hunt (where it isn’t) than a ring find due to the fact that she covered a total of 10 km while skiing. We would check the places where she stopped for breaks. We searched a lot of area that day. Four hours later we returned and did a couple of final checks. You always find it in the last place you look.
Mark contacted me. Found me on Kijiji but used “TheRingfinders.com” to make sure I was on the up and up. He was in the backyard with his dogs and when he went back in his ring was gone. His gut instinct was that it fell off when he was throwing the ball. When I arrived, there was lots of evidence that he had been looking for it already. A big patch of snow had been cleared. His words were, “Before I rented a detector I thought I would give you a chance.” Good choice Mark. I have had several people rent a detector, only to tell me they had no clue what the sounds meant. I searched the area with no luck. Then we followed the path back to the back door. I had one tone, which we looked at and moments later another. I love it when I hear the ring’s actual tone in my headphones. We grabbed the camera for the reveal. Awesome. Less than a year married, and just back from his honeymoon, Mark is glad to have his ring back and is planning on resizing it.
Got a call out last night. Lots of snow this week means lots of shovelling and the potential for all sorts of things to get lost. Rings, phones and keys. Ryan was shovelling his driveway and when he was finished he realized his keys were gone. After checking inside the truck without luck, it left only one possibility; they were dropped between the truck and the house and most likely when he cleared the driveway. We talked it over and he described his task as basically pushing the snow off the edge. So I checked the edge. When that did not work, I expanded my search and eventually found the keys. It must have been one of the odd times he threw the snow because they close to 6 feet from the edge. No matter, Ryan has his keys and he can breathe easy. Keys aren’t cheap but even more, the hassle of replacing them is costly as well. Thanks for the generous reward.
I received a call today from Neda at about 1:00PM from the Bay Area asking if I could help her friend Pasha find his Mercedes Key. I asked where he lost it and she explained he was visiting family here in Yorba Linda and was running yesterday at Yorba Park, when he crossed a stream on the rocks, slipped and bashed his knee on the rocks in the stream! He got up, a little shaken, but continued on around his run and stopped a few times at benches along the way to rest. As he headed back the his new Mercedes in the lot, he felt his pocket and was sure his keys were there, however, he only had his earbuds, and not his FOB! After re-tracing his steps untill 11PM last night, could not find the key and FOB.
He returned this morning with his mother, and they searched in the water, along his path and every bench he stopped at with no luck. He had to have his new Mercedes towed to the local dealer the night before and was facing an expensive and lenghty process to get a new key and have it programmed for his car.
He was very lucky Neda had researched lost keys and found the TheRingFinders.com and me!
I arrived there at 1:30PM and met Pasha and his mother there, both very nice people, and as we walked across the park trials to the spot where he crossed the stream and he explained what happened. It was now very hot in the park and took about 10-15 minutes to get to the spot.
I brought my Equinox 800 and a couple spare FOB’s of my own just to get an idea of the signal I might expect to see.
I scanned in the water a minute, used my pinpointer to find a signal in the mud but was junk. I swung over to where he had hit his knee and got a similar jumpy signal and then used my pinpointer and immediatly saw the FOB under water in the leaves and mud. I pulled it up in my hand without him seeing it and asked him if it was going to be a big inconvenience to lose it and he explained how much they cost and trouble he already went through, and I handed him his key! He and his mother were overjoyed! It took just maybe 5 minutes to find it, and they had searched that same rock by hand several times and didn’t find it. This was a big relief to Pasha who now could go and pick up his car without more expense of getting a new key made!
It makes my day to return things, and I am happy I could help Pasha and Neda (and Mom) with this return.
Hi, my name is Tom . I joined the Ringfinders to help folks find their lost jewelry & items. If you’ve lost something where a metal detector might be helpful (terra firma, sand, etc…) & need help, contact me. I will do my best to help you find what was lost. I love any excuse to get out and hunt.
Normally, the one who loses an item, finds a Ring Finder to help. However, today Thomas and his son Benjamin decided to place a Craigslist ad stating the need for a person with a metal detector to find some lost keys. This being a very cold, but sunny Sunday I was watching TV and checking out Craigslist. Finding and reading Thomas and Benjamin’s post about their lost keys, almost made me feel like Batman would have when the bat signal was shown in the sky. So after a quick phone interaction and finding the address on google maps, I was at Thomas’s house swinging my Whites detector in over two feet of snow. Keys can be a hard item to pick up with the normal settings, so I opened up my V3I to accept all metal. The front yard had only a few targets buried deep past the snow and in the lawn and not one was the set of keys. Then Thomas told me two other locations to search. The side yard gave up a few really large targets but no keys, so then we went back by the garage. Suddenly, low and behold, the keys gave me a sound. After giving a quick kick at the snow I said here they are. Benjamin came over with a grin of disbelief and plucked out his keys that he lost over three weeks ago. For Thomas without having his sight he was only able to hold and feel the cold wet metal of the keys. However, this didn’t stop the overwhelming emotion he felt. Thomas couldn’t stop saying how happy he was and how I was his hero. So after we found the keys, I got to see the ’74 Dodge Dart one of the keys belonged too. Also Thomas told me of the important safes that were unlockable until now. This was unlike any search I’ve done where I found the person who lost something, and then turned around and found the lost item. Regardless of this not being a ring search, the sentimental meaning of some of the keys and key fobs made succeeding in this Ring Finders key return, priceless. Thanks for reaching out on the web for help Thomas. The Ring finders as a whole proves to me daily, good people with selfless hearts still exist.
The following is a testimonial from our most recent ring recovery.
“Words cannot express how thankful we are to Craig Ostendorf and his wife from The Ring Finders! We had been vacationing in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida and I had forgotten I had taken my rings off and placed them on my lap to put on suntan lotion. We left the beach and headed back to our condo. I realized hours later on a Friday night of Easter weekend that I lost them in the most crowded area of the beach. We contacted Craig and he graciously came to the rescue at 9:00 pm at night. They found my rings in 5 minutes! They were professional, courteous, and sympathetic to the most heartbroken wife in the world. It was truly a miracle. They were our angels and we are eternally grateful”