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Ring Finder Helps Minnesota Young Lady Recover Lost Engagement Ring From Jeep Cherokee

  • from Washington (District of Columbia, United States)

Olivia’s beautiful 14 karat white gold 1.75 carat diamond engagement ring that had been missing for 9 months in her Jeep Cherokee.

Olivia and her fiancé Josh smile brightly after their long distance ring hero Brian Rudolph helped them recover their irreplaceable diamond engagement ring!

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

Olivia arrived at work and discovered that her 14 karat white gold 1.75 carat diamond engagement ring was no longer on her finger. She freaked out! Immediately retraced her steps and realized that she had stopped at a fast food restaurant just prior to driving to Olivia’s job. She never got out of the car. The young lady believed that the ring had to be somewhere in her Jeep Cherokee SUV. Olivia looked everywhere but she couldn’t find her priceless keepsake anywhere. She and her fiancé were pretty devastated over the whole thing.

Nine months went by and from time to time Olivia would search once again for her lost ring. The loss had really consumed her mind and heart. Her fiancé thought that maybe he had a curse on himself because he had bought a special ring for his first girlfriend years earlier and she happened to lose that ring in her vehicle and it was never found. Olivia was determined to try to solve this mystery. She went online and she read an article that I had posted on THE RING FINDERS website. It was about how I was able to recover a ring from a vehicle. Immediately, Olivia reached out to me for help.

After I got the whole story about the disappearance of the couple’s sentimental keepsake, I put Olivia to work. You see, I was living in Maryland and my client was all the way over in Minnesota. Therefore, I needed Olivia to be my eyes, as well as using FaceTime together. I had deducted that the most likely place that the ring had ended up happened to be in her center compartment located between the two front seats. Olivia recounted that she did reach into the center box to access a couple of napkins after picking up the fast food. I thought that that would have been the place where the ring could have slipped off and disappeared in a crack that was large enough to fit the very elegant jewel. Well, it turned out that I was correct! Once my client was able to use a very special probe that I had her order the day before, Olivia placed the scope into a couple of open spaces in the center console compartment and there are on the screen we could see her gorgeous engagement ring! It was still sparkling after three quarters of a year! Olivia was beyond excited! She was overjoyed with happiness, gratitude and relief! All that time the ring was wedged down in the crevices of the Cherokee’s interior! Even an auto body shop repair crew couldn’t even find the precious jewel which the young lady had spent good money for them to take apart interior pieces in that area, and yet they didn’t find what Olivia was looking for!

I couldn’t have been happier for Olivia! I was just as happy for the fact that there is a very special directory of metal detectorists that people can connect with that will guide people like Olivia to item recovery specialists like myself!


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Breast Cancer Survivor Ring…FOUND in Car in Harvest, Alabama!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

Christina McCree – Ring Finder/Metal Detectorist for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135

Just after noon on Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, I received a text message from Paula stating that she had lost her ring in her car and wanted to know if I was available to look for it.  She said that she lived in Harvest, Alabama.  That’s the same city I live in, and she was only a 6-minute drive from my house!  At the time of Paula’s text, I was helping a local flower shop deliver flowers, because all the regular drivers were unavailable that day.  I told Paula that I could swing by after I was done or the following day.  I finished the deliveries around 3:15 and told Paula that I was going to run by my house to change and grab my equipment.

I arrived at Paula’s house around 4pm.  I asked her to tell/show me what happened and the story behind her ring.  Paula told me that she was a breast cancer survivor and her best friend from Jacksonville State University had given her this special ring on her 5-year anniversary of being cancer free.  They had seen the ring in an antique store in New Orleans.  Her friend had secretly purchased the ring and held it until the anniversary to surprise Paula.  You can imagine the sentimental value this ring held to Paula.  I was determined to find and return it to her!

Paula said that the day before she was sitting in her car and took off the ring to put on lotion.  She set the ring on her lap, but it fell onto the divider she had between her seat and the center console.  The ring landed on some papers in the divider, but when she went to grab it, her ring was gone.  Paula and her mom looked for about an hour but could not find it.  Paula told me that she found out about The Ring Finders by watching a YouTube video of a ring recovery in a car by one of my good Rind Finder buddies, Jeff Morgan “Seattle Ring Hunter”.

I grabbed my high lumens flashlight and endoscope and started searching.  I started by feeling around the seat and floorboard.  Next, I used my endoscope to search under the seat, in the air vent, and other crevices.  I didn’t find the ring in any of those spots.  I decided to research along the seat and found a metal bracket.  It had a tray and when I slid my hand in there, I could feel a ring!  I was able to carefully grab it with my hand and when I pulled it out, I saw a gorgeous 14K white gold antique looking ring.  This was Paula’s special cancer survivor ring!!!  I was so happy to see it and thanked the Lord!

At the time I found the ring, Paula was out talking with her neighbor.  I took some pictures and headed out to surprise Paula.  I introduced myself to her neighbor and said I was trying my best to find Paula’s ring.  At that moment, I opened my hand and said, “is this your ring?”  Paula gasped and said, “yes, that’s it!”  She was so happy and thankful that she had her ring back!

We took some pictures and I chatted with Paula for a few minutes afterwards.  I told her about some of my prior searches.  Paula was so fascinated by The Ring Finders and excited that one lived so close by.  We said that maybe we’d run into each other somewhere around town.  Paula gave me a big hug and thanked me again.  I headed home and Paula was now able to enjoy the rest of her Saturday evening with her beautiful ring back on her finger where it belongs.  I love getting to go on these adventures, hear these stories, and find/return these sentimental items to people!  Best job and feeling in the world!!!

If you or someone you know has lost a ring, jewelry, or other metal item, please contact a member of The Ring Finders.

Lost Tiffany and Company Gold True Love Ring in Taneytown, Maryland…Found in Toyota RAV4 by Ring Finder

  • from Washington (District of Columbia, United States)

Christine’s Most Elegant 18 Karat Gold Tiffany & Company True Love Ring Shining its Brilliance Once Again After Being Recovered from a 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport by Ring Finder Brian Rudolph!

Christine of Taneytown, Maryland Showing Off Her Excitement and Gratitude for the Work of Brian Rudolph Who Successfully Recovered Her Tiffany and Company Treasure Given to Her by Her Special Boyfriend Cal!

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

I was delighted to receive a call from a young lady named Christine who lived in Taneytown, Maryland. She went on to share how she lost her beautiful Tiffany and Company 18 karat yellow gold True Love Ring which was a gift from her boyfriend Cal. This ring meant everything to her and she was desperate to get it back. Christine shared with me that after she finished shopping with her mother, she returned to her vehicle which she was borrowing from her brother at the time. While sitting in the driver’s seat of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport, she took off the ring and placed it somewhere near or on the center console located between the driver seat and her mom’s passenger seat. She didn’t remember exactly where she placed it, but after she applied lotion to her hands, she went looking for the ring so that she could put it back on her finger. Yet mysteriously it was nowhere to be found. She and her mom looked everywhere in the vehicle and no matter how diligent the two of them searched, the ring didn’t turn up anywhere. It made absolutely no sense to Christine for this extremely sentimental keepsake to just simply disappear into thin air. Both she and her mother got out of the RAV4 and looked all over the parking lot asphalt just to make sure that the ring didn’t fall out of the vehicle. They were thinking that perhaps the jewel made its way out of the RAV4 when the two of them initially opened their doors to lean into the vehicle to search under the seats. Even after a long time of searching, all of their efforts led to no avail.

The two drove the Toyota back to their house and waited for Christine’s dad to give it a shot at trying to recover the love gift that was presented to Christine by her boyfriend who was currently serving in the military at the time. Even after all of the time and energy that Christine’s father invested in trying to find the ring, he too had to call it quits when nothing turned up. I believe my client’s brother also gave a swing at it and he as well struck out at locating the Tiffany band.

It was at this time that the young lady went online to search for an answer to her most frustrating problem. Christine wondered if there were specialists who are experienced at extracting jewelry from automobiles. Surprisingly, as she was doing her search on the internet, the elite international directory of metal detecting specialists popped up on the her screen and my contact information was provided by the directory for Christine to connect with me.

Immediately, the desperate one contacted me and I interviewed her to find out everything I needed to know about this particular mystery of the disappearing ring. Once we covered all of the details regarding this search, we set up a time for for me to travel up to Christine’s hometown later that evening. She was extremely grateful that I was able to squeeze her search in knowing that I would be arriving quite late that evening.

I looked forward to traveling to the small town of Taneytown, Maryland which is located very close to the Pennsylvania border. Even George Washington traveled through this quaint old historical city and this is what he happened to write about the city, “Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch.(sic) the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood.”

I had traveled up this way a year and a half earlier for another ring search that I did for a young man who lost his wedding band in a pond. Now, I had yet another opportunity to help this young lady preserve this extremely important keepsake in her life. I arrived at Christine’s house sometime around 8pm. And even though it was on the late side, I couldn’t wait to get started with this in-vehicle investigation! After meeting my client and her father, they took me out to the garage where the 2004 Toyota RAV4 Sport awaited my presence along with a heater that they set up to keep the garage as warm as possible while I conducted the search. I asked Christine if she would sit in the driver’s seat and reenact what took place several days earlier when she lost her beloved ring. Then, her father Dave shared with me all of the places that he checked and all of the complications that he experienced in regards to not being able to see into many of the crevices and corners that were under and on the sides of each of the front seats. Once I gathered all of the information necessary to start the in-vehicle search, father and daughter returned inside the house while I prepared my equipment to begin unraveling this brand-new ring mystery.

With my high lumens headlamp on and setting up my endoscope (which is a long cable with a video camera at the end of it) I began probing every crevice, corner and crack around the two front seats hoping that perhaps the ring was hiding in a more accessible location than anticipated. I looked everywhere with my equipment and that exclusive and elegant Tiffany and Company ring was nowhere in sight. I made sure that I went slowly and methodically so as to not miss a single square inch of the areas where I was investigating. When nothing turned up under and around the sides of the two front bucket seats, it was time to take my search to the next location inside the Toyota RAV4.

My next destination in probing the vehicle was to take my search to the center console area (the section between the two front seats). I looked in a variety of places in this particular region of the SUV. First, I searched all of the obvious places that were on the surface of the plastic decor. This included: any organizer trays, under and around the emergency brake lever, inside the armrest storage compartment, and any other miscellaneous spots where a piece of jewelry could have burrowed its way down into a slot or tiny compartment. All of those areas that I examined turned out to be completely clear of Christine’s “symbol of love”. Once again, I was so hoping that I might find the keepsake hidden in one of those places, but unfortunately that was not to be the case.

After searching the sections of the vehicle where the ring most likely had ended up and yet still came up with nothing, I had to reasonably deduct the current facts that were on the table. I had to conclude that the ring must have slipped into a space or crevice where the odds of it landing in such a place was highly unlikely. I concluded this because there were no other obvious spots for me to analyze and probe.

At that point in the search, I knew that this was not going to be as easy as one would hope for. I began looking around at every possible place where the Tiffany & Co. band might have slipped into. There was only one place left that could have swallowed up the precious piece of metal. That location happened to be below the emergency brake which was situated towards the middle of the center console. There was a very thin gap that the ring could have slipped down into even though the chances of it perfectly making its way into that slot was quite slim. It was my only possible hunch where the piece of jewelry had ended up. Furthermore, Christine had remembered that she placed the ring off to the side in the center console, so somehow the ring would have had to jump up a bit and then make its way down into that very narrow slot below the parking brake. Though it seemed quite unlikely that the ring slipped into that very tight space, it was the only place left that I could still check out and so that was my next targeted area for the evening.

I wasted no time to take my endoscope and begin probing below the center console’s emergency brake lever. Once I pulled back on it to give me some room to place my cable down inside the vehicle’s internal workings, I had much more room to manipulate the probe with my fingers. I have to admit that this was a very tedious process. As I have found it to be in many in vehicle searches that I have done before, one must not expect that they are going to instantly see the object that they are hunting for. Rather, one must keep moving the endoscope around to observe every nook and cranny to see if the item ended up in that particular spot. Most of the time there are multiple hiding places within the larger spaces to tuck away into. In this particular case, I found that same experience to be true.

As I placed the endoscope down into the console’s abyss, I observed all kinds of hardware bolted to the internal pieces of the vehicle. Slowly and methodically I searched for anything that looked like it didn’t belong – something small and that also resembled yellow gold in color. I probably probed inside that space for nearly 45 minutes and still I could find nothing of interest.

During the time that I searched inside the Toyota’s emergency brake location, I did come across a couple of parts that looked like a ring, but they were silver in color – not yellow gold. Sometimes the light of the scope can make something appear to be silver when it is a piece of brass. Yet, in this case I kept coming up empty handed.

At some point, I decided to guide the probe cable (which was still positioned inside the slot of the parking brake and pushed down into the console) farther back towards the rear of the vehicle. I wondered if maybe the Tiffany ring moved its way back towards the arm rest compartment. Well, after another 15 minutes or so went by, I caught something of interest on my monitor screen! I couldn’t really make out what it was specifically, but whatever it happened to be it was gold in appearance and it had unusual design to it. I genuinely thought the object was some kind of safety washer that was wide and had gaps between its metal make-up. I was not about to leave this particular target and so I began to take video and photos with my endoscope just so that I could analyze the object more carefully if I needed to come back to that exact location the next day to resume the search. No matter what angle I tried to adjust the camera, I could not clearly identify the target as truly being the very special keepsake that Christine yearned so much to recover.

Finally, the family requested that I wrap things up for the night. I was so hoping that I could solve the mystery once and for all that evening but I would have to wait until morning before I would have another shot at it. In the meantime, I grabbed a bite to eat from a local Wawa road stop and studied the images that I took with my endoscope. As I compared the photos and video taken of the unidentified object with commercial images of the actual ring that my client provided to me from the Tiffany & Company website, I got extremely excited! There in my car, I studied all of the characteristics that appeared to be identical between the pictures that I was looking at. I began to see more clearly the distinct features of Christine’s ring  which I could also match up with the curious target that I locked in on with my probe! The most apparent characteristic happened to be the gold ring’s “T” letters (for Tiffany and True (as in “True Love”) that were pronounced all the way around the band. It was like something magical was happening the way my eyes started to see the ring’s unique pattern recorded on the endoscope media files! I even believed I saw part of the Tiffany and Co. stamp along the rim of the circular object! It was at that moment of revelation that I was confident that I indeed discovered Christine’s lost treasure! I sent the images to two great ring finders: legendary ring finder and CEO of THE RING FINDERS, Chris Turner, and an incredible ring finder and member of the same directory, Jeff Morgan. Both of them unanimously agreed that I had truly found my client’s ring by looking at the pictures themselves! Jeff and I even stayed up late that night talking on the phone and hunting online for the blueprints for Christine’s brother’s exact vehicle model. We figured it would be helpful to analyze just in case I would have to unbolt the center console if I was not able to retrieve the ring with my other tools! I was then well prepared to handle any obstacle thrown my way! I couldn’t wait to share the news with my client the next day!

That evening I slept overnight in town close by to where the search vehicle was located. Then, the next morning, bright and early, I returned back to my client’s place to recover the ring. I was so excited! Unfortunately, because of some changes to Christine’s plans she canceled my second search attempt. I had already arrived at her residence, so while she was on the phone with me, I walked up to my client’s door and unveiled the awesome news! I explained on the phone that upon studying my probe images I could confidently conclude that I had in fact found the young lady’s special keepsake! She was ecstatic! The door immediately opened and I showed my client some of my media files that convinced me that I had successfully located the jewel! She too was swayed to believe that I had indeed identified her cherished ring! Christine called her dad at work to make sure that all was good for me to resume the search and within minutes I was back in the Toyota RAV4 with all of my equipment attempting to pull the ring from within the vehicle’s hidden chamber!

It took me a bit of time to maneuver the endoscope back to the location where I had first encountered that marvelous view of the unidentified golden object. But eventually I reached the narrow hiding place deep down below and approximately 12 inches back towards the rear of the center console! I spotted the object of interest once again! There on my monitor I was able to convincingly show my client that I truly found her Tiffany True Love Ring! More detail on the piece of 18 karat gold revealed itself as I viewed it from additional angles! Christine was beyond excited! She couldn’t believe it!

Now that I had clearly identified the object as being my client’s missing ring that disappeared days earlier without a trace, the mission was now all about trying to retrieve the little one from within the inner workings of the RAV4. I placed a hook on the end of my probe and sent it far back into the console once again to see if I could grab the ring with the connector. I am proud to share that within about 30 minutes or so, I was able to successfully recover Christine’s beautiful 18 karat yellow gold Tiffany and Company True Love Ring from the vehicle! The elated young lady was right there beside me to capture the amazing moment on video when the brilliant yellow gold prize showed its marvelous perfections to the world once again! I was beyond excited for Christine and Cal!

It really was an amazing experience to be a part of this incredible recovery story: Driving far up north in the evening, searching the vehicle all that time in the garage, identifying a possible positive target in the center console, studying my media files saved on the endoscope, reviewing my data with other professional ring finders, identifying the target as the actual ring that was sought after, staying in the local area overnight, returning the next day to attempt a recovery and then finally capturing and returning the precious piece of classic metal from the vehicle to its rightful owner! Wow! All of it was an absolute thrill for me!

Christine and I gave thanks to the Lord for all of God’s help in guiding me to her sentimental keepsake! She immediately called her father up on her smartphone and shared the exciting news! Dave was beyond happy with the final results of my search!

In the days that followed this successful recovery of the Tiffany and Company True Love Ring, my client continued to express her gratitude and thanks for what I was able to do for her in preserving such a special part of her life! I told Christine that I was more than honored to be the one to help keep this precious “symbol of love” a part of her ongoing love story between she and the love of her life…Cal!


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Lost Wedding Band in Audi Car…Found by In-Vehicle Ring Recovery Specialist in Arnold, Maryland

  • from Washington (District of Columbia, United States)

Natalie’s Beautiful 14 Karat White Gold Diamond Wedding Band Sparkling Once Again After Being Found by In-Vehicle Item Recovery Specialist Brian Rudolph!

Natalie’s Beaming Smile Resonates Happiness All Across Her Arnold, Maryland Neighborhood After Learning that Ring Finder Brian Rudolph Recovered Her Lost Sentimental Wedding Keepsake!

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

I received a call from a young lady named Natalie in Arnold, Maryland (a suburb of Annapolis) who desperately needed my help to find a 14 karat white gold wedding band encircled with diamonds. She and her husband Carter scoured their Audi for several days hoping to find the precious keepsake, but all of their efforts unfortunately fell flat. Here is the backstory:

Four days prior to receiving the couple’s cry for help, Carter and Natalie went out on the town for a Saturday date night. On the way back home from dinner, Natalie was sitting in the front passenger seat casually talking with her husband while she “twiddled around” with her three rings. She was wearing her engagement ring and two wedding bands (yes, that’s right, two identical wedding bands that together add to the sparkle and “pop” effect on her finger). At some point during their commute, one of the matching wedding bands slipped off of Natalie’s hand and disappeared somewhere in the car. The distraught passenger heard an immediate noise as if the precious keepsake bounced off of a piece of plastic, so Natalie was confident that as soon as they parked she would be able to find the jewel.

Instead of waiting until the couple arrived home, Carter pulled over into a parking garage so that his wife could retrieve the band off of the carpet. There was only one problem – as soon as Natalie got out of the vehicle to search for the runaway ring, it was nowhere to be found! It was if it had disappeared into thin air! Over and over again the bewildered woman scanned the luxurious vehicle but continued to come away with no results. Then, Carter jumped into action and he too became perplexed as to what could have happened to this little fellow! The couple decided at that point to return back to their Arnold, Maryland house for the night and to continue their search the following day.

As I shared above, for the next several days Natalie and her husband Carter searched everywhere in their Audi hoping to finally make sense as to what could have possibly happened to Natalie’s beloved keepsake. The two of them tried everything to recover the lost wedding band, but unfortunately none of their efforts came to fruition.

Thinking that the little piece of jewelry must have slipped into a small crevice or crack under the seat, Carter got access to an endoscope and attempted to identify where the ring had ended up with his newly acquired electronic device. That strategy ended up being another bust in the list of ideas to try out. Back and forth, the couple kept taking turns trying again and again to find the missing-in-action sentimental keepsake. Sadly, at some point, Natalie and Carter recognized that with all of their diligent efforts, they were not qualified to be able to identify and extract the jewel from the Audi (if in fact it was really still there inside the vehicle).

Four days later after the initial incident took place, Natalie was at work and one of her fellow employees happened to step forward and search online for some kind of help for the poor young lady. That is when things began to turn around in this extremely frustrating string of events. The staff member found a website belonging to the elite international directory of metal detectorists called THE RING FINDERS. As Natalie read all about this very unique website that provides an unlimited database of highly competent item recovery specialists, she was more convinced more than ever that her answer was finally close at hand. The young lady looked up a specialist near her home and my name, Brian, Rudolph, popped up on her device. Natalie not only read that I was a successful metal detectorist, but that I also have much success in recovering lost rings inside vehicles of many kinds. With no time to waste, she immediately reached out to me and before long we scheduled an appointment for me to meet up with the couple at their Arnold, Maryland house.

The next morning, I drove to Natalie and Carter’s place where I could not wait to indulge myself in yet another in-vehicle search and recovery operation. I was still experiencing a tremendous high since my last in-vehicle success story just a couple of weeks earlier in Winchester, Virginia. It was an incredible search story that I will never forget! I was able to recover a very special family heirloom gold diamond ring for a young man who was devastated at the loss of his father who died a year earlier and then the loss of his father’s ring six months later. Now I had another opportunity to preserve another sentimental story about a lost ring that once was presented to Natalie on the day of her marriage several years earlier. If I was not able to recover this very special “symbol of love” from the vehicle, it would mean that the precious keepsake would never be worn again and therefore it certainly would not have the chance to be passed down Natalie’s family line as a cherished family heirloom one day.

As soon as I arrived, Natalie came out to the parking lot and began to show me what had taken place in the vehicle many days earlier. I had her reenact the entire event so that I could get a better idea of what could have happened to the wedding band. After my client concluded her demonstration, I shared with her that my biggest concern was that the ring may have been on her lap the whole time and then when she got out of the vehicle to search the Audi, she may not have realized that the ring fell onto the parking garage pavement. She too wondered if that was what happened to the band that she so desperately had been searching for to no avail. However, because she heard that particular “ping” noise immediately following the moment when the ring fell off of her finger, it was more likely that the ring did remain inside the vehicle. I did mention to Natalie that if the ring did make its way outside of the car, it probably happened because the wedding band had fell down between the door kick panel and the door itself. Then, when she opened the car door, the piece of white gold and diamonds fell out and rolled onto the concrete slab where the car was parked. I was hoping that that was not what actually happened, but we still had to realistically assess the situation and identify all possibilities as I was about to take on this next search and recovery challenge. Natalie reassured me that she and Carter checked and re-checked the parking garage concrete pavement to make sure that the wedding band did not drop to the ground and then roll out of sight. Her words were quite encouraging for me to hear as I was about to invest quite a bit of time with this attempted recovery operation.

Once Natalie and I completed my orientation inside the Audi, I went to my detecting backpack that was in a wagon that I wheeled down the street to the couple’s residence and then pulled out the necessary gear to begin the search. Because one cannot use a metal detector inside of a vehicle due to the massive amounts of metal that the vehicle is made out of, I have to resort to using other tools to help me identify lost items, such as my endoscope (which allows me to search corners, crevices and other spaces that the human eye cannot see). The first section of the car that I wanted to check out was the area under Natalie’s passenger seat. I knew from the facts given to me that the ring did not fly over to the driver side seat. She was playing with it and there was no indication that the wedding band flew across her side over to where Carter was stationed. Therefore, if in fact the ring was still inside the vehicle, I did not need to waste my time scanning the left portion of the Audi.

As I fed the endoscope lens below Natalie’s seat, I inspected both of her seat rails along with checking the lower air vent, gaps between the console carpet, and the floor carpet where the two merge underneath Natalie’s seat. I studied every crevice and corner that my endoscope allowed me to view on my monitor screen as I was not about to miss a single millimeter of space, knowing from past experiences how these rings can disappear into the most unlikely of places. Sometimes these recovery operations turn out to be a lot easier than anticipated. Based on the testimony of my client, the couple may not have had the correct tools to use, or perhaps they just happened to miss seeing the object of desire as they searched throughout the vehicle. In this particular case, I was initially able to conclude that Natalie’s precious keepsake was not hiding in some typical and obvious location and that this search could end up being a whole lot more complicated.

Once I completed my initial search under Natalie’s seat, I moved to the rear of the same seat and began to observe any and all additional places where I was not able to monitor from the front side. I made absolute certain that I didn’t miss the irreplaceable band anywhere from the rear. When I was satisfied that everything was clear of the jewel, it was time for me to check the right side of Natalie’s seat.

Knowing that the ring was not found in any of those potential spots underneath the front passenger seat, it was time to explore in and around the seat recliner lever mechanism that was located on the side of the seat. Remember, I had mentioned earlier that Natalie heard her ring bounce off of something that sounded like plastic. Therefore, my thinking was that it was quite possible that when the ring slipped away from Natalie’s finger, it rolled to the right side of her and bounced off of the lever and possibly ended up inside the mechanism. I wanted to make sure that the ring wasn’t trapped inside that particular part before continuing to search in any other location in the vehicle.

I brought all of my equipment back around to the front passenger side floor and began inspecting the recliner handle and the inner components of that part. Unfortunately, there were no possible spots where the ring could have gotten jammed in the mechanism. So, once again, I had to cross out yet another theory and move on to the next possible location where the diamond band may have ended up.

It was at this point in the search that I had to stop for a minute and recount all of the details which Natalie had given me on the phone and in person during her reenactment of what happened in the Audi four days prior to my arrival. Unless the ring fell out of the car when she opened the door in the parking garage, I had to keep telling myself that the jewel was still inside the Audi, trapped in a location that would really challenge a ring finder like myself to find.

Here are some of the facts and clues that I reconciled in my mind before attacking the next place where the ring might have ended up:

One, Natalie shared that she did not throw the ring, but rather, it slipped off of her finger. Therefore, it did not ricochet anywhere with too much speed or force involved when it took off.

Two, because I checked everywhere on the left side of Natalie’s front seat, I was 100% confident that the ring did not travel to the left of her body and then down under the left side of her seat. I clearly checked every square millimeter in that region and there was no way I had missed it.

Three, my client swore that she heard a “ping” sound as if the ring hit some type of plastic part inside the vehicle. If that was the case, it meant that the ring had to have gone in the direction towards the right front door. I knew after checking the side caddy compartment that was attached to the inner door skin that the ring did not fly into that isolated area. This all meant that wherever the ring ended up, it had to travel across Natalie’s right side and bounce somewhere off of some type of plastic piece and then land below that particular section.

Four, since I scanned with my endoscope all of the real estate within the side seat recliner lever mechanism (and there was no ring there and there was no ring under the seat as well), I had to conclude at that point, knowing all the facts given so far, that the jewel most likely bounced off of the recliner lever and disappeared into a crevice or space somewhere below that upper region.

All of these facts and deductions that I reviewed out there by the car helped me focus on the next possible location where the ring could have possibly ended up. In fact, there was only one place that I had left to check where Natalie’s beloved keepsake could have slipped into and disappeared out of sight somewhere. As I studied my surroundings further, the path that the ring most likely took after bouncing off of the side recliner lever mechanism was towards a very narrow slit that was located in a plastic trim panel that separated the front door jamb from the rear jamb. This particular piece of trim covered up the seatbelt which was bolted to the frame underneath that piece of plastic. The belt itself was threaded through that slit and then carried upward through a plastic guide ring where it then hung down waiting for a passenger to reach for it to buckle it in.

I kept staring at that very tiny slit in that panel where the seatbelt came out and I thought that the odds of Natalie’s ring jumping from the side lever mechanism and going airborne right into that tiny space was probably a thousand to one chance that it would have made it into that slit. Even the angle of the band had to perfectly maneuver itself on an exact angle and pitch for the piece of jewelry to slide perfectly into that narrow chamber and then fall into darkness below that trim panel. Yet, with the odds completely against my theory, it was all I had to work with and so I began making preparations to scan that very petite opening and see if the band traveled in and below it.

My first step in searching this last possible section was to place the endoscope into that very narrow slit to see what was down below. Regretfully, I was not able to fit the head of the lens into that narrow space so I had to look for another way in. As I followed that center vertical plastic trim piece down towards the carpet, I noticed that there was a rectangular plastic cut out piece that was designed to pull back from the main trim panel in order to have access to the seatbelt fastening bolt. The manufacture designed this piece in order for the mechanic to have easier access in removing and replacing the tie down bolt which holds the belt fabric to the frame. Once I got that small trim piece pulled back, I placed my endoscope down into the hole and searched everywhere below where the center vertical frame met up with the flooring and carpet.

Even though I thought that this particular spot that I was investigating had little to no chance of producing the missing ring, my attitude was the same as every other search that I have conducted. That is, I eliminate every possibility until I find the missing object, or that I don’t find it at all and therefore conclude that the item was no longer in that particular environment. I must have placed the endoscope lens in twenty or more locations down in that narrow chamber and nothing but carpet threads could be seen on my monitor screen. I kept changing the angles so that I didn’t miss a thing and still there was no jewelry to be discovered.

Knowing that this was my best and only chance remaining, I continued searching in that particular area and I decided to start pushing the snake farther down between the space where the carpet padding (eggshell white colored foam) was pressed up against the metal flooring. From what I could tell, there was nothing at all sandwiched between the vehicle carpet and the padding below it. Therefore, I wanted to search some more between the foam and the actual metal flooring just in case the piece of white gold somehow made its way farther and deeper across the Audi floor below.

It was not easy trying to push the endoscope between the foam and the floor. There was so much resistance because of how everything was compressed together that it convinced me even more that there was no way that a ring could somehow slip in between so much friction between that little space that I was observing. Yet, I didn’t give up and I just kept pushing farther and farther across the flooring in the direction of where the seat was bolted to the floor in the rear.

Just a reminder for the reader: The whole time I was looking at my monitor screen as I pushed the video camera snake farther along the flooring towards where the right rear seat frame support was bolted into the floor. I probably got the scope to reach approximately 5 inches away from the center support beam. Reaching that far away starting from the right inner edge inside the car, I didn’t think there was a chance in the world that any kind of metal would show up on my monitor screen. Then, as I kept on searching that underside section of the foam padding, at some point, just before I was about to pull the endoscope out and call it quits, I saw something appear on my screen that slightly resembled a piece of jewelry. At first I thought perhaps it was just a reflection of the floor itself. However, the more that I repositioned the endoscope in multiple angles, the more I got convinced that I was staring at my first potential target! My mind and heart started to race faster with great curiosity, intrigue and anticipation as I pondered the possibility that against all odds, I may have found the ring that had disappeared into thin air four days earlier!

As I shared earlier, I had recently been a part of not just one in-vehicle search in Alexandria, Virginia, but actually involved in several other crazy in-vehicle searches that were certainly unbelievable success stories! And pondering upon what I potentially had just discovered while staring at the endoscope screen, this one would add to another amazing story to share with my readers if indeed what I was seeing on the screen was actually Natalie’s sentimental wedding keepsake!

Because this object had burrowed its way far across the flooring of the vehicle, I was unable to push and position the endoscope any better than how I placed it thus far. So, in order for me to correctly identify that particular target, I needed to remove my snake from the trim panel slot and try reinserting the lens from a different location in the vehicle. After taking a few minutes to assess the situation, I determined that the best entry point for the endoscope would have to be under the trim panel that ran across the floor (which covered the edge of the carpeting as well as the metal floor reinforcement). It turned out that the floor trim molding actually was part of the vertical trim panel (all one piece) where I stuck the endoscope down in that one particular slot below where the seatbelt went into the plastic slit above it. Knowing that this was all one piece, I would need to loosen both the vertical panel and the lower floor horizontal trim cover molding all at the same time, since it was manufactured together as one “L” shaped part. Recognizing that there was some risk in breaking the large piece of plastic, I sought Natalie’s permission for me to go ahead with lifting the lower portion of this trim panel and molding in order to get better access to this mysterious object. I purposely didn’t tell Natalie that I had a particular target that I was working on identifying just so that I didn’t raise her hopes up too high if this pursuit for success turned out to be a bust. My client agreed to allow me to attempt the loosening of the large trim panel and then I immediately got busy with the removal process.

Slowly and carefully I used a couple of tools to release the trim panel from all of its connectors in order for me to lift it up to get access underneath with the endoscope. Then, I slid the snake as deep in as it would travel until I got it approximately in the same location as to where I believed I initially saw that piece of metal. When I realized that my probe still required some flexibility in moving the endoscope cable, I pulled back the carpet and used my box cutter to remove some excess foam padding below the main carpet. With every inch of material that I got rid of, I found that I had much more ability to wield the endoscope in a variety of different angles that I had previously been unable to perform.

As I positioned the camera back in the zone that I was aiming for again, I was quite encouraged to find a unique piece of colored thread that I had identified when I had originally placed the scope down that first opening of the vertical center trim panel. I was certain now that I was right where I needed to be and it was now just a matter of maneuvering the lens around to find that silver looking object that showed up on my screen earlier. Perhaps another few minutes went by as I continued to search for that particular target, and then a huge rush of encouragement came my way! While I was pulling back the more of the carpet and foam padding as much as I possibly could, I pushed the endoscope just another inch or so in a particular direction on a certain angle and there before me was what looked like a thin silver colored “halo” shaped object that was tightly wedged in between the carpet foam padding and the floor of the vehicle! This was the best visual coverage that I had seen on my monitor screen since observing just a portion of that piece of metal earlier!

I started to get extremely excited about discovering this new additional puzzle piece and I was becoming more convinced that this object actually was the lost ring!  Knowing that it was nearly impossible for this target to be some other random object that “happened” to resemble a ring and just “happened” to make its way that far into the foam padding where it met up with the floor, I had to believe that I had found what initially seemed to be unobtainable! At that point, nothing was going to stop me from fully identifying what this round shaped object was! I kept positioning and repositioning the camera and tried to come alongside the target to see if I could make out any specific details that could help me further identify the piece of metal. After another minute or two of this same maneuvering technique with the endoscope, with great excitement, my answer finally arrived before my very eyes! There it was on the endoscope monitor! My eyes beheld several pretty diamonds that were encircled around the band of this metal object! They sparkled so brilliantly, shooting off countless rays of reflected light from my faithful scope’s LED beam! It was if every “ice” facet was sending me endless beacon distress calls, hoping that I was there to rescue that most sentimental piece of precious metal from the darkness where the ring had been hiding all this time! I couldn’t believe what I was looking at! Honestly, I was totally taken back by this very unexpected discovery of Natalie’s lost ring!

Not in my wildest dreams did I think that the diamond wedding band could have ricocheted off of the side seat lever mechanism and fly perfectly into that very narrow slit that was just wide enough for a very thin ring to go down into it! It had to approach the opening on a perfect angle for it to enter the plastic trim where the seatbelt exited! The chances of this happening were astronomical indeed! Then, to add to that craziness, the jewel disappeared below into the darkness, moving its way between the carpet pad and the floor and then traveled across the flooring approximately 5 inches or so until it settled down to its final resting place!

Prior to this recovery operation, I thought that I could never experience greater shocks of surprise from my other recoveries in the vehicles that I had searched in the past couple of months! Now, this one certainly took the cake by far! It never ceases to amaze me where these circles of love ultimately end up! My face lit up and I kept saying out loud to myself, “This is amazing! This is absolutely unbelievable! I can’t believe I did it! I did it! I found her ring!” I then began to thank the Lord for answering Natalie’s and my prayer which we lifted up to the Lord earlier on before I started the search. I felt such favor from God in helping me figure out where the wedding band had ended up all of this time! I was truly thankful for all of the Lord’s help with the wisdom He had given me that particular day!

Now that I finally located and identified Natalie‘s lost wedding memento, I needed to perform a particular procedure to extract the ring from its hiding place. There was no way that I could use my fingers to reach and retrieve the precious piece of jewelry, so I connected a special hook to the end of my probe and worked hard to catch the little halo in order to successfully rescue it from the darkness and return it once more to the person and place where it was greatly missed – Natalie’s left hand’s ring finger! I am very proud to share that within a few minutes of adjusting my strategy to hook and capture the jewel, I was able to successfully remove the sentimental keepsake from under the padding! For the first time since I located my target on the endoscope screen, I got to finally hold that beautiful diamond ring in my hand and see the precious white gold and diamonds with my own eyes!

The whole experience was simply breathtaking! I really didn’t believe this was all happening due to all of the impossibilities that surrounded this particular search! The greatest part of finding this irreplaceable piece of jewelry was that I got to then surprise the living daylights out of Natalie and her husband Carter! What a moment that was! My clients were completely blown away by the news that I revealed to them, and more importantly the shock I gave when I showed the evidence of my success that I held between my fingers! The three of us celebrated with so much excitement and elation! No one could really grasp the reality of what had just taken place! It all seemed just so surreal what had finally been restored to Natalie‘s finger! And not only that… but also what was preserved forever – a very meaningful symbol of love that told a very special love story that began ‘once upon a time‘!


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