Hi. My name is Michael Nichols. I am a metal detectorist in San Antonio. I am also a member of The Ring Finders. You can find my profile and contact information at their web site. If you need help finding a lost ring or other piece of jewelry please contact me and I will do my best to find it for you. I can also find any lost item that is metal or contains some type of metal such as keys.
It was just one of those mornings with a few minutes before having to leave the house so Amy-Rose went to pull a few weeds and toss them into the woods. With birds singing in the background she did not realize that with the weeds so went the 3 car keys and two remotes. It was noon when I started to search for them, in between the shrubs, with very little room to swing a detector’s coil. However with a 3×18 inch search coil I could “jab” into the foliage. About fifteen minutes into the search my ears were rattled with the sound that was either the keys or a large can…Yes it was the ring of keys. The car could now be driven to the dealer and there would be no tow charge or charge for all the keys. I left with one smiling lady in amazement that I had found the keys.
Another search was made at Lake Pflugerville where a triathlete lost his platinum wedding band in the shallow water. Plenty of twisty-ties were found, along with the usual bottle caps, ring pull tabs and two pairs of sunglasses….but no men’s wedding band. I met and spoke to a fellow metal detector who was working the beach area and she said that several rings have been lost in this lake but she has yet to locate one either. I don’t feel so bad now.
To make use of a lazy Saturday, I decided to try out the new Garrett AT Pro during a training day. I have seven planters with many different types of items buried from one inch to 4 inches in each planter. The planters are very mobile and can be moved to any area for training. Items ranging from a piece of rebar, silver coins, earrings, ring pull tab, keys, .22 shells, .45 bullets, to a paperclip next to a copper penny. The AT Pro worked like a champ, I ran it through the different search modes and I am not disappointed with this machine. Those who use this machine and the AT Gold know what I am talking about. The AT Pro is a great addition to my stable of detectors.
Laura Citron, a genuinely sweet gal from Atlanta GA was enjoying a charity auction outing with a former college roommate at South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, FL. They were enjoying the unseasonably warm gulf waters when her cherished gold, platinum and diamond ring suddenly slipped off her finger in waist deep water. Helpful resorters and three eager lads frantically searched for the ring for some time–all to no avail. The sentimental and material loss, along with not knowing how her husband would react, for the moment, seemed more than she could bear. She had also dropped her “scheduled insurance endorsement” for the ring on her homeowners policy two years previously.
Theringfinders.com now springs into action. A helpful captain of a cruise boat found our website and gave Laura my phone number. She gave me a call, but unfortunately my wife and I were unavailable for an immediate response for her desperate call for help. Due to the late hour of the day, I then decided to call my in laws whom we live with and are associate ring finder hobbiests with my wife and I. I passed on Laura’s contact information to them. My in laws had friends visiting from Indiana and the four of them met Laura the next day at South Seas Island Resort to search for the ring.
Laura and her friend seemed to have a fairly accurate description as to where the ring was lost. After 90 minutes of searching, the prospects of a successful recovery were starting to look grim having already searched over 200 feet of beach front in shoulder deep water. However, after expanding the search another 20 foot northward in chest deep water, the Minelab Excaliber II gave that familiar sound every ring finder loves to hear! Bingo–another successful recovery.
By this time there was quite a little gathering of hopeful enthusiasts including some resort staff, awaiting the outcome of this intense search. Needless to say, the reuniting of this ring with its rightful owner, brought tears, cheers, high fives and finally, a night of restful sleep. Within minutes, this happy reunion via Facebook was announced to the world. Although some in the crowd called this find “a miracle” it was actually the result of persistent grid searching in combination of having the right equipment for the task.
I was contacted by Ken from the Ministry of Transportation Field Services about a lost set of keys during a survey ….Last year! Ken and his crew where at a site doing some survey work out in an area along Westside Road last fall. He arrived in the company truck and tucked his keys in his pocket. At the end of the survey covering almost a full acre, Ken did not have his keys anymore. They searched for a couple of hours, but the type of terrain there could easily swallow up a set of keys and leave no trace. This really bothered Ken because he knew they where there and no-place else. He bumped into our site by accident, and called me to see if I could help. The value in the keys is more in the security fob and the chipped key that would be big $$ to replace. Grid searching a forest is a bit of a difficult thing to do because the ground is completely uneven and fallen trees all over the place. Ken lasted with me for most of the search, but had to return to the office. At the three hour mark I had nothing but a belt pouch full of very old debris. I told ken before he left that I would do a few more thorough search patterns and go over a few paths that could have easily hid the keys. Fifteen minutes after he left i get a weak signal over a fallen tree. I had gone over it before but just ignored it due to the fact that it was very faint. But at this point I was checking every signal I got. So I found a large branch and used it to pry the fallen tree over far enough to search under…. Bing.. loud a clear. Under the fallen tree and a pile of bark. Surprising enough, the remote on the key ring still worked! We are a tenacious bunch when it comes to an absolute.. That meaning that the keys had to be in the location and could not have been any place else. I just have to find out where!
Lovely Dorthea (pictured below) called this morning requesting my detecting services after having lost her emerald/diamond/gold ring off of her finger as she was cleaning the railing of her tenth floor condo balcony. The ring had flew off her finger and fallen 10 stories below into the thick/dense grass.
After being unable to locate the ring herself, Dorthea called for help. Within 30 minutes of detecting, the dropped ring was recovered!
I started Milo’s search and recovery in 1997 to help people find their lost rings on our beach’s. We have a 98% find rate. Now I have become a member of (The Ring Finders.com) Look foward to helping more people find their lost items.