Keys found for Ministry of Transportation…. a year later!
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!
Here is the vid if you want to watch.