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Longboat Key Wedding Band Recovery

Steve, his wife Nancy, daughter Nicole, and son-in-law Aaron came down from Chicago to escape the cold winter weather up north. Aaron was setting in a lounge chair enjoying the sun and decided it was time to get some sun lotion on. He pulled his wedding band off his hand and set it on his lap and proceeded to spread the sun lotion on his body. Before he could finish he received a phone call and was deep in conversation when he stood up and began to pace in the sand. Suddenly he realized that he had forgotten about the ring in his lap. He and the whole family searched frantically in the sand and Aaron even dug a deep wide hole where he believed it should be. They searched to no avail for a couple hours until it was time for Aaron and Nicole to leave for the airport.

Steve and Nancy stayed and later that day were talking to one of the pool staff about losing the ring. He mentioned that they should Google the internet for someone that might have a metal detector and would come and help search for the ring. Steve found Ring Finders and then picked SRARC to contact. Tom Jones called Mike Miller to see if he was available and Mike responded right away. Steve and Nancy meet Mike at the site and had an area of about 20 sq. ft. marked out in which they thought the ring must be. In about 10 minutes Mike heard the sound of a ring and sure enough out it came on the first dig.

There were lots of smiles to go around. Steve called Aaron right away and he was very happy and relieved that we had recovered his ring. I just never get tired of seeing the smiles when we are able to return a sentimental piece to the owner.



Found and Returned at Siesta Key Sarasota, Florida

On Labor Day weekend, Eduardo and his family had just one hour left before checkout time at their hotel on the Gulf of Mexico. They decided to take a last quick swim before packing up and leaving for the trip home. He was standing about waist deep and decided to kneel down to cover his upper body with cool water. As he went down, his hands pushed into the sand and when he stood up, he had lost his 19 year old wedding ring. The family looked for as long as they could before having to leave and check out but could not fine the ring.

Eduardo was devastated and brooded for about a week before remembering a story he heard about someone’s ring being found and returned after three years by a metal detectorist. He began looking for someone who might do the same for him. On September 15 he found the SRARC on Ring Finders and sent an email requesting our help. Mike Miller put together a team, Jay and Karen Ganz, and they met Edwardo and his family at the site on September 21. After 2 1/2 hours of hunting and dark approaching we gave up and gave the bad news to the family. We had not found the ring. We let them know that we would return and hunt for the ring another time but that of course did not lift their spirits much.

On the following Monday Mike returned and began hunting slightly North of the previous hunt and within an hour found the ring. He contacted Eduardo and had him come to the club meeting that evening. We returned his ring at the meeting and as you can see he was surprised and delighted.

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