A few days ago I was contacted by Tom, While he and his wife Sharon were out in the backyard doing some yard work Sharon’s Soldered ring set slipped off her finger into the grass. They searched for it for a few days with a metal detector they bought at a local store. Despite hearing different signals and fanning the grass on hands and knees they were not able to locate it. A friend of theirs did a google search and found my RingFinders profile so they decided to give me a call for some help. I went there a few days later and once they showed me the general area where they thought it might be I got to work. Within about 10 mins I found it deeply embedded in thick grass. They were so happy and relieved I had found it! This ring has a lot of history as they have been married for 30 years! They met and began dating at the age of 19! Amazing! Over the years the ring that began as an engagement ring was added onto with a wedding band, Baguettes, And an anniversary ring. A jeweler friend of theirs also re-did all of the etching on both of their rings for them! What a great story! I’m so happy I was able to help them reclaim it!
I received a message on my Facebook page late last night from Sheyla who lost her wedding band and engagement ring on the beach in Brigantine, NJ earlier in the day. I spoke to her shortly after I received her message and we made plans to meet early this morning to look for the rings. After we met and talked about where the rings might be, I started my search and within 20 minutes the rings were found. It just so happens that today is their 8th wedding anniversary, so it was all the more special when it was recovered!
Keanna spent the day at the dog beach in Ocean Beach with friends, both human and furry. Sometime during her stay, her phone came up missing. She and her friends sifted through the sand trying to find it, but, we know the results of that effort…..nada. After an online search with her friend Kristen’s phone, The Ring Finders website came up and my info. Kristen contacted me on her phone asking for help. Being early afternoon on a Labor Day weekend, trying to make to their location right away would be almost impossible, so, since they planned on being there for a while, I told them I’d come later in the day when people started to leave the beach and I would actually be able to drive to the beach and find a parking spot. I arrived a bit after sunset and met up with Kristen in the parking lot. We trekked over to the area where the phone was lost, and where I met Keanna and the gang. Maybe a minute went by on my search and I get a fairly deep and large signal on my detector. Not wanting to accidentally damage her phone, I used my pin pointer to probe into the sand for the target. I wasn’t surprised to find her phone, as this was the signal I expected, but, I was surprised that it was 8-10 inches deep. We guessed that with the dogs digging and other activities around the camp that it must have ended up in a hole that got covered. The phone was still up and working, so, a happy Keanna and her friends could head home after a long day at the beach. Pleasure meeting you all and thank you for the reward.
About 9:30pm I received a text from Joe.
.While in town visiting Joes parents Joanne and Leon along with other family members, They were having a beach day. Jackie had removed her rings and put them into her phone case for safe keeping. However, Their young nephew took her phone out at some point and the rings had fallen into the sand and vanished! Everyone searched feverishly for them but they were nowhere to be found. They even used a few older metal detectors to no avail. After posting about the loss on a few local pages Joe reached out to me in hopes I may be able to help. I got on the phone with Joe and Jackie via conference call and they gave me as many details as possible and a few photos. Although I had plans to go somewhere I promised them I would go there sometime that night no matter how late it was. I left where I was around 2am and made the hour drive to the beach they were at. Once I arrived there and saw all the marks in the sand from them fanning the sand by hand. (They resembled miniature snow angels.) I knew for sure I was in the right spot. I turned on the machine and began my search. First out of of the sand was Jackie’s wedding band and right next to it was her engagement ring! I sent Joe a photo to let him know the rings had been found. Later on that morning I received the kind of reply I always love to see. One of surprise, Relief and much Joy! The next day after going out on another search I met with Joe’s parents Joanne and Leon on the way home to give them the rings which in turn they met up with Joe later that day to so he could bring them home to Jackie. He told me she was filled with excitement and tears of joy when she learned her rings were coming home to her. I love being able to help people get such meaningful and sentimental items back to them! Another wonderful ending!
Amy located me through theringfinders.com website. She lost her wedding ring and really wasn’t sure where. Her family had spent the day at the beach/park in Lake City Minnesota. While dining out that evening at a nearby restaurant, she noticed her ring was missing. They quickly backed tracked to the beach and parking area to search. As they talked to other people and park officials, they were informed of the ring finders website and Amy promptly called me. After talking about the scenario, we decided the best hope was on the beach or in the water. I met Amy’s husband Matt at the park and we did a quick search of the beach and water edge area. No luck. I suited up for a scuba search as Amy was swimming in water approx. 12 feet deep. It was a pretty large area to search and the water was murky with no visibility. When I get a hit on my metal detector I have to use feel to find the object. There was a lot of trash, I had to bring two full bags of trash back to shore and Matt would run it up to the trash can. After 3 hours underwater I was just about out of air and out of confidence. I don’t know what it was, maybe divine intervention? Though, I was just getting out of the water and something told me to turn back I try one more time. Within the next few seconds I got another hit and there was that beautiful ring. It truly was an incredible search and find – One I will never forget.
Congrats to Amy & Matt!!! I’m so glad I could help recover your lost valuable.
Annabelle was at La Jolla Shores surfing when, while ducking under an incoming wave, her hard earned graduation ring popped off her finger and plunged in the waist deep surf. After an online search, Annabelle’s mother Ginny, called me about an hour and half later to see if I could help. Do beaches eat rings? Sure I could! At least I would give it the old college try! Surf hunts are never easy, and with a storm southwest of us causing some bigger surf, this was going to be an extra challenge. I picked 11:30pm as a time to meet, as low tide was going to be coming up at 1:15am. Annabelle lost her ring about and hour and fifteen minutes from +5.9 high tide, so, with a -.01 low tide coming up, the ring should only be in very shallow water or wet sand. I met with Ginny, Annabelle, and her two brothers on time and we proceeded to the search area. As I suspected, the surf was not going to cooperate. Rouge waves kept blasting up the wet sand wiping out my grid marks, and after a half hour and a few tries going from beach to breakers, I gave up on that plan and tried running parallel to the shore where I was able to take some bearings from lights off in the distance to help keep me on a straight line. After another 15 minutes and not finding a single non-ferrous target all night, I got a nice solid 10 on my Equinox in ankle deep water. One scoop later, and I see a nice looking ring in the basket. I walked over to Annabelle and Ginny and asked if this was THE ONE. Annabelle picked up the ring in relief, joy, and disbelief. A pleasure to meet you all, and thank you for the reward.
Amanda & Chris were spending a family vacation along Salter Path’s beach. After a few hours on the beach they returned to their room to clean up. It was then Amanda discovered her wedding ring set was gone! Chris had mentioned to me that the rings were usually a snug fit and had been soldered together. The evening of the loss, Chris found my contact information and plans were made to meet the following day. After a thunderstorm, I began the search in the area of the beach they set up and worked my way toward the water. Once it was near the low tide time, I changed to a different metal detector and headed into the water. One of the first targets in the water was a stainless band ring. A couple more items were retrieved from the waist deep water before I placed the detector coil over Amanda’s rings. To my surprise, they were laying on top of the sand & shells I pulled up in the scoop. Chris mentioned I had saved their vacation as Amanda was very upset because the rings were lost.
Cynthia and her husband Juan were cooling off in the waters of Mission Bay. Cynthia’s ring was bothering her finger, and when she adjusted it, it came off and sunk into waist deep water. Try as they might, they couldn’t find it. An online search brought them to TheRingFinders.com website and my contact info. We arranged to meet an hour before the afternoon low tide at 1pm, which should be low enough to where the ring might be just in the wet sand instead of waist deep water. That makes searching much easier. I arrived a bit early and a short time later Cynthia and Juan arrived and found me down by the water. They directed me to the search area and I proceeded to start a grid pattern from lower slope out into thigh deep water. Some time, and lot’s of good sounding junk targets later, still no ring. Being a hot Sunday afternoon, there were lots of other people and children playing in that area too, so, it could be I may have missed it in dodging around them. I then started a grid 90 degrees from my last one. I started up on the slope and worked my way into the water. In ankle deep water, I got a sweet sounding 11 on my Equinox, sifted the sand out of the scoop, and saw Cynthia’s beautiful ring in the bottom. I looked over to where they were sitting, gave them thumbs up, and held up her ring in triumph. An emotional Cynthia fell into her husband’s arms, people on the beach were amazed, and I ended up answering many questions about our service. Cynthia and Juan were high school sweethearts, so, it was wonderful to help continue the ring’s story for them. A pleasure to meet you both, and thank you for the reward.
Montague contacted me about a ring his wife lost in the water at Ocean Beach. She had been in waist deep water holding their daughter when her family heirloom rose gold ring slipped off and into the surf. In looking at the tide chart, Montague agreed to meet me there at 1am for the low tide and a better shot at finding the ring. Being Saturday night, there was still lots of people partying and parking was still a problem, but, we eventually met and proceeded to the search area. Running a grid pattern from lower slope into knee deep water didn’t produce the ring, so, after re-evaluating where she was probably standing, I moved higher up on the slope. After a few more passes, I got a much higher reading than a rose gold ring should produce, but, I like to remove all targets to reduce the chance of them masking the signal I expect to receive. I scooped down, and pulled up a ring, but, as I suspected, it was a silver ring. Well, it turns out that was a second ring that she dropped into the water! Another search of the immediate area produced the nice low tone that I was hoping to hear, and the rose gold ring was in my scoop. A happy Montague now got to head home and bring the good news with him. A pleasure to meet you Montague and thank you for the reward.
Patrick and his family spent the day at the beach in Coronado. Toward the end of the day, he went to brush some sand off his hands, and his platinum wedding band was brushed into the beach as well. The good thing was, that they knew where in the area it should be, and they didn’t leave until they could get help. When I got the call, I grabbed my gear and headed straight over. We managed to find each other in the dark by meeting by one of the lifeguard kiosks, and then proceeded to the search area. They cleared their gear away so I could sweep the area. 10 seconds, two steps later, and first target, I had Patrick’s ring in the scoop! If only all of the hunts could be this easy. A pleasure to meet you Patrick and thank you for the reward.