We’ve been getting some snow here almost every day for a week and people are starting to lose things in it. I received a call from Zac about his lost cell phone. His friend Amy posted on her face book page about me finding her keys and so he thought he would give me a try to help find his phone.
We met on Jan. 25th in the afternoon at the park where he lost it. He had been sledding and playing in the snow when it was lost. He said he did an online search and the phone showed up in the park until the battery died.
We walked out in the snow to an area he thought we should start at. The second signal was his phone buried in the snow. He was very happy to have his phone back.
I received a call from Mark yesterday looking for help finding a gold ring that was lost by his Dad 20 years ago in the garden.Mark explained that he is getting married and would like to find and use the ring as his wedding ring. Knowing that in January in Alberta the ground is frozen and like cement up to a meter down, I advised Mark that I would gladly come out to search for the ring but with one caveat he would have to be willing to dig in the frozen ground. He agreed and we met at the acreage that was his childhood home. I must add here that Mark had received permission from the new owners for us to conduct the search.
I met Mark at the acreage at 3 pm today.It was a balmy 5° C ( approx 41° F ) as we started our hunt with Mark trying to remember where the garden was because things had changed quite a bit in the past 20 years. The garden was now a horse paddock and the fences had been moved. He selected an area that seemed to be close to accurate, according to memory.
We went to work, me with my Garret AT-Pro metal detector and pinpointer probe and Mark with an electric drill that had a long auger bit and a heavy construction claw hammer.
I would identify the potential targets and Mark would chip away at the ground. I identified approximately 13 targets, most were 10 to 20 cm deep in the solidly frozen turf. I was marking the targets with rocks, at target number 12, I asked Mark to roll a rock over to me to Mark a target that sounded good he rolled a large rock under the fence toward me and it stopped right over the target area, we laughed and thought that must be an omen.After digging all the rest of the targets and coming up with pull tabs, foil and shards of metal it was time to dig the number 12 hole, which took a lot of effort on Marks behalf. As he loosened the soil and scraped it out of the hole I would check the tailings and then the hole for a signal.The hole kept getting deeper and deeper.Just as we were starting to think it was more junk, a glint of gold showed then another and another.Yes, it was the long lost ring, unfortunately it was in many pieces whether from years of soil tilling or from Marks vigorous digging efforts we will never know but we did recover his Dad’s wedding band lost for 20 years.Mark may get the ring reconstructed, never the less, he was pleased to have the ring back in the family where it belongs.
It’s never too long to recover lost treasures just ask The Ring Finders.
Received a call from a gentleman in Ft. Myers (12/8/2018) who reported having recently lost his gold wedding band while washing his dogs in the garden. The soapy water had allowed the ring to slip off his finger. For those of you unfamiliar with Florida grass, its “thick”, very thick. I arrived to find a small 6′ – 8′ circular enclosure that had been staked off to mark the location, limit traffic, and prevent mowing, etc. A quick search of this area with the Minelab CTX3030 running a 17″ coil revealed nothing, at which point the search area was expanded. Within seconds, the audible signal of gold rang true. With the assistance of a pin-pointer, the ring finally became visible having already worked its way through the thatch all the way to the dirt. Well, pictures speak volumes and are often better than a thousand words, so let these and the smiles evidence the relief and happiness within…Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas to you all!
If you’ve lost something metal, I’ll find it – call Mark (239)500-RING.
Recieved an email from Houston and he said he lost his ring while playing with his dog on a leash… he stated the leash got wrapped on his hand and off came wedding ring… His wife said his ring was loose fitting… Neither Houston or his wife were home at the time so I started my search… I searched the far side of his front yard at first staying with the grid in the yard… I made it to the far side by the driveway and right by the corner of the driveway by the bush layed his ring under the leaves ten minutes after I found his ring his wife drove up….thanks Houston for calling as soon as you did…
Angela called me to help find her lost keys. It was dark, she and her husband were outside his car in the parking lot where they lived. Angela attempted to throw her keys over to top of the car to her husband on the other side. The keys didn’t make it! They hit the top of the car and bounced somewhere. They searched the parking lot, sidewalk, and landscaping the best they could in the dark using a flashlight, but, didn’t have any luck. They searched again the next day, even cleaning out dead leaves and branches from the bushes along the sidewalk. Still no luck. Next in the process was to buy a metal detector and try again. They had “fun” removing everything imaginable from the ground cover and bushes, but, the keys just wouldn’t speak up. Eventually, they heard about The Ring Finders and gave me a call.
I met Angela at the parking lot around noon and got the low down on how the keys were lost. I started by searching all the ground area in and around the bushes and all along the sidewalk. No luck. I ran the coil over the surface of the bushes and even in the overhanging tree branches, but, still nothing. Next, I started at one end and started shaking all the bushes as hard as I dared, hoping to hear the tinkle of keys or to hopefully convince the bushes to let go of them. We made it all the way to the other end without success, but, while walking back toward where we started Angela looked down and spied them right under the corner of one of the bushes. Yes! Don’t know how we missed them at the time we were at that bush, but, hey, they’re now back where they belong, so, that’s what counts. A very happy Angela called her husband with the good news and both gratefully thanked me. A pleasure to meet you Angela and thank you for the reward.
Heather went for a walk this morning on an paved path through a fall covered forest. Along the way the hill she was climbing leveled out and Heather took a break. After pulling off the gloves on her hands, Heather walked up the rest of the hill. Near the top of said hill, Heather’s heart sank. Because with a quick glance at her left hand, she saw that the engagement ring she had been wearing for a month was gone. So the search began. In the pine needles, at home by the sink and then back on the path where she was walking. After no luck, Heather called her fiancée Jack and told him the bad news. Being the ever persistence problem solver, Jack began searching from his job in California. Jack found the ring finders and Heather called me. It was like it was meant to be, I was on my way up near that park. My wife was able to bring me my metal detector and I was able to start searching soon after the ring was lost. All that needed to happen now was to find the missing ring. But it wasn’t near where Heather took off her gloves, or where she stopped and turned around, or on the other side of the path. So I began to walk and walk we did. About 100 yards from where the gloves came off sat Heather’s ring, on the asphalt path in plain sight. I counted about six people that passed us while we were searching for the lost ring, and all of them either walked over the ring or near it. I told Heather at the beginning of the searching, after the ring comes off the hand, its hard to say where it might end up, and as for Heather’s ring I’m so glad it stayed where it fell.
I got a text message on my phone Sunday, about a lost wedding band in the pine straw. Mark texted for help with his lost wedding band. Jim Wren, (TRF North Myrtle Beach) had also called me as he got a similar text. I called Mark back. He explained how he thought he lost his wedding band but he wasn’t sure. Mark and his wife Kathleen, who have been married for 22 years, were visiting their son at our local Coastal Carolina University. Their son was having a get together last Friday with friends and family. Mark was helping with stringing some lights in the trees when he gave one of the house mates a boost up a tree. He felt that is where the ring most likely to be. When Saturday came he realized his wedding band was missing from his hand. He, his son, and 3 other house mates spent a couple hours raking pine straw and searching the back yard with no luck.
I met Mark at the house an hour after contacting him. I passed by Kathleen sitting in their SUV. I told her to rub her left earlobe to give us luck. Mark and I walked to the back yard as he explained the loss again, and pointed to the tree where he gave a boost to his son’s room mate. As I walked toward the tree I noticed bottle caps and pull tabs on the ground. (College). I stepped away from the area to ground balance my Fisher Gold Bug Pro. After setting some discrimination, I walked to the tree where Mark Was standing. I literally swung the coil twice ( 4 seconds maybe) as a beautiful number 56 showed on my screen. “There it is” I said as Mark reached down to move just a little sand to reveal his wedding band. His eyes grew big and bright as we found his ring that fast. “That’s amazing!” as he thought about the 5 guys looking for the ring the day before. After a couple photos and some chit chat we returned to the driveway to show Kathleen the good news.
Mark, Thank you for the generous reward. 15% will be donated to the Shrine Children’s Hospital “Road Runners”
Michael was reading on his favorite bench in the Fuschia Dell area of Golden Gate Park when an annoying fly began buzzing him. After swatting at the fly with his left hand, he realized his wedding ring had flown off into the grass around his bench.
Michael searched and searched the area for his ring but could not find it. He and his partner returned the next day, but were again unsuccessful in locating the ring.
You might think a silver wedding band is not too expensive and could be easily replaced. But this heavy silver ring was part of a matching pair of custom wedding bands created over 30 years ago!
A friend of theirs found THE RING FINDERS on the Internet and recommended me to the guys. I was able to get out the next evening, and after 40 minutes searching the broad landing zone to the left of Michael’s bench, I finally located his beautiful oak leaf cluster silver ring, deep in the green grass, right in front of his favorite bench.
Beautiful matching oak leaf designs, together again!
SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334
Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA
I get a call from a young lady telling me that she was at White Rock Pier when her husband was giving her a beautiful 22k gold band when it suddenly slipped out of his hand and fell into the ocean below. She told me at that moment they both thought it was a gone forever.
She went back the next day and thought she saw the ring in the water below but it wasn’t the ring. She went home that night and went on google and searched the internet and found TheRingFinders. We decided to meet at the pier and she showed me the exact location the ring had fallen into the ocean.
Because the tide was low in the early morning I decided to go before work the next day. I got up at 3:30am and was at the beach by 4:50am I had the ring by 5:15 am and on my way to work! It was lucky the ring was there as its a very popular place to metal detect.
I enjoy the recoveries and I’m as excited to find the ring as the people are who get the ring back!
I Love My Job! If you have lost a ring…Call a member go TheRingFinders.com ASAP
Richard called me to say that he accidentally lost his wife Simone’s gold ring in the sand at Ocean Beach, She had given him the ring so that she wouldn’t go into the ocean with it and lose it! Richard had it on his pinky when the unthinkable happened and it ended up in the dry sand. Never fear, The Ring Finders are here! I grabbed my gear, asked the wife to come along in case there wasn’t any parking, and headed out the door. Turns out there was plenty of parking, so, my wife and I went over and met Richard and Simone. We got the story and the approximate search area where I went to work. Not 30 seconds later, I get a nice solid 9 on my Equinox 800. Poked my TRX pin pointer into the sand and chased a signal for a few seconds until I cornered it and pulled a pretty little gold ring back into the sunlight. A relieved Richard and a happy Simone were now able to enjoy the rest of the day. A pleasure to meet you and thank you for the reward.