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Needle in a Haystack – Bracelet Found!

  • from Raleigh (North Carolina, United States)

I received a call from Luis, a local guy who had lost a gold bracelet while at work. Luis was working at a construction site and on this particular day, had been spreading hay straw on top of tall dirt piles to minimize the erosion from the rain that was expected to roll in. When I arrived at the job site and Luis showed me where he had been working and it was looking like a tough recovery. The dirt piles he had mentioned were steep, 18-20 feet tall, and because of the recent heavy rains, wet and muddy. Add to this the complication that the piles were full of construction debris:  wire, nuts and bolts, aluminum cans, etc., and covered with hay straw. Luis had bought an inexpensive metal detector and tried to find the bracelet himself, but had not had any luck. Unfortunately, because Luis and his co-workers had already tried to find the bracelet, they had walked all over the dirt piles, which had probably pushed the bracelet down into the mud.

Luis did have a matching gold necklace which I was able to scan, so at least I had a good idea what signal to look for. Luis showed me the paths that he had taken up and down the dirt piles while spreading the straw, so I started in and began making my way across in a rough grid pattern. It took probably 30  minutes to find the bracelet, which had washed down the dirt pile and was about 3 inches from being washed into a nearby water drainage ditch. The bracelet had been pushed about 1/2 inch down into the mud and wasn’t visible from the surface. Definitely a tough recovery and I felt relieved that I was able to locate and return the bracelet.

Wedding Ring Lost during 15 Year Anniversary Vacation – FOUND!!

  • from Bend (Oregon, United States)

The cold sands of the central Oregon Coast are generally unforgiving.  The combination of high tidal fluctuation and pacific storms bringing high winds and wave action often move objects around faster than they can be recovered.  However, not so for this Colorado couple visiting Pacific City, Oregon on their 15 year wedding anniversary.  While playing on the dunes near the beach with the family Del felt his heavy platinum ring fall off, and heard it hit the ground.  They sifted though the loose sand to no avail, then found www.threingfinders.com on the internet.  It was a short message, “Do you come to Pacific City?”  Pacific City is only about an hour from my work place in Newport, but at the time I was at my home Sisters, OR high-up in the Oregon Cascades.  A series of text messages revealed that the ring was likely worth looking for, but they were headed back to Colorado in the morning – I couldn’t get there until Saturday.

They did a great job of pin-pointing the location: a Google Maps satellite view of the area with lines and arrows, and a cairn made out of sea shells  before they left on their lonely journey home, sans a special 15-year-old wedding ring(remember, you can always drop a pin in Google Maps allowing us to navigate right back to it, as well).

Saturday morning was a  beautiful coastal morning.  Warm-ish, with a slight marine layer allowing occasional glimpses of the pounding surf of the Pacific as we drove to Pacific City.  The marine layer was just clearing as we arrived at the vacation rental.  My plan (hope, really) was that the home hadn’t been rented to someone else already, and use it for beach access.  However, there was a car in the driveway and nobody answering the door.  Rather than risk intruding on their vacation, we parked about half a mile south at Bob Straub Park (named for a well-liked Oregon Treasurer) and walked north in the bright sunshine of the early Oregon morning, sipping coffee and listening to the cry of the gulls above.  The beach was fairly deserted at this hour, and Roper (my two year old Cowboy Corgi) was able to romp and frolic to his heart’s content (pausing only for the occasional hero shot).

Arriving at the location was easy due to the google maps navigation.  Several landmarks were unmistakable, and yes, there was the cairn of seashells.  The sand was  soft, well above the surf-line and on much more of an incline than it appeared from the satellite view.  I debated briefly between the Garrett ATX and the AT Pro, opting ultimately for the Pro since it was set up, and ready to go.  I figured I could always come back to the ATX if needed.  Power button on, a quick ground balance, and three swings later the unmistakable mid-tone thud of heavy gold and platinum.  It happened so quick I almost didn’t believe it.  The area was a steep slope with a shallow bench, then falling off into the surf.  That ring could have (should have) rolled or sank out-of-sight.  Was that really it?  Swing, thud, swing thud, swing thud…it must be.  One scoop of sand…thud, still in the hole.  Another…thud, still in the hole.  A third, thud.  A fourth, silence.  I had it in my scoop.  Shake, shake, shake the sand out through the small holes until the rattle of metal on metal can be heard.  Yep. there it was – an extremely heavy, men’s platinum ring, from nearly 12″ down in the soft summer sand.  The reply text from Colorado summed it up, “OMG!!!”

It’s nice to be able to return items of significance to good folks.  It’s heartbreaking to know that sometimes the precious memories contained within a sentimental item will be lost forever if they happen to be lost in the wrong place, or folks don’t know to look for www.theringfinders.com.  Please help us spread the word.  We’re always willing to listen and more often anxious to try to help.  The feeling we derive from a successful recovery is certainly worth the effort.