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Keys found in Chula Vista

from La Jolla (California, United States)

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.

Rings lost at Mission Beach Found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

Esther called me and asked for help finding her future sister-in-law Gerry’s engagement ring. Reason #2 again! Yup, ring put into beach chair pocket, chair folded up later when they left, and no ring by the time they got to the car. I get the particulars and find out it’s been two days since the loss. That’s an eternity on the blanket line at a popular beach, but, always worth a try. I met Esther at the beach and she directs me to the search area. Since she wasn’t with them when this all happened, I could only get a general idea of where it might be. Esther’s Brother-in-law and future husband of Gerry was on his way to help narrow the search area since he was there at the time of loss. I searched a bit in the mean time, but, only came up with a few coins. That was a good sign however, telling me that it was unlikely anyone else had detected that area lately. The beach groomer hadn’t been through there either, another thing in our favor. Hollis arrived and pointed out the area he believed they had been, and Oh, there were actually 5 rings that were lost! 1 white gold, and 4 silver, so, I’ll be digging just about all signals.

Naturally, there were other people camped right in that spot today! I started searching an open spot next to it while Esther and Hollis went to get permission to hunt under the people’s tent and around their camp. The people were nice enough to allow that, but, no ring came to light. I went back and continued to grid the open area while they tried to figure out where the next likely spot would be. After many passes and getting about 100 feet away from where the rings should be, I was just about to stop and move to search their path back to the car, and the trash cans where they stopped on the way, when I get another good “dime” signal. I scoop and sweep over the hole. Still a signal, so, I dump the sand and take another scoop. Hmmm, two rings in the scoop that look like the silver rings described by Hollis as being the other rings Gerry had lost. I called him over and he confirmed that those were two of them. I swept the hole again, but, nothing. Swept the sand I dumped out on my first scoop, and I get another signal. Yup silver ring number 3. Another sweep and silver #4. To heck with silver! Where’s the gold! Next scoop is where! A beautiful engagement ring comes to light. My first 5 ring recovery! Hollis and Esther are amazed and very happy to see those rings again, and Gerry was too when she was contacted with the good news. A pleasure to meet you, good luck on your future marriage Hollis and Gerry, and thank you for the reward.

Lost Platinum Wedding Ring Sherwood Park Alberta

from Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-780-497-2118

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I received a call from Tyler requesting my service this afternoon. He told me his ring flew off his finger while he was brushing the snow off his truck with his bare hand in a parking lot and he was very distraught.  Today we received 4 inches of wet heavy snow and it was very important that the ring be found before the snow removal crew came to clean the snow up.

 I told Tyler I would be down in half hour to look for it, he showed me roughly the area where his truck was parked, and it took me about 15 minutes to return his ring back on his finger.

Another happy client!

Thank you Tyler for the generous reward.

Two Heirloom Wedding Rings Found in Los Gatos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Two lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los GatosWe’ve had a rainy El Niño winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the last heavy rain, Suzanne noticed that the gutters were overflowing at her Los Gatos home (near San Jose). So she got out her ladder, climbed up to the edge of the roof and stuck her hand into the cold water. She scooped out the dirt and leaves and threw them over her shoulder, repeating over and over until the downspout ran clear.

Then she noticed that two heirloom wedding rings were missing off her finger. These rings had belonged to both of her grandmothers, so she absolutely wanted them back. First she searched the yard thoroughly, getting the gardener to help. Then she called a gutter company, who came and removed the downspout. After week with no luck, she looked online for someone who could help with a metal detector, and found TheRingFinders.

Suzanne reenacted the events carefully. She showed me how she carried the ladder from the garage, and where she positioned it against the roof. I had her throw stones exactly the same way she threw the gutter muck, to see where they landed. Five stones all landed in one area, which became Search Zone 1.

Unfortunately, there were no rings in Zone 1. Fence nails, deck screws, irrigation parts yes, but no rings. So we started searching Zone 2, where the downspout gushed out once she had cleared the gutter. Still no luck. Zone 3, under the deck, nothing. Zone 4, where she walked with the ladder, no rings.

So I went back to Zone 1 and started searching again with a handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. Instead of walking along swinging a big coil in front of me, now I was crawling along on my hands and knees waving the pinpointer, which looks a bit like a wizard’s wand. If the tip gets within about two inches of something metal, it beeps. This allowed me to get right up close to the fence and under the bushes.

Bingo. Ring 1 was right at the base of a bush. Ring 2 was a few inches away, almost to the fence. Even after the pinpointer beeped, it took a bit of time to dig through all the leaves and debris before the rings became visible. They were too close to the bush and fence for my big metal detector to find them.

Suzanne now has the rings from both of her grandmothers back on her finger!

Lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los Gatos

Suzanne is happy her rings are back on her finger!

Lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los Gatos

Can you see the rings?

 

Metal Detector Rental ? To Find Your Lost Sentimental Jewelry

from Newport Beach (California, United States)
Contact: 1-949-500-2136

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Renting a metal detector is time consuming and will be frustrating if you have never used one. Especially near salt water or trashy parks were there are years of pull tabs and bottle caps to make things interesting.
Jessica called me asking me if I rent metal detectors and how my service works. She found my name on TheRingFinders.com.. I replied by saying I want to help you find the lost ring. You the rest is up to you. Time is very important and I’m available anytime you are. Her husband Andrew had lost his platinum wedding band while throwing a football at the top of the high tide line Sunday about 6pm.
They were at Surfside Colony a private community near Sunset Beach in north Orange County, CA.. Jessica said that she could meet me to get me in the gate and show me the location. I told her that it works better if her husband, who had lost it, could be there to explain what had happened. Lately, I’m finding out that it makes the search much easier if the person who lost it gives me the details.
Andrew could meet me a couple hours later after he got off work. He brought his son Cole, so I gave them a short lesson about how the detector works on the walk to the beach front. The two high tides since he lost the ring had moved in several inches of sand over the top of the slope. I started the grid in the center of the 40×40 ft. location . There wasn’t much trash so the grid search was moving fast except for my explaining to them what I was doing. Then I got a fare sounding signal, after three scoops I lost hope that it was Andrew’s platinum ring mainly because it should have been a surface find. One more scoop and there was a beautiful platinum ring belonging to Andrew. You have to stay positive the ocean does strange things. In this case it had to deposit about 8 inches of new sand over the top of the slope onto the towel line in less than 24 hrs.
We took a few photos then I let Andrew and Cole swing my detector as we walked off the beach. I think we will have a new member joining this hobby of metal detecting. Again it was a pleasure to meet Andrew and Cole and help them find the lost.

September 14, 2015

 

Lost Wedding Ring Found in Oakland

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in OaklandJohn was working on the sprinkler system at his new home in Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco). He turned off the main water valve to the house and disconnected the galvanized steel pipe feeding the sprinklers. Then disaster struck-water started spraying everywhere at high pressure. For some reason, the sprinklers were connected before the main water valve!

John ripped off his work gloves and ran over to the valve. There was no other way to stop the water there. So he ran down to his workshop, got some tools, and ran back up to the water meter on the street. Within a couple of minutes, he had the water shut off.

The bed in front of his house was filled with several inches of water, and this was draining rapidly through a gap in the bricks down the driveway. There was nothing he could do about the water so he just let it drain. But when he picked up his work gloves, he realized he had a bigger problem: his wedding ring was missing. It wasn’t in the gloves, and he couldn’t see it anywhere in the thick mud. It had disappeared.

John and his wife searched the bed and the yard nearby, but couldn’t find the ring. They dug through the top layer of mud to see if they could find it, but had no luck. John thought about renting a metal detector, but he could see that the search was going to be difficult, so he contacted The Ringfinders.

By the time I got there a few days later, the mud had dried out. The bed was just three feet from front to back, and crowded with plants and sprinkler pipes. This made it difficult to use my main metal detectors, because there was no room to swing the coil. So I got down on my hands and knees and used my pinpointer, a handheld metal detector. If the ring had sunk more than about two inches into the mud, it would have been beyond the range of the pinpointer, so we crossed our fingers and got to work.

John raised the galvanized sprinkler pipe up so that it wouldn’t interfere with the pinpointer. I pulled almost 20 metal targets out of the dirt and mud: nails, screws, washers and gutter spikes. I had to dig every one of these targets to make sure we didn’t miss the ring.

Finally we worked our way to the base of the first bush. John pulled the bush to one side, and the pinpointer detected a target right at its base. When I scooped out a handful of loose dirt, John spotted his ring at the bottom of the hole. It had been buried about an inch down in the dirt, under the bush right near the main water valve.

The ring is unique-John and his wife had it hand made by an jewelry designer. John, thanks for the reward and for the fresh lemons off your tree!

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Metal Detecting East Matunuck State Beach for Lost Engagement Ring & Wedding Band

from Stonington (Connecticut, United States)
Contact: 1-252-775-1307
Found Platinum Engagement Ring with Diamond & Platinum Wedding Band with Multiple Diamonds

Found Platinum Engagement Ring with Diamond & Platinum Wedding Band with Multiple Diamonds

After a day at the beach, I got home to realize I had lost my engagement and wedding ring. I rushed back the next morning in hopes of finding someone metal detecting, and eventually found one in the area to rent.  I searched for 4 hours to no avail.  My husband and I went back a few days later, renting the metal detector and searching for 4-5 hours again.  And again coming home empty handed.

Losing jewelry is a horrible feeling…and that feeling is amplified by a 1000 when they are wedding rings. No amount of insurance money would bring back MY rings.

I had seen advertisements online for the Ring Finders, but I was hesitant to contact them. I had my doubts about identifying the location of my ring for them to find.  But after two unsuccessful trips, I figured there was a 50/50 shot they would return them and I took the odds.

I emailed Keith around 6:30 on a Saturday night, and had an email back within an hour that he would be calling in the morning. He called as promised and agreed to meet my husband back at the beach in around an hour.  My hesitation was beginning to ease!

We showed him the area where we believed the rings had been lost – the area we searched over and over with our rented detector – and he found them in less than 20 minutes.

Obviously the successful result speaks for itself! We could not be happier with our decision to reach out to Keith and are beyond thrilled that he was able to locate the lost rings.  In talking with Keith afterwards I found out that he does survival and search/rescue training for his career and he certainly takes that professionalism and determination over into this field.  I highly recommend Keith searching for anything of major importance.

 

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Lost Wedding Ring Found on Kathryn & Kevin’s Anniversary

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

kev-smLast week at a reception at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, my friends Kathryn and Kevin told me that he had lost his wedding ring while coaching their daughter’s soccer team the week before. Their wedding anniversary was fast approaching. Obviously we had to do something about the lost ring!

We met at the soccer field in Menlo Park on Saturday afternoon. The team had practiced across a very large area, and unfortunately Kevin did not notice when the ring left his finger. But he did suspect that it may have happened when he was kicking balls to the girls from one end of the field. So we set up a search grid in that area and I got to work with my metal detector.

The grass was thick and well-watered, which was both good and bad news. Good news in that the grass may have hidden the ring from passers-by, but bad news in that we found several coins buried in wet, muddy patches. If the ring had fallen into this mud, it could already have been pushed an inch or more beneath the surface. Normally for a ring that was recently lost, we don’t dig into the dirt for targets, but in this case we did dig whenever we encountered a target in mud.

After about 45 minutes, I got a solid tone in the right range. It was shallow, but when I spread the grass apart, we couldn’t see anything. After poking under the grass roots for 10 or 15 seconds, Kevin’s platinum and gold wedding ring popped out. It hadn’t been buried, but it was absolutely invisible under the grass.

Oh, did I mention that we found the ring on Kathryn & Kevin’s wedding anniversary? Everybody went away happy!

Kevin's gold and platinum wedding ring with small diamonds

Kevin’s gold and platinum wedding ring with small diamonds

Two old friends had a fun search

Two old friends had a fun search

Lost Platinum Ring Returned in Okotoks Alberta

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

I received a call this weekend, it went like this;

Hi I have never called anyone with a metal detector before.  I said, ” you still haven’t you used a phone” there was a long pause then followed by a  laugh as my weird sense of humor was realized.

He said, “my wife has lost her platinum wedding band can you find it ?”  I assured him that is it’s there I can find it, and I rushed out to his acreage just outside of Okotoks Alberta about a 1 hour trip but time is of the essence when finding lost items.

Once I got there I was told that their 18 month old and grabbed Mommy’s rings. 3 of them and tossed them off the deck each in a different direction they had found two but the wedding band had evaded there search.

I started up my detector and started hunting for a Platinum Signal, yes my detector can locate all kinds of different metal, within 15 minutes I got a strong Platinum signal which is identified by numbers in the range of 47 on the Garrett AT-PRO metal detector. I got down and parted the thick grass and there was the gleaming Platinum Wedding Ring.  Mom & Dad were thrilled to have the ring returned, Mom had to dry her tears of joy so I could get this picture.

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Lost Platinum Wedding ring returned

Lost Platinum Wedding ring returned

 

For Service in 

Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, Carstairs, Irricana, Beiseker, Didsbury, Olds, Bowden, Innisfail, Okotoks
& Red Deer, Call Bill Jones (The Detectorist) 403-701-1739 or
Email:  Bill.Jones@TheRingFinders.com

 

 

 

 

Platinum Diamond Ring Found on the Beach

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Julie-bridgeJulie was enjoying a day at the beach at Crissy Field in San Francisco with friends. Then the suntan lotion curse hit: She removed her diamond ring to apply lotion to her son, and the ring disappeared into the sand.

The first thing she did was to search for metal detector rentals in San Francisco and San Jose. But when she rented the metal detector and brought it back to the beach, she discovered that it isn’t so easy using an unknown metal detector when the pressure is high. After searching without luck for a few hours, she returned the metal detector rental and started over.

That’s when she found TheRingFinders. I met her at Crissy field, right in front of where the America’s Cup races would be held the next day. She showed me where she had been sitting, and I marked out a search zone about ten yards long by 30 yards wide. My main concern was the size of the ring: small platinum jewelry can be hard to detect.

The good news was, there was very little junk in the sand. In the first 30 minutes, all I found was a penny, a hair pin and a small American flag lapel pin. Then I got a faint signal with the right tone. About three inches down, there was Julie’s ring, right near the limit that I could detect such a delicate ring.

Everybody went away happy!

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