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Lost 3 Ring Wedding Set Raking Leaves in Backyard, in Cedar Hill,Tx

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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We received a call from Christine about 3pm on Sunday afternoon.  She got our name and number from a friend she had told that she had lost her wedding set of 3 rings.

Christine lives on about a acre of land, she had gone out to the back of the property to help her husband bag up some leaves that he had been raking together.  They worked together for about a hour and finished up and carried the bags of leaves up to the garage about a half acre away.   That was when she realized that her Wedding Set (3 rings) was missing.  In a panic, she and her husband looked all over the yard, they dumped the leaf bags out but did not see anything.  They spent several hours looking with no luck.   Later in the day while talking with her friend, she told her about the lost rings.  Her friend said, wait a minute I heard about this website of people who find rings.  She Googled and found “The Ring Finders” website and called Christine back and gave her our number.

It was about 3pm when Christine called and she lived 41 miles from us.  I told her we would be there in about and hour & a half.  We needed to hurry as I was concerned it would get dark and it was already quite cold, and the darkness would only make it colder.   We arrived and got our 2 Garrett AT Pros and Pinpointers out then Christine walked us to the back of the acre of property.  She showed us all the places she walked and was helping her husband with the leaves.   Ellen and I chatted about what area we would grid off visually and began to detect.   Within 10 minutes I hear Ellen say “Here’s One”,  I joined her as we looked through about 4-6 inches of leaves in a pile but nothing else rang up on the detectors.   I told Ellen to keep looking and I ask Christine to show me the bags of leaves, my thinking was that if one ring was in the pile of leaves that they had been bagging then it was likely the other rings would be in the bags of leaves near the garage.   I began to scan the full plastic bags of leaves with my detector and got 3 very light hits.   I kept scanning but nothing else hit so I backed up to the bag with something metal inside.   I tore a small hole in the bag and began to stick my Pinpointer into the bag.  As I got a signal, I used my hand to begin pulling out whatever the metal was.  1st hit was piece of wire, the second was a metal screw and the 3rd hit I could not see it.  Finally I saw a glint of Gold in the bag.  I began to smile but had to fight the leaves to find it, and finally the smallest of the 3 rings rings was found.   Christine was standing right beside me and could not believe I found it.  Now the only ring missing was the most expensive, the diamond solitaire with several small diamonds around the band.   After determining that nothing else was in the 4-5 bags of leaves, I walked back to the rear of the property and told Ellen that I had found one but that one was still missing.  She had been working out visual grid and I went back and started back over the grid working the opposite direction.   I made several passes checking every 2inch or less hit that I got regardless of the type of signal.  Then I got a shaky 44-46 hit that was very weak,  as I was checking everything I almost kept going but thank goodness I did not.  I reached down and moved the leaves and grass and there it was, the diamond solitaire twinkled at me.  I reached down and picked it up and ask Christine, “Would this make you Happy!”  She and her husband were so excited and grateful.  It is so much fun to see the reaction of our customers when we are successful.

So 3 rings, 1 in the leaf pile, 1 in a trash bag a 1/2 acre away and one in the grass 5-6 feet away from the 1st one.

Another successful hunt for “The Ring Finders”.

Don & Ellen Wilson – Dallas/Ft Worth

Lost my Texas Aggie College Ring while Toilet Papering a friend’s home!

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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We got a email from a young man who on Saturday evening was having some innocent fun with friends and lost his Texas Aggie College Ring.   I responded quickly to the email and called the man and we chatted about where the ring was lost, what kind of ring it was, and the address where the ring was lost.   He told me that Saturday evening he had been playing football in the front yard of a friend’s  home and his ring flew off and he could not find it in the thick grass.

We set a time for us come out, this was 3 days after he lost the ring.  He was there to meet us.  I ask him to show us where he was standing and how he threw the football.  He looked at us and said well the truth is we were here “Toilet Papering” my friends home and then he pointed up!  We looked up and the trees still had toilet paper waving around.  I told him I thought it was great he could have that kind of fun, we had a nice laugh and began to search.  It did not take long before Ellen hollered “Is This Your Ring!”,  he jogged over to where she was and was so excited.  Ellen is 2 for 2 on our last hunts! It is so great to be able to enjoy this hobby with my spouse of 39 years.

Another successful hunt for The Ring Finders!

Don & Ellen Wilson – The Dallas Ring Finders!


Lost my Wedding Ring Playing Volleyball!

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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We got a email from an very nice young man who was in a little bit of a panic.  He was playing volleyball  with his team at the local “Bump & Drink Volleyball Club” and realized his wedding ring had come off sometime during the evening.  This was about 8pm, he had spent the next 2 hours on his hands & knees with his friends going through the really deep sand on the court he had played on.

His wife is 8 months pregnant and he really dreaded going home without his wedding ring and then having to tell his wife about it.

He found “The Ring Finder” website and sent us a email.  I responded immediately because I knew exactly what Volleyball Club he had been at, we had been called in before to find rings for other customers.  I immediately call the club and spoke to the manager, most of the Volleyball clubs are very strict about not allowing detectorists on to their courts, but this manager remembered us and said we could come in the next day 30 minutes before they opened.

Ellen & I arrived at 3pm on a Friday and began our hunt.  Understand this sand is awesome, but it is 12-20inches deep all over the 8 courts.  We had to use our beach scoops as we detected.  We knew what court he had played on and where he had wash off the sand at the end of the night, so we began our hunt.

We cover the court 3 times with no luck, I began covering the area I believed the customer would have walked to the wash off station”aka water hose!  Understand that Ellen & I both use Garrett ATPro’s and Garrett Pinpointers, I was digging in the sand and Ellen walks over and says “what did he say his ring looked like”, as I looked up she had this sheepish grin on her face and on her finger was a Platinum Wedding  Ring.   I started to get up, and she said don’t stop looking this might not be his ring!  We have had that happen more than once, we found a different ring than the one we were hired to find.

Well the customer was on his way, he was stuck in Friday afternoon Dallas 5pm traffic..YUK!  When he arrived, we shook hands and I said “my wife has a question for you”  she walked up and said “is this your ring”.  He was awestruck, his mouth dropped open, he was so excited.  He must have told us 3 times how much his wife was going to be happy…

This hobby is so much fun.

Another successful hunt for The Ring Finders!

Don & Ellen – Dallas/Ft Worth

Lost my Ring while Playing with my Dog!

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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We got call from the gentleman above who said he had lost his ring in the backyard while playing with the dog at friends home.   The challenge on this hunt was the it was 102 degrees in Dallas that day, it was miserable.  My wife and I arrived and began the search with our Garrett ATPro’s and we began in the area where the customer said he thought it was.

We searched for about 2 hours, gridding out the yard, going through the flower beds we were having no luck.  I ask the ring owners wife if he could come home from work and show us exactly where he was and exactly what  he did with the dog.   He arrived about 20 minutes later.  He stood in the yard and said I did this and my son & I looked at each other and knew what had happened, the ring was slung back to the other side of the yard when the man threw the toy for the dog.  My son found the ring in about 10 minutes.

The customer and his wife were thrilled, we were soaked, and sunburned, but happy!

Another successful hunt for “The Dallas Ring Finders”

Don & Ellen with help from our son Tripp

My Daughter Lost my Key Fob Somewhere on our Street!

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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We got a call about 5:30pm from a customer that we had help several months ago, her daughter had lost daddy’s very special knife in the high grass.  We were able to find it and created a happy customer.

This same lady’s neighbor’s daughter grabbed her mom’s car keys and ran through the yards of about 5 homes chasing a dog and then ran back to her house.  Now you need to understand these are hugh yards, 100-200 ft across per yard.  All the neighbors and family had been looking for 1 key and key fob that had fallen off.

Our previous client came home and heard about the keys and immediately said “I know who to call, lets call “The Ring Finders”,  she gave us a call and explained what happened and we said let a us grab a quick dinner and we would head that way.

We arrived and chatted with the owner of the keys, the little girls dad, the little girl was in bed being punished for losing mom’s keys.   He explained where she had run and told us we had permission to scan all 5 of his neighbors yards.  Ellen & I got our Garrett ATPro’s and began to search, some areas were very thick grass.  About 5 minutes after we started my son and his girlfriend arrived to assist.  Sometimes just more eyes in a situation helps, it was starting to get dark.

We all spread out and it 5 minutes I hear my son say “Found It”  we all ran to him, including the owner and all his neighbors, my son was not even using a detector, just walking and looking.  As I told him, son we do not care how it gets found only that it gets found.

Everyone was happy the father said it would have cost him $300-$400 per replace the key fob for his wife’s car.

So from a referral comes another successful hunt for “The Dallas Ring Finders”

Don & Ellen with assistance from Tripp & Shannon

Lost Wedding Band while Tube Fishing at Lake Lavon,Tx

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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We received an email from Crystal after she did a exhaustive google search to find someone to help her husband find his wedding ring.  Her  husband Aaron had been tube fishing on Lake Lavon in Texas all day long.  He had no idea where he lost the ring and I think really did not expect us to find it.

Trying to coordinate schedules for us to make the hour drive out to the lake took several days, so today when we all arrived at the lake the ring had been lost for 9 days.  We arrived about 9am and met Aaron & Crystal,  remember he was very unsure where he lost the ring, in fact he thought it was probably out in 20-25 ft deep water where he had been tube fishing.

Aaron showed us the area where he and his buddy cleaned the fish in a picnic area.  Ellen & I got out both of our Garrett ATPro’s and began the search.  Aaron and Crystal took a walk down the beach while we were detecting.  We had only been there 20 minutes when we spotted the Silver Carbonite Wedding Band.  We could not believe we found it, this was one of those searches you go on almost knowing its going to be a long shot at best.

BUT, it turned into a awesome day.  Ellen & I walked down the beach and Aaron & his wife spotted us and began walking back our way.  As we got close to them I said “Boy the lake is really low” instantly you could see their faces get a little sad thinking we had not  found the ring and already given up.

THEN, I said, “Aaron let me ask you a question, would you like to have this back” and I held up his ring.  As you can see in the pictures, they were ecstatic and could not thank us enough.

What a wonderful hobby we have and the joy we get to bring to people when we find their lost item.

Another successful hunt for “The Dallas Ring Finders”

Don & Ellen

Lost Wedding Band Found in Toronto..!!

  • from North York (Ontario, Canada)

I had a call last night from Mehran about his lost wedding band in downtown Toronto.

Mehran had finished shovelling his driveway after a large snowstorm we had here, and then removed his gloves.



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He then started to brush some snow off his pant legs and then felt his white gold wedding band go flying.

Mehran heard his ring bounce off of something and it was gone.

After trying to locate the ring around his driveway with no luck, I got the call.

I was able to make it down to Mehran’s home this morning in Toronto, Saturday February 9, 2013 around 10:00am and then asked him a few more questions.

He told me that after he lost the ring, he shovelled a little more snow off of the walkway leading to the front door and had piled the snow up onto a large pile beside the driveway. I had a feeling it would be in this large pile.

After grabbing my gear and getting set up, I eliminated some snowy areas on the driveway and then started scanning the top of the large snow pile along the walkway and driveway.

After a minute or so I finally got the signal we were looking for.

I pinpointed the area and then used my pinpointer to find the exact location of the signal. After brushing about eight inches of snow off the top of the pile , Mehran’s ring came into view.


It appears that the ring must have been scooped up by the shovel and tossed on top of the pile last night.

This was a relatively fast search and the smile on Mehran’s face was great.

Thank you for the generous reward.

It was really nice to meet you today.

Take care,

Mark Ellis

Tungsten Wedding Band Found..!! Uxbridge, Ontario.

  • from North York (Ontario, Canada)


I had a call last night, Saturday January 5, 2013 from Dwayne about his lost tungsten wedding band.




Dwayne and his wife Mikelle were celebrating their five month wedding anniversary by taking photos in a conservation area in Uxbridge, Ontario. They are in the process of getting photos of themselves, Mikelle in her wedding dress and Dwayne in his suit in all four of our seasons.

Yesterday, they wanted their winter photos with snow on the ground in the conservation area, and Mikelle had put her jacket down on the snow getting ready to take their photos.

When the photos had been taken, Dwayne picked up Mikelle’s snowy jacket from the ground and started to shake the jacket and brush the snow off with his hands.

He later noticed that his wedding band was missing and knew it must have come off when he was brushing off the jacket earlier. They searched for a while in the area and when they didn’t find the ring, they went out and bought a metal detector to try their luck again.

After they had a look for the ring with the detector and not being able to find Dwayne’s ring, I got the call last night.

I was able to meet them this morning at the conservation area around 9:30am, and we hiked a bit into the woods on one of the paths to where they had taken the photos the day before.

As they knew exactly where they had been the previous day, it actually made the search area quite small.

We drew some grid lines in the snow and I started the search.

After a few trash targets and a rusty beer cap, I got the signal we were waiting for after about fifteen minutes.



I dug down a few inches in the snow after pin pointing the area and I could see Dwayne’s ring sitting on edge. I took a quick photo of this and then pulled his ring out where it went straight back onto his finger with a huge smile.



Really happy I could help out today, and I would like to thank you both for the nice reward. It’s greatly appreciated.

Thanks again.

Take care,

Mark Ellis

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Tungsten Ring Found…!! Oshawa, Ontario

  • from North York (Ontario, Canada)

On Tuesday January 1, 2013  I had a call from Sarah about her fiance  Joe’s Tungsten ring that was lost at a dog park in Oshawa.

Sarah told me that she and Joe were walking her dogs in a large conservation area containing the dog park and at one point during their walk up a fairly steep hill in a wooded area, Joe had slipped on the snow covered hill and broke his fall with his hands.

After getting back to his feet, Joe started to shake the snow off his hands and the ring was flung off his finger and onto the wooded hill somewhere.

They both looked for the ring for quite some time and as it began to get dark, they packed it in for the night with no luck.

Sarah then found me online and called to see if I could help out.

I was able to make it to the conservation area today, Wednesday January 2, 2013  just after 2:oo pm.

After gathering my gear and getting a few more details, we hiked about five  minutes into the woods where Joe had slipped the previous day.




Once there, I could see where they had been digging around on the hill and decided to just do a quick scan of the area and hope to get lucky finding the ring. After about five minutes I decided that we were going to have to run grid lines up and down the hill just so we could cover every inch of the area.

Joe and Sarah were great in running my lines for me and saved us all a bunch of time.

After grid searching for an hour, Joe and Sarah were moving my lines again for me and as they were doing this I picked a random area on the hill and scanned around a little bit. I then got a really good signal and knew it was Joe’s ring right away.

I brushed aside a little bit of snow and Joe’s ring came into view.




I called out that the ring had been found and Joe and Sarah we’re obviously relieved and excited to see the ring where it was laying.

After getting a few photos, we packed up my gear and walked back towards our cars.

Joe and Sarah are a really nice young couple, and it was a pleasure to help them find the ring.

Thank you both for the nice reward and it was great to meet you.

Take care,

Mark Ellis


Platinum Wedding Band Found..!! Toronto,Ontario.

  • from North York (Ontario, Canada)

On Sunday December 30, 2012, I had a call from James about his platinum wedding band that was lost on a toboggan hill.

He told me that he was with his wife and children at a park in downtown Toronto playing on the hill, and at one point he realized that his wedding band was missing.



I was able to make it down to the park about forty five minutes later where James gave me the rest of the story.

James told me that he had recently lost a bit of weight and that his ring was fitting very loosely.

He had been up and down the sled hill several times with his children and had to occasionally remove his gloves to adjust their clothing for them. James thought that on one of the times he had pulled his gloves off, the ring must have slipped off either on the hill itself or up at the top of the hill getting ready to slide down again.

I then gathered my gear from the car and James kindly helped me run my grid lines to speed up the search process.

After searching for quite some time on the hill and at the top, we took a quick break and then got ready to start moving the grid lines in the opposite direction we had been grid searching.

We laid down the grid lines again and as soon as I started in this new area, I got a really strong signal right away.

After pinpointing the area and moving a little bit of snow out of the way, James’s platinum ring popped into view.



I handed the ring to James and it went straight back on his finger with a big smile.

We got all my gear packed up and  then James left me with a very generous reward.

Thank you so much for the nice reward James. This really helps me to keep my service going and also lets me continue to do what I love to do.

It was a pleasure to meet you today and I’m really happy I was able to help out.

Happy New Year..!!

Take care,

Mark Ellis