Christina McCree – Lost Item Recovery Specialist for North Alabama and surrounding areas…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135
I received a phone call from a very distraught Lynn on Wednesday afternoon (August 4, 2021). Lynn told me that she had lost all 3 of her very special rings (2 white gold and 1 platinum) she received from her husband of 40 years, Peter, for their engagement and anniversaries. I could hear how much these rings meant to her as she explained the details of the loss. The day prior, Lynn was about to go to the store, so she went through her normal routine of putting on lotion and 3 rings on her left pinky. Before Lynn left, she decided to water the plants and refill the olla’s outside of her home in Nashville, TN. She noticed a few weeds and did a few other minor chores outside. By the time she was done, an hour and a half had passed. Finishing up the yard work, Lynn was reaching for a tomato she had picked and noticed that all 3 rings were gone! She told me that she knew she had the rings on when she started and could show me exactly what she did and retrace every spot she was at. Lynn and Peter had spent numerous hours looking and even tried searching with a metal detector. I reassured Lynn and told her that if the rings were there, I would find them.
We arranged for a search on Friday morning (August 6, 2021). After I arrived, Lynn re-enacted everything she had done on Tuesday in great detail. I started a very thorough search, checking every square inch of the plants and yard where she was pulling out weeds. I cleared the side of the house and front yard. I began searching the front shrubs and planter on the front walkway. I pulled out my Garrett “Carrot” pinpointer to search the plant. When I parted the plant on the left side I couldn’t believe my eyes with what was staring back at me! Wow…3 beautiful rings just lying there in the planter!!!
I was able to snap a few pictures. Peter then stepped out to see how the search was going. I told him that I had just found Lynn’s rings. He could hardly believe it. I quickly showed him the rings sitting in the planter. I told him that we should surprise Lynn. Peter went in the house and told her that I needed to ask her a question. Lynn stepped outside and I asked her to re-confirm what she was doing in the front and if she watered that plant. She showed me that she had filled up a wine bottle with water and flipped it down into a terracotta spike on the right side. I asked if she worked on the left side where the rings were. She caught that first glimpse and just lost it! I’m not the best at surprise reveals, but this was one of the best reactions I’ve ever seen. Tears of joy, happiness, and relief! This is why we do what we do! We determined that Lynn’s rings came off when she was reaching in to feel for the spike to replace the bottle. They must’ve snagged on the vegetation, but she never felt them slip off.
This search only took about 20 minutes, but I stayed afterwards and chatted with Lynn for about 2 hours. I really enjoyed this adventure, and it was an absolute pleasure meeting Lynn, Peter, and their dog, Jim! I give all glory to God. I have to say that it’s truly a blessing being a member of The Ring Finders.
If you or someone you know has lost a ring, jewelry, or other metal item, please contact a member of The Ring Finders.