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Lost Yellow Gold Mans Wedding Band Lost/Found At Dewey Beach Delaware

from Lewes (Delaware, United States)
Contact: 1-302-245-8795

On 09/22/19 I received a text from Patrick regarding the loss of his gold wedding band on the beach in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Patrick had taken his ring off his finger, placed it inside of his baseball cap and set the baseball cap down on the beach with the rest of the items that he had brought to the beach. Patrick had placed his wedding band in the baseball cap for safe keeping while he went swimming. Patrick then forgot that he put his ring in the baseball and upon placing the baseball cap on his head a while later the ring fell out of the cap into the soft sand disappearing out of sight. I agreed to meet Patrick at the location of the lost ring so that I could search for it. Upon my arrival Patrick pointed out the area where he believed that the ring had fallen into the sand. I got right to work and began doing a grid search and on my first pass I located the lost wedding band and presented it back to Patrick.

Wedding ring lost in the snow in the backyard, Manlius – Syracuse New York FOUND

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I received a phone call from Jason who lost his ring in his backyard last night.  He said that while trying to get his dog to come into the house and swinging his arm showing the dog where to go, his ring came off, hit the side of the house and then disappeared.  Jason did not sleep well this night thinking about his lost ring, so in the morning he went to a local store to purchase a in-expensive metal detector.  After a couple of hours using his new detector and finding nothing, Jason’s wife search on Goggle, “how do I find my ring lost in my backyard” and up popped, “The Ring Finders” website.  A few clicks later she found me and gave me a call.

I showed up and after about 15 minutes I found Jason’s ring some 20′ away under their picnic table.  It’s amazing how far rings can go and where the can land.

Here is a link to my short video showing the recovery of Jason’s ring.   Enjoy.

 

Wedding ring found in Norwood Park, Il

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-774-5445
Lost while raking leaves, a Norwood Park father calls a ringfinder.
Lost gold wedding ring while raking leaves
Found Ring in Norwood Park, Il IMG_1620

Lost Wedding Ring… Found Cedar Rapids, Iowa

from Iowa City (Iowa, United States)
Contact: 1-319-430-3606

I received an email from Lynnetia about her husband Aarons lost wedding ring. He had been trimming a tree in their front yard about two weeks ago and realized his ring was missing.

They then purchased a cheaper metal detector and found some things but not his ring. They then found me on the ringfinder site. I went to look for it yesterday and was happy to find it right by the tree.

They were overjoyed that it was found. It was a pleasure to help this nice young couple.

Ring lost at Mission Bay found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

Michael was out on the beach at Mission Bay in front of his apartment when, while waving to someone, his loose fitting wedding ring flew off into the sand. A search by sifting through the sand proved fruitless, so, an online search was in order where he found The Ring Finders website. When I turned on my phone in the morning, I noticed the text and contacted Michael. We made plans for a 10am meet and search. After arriving, meeting Michael and his lovely wife, we went to the site while talking and getting the ring loss story on the way. The search area was fairly large, but, not ridiculous. All dry sand and maybe 30 X 100 feet or so. I started at one end and after 3-4 passes, several coins, and a dog tag later, his gold wedding band came to light. All smiles on the happy couple now and thank you for the reward.

Lost Ring – After a year Lost, Leesburg Lake Reservoir Virginia…Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

9/6/2019  So, this find, was one that I am so proud to have accomplished.  Last year almost a year to the find date, but back in 2018, I was called out to the Leesburg Lake Reservoir that feeds into Smith Mountain Lake here in Virginia.  It is a lake that while mostly clean for swimming, boating and fishing, has a lot of movement of the water that keeps it dark with no visibility as the lake height changes.  Needless to say, it’s very dark down there and there are big critters swimming around in the dark.  I spent 9 hours under water that day trying to find a lost wedding ring for a woman and her family who wish to remain nameless. This ring was the Husband’s, Mother’s wedding ring, and to my understanding is not with us anymore. The ring was lost while catching a waterlogged nerf football while floating in the lake approximately 30-50 feet from the dock. The lake was high at the time, higher than most times of the year at the time of loss, and the dock when I arrived was considerably lower as was the lake, by almost 15 feet in depth difference from when they said it was lost.  As with most client’s you search where they prefer you to, because they know they lost it in a specific area, but, as it sometimes goes, with the tragedy of losing the item, the view can get a little skewed, as does the memory.  To make matters a little worse for the search, the family had attempted prior to my arrival last year, to search for it with two other divers, and a detector, and they were not able find it.

As I said I dove for 9 hours that day, and did not find it.  All I was able to come up with was about 40 lbs of trash that individually, if only the size of a quarter, would weigh as much as a piece of beer can that size.  Needless to say, it was a minefield down there, and I had to dig every target.  After that dive, I was not very happy with myself that I had not found it.  The whole ride home and for the next year, this ring plagued my thoughts.  “I know it’s there, it has to be”.  Its amazing the things that get you thinking maybe it is really gone or not findable.  1) I had a fish grab my fingers when I held them up to my flashlight trying to see if I had found something.  2) I had multiple catfish (bottom feeders) get in my way, could they have moved it?  3) I had a really big alligator snapping turtle run right into my mask as it was swimming, undoubtedly spooked and not being able to see me, colliding with my head and really giving my bell a ring.  4) At the end of the day, she asked me if I thought a fish could have took it, like a shiny lure.  I told her, it is there somewhere, and I promise I will find it for you, even though I was starting to wonder the same.  5) We also had the possibility of displacement from the previous divers, which I didn’t even want to mention to her, because a couple of good fin kicks could have seriously moved it.

I was going to enlist the help of my friend Craig in Michigan, mainly because of the amount of trash down there as well as bottom time needed if the lake rose again (which it did by 20 feet). For awhile the plan was going to work, but things came up for Craig’s family with an emergency for his newborn and he was not able to make it, and I had committed to searching again before September 14th of this year.  My Wife and I run two small businesses, so lining up a schedule to look again was also a challenge.  But I was able to make it out a week prior to when I said, and this time she was not able to make the trip due to work.  I told her if I did not find it that day, I would come again the following weekend to search as well.  We talked on the phone to review the details again for about 15 minutes.  I evaluated the dock and rise of the water for about another 20 minutes from what I could remember the year prior (the memory of mud on the shore last year helped as there was none this year).  I suited up and chose a spot a lot deeper and further out than she had mentioned, because my instincts were, this ring has to be further out than originally thought due to the rise and fall of the lake.

As I conducted my lined circle search for every 5 feet, I noticed in this area, I was not coming across any trash, and to my delight, if I was close enough to the bottom with my face (about 1 foot, I could see just a little before my detector stirred everything up and I lost visibility again.  I came across a signal, low tone, like a gold ring, and got excited.  There was a fist sized rock in the way so I picked it up and moved it, swung back over and, no tone.  I couldn’t believe it.  I actually wondered if I had made it up in my head.  So I stayed in that spot for about a minute, swinging and nothing.  I then had a thought, and looked at where my hand would be even though I couldn’t see it, and swung my detector over my hand and the rock in it.  The rock to my dismay, made the tone.  I carefully laid it on the bottom to reinspect it in case when I picked it up, the ring, any ring, or anything, was stuck to it, or in my hand with the rock.  Nothing.  Swung over the rock again in my hand and it gave the tone again. I carried it with me in my hand along with my line as I kept moving inch by inch. Another low tone.  Another rock, with the same mineral properties.  By the time I made it around to start going out to 10 feet, I had pushed almost 40 fist sized or smaller rocks into the inside of my search circle and piled them up.

At this point, I moved to the 10 foot mark of my line, and immediately it got colder due to the thermocline, and the bottom started sloping steeply, right into some big rocks that might have been put there for erosion control in the past.  Needless to say, the rocks were going to be another challenge altogether, in the dark, in the silt, about 21 feet down or going deeper, and hard to swing my detector without banging it to pieces, because the only indication I had of these rocks being there was by feel.  As I started my search, and was just about to start back up the slope, I got a low tone. I got really close to the coil as I always do to make sure I didn’t drift, and made two swipes with my hand.  Just the slightest little glint of light shot back at me from my flashlight, and I knew, I had found it.  I laid there on the bottom, thanking God, and staring at the ring just sitting there in the muck for a few minutes, glad I had not lost the perseverance that has driven me my whole life, and that I could give it back to this woman and her family.  It was the ring find of a lifetime up to this point, and knowing I was going to take the signature photo I always do with it in my fingers from the water, I held it as tight as I could in my fist as I ascended to the surface, and then put it in my fingers carefully, showed it to the camera, and the shocked look on my Son’s face who goes with me sometimes to help and learn, the slow motion of it all, and your mind racing, it was all worth it.

After I got back onto the dock, their neighbor came over and jokingly asked if I had found it, and when I said I did (in about an hour) he stopped in his steps, looked at me in utter shock and in disbelief.  I showed it to him, and he said, “You just made a lot of people really happy today, you have no idea.”  I took a picture of the ring in my hand, and sent it via text to the owner, and told her in jest “Hey, look what I found ;)”  She couldn’t believe it either, and took a picture with it back on her hand (below) when she received it.  (She was unable to meet me due to work about 3 hours away I believe).

I wanted to write as much as I could about this ring find, because the meaning, not just to the family, but to me as well, was so heavy and inspiring.  I will never forget this find. I know we can’t find them all, but if we are willing, we can give it one hell of a run, and who knows, you may just find it.  Thank you for reading, and I hope this helps inspire the rest of us ring finders, as it does me.

Lost Ring – Staunton Virginia…..Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

6/17/2019 At the same location where they were married, Jennifer and her husband were celebrating their Son’s 1 year old Birthday, and in the process of cleaning up after having cake and ice cream, and apparently some kind of cake game I was unfamiliar with 😉 lost the husband’s wedding ring in this pond.  As you can see the water was not very forgiving for looking and unknown to anyone was a bunch of trash beneath the surface to the point of having to move a 55 gallon drum that was rusted out and sharp.  Visibility as with most dives around our area was zero, to include the danger of what might be underwater, and the condition of the water, so I suited up completely.  This was the leeward side of the pond so a lot of algae and muck had collected.  I was told before I went under, that the owners of the place had lost their watch 5-6 years ago, and in about 10 minutes, I found both.  Surprisingly the watch had no water int he face of it, thought the band was rusted and could not be saved.  The whole time I suited up, dove, and returned, Jennifer’s little boy was watching me, so it made for a memorable experience along with their pictures of me coming out of the water etc., for him.  Jennifer said her husband did not believe it could be found, and was home sleeping form a late work shift.  She left it on his nightstand for when he woke up 😉  Diving Claus / Ring Fairy, you choose. 😉

 

Lost Ring – Thaxton Virginia…..Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

8/11/2019  This find starts out with a call for another unique wedding ring that had really deep sentimental value.  .925 Sterling Sliver, lost at private swimming hole in a rushing creek about a mile or so in the woods of Thaxton, VA.  Josh sent me an email as I recall and then we linked up on the phone as his work and mine would allow.  I met up with his wife and had to load the equipment into her jeep as she took me back into the woods to the swimming hole and her husband would meet us in a few minutes.  After dawning my equipment and hearing the story again how he was jumping off the rocks into the middle, I went looking for the ring.  The bottom was not too trashy and the water while calm looking on the surface was moving really fast below the surface.  I joke about how I did probably close to 100 one arm pullups that day on the rocks fighting the current. After finding the awesome trout and where they were located and taking a branch to the head that came down the creek, I could see after about 2.5 hours of searching the look of defeat on the faces of Josh and his wife.  I asked again about his story, and this time the direction of his jump had changed, as well as the height of the water at the time.  I went in the direction I thought best and got a very weak signal underneath a rock that weighed about 50 lbs.  Knowing anything can happen in a creek, I put my detector on the bottom and proceeded to lift the rock off the bottom.  There is was, just a hint of glimmer, and pushed in between two other rocks that were under the one I just moved.  Sure enough, it was Josh’s ring, and I couldn’t have been happier to present it to him and his wife.  They had already made plans to try and order another that was similar while I was underwater, but such is how it goes, and they were really grateful, and gave a nice reward as well.  You never know where you will end up, and divers typically aren’t this far from the ocean 😉  But it was a good day for all of us, and they said they would recommend me to everyone. It was then that Josh told me a friend of his in Oregon, after hearing about his lost ring, told Josh about TheRingFinders.com and to find one of us, I just happen to be the one he reached out to and be semi local to his area 🙂  You just never know 🙂

 

Lost Dock Equipment – Mitchell’s Marina / SML Boat Rentals Smith Mountain Lake Virginia…..Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

9/2/2019  This adventure starts from the where the last post left off with the “unique” wedding ring recovery for Tom & Kitty Sparhawk.  After finding their lost ring, and their dropping me back off at Mitchell’s Marina at Smith Mountain Lake I wanted to drop off my business cards and see if the Marina would allow it.  What better way to ask then to have satisfied clients with their ring found right there to verify who I was and the service I could provide.  I remembered seeing a “Retired Marine” sticker on a truck when I first pulled in, and inquired who that was.  It happened to be the owner who was a Retired Marine Lt.Col (Jeff) and former CH-46 Helicopter Pilot.  After meeting him, introducing myself also as a retired Marine with my former background, and introducing him to Tom & Kitty and seeing their ring, he immediately said, “I have a job for you!” and proceeded to take me back out onto his docks and explaining the job he said, “No one has ever been able to accomplish”.  Jeff explained he had owned the Marina since 2009 when he retired out of the Marines, and in the time and before with the previous owner, many expensive galvanized dock parts had come up missing or could not be retrieved, due to people coming in a little too hot and damaging the dock and breaking off the equipment with their boats, or making it loose, where it fell to the bottom while still being attached around the mooring poles. Needless to say, this was a search and recovery / salvage mission.  I spent roughly 11 hours underwater, but recovered all parts and some older galvanized chain mooring that the previous owner had used, as well as hand tools, and some boat parts. Some of the parts weighed as much as 75 lbs each, and as stated earlier, had to have some serious underwater wrenching take place, as well as digging to free them from their underwater bonds.

After completing this mission, I was allowed to dive and look for gas caps to boats, cellphones, and even found one ring where they refuel the boats.  I was told I could come back anytime I wanted to look for anything I could find to help people who lost things as well as make some money on the side if I could.  I made good reward money for this dive, got offered acreage to hunt on, to bring my families down for their celebrations, and of course, got to put my business cards in the Marina 🙂

This looks to be an annual event at the least, and I am glad to have met Jeff, become friends, and become the Marina’s goto Diver.  It was truly a great thing to happen in my life that I never saw coming.

Lost Ring – Smith Mountain Lake Virginia….Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

9/2/2019 – Got the call from Tom Sparhawk and his wife Kitty, they had lost his “unique” wedding ring in a cove in Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia in about 5-7 feet of water.  We met at Mitchell’s Marina on Smith Mountain Lake (SML Boat Rentals) where they picked me up in their boat and drove me out to the cove. While they were pretty sure they knew almost exactly where it was, even standing in the same spot they thought I was unable to find their ring in that location.  I had roughly 15-25 feet of visibility and calm waters, and heavy silt that would settle quickly, so visibility was not an issue.  They had shown me pictures through email in regards to positioning of their boat when the ring was lost swimming, but I knew the ring could not be in that location.  I asked if they had any more pictures, and THAT is where my suspicions were confirmed.  Among the many pictures they took, there was one that showed some dead trees across the cove on the shore (roughly 150 yards away) that should have been to our left about 40-50 yards, when in fact they were to our right roughly the same distance.  Now to most people, this would not have been a feature anyone would look for or notice, but this was similar to reporting I did as a Reconnaissance Marine back int he day when doing Beach Landing Site, and Scout Swimmer Surveys for incoming forces.  My confidence in finding it immediately spiked, and I told them I was going to go out in another direction after explaining to them about how the “trees are in the wrong place in relation to our location”  Literally 5 minutes later, at 7 feet, and roughly 40 yards away, success!  Not only were they very happy to have it back and gave me a healthy reward, this whole experienced turned into a dive job at the Marina they picked me up at.  The Owner who is a retired Lt.Col Marine Helicopter Pilot upon hearing of my success and finding out I was also a retired Marine immediately said without missing a beat “I have a job for you!” But that will be in the next post 😉  Thank you again for your trust Tom & Kitty.