October 15th Carlos was rushing to avoid the pending thunderstorm and lost his MasterCard in the Jamaican waters. I was also heading in, away from the afternoon’s lightening strikes. I was approached by Carlos with a request to help him find the missing credit card. I could not refuse, so back into the water. First I saw an electronic room key, that there had been no mention of. Just after picking the card up I saw the dark blue patch of the MasterCard. Item retrieved, I headed for Carlos. The sky had darkened and the rain began pelting us as we ran to my room for my camera. I took a few pictures, and gave Carlos three cards, room key, MasterCard and one of my TheRingFinders cards. Now with three cards in hand Carlos ran off to tell his wife the vacation could continue but with a tighter grip on the precious cards.
Labor Day, Mike was out in the backyard doing a little brush cutting. He and his wife were going to run out and do some shopping. Mike kind of got lost in his yard work when his wife came out to see how long he was going to be. He had just a few more branches to cut from an old Lilac bush. As he cut the branches his wife grabbed the branches and tossed them on a brush pile for him. As they were finishing up they realized that her Diamond necklace was missing. But where? She had put it on an hour or so before she went outside. They scoured the house, garbage, garage, and the backyard, nothing… Frustrated they looked online and found the ring finders and gave me a call. I had been out recovering another ring when they called. I called them back and made a time to come over. I stopped by on Saturday afternoon and took a look at the area that was the area in question. Beautiful backyard with lush green grass backed up to a fairway to a golf course. About 150 – 200 feet diagonal across the backyard to a woodchipped planter that was approx 75′ x 75′ area that towards the back became denser with scrub brush. This is the area he was working when his wife stopped out to give him a hand. The grass in the backyard had been cordoned off from the mowers so it was long from missing the last mowing cycle. So the search was on. I did a primary search on the high probability area – a direct line from the house to the area where the brush cutting was going on. The backyard had several fully mature trees that were about 80 years old. The elevation had not changed much from when the trees began life. This fact came through while checking the area with the metal detector. Hidden targets all over the area to be searched. You could not go 3 feet without having signals going off. This really slowed thing way down. Signal – check depth and 2 inches or less get the pinpointer out and search the grass. We spent around 3 hours searching with nothing to show for it. We had brought out another necklace and laid it in the grass and it stuck out so well. We could not believe we could not find it. We decided to call it a night and I would return the next day when we had more direct sunlight to help catch a sparkle. Sunday at 10:30 I started with a more complete secondary search. First I ran through the complete front yard. Not there. Worked around the side yard to the backyard. I crossed my pattern from the day before moving three to four feet paths from the back of the house to the center of the backyard. back and forth completing the backyard in about 2 hours. I moved to the woodchipped area and methodically went through with a rake and shallow signal -rake to the weed barrier. Again most of the signals were coming below the weed barrier. After an hour I had worked my way to the back of the planter. I was starting to get the feeling that it was not in the yard- I should be able to see it? As I took a couple steps I caught a sparkle. It had fallen into the crotch of a cut off bush and a small piece of the chain extended just beyond the cut nubs. I could not believe my sore eyes. It’s always the last place you look. I am so thankful to have found it. I left it in a secure location so the returning homeowner could find where I left it for them. They were so excited and could not believe it was found. While not being able to see the smiles, I could hear them it in their voices…
I got a call from a young man who lost a gold pendent, he told me that it was given to him by his father who was a fireman for 25 years and wore this pendent in over a 1000 calls. It was a gold firefighters helmet with the truck number inscribed on the front of the helmet and two dates on the underside. His father gave him the pendent when he retired and his son started in the same Fire Department and truck the day his father retired.
Needless to say it was very important to find this pendent and continue the story so one day his son could have it and know the history of these two great men that put their lives on the line to help others. So we discuss the search area and i start to detect and I’m getting nails and not much else. he shows me that he made a sifter and was checking for the ring but gave up. He dumped the sifter and guess what…It was in the dirt from the sifter! It’s funny where these irreplaceable items show up!
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I received a call from Abe after he lost his 14k white gold wedding band with diamonds on the first day of vacation in Ocean City NJ. I met Abe at the beach and he said that the ring was in his pocket with his wallet. When he went to meet the ice cream man he pulled out his wallet while walking and must have dropped the ring in the sand somewhere between where they were sitting and the ice cream man. Several people had been looking for the ring but there search was unsuccessful. The search area was large and the ring was about 150 feet from where they were sitting. After a through grid and search of the area the ring came out of the sand! Abe came and gave me a huge hug and thanked me! Abe said the ring is very sentimental and was very happy that the ring was found!
This all started when Lana gave me a call early August 8th and asked if i would help look for her wedding ring which she lost in the water almost a week and a half ago. I let her know that I will do my best and give it a shot. Knowing that Waikiki is a detectors favorite and its been over a week I needed to get down there ASAP and bring along with me help. So, I asked my dad if he would be willing to help and as always… Dad said yes and we were out to Waikiki that very morning. After 4 and 1/2 hours my dad and I came up short. NO ring! We went home knowing we gave it a good scan but there was some variables like tide and there were a lot of people in the water. So, The very next morning I get a gut feeling to go back and look. I drive back out to Waikiki and start looking again. After 45 minutes I get a faint sound and decide to dig it. I dig a big scoop of sand out and toss it on the sea floor and run my coil over the hole. BOOM I get a louder tone and it sounds like gold. A few more digs and I run my coil over the gaping hole in the ocean bed in which i don’t hear anything. So, I run my coil over the mounds of sand that has been removed and BOOM its there. I scoop and whats inside my scoop is a huge size 11 14K White gold with diamonds and a center 2 karat diamond in the middle. I knew I found her ring. As i am on my way back to the shoreline to rinse off I see Hawaii News Now setup by the showers and I ask them if the lady from yesterday is ok? The exchange words and then Billy V from hawaii news now asked the question… Did you find her ring? i said YES! He asked to see it and if it would be ok to let hawaii News Now run a short story about this event. I said yes and the lights went on and then came ACTION! We were able to call Lana and film the good news of HOPE and ALOHA. Well this was definitely GOD orchestrated and the saying is true… ALOHA IS ALIVE.
It was Sunday morning around 5 AM and I take a look at my missed calls while checking emails. That’s when I noticed there was a voicemail of a lost wedding ring at Sunset beach on the North Shore. I responded to the voicemail via text. The couple, Sean and Megan now were on vacation from Utah. We agreed to meet up so my family and I headed down to Sunset Beach.
When we arrived at their address Sean took us to the back of their beautiful vacation rental which is steps away to the beach. Meeting the family and getting the story on how Megan unfortunately lost her ring was heart wrenching. She was playing in the sun and enjoying the water with the kids and after sometime in the water she looked at her hand and noticed that her ring of 19 years fell off her finger and she didn’t know where! In desperation The family tried snorkeling but didn’t find it.
I gathered all the information I needed and headed down the beach. I asked Sean if he can grab a bunch of the white rocks in the sand to help line the bottom of the ocean floor as markers while I search and grid out the area. I decided to start from the deepest part and work my way to the shallows as the tide was on the rise! I did one pass around chest deep to over head and nothing. But, as I started to make my next line I got a loud “platinum” sound in the deeper part of the sandbar. I started to dig and fan all along looking and praying this is the lost ring. I then notice a ring, approximately 6” buried in the sand with the markings described of Megan’s ring, a big and thick Platnuim band with yellow gold that surrounding a diamond. I was sooooo excited to find it! As I grabbed it and looked up towards the beach where the entire family stood looking at myself and Sean, I held up her RING and Megan’s sister shouted… “I think he found it!” And the whole family was moved with emotions and tears as i can hear them excited and in awe. So, I handed Sean his wife’s lost but FOUND wedding ring. As Sean headed up the beach he met his wife in the yard and got on one knee to put back on her finger. The precious ring symbolized his love for her.
To the Stolhs … THIS FIND WAS ANSWERED PRAYERS! Another vacation saved and another happy ending! Glad to help and have a blessed time on the North Shore!
I received a call from a guy who had lost his gold wedding ring of 44 years of marriage on the beach during his morning swim. he stated that he had taken the ring off and put it in his hat on his T shirt on the beach while swimming. After swimming he picked up the shirt and hat but forgot about the ring inside and it disappeared into the sand. Fortunately his daughter did a quick internet search and also checked with the beach patrol and came up with my information. A couple hours later I was greeted by his wife at the beach house and we walked up to the beach location. By now the beach was busy and I asked for the client to remove their chairs and towels from the area to begin my search. After about 10 minutes my metal detector sounded off and the ring was in my scoop! An immediate applause was given by the onlooking beach crowd and the very happy couple of 44 years marriage. Another happy customer!
A stellar day with my ring recovery mentor Edward Cropski. I got a call from a crying woman who lost her ring in the surf in Atlantic City. Then a few minutes later I got a call by a man who lost his wedding band in Brigantine. Ed and I went to Brigantine first. When Ed turned his machine on, the ring was right under his coil! Needless to say the family was much appreciative. Then off to AC we went. After about a little over an hour my Foxy Noxy gave me a solid 10 signal. Bam! There was the ring. When I brought it to her she began to cry tears of joy. Probably my best find to date. It’s very satisfying to return an heirloom when someone thinks it’s gone forever!!!
This is my official 4th and 5th recovery. I have just retired from 25 yrs of Law Enforcement service and can dedicate my time to doing recoveries.
This ring find started in the late evening around 9:00pm on June 16th. I noticed on craigslist an ad that said they lost their wedding ring in Waikiki. I respond to the ad and got a call back from Jay. Asked him a bunch of questions and Apparently there were 3 other detectors who tried looking for it and didn’t find it. I was a bit hesitant to go out and look knowingly that there were 3 others who looked and supposedly didn’t find it. I was hoping that someone didn’t find it or worse they may have found it but wasn’t truthful. My gut was telling me to go out there and help them so, I did. I let Jay know that I’m on my way and to make sure NO MORE METAL DETECTORS go through the area. I get to the beach and meet up with Jay and started to look… there in the search site was almost 60 drunk people partying on the beach, beer cans, rubbish, rough waves and a lot of coins. About 4 hours later I get a nice tone while I’m in chest deep water… there in my scoop is a beautiful 3.8 karat wedding ring. I look towards shore and turn on my headlamp so Jay can see me and start nodding my head so he knows the ring is found. I give a loud shout of praise and I hear the people on the beach yelling ” YOU FOUND IT?” as I reply “YES”. The people on the beach gathered around as I presented Jay His wife ring back. All i could hear were people yelling and excited that the ring was found. Jay and I both agreed to let his wife know so she could enjoy the return of here precious ring. Another successful recovery and another honeymoon saved. WHAT A GREAT FATHERS DAY GIFT!!!
This recovery started on June 27th with phone tag between Gabriel and myself late in the evening. Gabriel left me an email around noon time that explained He lost His wedding ring in the water at Waikiki. I knew Waikiki was a heavily hunted spot for metal detectors and needed to get down there ASAP before this ring is gone forever. I continued to call and email Gabriel until we finally got ahold of each other. I drove out to met up with the couple who are here on their honeymoon from Alberta Canada. We headed to the beach which we stood on the shoreline and I tried to gather as much information as possible. Gabriel explained to me where He and His wife were sitting and where they entered the water. This helped and really painted a picture for me which I was able to narrow down the search site. I encouraged the couple to pray and I let them know that if I find the ring while in the water since it’s dark I will turn on my head lamp and look towards them and make a nodding motion so they will know that the ring is found. I started my search and after a few passes I pick up a penny and a dime. And as i continued to look I get a great tone and start to dig… I hear something in the scoop and it sounds like a RING. I pulled out my Xtreme scoop from the water and there inside and is a 14K white Gold mens wedding band with the inscription of June 23, 2018. I knew it was Gabriels ring! I turned on my headlamp, made the nodding motion towards the anticipating couple on the shoreline and gave a loud shout of JOY. I headed back to shore where I could hear the couple talking… both excited and shocked. So, as I approched the couple who were stand anticipating the good news and extend my hand with Gabriels ring at the end of my fingertips… they both agreed that that it was his lost ring and now its found! They were amazed that I found it and in that short amount of time. It was with Gabriels help that put me in the right spot and it was definitely an ANSWERED PRAY ON ALL OF OUR REQUESTS.
Another successful recovery. Mahalo to Gabriel and Nancy May you guys enjoy your honeymoon / vacation the way you all deserve in Hawaii… TO LIVE ALOHA!