Lost Tungsten Ring…FOUND by Member of The Ring Finders in McMinnville, Tennessee!
Christina McCree – Ring Finder for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135
I received a text message from Rachel on Thursday evening (April 7th, 2022) stating that her boyfriend, Tyler, lost his Tungsten Carbide promise ring in February while they were rock crawling on a trail in McMinnville, Tennessee. McMinnville is about a 2-hour drive from me (Huntsville, Alabama). I told Rachel that I would be more than happy to help, but I wouldn’t be able to make it out until Saturday or Sunday when I was off from work. Sunday actually turned out to be a beautiful day, so we scheduled the search for Sunday morning.
I arrived at their home in McMinnville, TN on Sunday morning (April 10th, 2022) around 10am. I transferred my gear over to Rachel’s vehicle. We needed to go through some thick grass and over rocks in order to make it out to the spot that Tyler lost his ring at. We headed out and arrived at the base of the trail about 15 minutes later. We parked at the base, because we didn’t want to drive over the ring. I grabbed my Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector from Rachel’s vehicle and we started making our way up the steep trail. It was about a 10-minute walk up to the spot where Tyler thought he lost his ring. The Tungsten ring was actually thrown during an argument. This happens way more than people think. People have disagreements and sometimes rings go flying. It’s always important that I know exactly what happened in order for a successful ring recovery.
Both Rachel and Tyler said that they heard a ping, so we knew that the ring probably hit a rock. We were just hoping that it didn’t take a weird bounce. The main part of the trail was easy to search. The right side was very steep, so I didn’t think that it bounced up that far. The left side was rocky, and I planned to search that last if I didn’t find the ring in the main trail area. Tyler showed me where he was standing when he threw the ring. He threw it down the trail, so I started at the top section. I marked that spot with a few cones and started my grid search heading down the trail. I covered the trail a good ways down and only found junk metal and some vehicle parts. I felt that I searched that area very well and started searching the left side where all the rocks were at. I eventually made my way up to the top where my cones were, but I didn’t find Tyler’s ring. I decided to head back down and search along the trail again to be sure. I made it back down and confirmed that the ring was not there. I was about 1.5 hours into my search, I told Rachel and Tyler that they may have been further down the trail when the ring was thrown or it just took a crazy bounce. I could tell that their hope was fading, but Rachel said that she thought they were further down the trail when the ring was thrown. That made sense, because different sections of the trail looked very similar.
I began searching that next area where Rachel thought they were. About 30 minutes in, I received a good shallow signal on my Equinox. I moved my coil to the side and saw the shape of a ring just barely covered! I could see the gleam of the sun reflecting off of it. Rachel was looking in my direction, I smiled and pointed down to the ground. She asked, “you found it?” I said “yes!” Both Rachel and Tyler came over, and Tyler picked up the ring. They were so excited! Tyler almost couldn’t believe it, because it wasn’t where he thought it should’ve been. We can only find what’s there to be found and being in the right spot is the only way for that to happen.
We celebrated for a few minutes, took some pictures, and were on our way to their house. I’m so happy that they have their ring back. I pray that this helps strengthen their relationship. Thank you, Lord, for another successful ring recovery! I’m always happy to help, proud to be a member of The Ring Finders, and looking forward to my next adventure…
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