Memorial park Tag | The Ring Finders

Pinky ring lost and recovered from local park!

  • from Reading (Pennsylvania, United States)

 Thursday October 10th was a cloudy, rainy day and I received a phone call from my wife informing me that her friend and co-worker’s daughter had lost a ring at one of our community parks and to expect a phone call.  As I was already on a search of a front yard trying to find a “lost” wedding ring from the summer and was still searching for it (but that’s another story), I received a call from Nikki S. who told me that she had received a unique pinky ring as a gift from a friend from her trip to Italy just two days ago, had worn it to Dietrich’s Park to attend a bon-fire and car smash pep rally for the local high school football team the evening before. She described the ring as silver and was vines of flowers and that she had it on when she got there and didn’t have it when she got back to the car.  I responded to the park and ironically met Nikki’s husband, J.R., who was tearing the car apart trying to find the ring.  He explained where Nikki and kids allegedly mingled around watching the events and the areas she did not venture to or beyond.  He had to get back to work and left.  I began my grid search and with the exception of a couple of freshly dropped quarters I was unable to find her ring in the grass.  The rain was now a steady downpour and I opted to return the next day, but as it turned out was even more rainy than Thursday.  On Saturday Oct.12th I returned to the park and began my grid from the opposite direction and expanded it to include a macadam and gravel driveway and the grassy berm.  I had searched slowly and methodically, and finding two more fresh drop quarters.  I had searched about 50 yards when I received another good signal and when I parted the grass blades…there it was.  101213 RING RECOVERY 001   I took a picture of it and sent it to Nikki, who called me and verified that it was her ring and that she would meet me at the park in a few minutes.  She apparently lives very close as she and her Mom, Cathy, arrived there in record time!  She was smiling from ear to ear when I returned the ring to her…A picture is worth a thousand words!  101213 RING RECOVERY 008

Lost Ring Recovered – Memorial Park, Omaha Ne

  • from Omaha (Nebraska, United States)

Sunday morning, I noticed an ad on Craigslist for a wedding ring that was lost in a local park.  I contacted the person and arranged a meeting that afternoon (besides it was going to get me out of mowing the lawn)  I arrived at the park a little early and managed to find 16 cents, two bottle caps, and a couple of the ever present pull-tabs.   Shortly thereafter I met Paula and her husband and got into the details of what happened.

She took off her engagement ring and put that in her pocket but left her wedding band on she put on a baseball glove to join a game of catch.   After playing catch for a bit they began heading back to their car.  She pulled the glove off and retrieved her engagement ring from her pocket, that’s when she noticed that her wedding band was no longer on her finger.

She showed me the general area where she thought she had pulled the glove off on the way back to the car.  I set up a couple of stakes to mark of that area and begin searching.  Shortly after I started, she and her husband begin intently looking at the area where she was standing playing catch.   She felt that it may have been more likely that she dropped it anywhere from there towards where I was searching.  I shifted my focus to where she was standing while playing catch.    Three or so hours of searching for turned up nothing.  Paula and her husband had to leave a little earlier to drop some relatives at the airport, so I sent her a text to let her know that I hadn’t found anything but I wasn’t giving up.

Two days later afforded, about an hour to search after work on my way to get my wife.  I changed my focus back to the original area and begin a grid search.  I had roughly 10 minutes left before I had to get my wife and decided to head for the car.   I was about 15 feet from the car when I had a solid signal on top of the ground.  Stuck the pin-pointer in the grass and had a sold tone, pulled back the grass to reveal a nice platinum band with diamonds.

I immediately took a picture with my phone and sent her a text…..”I hope this looks familiar.”    Shortly after, I received a phone call from a very excited Paula…..she couldn’t believe that I had found it.