I got a call from Kaley after she found me in the ring finders directory saying she had lost her Clemson class ring the night before when she took a 3am late night stroll on the beach. She informed me she had lost the ring in Myrtle Beach which is TRF member Matt Fry’s area so I told her that I would call Matt and one of us would be calling her back within the next 10 minutes. I contacted Matt and filled him in on what was lost and the location. He told me he was too busy at work and had his own lost ring call to work in the evening and for me to go ahead and take Kaley’s lost ring. I called Kaley back and told her I’d be there in 30 minutes.
When I arrived I met Kaley on the beach behind her hotel and noticed the area was packed with families here on vacation. She gave me the description of the ring and a friend of hers had the same ring so I was able to run a test with my machine and get a visual idea of what I was looking for. She also told me she had rented a metal detector and didn’t have any luck in finding her ring or anything else. Unfortunately I was battling a rough incoming tide that was close to being at high tide and trying to work around families that were where I needed to search, not a good combination. So I told Kaley I’d be back in about an hour and work the outgoing tide and figured most of the families would be gone to dinner. When I got back the tide was outgoing but I think the families had increased. I was able to work around those in the surf but I’m thinking that if she lost her ring within 30 minutes of the high tide last night the ring should be pretty close to the high tide line and this would be a quick search – not the case!!! As I’m working my way down the tide line, I’m thinking there’s no way the ring could be this far down the slope of the beach. Finally at 8:30pm and a good 3 hours of searching the 75 yards of beach Kaley was sure she lost it in I got a good solid signal almost at the low tide line, dug a scoop full of sand and saw the gold in the bottom of the scoop. I either had somebody else’s ring or Kaley’s – bingo, it was Kaley’s. She was scheduled to leave some time today so I took a picture and texted her “look familiar?” She immediately texted me back with “OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!” Luckily she was still in town and finishing up a game of putt putt golf, she showed up about 40 minutes later and came running out on the beach. She informed me that when she lost it at 3am she called her mom and dad crying, having 2 daughters of my own I could relate to this real easy. Got a few big hugs and many thank yous!
Kaley’s is a student pilot and is on her way to a new job in Wichita, KS and now gets to take her college ring with her. Kaley, you are a very sweet young lady, best of luck to you in all your future endeavors and thank you very much for the more than generous reward.
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I received a text message at 9:30 this morning from a Nashville, TN phone number about a lost ring in the sand with additional information that they were leaving to go back home tomorrow. I immediately called back and talked to Ed who told me that his wife, Diane had lost her engagement ring in the sand yesterday and was wondering if I could help. After getting the name of their resort I was on my way and arrived 20 minutes later. I met Ed on the beach and he told me Diane had put her 3 rings in one of her beach bags and that their kids got in the bag to get their towels and other items and her rings ended up in the sand. Ed and their 13 year old son, Greg looked through the sand and found 2 of the rings, one being her wedding band. The one that was still lost was her beautiful Platinum with Diamonds engagement ring.
I started out with a north/south grid search with my White’s Dual Field PI and searched for an hour and a half where they thought the ring might be and also around the area Ed and his son found the other 2 rings and I wasn’t having any luck. I tested the Platinum wedding band 3 different times, the first time in the sand was a good signal, a little while later a second test in the sand was a sporadic signal and the third test was with the wedding band on Ed’s finger and I got nothing! It concerned me enough that I went back home and got my AT Pro and went back and searched the same area – still no engagement ring. By now it’d been a 3 hour search and I was baking in the heat and was exhausted so I called my friend and mentor Jim Brouwer, author of Gold Beneath the Waves, and asked if he was available to help. Jim has never hesitated to come running if he could so he said he’d be there in 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I went back to Ed and Diane asking questions hoping to get a new clue about where the ring might be. After a short period Greg spoke up and said a couple of things about where he thought they may have been. I asked Greg to come with me and tell and show me what he remembered and guess what, he had me a little farther north and closer to the high tide line. Long story short and after moving a couple of beach chairs and umbrellas I had a great solid 46 on the AT Pro exactly what the wedding band had come up as. I called Jim to tell him he didn’t need to come but too late, he had just pulled in the parking lot – Thank You Jim for answering the call!!! Next I texted Ed, who with Diane had taken their kids to get lunch, and said “BINGO” with a picture of Diane’s engagement ring. Meanwhile Jim had met me on the beach and as we were discussing the ring find I saw Ed running out on the beach. He had gotten my text but hadn’t gotten the picture until he was about half way out on the beach. He had told Diane that I was trying to text him and left her and the kids sitting at the table. He couldn’t believe the ring was found. We walked back up to where Diane was and I told him I was going to play with Diane a little bit. We got to the table and I looked at Diane and said how hot and tired I was and she was being sympathetic and then I hit her with “but I found it”. To say she was overjoyed would be an understatement!!! I got a huge hug. You can tell by their picture they couldn’t have been happier. Their trip back home tomorrow will be a much happier trip I’m sure.
A big thanks to their son Greg who was a tremendous help and saved me a few extra hours of searching.
Ed and Diane, thank you for trusting me to find your precious lost treasure and for the very generous reward. Have a safe trip home.
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I got a phone call and referral from my son-in-law on some lost keys. He gave me the location and details and I met Kimberly about 10 minutes later on the beach. Kimberly told me that her brother and cousin had been fishing about 11pm the night before and when her brother got back to the resort he didn’t have his house or BMW key FOB. Figuring out the tides for the previous evening I realized I had a very short window of opportunity to try and find the keys before high tide. There was a big drain pipe on the beach and that was the reference point both as the center point for north and south (both about 40 yards wide) and the starting point seaward. By the time I started my grid line the end of the pipe was already underwater and the waves were building. After about an hour of searching I called Kimberly and left a message that I’d be back in about 3 hours to work the outgoing tide.
Around 5 o’clock I arrived back on the beach and started working the outgoing tide, still a little rough but manageable. After another hour and a half of grid searching and finding some change, bottle caps, pull tabs and some wire I got a good strong shallow signal. Bingo, I had the keys in my scoop. I took a picture and sent it to Kimberly asking her “do these look familiar”. I then called her and asked if she got my text, she looked at her text messages and I could hear her in the background tell her family “he found the keys!!! She came back on the phone, thanked me and said her brother was still in town and she was going to call him and give him my number. Within a minute Kevin was on the line saying I can’t believe you found them, I thought I’d never see them again. We met in the Walmart parking lot 10 minutes later and Kevin had his keys back. Kimberly had told me that Kevin was in the US Army and stationed at Fort Bragg, so when we met I gave him a hand salute and shook his hand. He had had a spare key FOB but his dog had pretty much chewed it up but it could still be used. When I handed him his keys back he hit the lock/unlock buttons on the FOB and surprisingly after being buried in the sand submerged below the surf for roughly 18 hours the key FOB still worked!!!!
Kevin, from one VET to another – best of luck to you in your career and stay safe!!!
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I was out on the beach today getting a little exercise and metal detecting the low tide line when a 9 year old young lady, Gracie came up to me asking if I had found a man’s wedding ring and that her dad, Matt had lost his. Gracie’s mother Lauren was right behind her and told her daughter that the ring was gone. I looked at Lauren and told her not necessarily and started asking questions – where he was when it came off and what time it was when he lost it. Lauren wasn’t with her husband when he lost it but Gracie was and had all the answers and she was right on the money. Gracie told me he lost it about 4pm yesterday and then showed me the area. I got the ring description from Lauren plus her phone number and told her I’d call her when I found it as they were just leaving the beach.
I started a north/south grid search near the low tide line just to eliminate that area before the tide started coming in. I then came back up the beach about 15 yards and on the first pass I had a great signal, almost exactly where Gracie told me her dad had lost it. Two scoops and I saw the ring laying in the sand. I texted Lauren with a picture of the ring and said “Bingo!!! Look familiar??” Within 1 minute Lauren and Gracie were running out on the beach from the condo, with big grins on their faces. I got a big thank you from both of them and a big hug from Lauren. Come to find out Lauren hadn’t said anything to Matt about having someone look for his ring. Matt was still upstairs in the condo so she was going to go back up and bring him down. Shortly afterwards Matt and Lauren were walking hand in hand out on the beach. I walked up to Matt and asked him if he lost anything and what it looked like, he had both answers right so I held my closed fist out and dropped his ring in his hand – he was so happy and amazed he had it back. He gave me a big hand shake and Lauren got a big kiss from him and everything was good!!!!
Gracie was the real hero here, she’s one extremely intelligent young lady and without her details I’m pretty sure I’d of spent a lot more time looking for Matt’s ring or maybe not even knowing there was a lost ring out there to find.
Lauren and Matt thank you for trusting in me to help find your ring and the generous reward you wanted me to have. Have a great rest of your vacation and give Gracie and big hug and thank you from me for all her help!!!
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On Thursday, April 14th, I made contact with Joseph D. after receiving a referral that he had lost a very sentimental Crucifix and gold chain the previous weekend. I found out Joseph was down on a mini-vacation with other students from Wake Forrest and lost his item in about a 50 ft radius from the beach access ramp.
I arrived about 6pm and did a grid search for 3.5 hours with no luck finding the crucifix, although I found a ton of “items” that the college students had left behind. I showed up again on Friday about noon to see at least 300 plus students from Virginia Tech having their little vacation in exactly the same spot, so I went back home. By 5pm I figured most of the students were probably off the beach so I headed back to another ton of “items” on the beach. Luckily I ran into a couple who asked me the typical questions about metal detecting and I told them what I was there for. The female spoke up and said that someone from their group had found a crucifix Thursday afternoon, what’s the chances, uh?? I found out a student by the name of Chris had possession of the crucifix and the male of the couple text him to come to the beach. Chris showed up in about 5 minutes and I matched it against a picture that Joseph had sent me. Perfect match!! Chris agreed to turn it over to me after he made sure no one in his group had lost it and that we’d talk the next day. About 12:30 on Saturday I get a text from Chris that no one in his group had lost the crucifix and he’d turn it over. I had taken a picture of the crucifix the day before and sent it to Joseph letting him know about the situation which he didn’t have a big problem with. So after Chris gave me the crucifix I called Joseph and told him I’ve got it and it’ll be in the mail on Monday to his house. He was ecstatic!!!
Fast forward to this weekend when Joseph finally made it back home from college and had the crucifix back in his hands. Unfortunately his gold chain wasn’t found but he had the thing he wanted the most.
Joseph, best of luck to you and thanks for trusting in me to find your crucifix.
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Got a call at about 11:15 am from David saying his wife, Rose, had lost her Wedding/Engagement Rings in the sand and wanted to know if I could help find them. Told him I’d be there in 15-20 minutes.
David met me in the parking lot and on the way out to the beach explained that he and his wife suspected their little daughter may have picked the rings up out of the cup holder in the beach chair. Once we got on the beach I met Rose and the little culprit, who looked so innocent.
I made a line in the dry sand with my scoop that measured roughly 10X15 feet and had David and Rose clear the beach umbrella, beach chairs and other items from inside the search area. On the third pass I had the ring. I turned around to Rose and asked her what the ring looked like but she already knew I had found it because of the rattle in the scoop as I shook out the sand. I held the scoop up and let her pull it out. Another successful recovery with big smiles all the way around.
Total search and recovery time was under 2 minutes.
David and Rose, thank you very much for the reward.
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