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“It’s part of me” Lost National Football Championship Ring Recovered in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Bruno, California 94066

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

As they gathered to bury a friend, an attendant adds the urn containing his wife’s ashes, of WWII Civil Air Transport Command veteran pilot, Don Milleneux, under his headstone at the San Francisco National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. (Photo supplied by Rebecca Runze)

Dr. Leroy Perry, of Santa Monica, CA is graveside with his friend Rebecca to pay his respects to her aunt. At some point during the period near the marker, he notices he has lost his ring!

Many photos were taken, and after great deductive detective work by his dear friend Rebecca, she was able to place the ring somewhere within 25 feet of Don’s grave marker, probably off to the right side, where he had been making pictures.

The grave maker is located on a beautiful hill just across the road from the chapel. The lush grass is about 4 inches deep. As I searched the natural grid pattern provided by the grave markers, a massive lawnmower spiraled ominously closer each time he came around the hill above me. The pressure was mounting. I removed my coat and cried out for divine fortune to intervene.

Dr. Perry was the team doctor for the 1976 National Championship winning USC Football Team. The 14k gold and ruby colored ring is about the size of a golf ball. In expressing his emotional attachment to the ring, “It’s part of me” he said.

One is not allowed to metal detect on Federal property without permission. Happily the General Manager was more than pleased to authorize my search for Dr. Perry’s ring. He had received about 20 phone calls regarding the ring and was very enthusiastic that I would be successful and solve the mystery.

After 33 minutes of searching, and locating many coins and other high value targets, (which I did not dig!) I finally came across that loud high tone I had been hoping to hear. Just off to the right of the marker, where Rebecca had suggested, I found the ring with my detector. Looking down, the shiny inside gold band glistened in the sun, deep in the grass, if you knew just where to look.

I immediately called Dr. Perry and Rebecca to give them the good news. Because I had made previous plans to be in Los Angeles later that week, I had the great privilege of delivering the 1976 National Championship ring personally to Dr. Perry in Santa Monica at his office. (Photo by Rebecca Runze)

It’s quite a keepsake!

Dr. Perry is complete again! Good feelings all around.

Ring and fond memories recovered!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Tiffany 2.5 carats Solitare & Diamond Earring Recovered in Corte Madera Town Park, Marin County, Corte Madera, California 94925

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

It was a beautiful sunny say and she was just sitting in the grass relaxing when her young son ran up and tackled her. As she fell back on the ground, she felt her son’s sleeve tug against her left ear. She reached up and felt that here diamond stud was no longer there. Wizely, she froze, and marked the spot with some sticks. She also looked around very carefully and took bearings from nearby buildings and trees, so that she could relocate that exact spot.

The husband was a little stressed out and after they searched for several hours, a friend found my number at THERINGFINDERS.com and called me. I met her in Corte Madera Town Part about 10am the next morning. It was a another sunny day. She showed me the exact spot where she had been bowled over by her son. I stuck my shovel in the ground and began a spiral search pattern. She tried to read a book but kept glancing over every time I bent over to check a target. After about 45 excruciating minutes I finally located her magnificent 2.5 total carats diamond earring about 12 feet from the starting point. The earring had flown about 12 feet in the air.

Needless to say she was ecstatic. Unfortunately I was unable to also locate the backing for the earring. But she gave up on that idea very easily. She will have the backings changed to the screw type.

Happy Camper!

Another marriage put back on track!

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Ring and marriage recovery by Marshall Smith – 415-905-0334

Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Diamond Ring Lost For a Month Recovered in El Granada, California 94019

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Adrian was trying to work in her garden but her two little dogs insisted on wanting to play ball in her wild back yard. She kept throwing the ball for them until she noticed her father’s diamond ring also go flying, deep into the grass and tall clover, lush from our heavy December rains. Even though Adrian watched her ring disappear, she searched her back yard fruitlessly for over a month. Her husband even burned down the grass to make it easier to find, but no luck! Finally, her father, a Redwood City jeweler, gave her one of my THR business cards that I had left at his shop several months ago. Adrian called me on Friday, and by Tuesday afternoon, after two hours of searching, I recovered her ring in deep grass, under about 1/2 inch of mud. Because this was a treasured gift from her father, Adrian said it’s more dear to her than her wedding ring!

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Adrian went crazy when I returned her ring to her! She was VERY happy.

After being lost for over a month, she was more than overjoyed to get it back. She danced around screaming and yelling and gave me at least 6 hugs! That’s what it’s all about! Adrian thought her ring was made of yellow and white gold, but my detector indicated more of a platinum signal. Either way, it’s a very beautiful filigree and diamond ring, and one of my most satisfying recoveries!

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Adrian’s gold and diamond filigree ring from her father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

Platinum Wedding Band Recovered from Deep Ivy Patch in Glen Park, San Francisco, CA 94131

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Another case of throwing a ball for a dog. While whipping a tennis ball down his street for his dog Rudy, off goes Dave’s wedding band into the thick ivy. Of course the ring immediately disappears from view, and gravity takes over.

Dave knew his ring was made of platinum, and had a pretty good idea of where it went in. I set my detector for platinum mode and went to work. I was able to locate Dave’s ring in about 10 minutes, about 14 inches down from the top of the ivy.

A happier guy and another smile for our Book of Smiles

Recovery by Marshall Smith – Call: 800-214-8534

San Rafael search for Grandfather’s Mason Ring Narrows Possibilities, San Rafael, CA 94901

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Not all searches yield the hoped for results. Sometimes all we can do is to determine where the missing item is not located.

That was the case when Howard called me to report that his Grandfather’s 32nd degree Mason’s ring, possibly similar to the one shown below,  had been lost on a walk around his mother’s neighborhood, or on his drive home.

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There were several possible places the ring could have ended up.

1. Along the sidewalk around his block. 2. In a neighbor’s trash container along the way where Howard had deposited a gift from his dog. 3. In a football size athletic field at the end of his walk and 4. In his vehicle after his walk.

Howard had already placed notes in all the neighbor’s mailboxes along his walking path, (this is always a good idea) so as we rewalked his path, we did another visual search of the sidewalks, as I scanned the bushes and flowerbeds with my detector. No luck.

On to the football field where Howard and his wife Monique lined out three 400′ x 8′ search corridors across the field with colored mason’s string, which they supplied. Howard walked along to keep me company as I methodically detected the long grass corridors and the final path up to his mother’s back door. We didn’t find his ring there either, but enjoyed a very pleasant conversation on a beautiful cool sunny afternoon.

Afterwards, Howard made one more search of his car, but no luck. So we had to conclude that his ring had slipped off in the neighbor’s trash can, and was probably long gone. Not a very fun outcome!

Howard is a lovely and generous fellow, and as always, when a search is not successful, I shared his sense of loss and frustration. But I told him to never give up hope, because sometimes there are other explanations for where lost things may have ended up. It’s happened before!

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Howard Cook, co-owner of Bay Area Retrofit, earthquake stabilization for your home or building.

Thanks Howard, for the opportunity to help eliminate the possibilities, I enjoyed meeting and working with you and your wife very much and hope that everyone will call you at Bay Area Retrofit for their earthquake retrofits!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA