Received a call from Loren the other week requesting my service to locate her neighbours house and mail box keys she lost while shoveling snow on her property, she also brushed off the truck and that when she notice she did not have the keys on her, Loren searched everywhere with no luck.
I meet up with Loren she showed me the area she was shoveling and she said she was beside her truck when she noticed the keys where gone, I began my search around her truck and with in minutes I had her keys back in her hands. Another happy client.
Branden had been cutting down trees and doing a bit of landscaping when he noticed his smart watch was missing.
When I arrived he showed me a large hole he had filled with compostable material and dirt and rocks. Unfortunately it was up against a concrete wall that had metal reinforcing and so we had to dig it out by hand to avoid hitting the watch with any sharp tools.
It was amazing how hot the combustible material had got in just three days. I scanned everything with a handheld pinpointer but when we got to the bottom of the hole there was no sign of the watch.
Next there was a raised garden that he had filled with pebbles. I took a reading off an identical watch that belonged to his wife and used my CTX3030.
Still no target and it was looking grim but I carried on around the edge of the ground where I saw some old pebbles had been dumped. Right next to a tree stump I got a dirty signal that was similar to the other watch. Scraping away a layer of pebbles the plastic strap emerged and the watch was recovered.
When I checked the hole there was a 4” nail right underneath where the watch had been.
Received a call from Jordan on December 21st, 2019. Jordan was in the process of proposing to his girlfriend on Sunset Beach in Cape May when the engagement ring evidently fell out of the box unbeknownst to him. After gathering a few details from Jordan, we setup a time to meet and I headed over to Sunset Beach. I arrived before Jordan and his father so I decided to take a walk down to see if I could figure out where they may have been. Sure enough the tell tale signs were there so I began searching where I believed they may have been. After a brief 10 minute search I had the ring in my scoop! I went back to the parking lot and awaited Jordans arrival. He and his father were in total shock and disbelief that I had already recovered the ring before they arrived. After reuniting Jordan with the ring his father explained how much of a roller coaster of emotions the day had been. All recoveries are emotional for the clients, for many different reasons, and no two are ever the same, but sometimes there are the ones that really make providing this service warm your heart. This is one of them. I attached the reuniting video but it is a bit dark.
Here are some comments and reviews of service from Jordan and his family:
Jordan Page “Hey Jeff! This is me and my fiance with our recovered ring she loves it and we are so thankful to you. You changed what was one of the worst tragedies into one of those great moments you rember for a lifetime. You reaffirmed my faith in humanity and decency. You are truely a hero! To come out at 10pm on a sat night in winter is unbelievable enough let alone. Your integrity in finding the ring before we got there and holding it shows how much of an amazing honest person you are and that is rare these days. We and I personally can not thank you enough the joy even as I write this is overflowing. Everyone in town has been asking us about it and I’m singing your praises as the savior of our engagement. I got a call from sunset beach gift shop checking in about if we found the ring and I told them how awesome you were. He told me to send him a picture of your card so he can give your info to anyone that needs your services. Thank you so so much.”
Keith Page “First, Jeff, Thank You for finding Jordan’s ring…you are amazing!
You came out on a cold Saturday night and before we even got there, you had the ring, again, thank you…I cannot say it enough!
As a father, knowing what Jordan went through to get to this point and then seeing the video of him on his knee proposing and then his reaction realizing that the ring had fallen out and disappeared into the sand, it brought tears to my eyes for him.
You, the helpful people on the beach, the staff at the Sunset Beach Gift shop, my son’s fiance and her two beautiful children, my wife, all turned an emotional roller coaster of a night into one of the most positive and memorable evenings of our lives.
Thank you again, you really are a good person, you have had a positive impact on everyone’s life that you have helped by helping them find something they lost, please keep doing what you do, it does not go unnoticed.
Our very best to you,
Keith & Karen Page, Jordan and his beautiful family. By the way, Maria said yes!”
Karen Page “There really should be more people like you, Jeff! You don’t just provide a much needed service, you restore people’s faith in others along with restoring their precious items. A truly remarkable thing, and very much appreciated! You Rock!”
Riley and a heap of mates had been touring Rottnest Island during a friends buck’s party when he had lost his wedding ring. The poor bloke had only gotten married just the week before! He had discovered his ring was missing while waiting for the half hour ferry ride back to Perth. A quick google for ‘metal detecting service’ had turned up my number and he called me from the ferry.
He explained that there had been a fair bit of alcohol drunk and he couldn’t be sure when he had lost it. I knew from his account that there were about 10 of them in the group so I figured a few photo’s were likely to have been taken during the day’s various activities.
Scene of the crime!
They were all together on the ferry and most were still having a pretty good time by the sound of it! This made communication difficult but after asking Riley to check any photo’s they had to see when he last had his ring on we were able to narrow it down to the very last activity which had been a wrestling match on the sand in a remote secluded bay on the south side of Rottnest Island called Porpoise Bay. Although it could have been lost anywhere from the road, down a bush track to the remote beach, it certainly seemed most likely that the wrestling ring in the sand was where the ring would be.
It was now too late for me to catch the last ferry out to the Island so I planned to get on the first ferry in the morning and hopefully find Riley’s precious before he had to tell his wife what had happened!
The next day I arrived on the Island with my metal detector and bike and set off for the south coast and Porpoise Bay. The actual site is called Henrietta Rock’s which is named after the Henrietta shipwreck which is only meters off the cliffs and is often partially out of water at low tide.
The lads had marked a large wrestling circle in the sand and had been taking turns to turf each other out of the circle but when I got to the beach I found no evidence of the circle as although it was close to low tide a stiff south west wind was keeping the beach awash with water and although I was able to detect, the water was full of seaweed which made the detector I had brought with me a little unsuitable. I resolved to come back in a few hours as I expected the wind to die off over the next few hours and make it a bit easier to search the area properly.
Riley’s 1 week old wedding ring
When I returned there was a beach again so I was soon in search of the ring. I realised I’d made the right decision to wait as I found the Riley’s ring on just my third pass and only just in the water. I knew I had actually metal detected over the ring earlier but not heard it due to the false signals and trouble the seaweed had caused. When I retrieved Riley’s ring it took 3 scoops to dig it out! It was down a good 12″ already in just one night.
Pretty pleased with myself I headed back to the road to get some cellphone reception and called Riley to tell him the news. He really was over the moon about it as he said he didn’t really think I would find it but that he had had to try so at least he could tell his wife he had tried everything to get it back!
Order has been restored!
I met Riley and his wife later that day to return the ring, and he had told her the full story by this time so both were very happy as evidenced by their smile photo. Happy days you two!
Keith and his wife Julie had been visiting their daughter when during a light hearted bit of volleyball Julie had spiked the ball only to feel her wedding ring shoot straight up in the air but did not see where it had come down again.
Julie and family posed with her ring returned.
When I arrived I could see that the entire volleyball court had been methodically hand raked by the whole family for several hours but alas they had not found the missing ring.
I asked Julie to stand where she thought she had been at the time of the loss and demonstrate the spike she had done when she felt her wedding ring shoot off. It was pretty much a vertical movement so I began my search along the edge of the net on her side of the volleyball court.
The first signal I got I knew was not her ring but it had all the signs of being an aussie $2 coin which it was but the second signal had a distinct double tone which many shallow rings will give and sure enough there it was Julie’s fabulous wedding ring! Well the family couldn’t believe I’d been able to find it in under a minute when they’d all spent several hours looking for it on hands and knees!
One wedding ring no longer mis-behaving!
After a few smile photos and a bit of back slapping I returned to my car and set off home. As I drove out the gate my phone rang so I pulled over and took a call from a fellow ringfinder on the side of the road. As I was speaking to him about an unsuccessful underwater search for a diamond earing lost during a night dive (who goes night diving wearing expensive diamond earings) I said hang on.. I got out of the car and ran up the road towards the smoke I had just noticed about 150 meters ahead at the intersection of the road I was on and sure enough it was a fresh bushfire starting on the side of the road. We’d had a 42 degrees celsius day only four days back and Perth has had a total fire ban in place for a long while now.
Fire out! Not much to see, just a little smoke in front of fire truck..
I ran back to the car and screamed up the road to it to find the flames were already 3-4 meters high. I tried stopping two cars as they drove by it but they just keep going.. you can probably imagine what I yelled after them!! The next car did stop and all he had was a spade so I said call the fire dept while I get some water back down the road. I managed to get a full size fire extinguisher from one of the residents where I’d just rescued the ring and raced back to the fire and in my best firefighting shorts and thongs managed to put out about 90% of the fire. I raced back to where I’d gotten the extinguisher from expecting another one to be ready for me as there were many units there but was told “sorry but we can’t give you another due to the property policies!!!!” I didn’t wait around to argue but obviously I was astonished.
I returned to the fire and noted the police had already arrived. One of the officers was standing 3 meters from the fire with a small fire extinguisher just staring at the fire which had by now grown again and as I approached him I said “are you going to use that?”. He replied “do you know how to?” I didn’t answer of course, I simply grabbed it from him, pulled the lock pin and put out 99% of the fire before the bottle was empty. Luckily as I got back onto the road the local bush fire truck arrived and soon wet the area down to prevent re ignition… pheww.
This situation was so so close to becoming a major bush fire requiring helicopters etc.
All in a days work eh. Ring Rescues to the rescue!!
Ray had been doing some gardening a week ago and after going inside to wash up had discovered his treasured wedding ring was missing. Ray had lost his wife of 38 years earlier in the year so his wedding ring had become especially sentimental to him since then. He had also lost a lot of weight over the last year which was probably the main culprit with respect to losing it. He’d spent a week looking for it before finding my service and shooting me a desperate message for help in locating it.
I messaged him straight back and shortly later he rang and explained what he thought had happened to it. I arranged to come out immediately and search for it.
When I arrived I discovered Ray had had some more sour luck as he met me in a wheelchair on the front lawn and explained he’d managed to fall down some steps and had broken his foot in three places.
After asking the usual preliminary investigation questions I set about searching the lawn and garden.
Property searches can be especially difficult due to the huge amount of metal rubbish that tends to accumulate around houses.. the older the house, the worse it gets and this was no different. As I suspected there were reticulation fittings in the lawn, reticulation solenoid wiring, wire, nails, screws, reinforcing steel in the concrete garden edging and a metal fence bordering the garden as well as close overhead powerlines!
These situations really call on all of ones prior experience and can be most frustrating. Luckily my experience told me just what to listen for as far as signals from my metal detector goes and allowed me to
Hope this turned the ‘luck’ tide for you Ray
ignore all the signals in the lawn and as Ray watched me stop and wave my wand over various spots and then move on, I eventually stopped, knelt down and sure enough the first signal I’d decided fitted the bill was Rays ring, I knew straight away as one edge of his two tone gold wedding band was actually still partially visible in the dark soil of the garden bed.. Hooray! As you can see in the attached pic it was all smiles and thumbs up from there, even Dylan Dog’s wearing a smile!..
Portia called to ask my help in finding her wedding band. She knew where she had lost it but had already hired a metal detector only to find it had just beeped at her husband constantly due to all the bits of wire, screws and nails etc under their deck.
Portia’s all smiles again..
I said no problem and arranged a time to visit her and search for it. I had to lay on my stomach and squeeze myself forward under the decking and quickly realised a full size detector was not suitable due to the amount of metal rubbish under the deck. This was a job for my trusty pinpointer and after thinking about the possible physics involved as the ring had come through the decking I decided on one corner being the most likely place it would be. About five minutes later I yelled, “Yes, I’ve found it!” from under the deck. Portia said her husband had been under there for over an hour and couldn’t believe I found it so quickly.. as you can see in the photo Portia is all smiles again..
I am so honored to be able to write up this story as one of the most amazing ring returns I have had with the Ringfinders. I warn you, it’s probably going to be a long one. 😃 2019 has been a great year. Early in the spring I had a call from a couple that had lost both the wife’s engagement ring and her wedding band out in a very large area of sand. My Father-in-Law, Tom Ledew had a freshwater machine but he didn’t have a saltwater machine. He had expressed some interest in the Ringfinders so I decided to ask him to join me and loan him one of my Saltwater machines. You can read the long story on another post but suffice it to say, Tom found one and I found the other and he now has a good Beach machine and is hooked. 😄. So that brings us to our current story… back in July, the day after the Blue Angels flew, I got a call from a very nice young man named Thomas. He had proposed to his beautiful bride, Dani only a few months earlier and she had not had the chance to have the engagement ring properly sized. They were in the water at Quietwater beach along with hundreds of other people and the ring just slipped off her finger sometime in the afternoon. I immediately came out to the beach and got all of the information that I could, right down to pictures from the boat, the tides and even the gps coordinates where the boat they were in was anchored during the air show. It was a huge area as far as water recoveries go but this is one of the nicest couples that I have met and I set out to do my best. I searched everywhere and dug up hundreds of pull tabs and I even found two other rings (one, I was able to find the owner in Tennessee 😃) but I could not find Thomas and Dani’s ring. I was bummed but I knew it was a large area so I asked if I could come out at sunrise the next morning. They said of course and I put in a few hours that morning and then put in a few more after work. All to no avail. I told Thomas that I could not find it and he was down but I told him I truly thought his ring was out there and with his permission I would like to keep looking for it when able and I would also like his permission to have my Father-in- Law help me with the search. Thomas said I could do whatever but felt the ring was lost forever and he said with all the people swimming that day he feared someone had seen it on the bottom and picked it up. I told him not to worry and that maybe one day I would come across it and call them. Fast forward 4 months and here we are in November. They were such a nice couple that I just haven’t been able to let their ring go. Anytime I am out that way, I always search for it a bit. I even came up with some down home engineering that anchors into the sand and lets me do overlapping circles to be absolutely sure I hadn’t missed a spot. Tom had been out to help me several times also and was becoming equally vested in finding this ring. Well within these 4 months, Tom Ledew was accepted into the Ringfinders over in Orange Beach, AL. (Congrats Tom! 🎉) and he had a recovery in the Gulf. I mentioned that Tom has a good beach machine but he remembered that first experience with my Excal which is simply the best machine there is for finding a ring out in the saltwater. Tom asked if he could borrow it and of course I said yes. He found the ring that day in AL so quickly and was so amazed that he had to have one for himself. Then it got really cold 🥶 and our plans to get in the water got put on pause. Through it all I kept going back to thinking about Thomas and Dani’s ring and I just knew I had covered the area where they thought it was. I also kept thinking that maybe Thomas was right and someone had picked it up but I just knew that gold sinks in the sand so quickly that it was almost impossible. I decided that the only possibility was it had to be a bit deeper where maybe the boat had swung around and Dani had to swim out a little to get on the ladder. Swimming + an oversized ring = an unhappy couple. So Tom and I made a plan to go back out and see if my theory was correct. Tom beat me to it and got his coil over it first but I am so glad that he did. This was his first major target recovered with the machine he tried for the first time earlier this year in the spring. It all comes full circle. 😃. The most fun I had was calling Thomas. Dani happened to be sitting right next to him when I started telling them who I was. Thomas had saved my number as “the Ring Guy” so he knew pretty quickly. They were shocked that after 4 months (twice as long as they had been engaged) this random guy would call and tell them that he had the ring that would forever remind them of the day that Thomas proposed. Congrats y’all, I hope this will remind you through the years as it will me to never give up!😊
I’m behind on making new posts but the calls for lost rings are still coming in and the rings are still being found. I thought I’d post a little update and a couple of the ones I got pictures of. I found a ring near Baton Rouge the other day that was in a fire, unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of it because it was getting dark. The fellow had been doing yard work and burning limbs and it slipped off his finger (he wasn’t sure where) and I found it in the ashes. It survived the fire !! The ring was his fathers and had great sentimental value.
There was also a diamond engagement ring in Mississippi in a swimming area. After around 30 minutes of searching it was found in shallow water in a creek. I’ll post a picture of it.
Another one that comes to mind was found on a soccer field. It was a men’s wedding ring with an inscription inside the band. He had thrown a ball and it slipped off. I was able to find it in around an hour. I’ll post a picture of it as well.
There have been countless others since my last post (I’m horrible at getting posts made) but will try to do better.
Platinum wedding band lost at Deerfield Beach Florida… found..
I got a call from a man on Saturday morning. He lost a Platinum wedding band . I rushed to go meet him at deerfield beach after searching for hours I was able to recover it ..He was so happy to receive his wedding band back.