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Women’s Diamond Engagement Ring Lost for 2 Months…FOUND Spruce Pine, Alabama!

Christina McCree – Lost Item Recovery Specialist for North Alabama and surrounding areas…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135

I received a text message from Amee on Saturday night (March 27th, 2021).  Amee had lost her 14K white gold and platinum plated diamond engagement ring somewhere in her gravel driveway.  She tried using a metal detector, but Amee and her husband, Casey, were unfamiliar with how to use it properly.  They also tried sifting through the gravel with a garden tool and makeshift sifter, but that too was unsuccessful.  Amee and her family tried searching for many weeks, but still no engagement ring.  She went on Google and searched, “how to find a lost ring” and Chris Turner’s The Ring Finders website popped up.  This is a worldwide directory of independent metal detecting specialists ready to assist in the recovery of lost items for their local area.  Since nothing else had worked so far and they were basically out of options, Amee thought she’d give The Ring Finders a try.

I was able to meet Amee and Casey the following day (Sunday, March 28th, 2021) for the search.  They live in Spruce Pine, Alabama, which is between Haleyville and Russellville.  I didn’t mind the hour and a half drive from Huntsville, as it was a beautiful early Spring afternoon!  Amee told me that she had actually lost both her engagement ring and wedding band on February 1st.  She explained that she was in her car, pulling into her driveway and she had both rings in her hand.  She parked, got out and was walking around the car and accidentally dropped them in the gravel driveway.  She was able to find the wedding band, but the engagement ring was still missing after almost 2 months!

I thoroughly searched the area around where her car was normally parked.  I found the usual foil, pull-tabs, and bottle caps.  Amee then showed me the spot where she dumped the sifted piles.  I searched that as well, but still no ring.  I was confident that the ring was not in the area she initially identified.

I offered to search Amee’s car, because that seemed like the only place left.  Amee then told me that she needed to come clean…the engagement ring was not in her car, because she had made up the story of accidentally dropping the rings.  The rings were actually thrown from the front porch in a moment of stress and anger.  Please don’t judge.  We’re all human and we’ve all done things that we later wish we hadn’t.  Amee gave me permission to share this.  If she hadn’t been truthful with what actually occurred, her ring may have never been found.  This really makes me wonder how many other rings are still missing today, because a client didn’t feel comfortable with sharing the real story on how their ring was lost.

I reassured Amee to not feel bad.  Ring throws actually occur way more than people think, but some just don’t feel comfortable talking about it.  Amee and Casey then shared some very sad and unfortunate personal news that led up to the ring toss.  Out of respect for the family, I’ve decided to not share these details.

With this new information and based on my knowledge and experience with ring tosses, I felt very confident that Amee’s engagement ring would now be found!  When the rings were thrown, Amee said that she heard a ping.  This was her wedding band hitting the car and bouncing back.  I felt that the engagement ring went further than they thought and actually flew over the car instead of hitting it.  I started a new grid towards the direction of the toss in the front yard, just a few feet beyond the driveway and where I ended my other grid.

Within a matter of minutes (on my second gridline), my Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector rang up a solid 8.  Parting the grass, I uncovered Amee’s gorgeous 14K white gold with platinum plating diamond engagement ring!!!  Amee was in complete shock that her engagement ring had been found and couldn’t thank me enough!  Casey had asked Amee for her hand in marriage with this very ring in 2007 (about 14 years ago)!  The ring was now back on Amee’s finger where it belongs along with her wedding band!  I’m so glad that this ring search had a happy ending!  I give all glory to God, and I pray that He allows me to continue helping others for many years to come!

If you or someone you know has lost a ring, jewelry, or other metal item, please contact a member of The Ring Finders.

Men’s Palladium Wedding Band Lost for 6 Years at Public Dog Park…FOUND Madison, Alabama!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

Key takeaway of this story – NEVER LOSE HOPE!  If you’ve ever lost a ring, piece of jewelry, or other sentimental item, there’s still a chance of getting it back.  Recovering a lost item from a public area may seem hopeless (especially if it’s been many years), but a Good Samaritan may have found it and will try to return it, or it may just actually still be there…

I received an email from Ed on December 14th, 2019 (yes, this was over a year ago) for two lost men’s wedding bands.  Ed stated that he lost his first wedding band at a public Dog Park near the Research Park area many years ago.  He figured it was long gone due to the maintenance and foot traffic.  He got a replacement band and unfortunately, he lost that one as well.  He felt fairly certain that he lost the second ring in his backyard and he would like for me to come out and conduct a search.  I sent an email back that I’d be more than happy to help look for both rings and asked when a good time was.  I didn’t receive a response.  About a week later, I sent another email, but still no response.  Ed didn’t leave his phone number, so I assumed that he just changed his mind.  I put the details in my notes and forgot about it.

The end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, I was dealing with the unfortunate issue of cluster headaches.  They were getting worse, so I was trying to figure out the root cause.  Long story short, I had an MRI and discovered that I had a Meningioma/benign tumor in my head.  I had a craniotomy on May 26th, 2020 to remove it.  The surgery went well and the tumor was removed!  By the end of 2020, I was all healed up, headache free, and feeling better than ever!  I could now go out metal detecting as much as I wanted (work schedule and weather permitting lol)!

I was looking back at past inquiries I received as a Ring Finder.  Ed’s email about his 2 lost wedding bands stuck out to me.  I figured a search at the Dog Park would be fun, plus there was the possibility that a lost ring was still there.  A quick Google search and I was fairly certain Ed lost his ring at Creekwood Dog Park in Madison, Alabama.  I emailed Ed on January 13th, 2021 to confirm and get details on the specific area he was in.  A few days later he replied back and confirmed it was at Creekwood, and he even provided a Google Map image with a line he drew of the entire path he walked from the parking lot and back (photo on left side below).  He also said that he last remembered having the Palladium ring when he was sitting at the picnic table on the right side of the fenced in play area (green roof structure on photo on right side below).  Further, Ed told me that he found his replacement wedding in a sock drawer!  Only one ring left to find!

I went out to Creekwood the following day, January 18th, 2021 for the search.  Before I started, I prayed to God and asked Him for a safe and successful search.  I also asked Him to guide me and put me in the location where Ed’s ring was.  Armed with my Minelab Equinox 800 and 15 inch coil, I decided to start at the picnic table and conduct an east/west style grid walking towards the middle fence that separated the two large dog play areas.  I had a lot of ground to cover, but I remained optimistic.

I finished my second grid line and noticed that there were some dog hurdles further down the fence line, so I stayed and searched some more along the fence area.  About 30 minutes into my search and 5 feet from the fence and second gate separating the two play areas, I get a loud and solid 17 on my Equinox.  About an inch down, I uncover a man’s wedding ring (red “X” on photo on right side below)!  Wiping away the dirt, I can see a unique basketweave style design on the outside of the ring.  I tried wiping the dirt off from the inside to check for a marking of what type of metal the ring was.  However, there’s a grove on the inside that I wouldn’t be able to clean off until I got home.  But, I was pretty positive that this was Ed’s ring!

I got the ring home and cleaned it off.  I then saw a PD 950 (Palladium) stamp on the inside of the ring…this was indeed Ed’s lost wedding band!  Wow, against all odds!!!  I thanked the Lord for this miraculous recovery!

Details that I learned when I returned the ring to Ed a few days later:  This ring was lost in 2015, so it’s been sitting in a public park for 6 years!!!  Ed didn’t actually have the ring on his finger.  It was looped through some paracord and tied around his neck.  Ed bought a cheap metal detector and tried searching multiple times and spent numerous hours looking.  He even took a large magnet on wheels that is used to pick up nails in hopes that the ring had some magnetic properties to it, but after all the attempts, still no ring.  He then put up lost ring posters at the park, but never heard anything.  Ed assumed that someone must’ve have found it and that was the end of this ring’s story.  So, when I sent him a photo of the ring, he was shocked to say the least!  He told me that he never thought he would see this ring again and he was very disappointed when he lost it.  I’m happy to say that this ring’s story now gets to continue!  Athena, Ed’s dog that was with him the day he lost his ring at the park is sitting in the front seat of his truck smiling along with Ed in the photo below!

It’s really a blessing that I get to use my hobby of metal detecting to help others!  It’s honestly one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and get to do!  Huge shoutout to Chris Turner and The Ring Finders Directory!  Without it, none of this would be possible.

Christina McCree – Lost Item Recovery Specialist…Call or Text ASAP, Anytime 24/7…610-504-6135!

Lost Gold Ring…FOUND by Good Samaritan and RETURNED to Rightful Owner!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

A lot of us wonder if there are still good people left in this world.  I’m here to tell you that, yes there are!  I met one this morning…

I received a text message from a gentleman on January 3rd, 2021 for a lost ring.  He told me that on December 30th, 2020 he lost his 14K gold ring in the grass by the slides at Brahan Spring Park in Huntsville, Alabama.  He lives in Texas and was just visiting Huntsville for the holidays.  He asked what were the chances that his ring was still there.  I told him that it was still possible since grass can easily hide rings.  But since it was a public area, I needed to get out there ASAP and search.  I grabbed my gear and headed to the park.

Upon arrival at Brahan Spring Park, I sent a photo to confirm I was in the right location.  I immediately noticed that the grass was actually AstroTurf.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much room for a ring to hide in this AstroTurf, because it was very worn down.  It had already been 4 days since the loss, but I remained positive and started my search.  There were areas around the slides where a ring could hide in some leaves.  I started looking there visually and with my Garrett Pro-Pointer AT.  No ring, so I decided to scan the AstroTurf with My Equinox 800 metal detector just in case the ring did happen to get pushed down or hidden in the seams.  Still no ring.

Across from the slides was more playground equipment with woodchips on the ground.  I decided to expand my grid over there in case his ring landed further than expected.  After a thorough search, still no ring.  I asked the gentleman if he had been anywhere else.  He said no, the grassy area was the only spot and he noticed his ring was missing when he left it.  We came to the conclusion that his ring must’ve been visually seen and picked up by another person.  He thanked me for my efforts.

When I got home from the search on January 3rd, I posted an ad in the Lost and Found section on Craigslist in hopes that it would be seen by the person that picked up the ring.  I also monitor the Lost and Found section on Craigslist for lost items that I may be able to help find.

A few days later, a Craigslist ad for a found gold ring was posted!  The ad stated that the gold ring was found on the AstroTurf near the slides.  They hoped to return the ring to its rightful owner.  I knew that this had to be the ring!  I contacted the poster, Luis, on January 9th and confirmed through a photo that this was indeed the gentleman’s lost 14K gold ring!  I’m so happy that he’ll be getting his ring back!  The gentleman had told me that he thought he would never see his ring again.  I immediately thanked the Lord for answering my prayers!

Luis lives in Hawaii and also happened to be visiting Huntsville for the holidays.  Wow, the journey this ring has taken is incredible!  The ring was lost and found in Huntsville, Alabama on December 30th, 2020.  The person that lost it lives in Texas.  The person that found it lives in Hawaii.  The ring is currently in Hawaii, but will soon be on its way back to the rightful owner in Texas.  Sorry if I confused anyone lol.

Good people still and will always exist.  So never give up hope!  I’ll try to add a photo of the owner with the ring when it gets back to him in Texas.  But for now, here’s a photo of me with a big thumbs up for The Ring Finders Directory!

If you or someone you know has lost a ring, jewelry, or other metal item, please contact a member of The Ring Finders.

Lost Family Heirloom Stud Earring…FOUND in Front Yard with Metal Detector Sheffield, Alabama!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

Christina McCree – Lost Item Recovery Specialist…Call or Text ASAP Anytime 24/7…610-504-6135!

I received an email on Christmas afternoon (Friday, December 25, 2020) from Taylor.  He explained that his wife, Mary, noticed that one of her stud earrings was missing on Christmas Eve.  This was a very sentimental set of family heirloom earrings—Mary’s grandfather bought them for her grandmother, they were passed on to her mother, and now on to Mary.  Around 50 years in the family!

Mary had received a pair of AirPods on Christmas Eve, so she was using those and playing with their daughter.  During this, the earring backing must’ve gotten caught on something and came off.  Mary was very upset that the earring was missing and later told me that she had trouble enjoying Christmas knowing that the earring was lost.

They ended up finding the earring backing in their daughter’s room.  They tore apart the house looking for the stud earring and jacket that the earring was setting in.  Coming up empty handed, Mary remembered that she had been picking up a few sticks in the front yard and had taken them to the curb.  It was now dark outside on Christmas Eve, so Mary grabbed a flashlight and retraced her steps out in the yard.  Walking the same path, she found the earring jacket about 20 feet from the curb!  They thought that the stud earring should be close by, because naturally the stud would fall off with the jacket.  They decided to search more the next day on Christmas when it was light outside.  Taylor borrowed a metal detector and was gently using a leaf blower in hopes of finding the earring.  Taylor was having some trouble figuring out how to set-up the detector, so he Googled the proper settings.  In doing so, The Ring Finders website popped up!  As we’ve heard many times before, they had no idea that a metal detecting service even existed, but thought that it was there best bet to find the earring.

My husband, Lindell, and I went out the next day, Saturday afternoon (December 26, 2020) in search of the earring.  Lindell was using a 5×8” coil on the Garrett AT Pro and I was using an 11” coil on the Minelab Equinox 800.  We also had our Garret Pin Pointers set to maximum sensitivity.  We put Mary’s second earring in a Ziploc bag and checked the signals on our detectors.  Depending on the orientation of the earring, the signals were choppy, but we were able to get a reading on both detectors.  We set-up a grid and got to work.  Lindell started by the curb and I started by the most likely spot by where the earring jacket was found.

We went slow and methodical, checking every signal, so that we did not miss the earring.  Stud earrings are one of the hardest items to find due to the small amount of metal.  After about 30 minutes and checking many surface signals, I check another with my pin pointer that had registered around a choppy 4-6 on the Equinox.  Brushing a few leaves away, I catch a glimpse of Mary’s diamond earring staring back at me!!!  What a beautiful sight!  The earring had landed with the post in the ground, but didn’t appear to be stepped on.  It was about 8-10 feet from where the jacket was found.

I went and got Taylor, Mary, and Mary’s father, Kermit, from the house.  I gave them a big smile and told them that we got it!  Such joy and relief!  They were so happy and thankful that the earring was found!  It’s really such a blessing being able to help find these lost items for people!  We chit chatted for a few minutes sharing stories about past recoveries and where lost items actually turn up.  It was a great day and now this earring will remain in the family and continue its story!  Mary plans to buy a more secure backing to prevent any future mishaps.  I’ve included a photo of what the earring looks like with the jacket.

If you or someone you know has lost a ring, jewelry, or other metal item, please contact a member of The Ring Finders.