Oregon

Lost engagement ring found – Central Oregon High Desert.

  • from Bend (Oregon, United States)

It certainly doesn’t always take a metal detector to find a lost ring; sometimes the methodical perseverance of an experienced metal detectorist is all it takes.  Such was the case last week in the Central Oregon high desert east of the Cascade mountains.

Maddie sent me a text message on Sunday evening, through theringfinders.com portal.  She and her fiance Tyler were visiting family property along the shores of scenic Lake Billy Chinook when a late season snow storm afforded an opportunity for some sledding on the rolling hills adjoining the lake.  Shortly after the foray, she discovered her engagement ring was missing…the sledding hill was the likely spot.

I offered to help but unfortunately, Maddie and Tyler were leaving to head back to Portland, and Maddie was uneasy about leaving specific information about the location of probably her most valuable possession, now lost.  Understandable, and probably smart, Maddie and Tyler waited out a miserable week in Portland and returned to the family property the following weekend to search.  Their search proved unfruitful, and she texted me again for help.  Although the window of time we both had was narrow, we managed to find some early morning time the following morning that worked for both of us.

A pre-dawn departure from my house, and one hour and 32 minute drive (with a bit of backtracking when Google maps led me astray) and I was at the family property with the couple.  I followed them back down the road a mile or so, to the sledding hill.  What must have been a pristine wonderland when snow-covered was now an obvious ATV playland, covered with decades of hillside erosion, beer cans, pull-tabs and bottle caps.  The snow had melted, leaving a layer of water-saturated silt, slick and muddy.

After a series of questions about where they had been sledding, I put them to work marking out likely areas…the bottom of the two hills there were sledding on, the location where the car was parked, an area where Maddie had taken off her gloves to take a picture…and started a methodical grid-search patterns of each of those spots, working both north/south and east/west to be sure nothing was missed.  Three-plus hours of marching through the dirt and mud produced hundreds of false targets, one Apple iPhone, but no engagement ring.  I told the forlorn Maddie that I was reasonably certain that the ring was not in the areas that we had searched (of course it’s always possible that we miss objects, but I had been pretty careful) and that we needed to think about where else it might have been lost.

After consideration, two other locations were possible.  First, was the area where she had first noticed it missing.  On the drive back they had stopped alongside the road and she noticed it was missing. They had very carefully searched that graveled roadside, to no avail.  Also, the driveway and parking area of the house where they had loaded to head out on their sledding adventure.  We stopped at the roadside area first, where I spent twenty minutes-or-so, without luck.

We arrived back at the driveway where I started with a litany of the usual questions:  At what location(s) had the vehicles been parked?  Were you the driver or passenger?  Where did you load items into or out of the vehicle?  Did you do anything else in the parking lot?  After the examination there were two likely spots.  An area on the east of the driveway where the Jeep had been parked (and where Maddie remembered taking off her gloves) and an area to the west where they had parked the Jeep to unload upon arrival from Portland.

I grabbed the detector and started swinging the closest area, on the east side of the parking lot, working through still snow-encrusted gravel, when to my right I noticed unusually rapid movement.  I couldn’t hear the commentary though my metal detector headphone, but Tyler (who had walked over to examine the previous unsearched area to the west where they had unloaded the Jeep when arriving from Portland) had obviously made a momentous discovery – what metal detectorists call a surface find.  Walking briskly toward Maddie, to my left, and holding her treasured engagement ring high for all to see, Tyler had made the discovery of the day, and was able to present his beautiful bride with her engagement ring, a second time.

In Maddie’s eyes Tyler is a hero, and deservedly so.  I’m pleased that I was able to assist in assuring that Maddie’s ring is back where it belongs, and another happy ending is able to be recorded on theringfinders.com.

Congratulations Tyler and Maddie.  I wish you all the best in your coming nuptials, and hope the future is filled with adventure and excitement…with your rings securely affixed to your fingers.

Happy Couple

Back where it belongs!

Lost Hearing Aid at the family farm is found and returned by Gerry McMullen

  • from Boise (Idaho, United States)
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Certainly not the call I normally get.  But since I enjoy a challenge with metal detector and I know them well, lets see what happens.hear4

Think you are good with a metal detector? Try to find a Hearing Aid & you’ll soon find out most detectors won’t pick it up.
Tom was cleaning some brush & debris from the side of a barn, when he awoke a nest of wasps.  Swatting at them as they swarmed his head and back just made things worse, so he quickly abandoned the area and ran into the barn.  It was an hour later when he realized his hearing aid on one side was missing.

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Realizing a metal detector expert would be a better option than purchasing another $800 hearing aid, Tom called and we discussed the details.

Luckily I was able to bring 3 detectors to the site and found out two of them did not work. I had to use Tom’s other hearing aid to tune the Fisher Gold Bug-2 in before I started.

Many beeps later, I was looking down at the gravel drive way as my detector gave a beeping response.
I called Tom over and told him to look down.  He still could not see it and I understood why.  As you view the photos, you’ll see how easy it was to miss (hardly no metal at all) and the same colored background.

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I saved Tom $800 and I hope to save some future hunters knowing the right detector for the task.

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The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service can locate your lost diamond engagement ring, gold wedding ring or band, hearing aide, favorite piece of sterling jewelry, antique family heirloom, or other important personal item.

I can search virtually any location on land and in the water, some of the most common areas of parks, volleyball courts, beaches, creeks, yards, gardens, and even underwater.
If you lost your RING or other precious item “Don’t Wait-Call Now!” 208-345-8898 and please leave a message if the answer machine comes on, as I am with a customer at the time.

My trip to Whites Electronics in Sweet Home OR.

  • from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
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My son and I decided to take a trip down to Whites Electronics in Sweet Home Oregon to visit the birth place of my V3i.  About a 5 hour trip from Seattle due south and sunshine all the way.  We left at 6am hoping to get there by noon.  As we where driving down there from Seattle I wondered why they built 6 lane highways and over passes.  Coming back through the Seattle area around 6pm we hit traffic….hard!  Crawling through Seattle at 25km/hr, where is everyone going?  Besides that, it was a great trip and beautiful countryside.  Down at Whites Electronics I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Hudson.  Mary is the Customer Service manager there in Sweet Home.  She was very interested in hearing all about our organization and what we do.  While I was there, she had the tech guys in the back give my V3i a once over to check everything.  When I was handed back my MD, it had a brand new d2 coil, screen and button cover on the control, new clips and cable ties and new earfoam pads fro my headset.  Total cost of this royal service?  … nothing!  Mary felt that if we go and do the great stuff that we do in our ringfinders stories, we should have the best tuned and updated equipment that whites can provide.  Now that is what I call “Customer Service”.

Bellow are the links to the short vids I shot of the trip, enjoy.

James.