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Ring Found at Gilbert Willis Park Commerce MI- Owner Located – Wedding Ring Returned

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

It was looking like spring the first week of May here in Lower Michigan so I went out to practice with a new metal detector at Gilbert Willis Park in Wixom.  It is a beautiful, large park and I often find coins there.  Like most parks it can yield a fair amount of junk.  I had invested the whole afternoon retrieving a mixture of junk and coins and was walking to my car when I had a good hit that I thought might be a quarter.  It turned out to be several items, first a penny and a dime in the hole, and then a diamond ring in the clump.

Sentimentally, this ring might just be the most valuable thing I have ever found.   It bore the design of half a heart with a diamond, it had an inscription and a date that indicated the ring owner had been married only a year and a half ago. The inscription “No Matter What” instantly fired my determination to find the owner.  I was enjoying the thought of returning the ring even before I had the hole filled.

I ran into a lot of dead ends on this one until I enlisted the help of a local realtor, Liz Stevenson, and the Neighborhood Exchange newsletter which she has published monthly for at least 20 years.  Everyone reads the free ads on the back of the newsletter.  I placed an ad in the July issue.   Sherry called me the day the newsletter was delivered to tell me about her husband Shoane’s lost ring.  I knew it was his ring when she told me of the half of a heart design that matched her ring; but I made her give me the inscription so I could be sure.

Shoane was playing baseball in the park and had removed the ring and pocketed it for safety. Sadly, he lost it when he went to the car after the game.  It was a win for the team; but losing the ring ruined the weekend.   After an exhaustive search, Shoane had just about given up hope he would ever see his ring again.   The ring lay buried in the park until the following spring.

It turns out that Shoane’s office was just down the street from the park.   I was able to drop the ring off and ring and owner were reunited.

Thank you Liz Stevenson for locating the ring owner.

Lost ring at Coronado, Found.

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Reason #2. Oh, you need more info? Ok, Neil was visiting here in town and spent the day at the Beach in Coronado sitting in the sand in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. He placed his platinum wedding band into the beach chair pocket for “safekeeping”. I know, those chairs should come with a jewelry safety warning on them! Later, when he was ready to leave, he folded up the chair and headed out. When he realized that his ring was no longer in the pocket, it was too late. The beach had swallowed it. An internet search and TheRingFinders.com popped up. He texted me at 5:45am just as I arrived home from an all night detecting hunt. Still sandy and a bit tired, I knew we needed to jump on this search right away if we had any chance to find it before someone else did, so I told  him I’d be right over. I picked him up at his hotel and headed down to the search area. We walked out to where he was camped, he circled a bit, and declared this was about the spot. I made a couple of short passes and after not much more than a minute, I got that “great” pulltab/gold/platinum reading of 12-15 on my Etrac. Poked the pin pointer into the sand and pulled out Neil’s ring. A much happier ending to his visit to San Diego than it could have been. A pleasure to meet you Neil, and thank you for the generous reward.

P.S. For future reference, reason number 1 is: “I removed my rings to apply skin lotion, put them on my lap/the blanket, and forgot them.”

 

Lost Ring Found, Island Lake Recreation Area 7/1/2018

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

Angela texted me that her brother in law Brian had lost his ring  the day before at Island Lake Recreation Area.  They were swimming  in a small pond  that was a good hike from a sanctioned swimming area.  Since it is not listed as a metal detecting area on the park map, we stopped and asked the very kind lady at the admissions booth to contact the ranger for permission.  Permission obtained we drove to the south side of the park and hiked to the swimming hole.  The bottom dropped off sharply, typical of a former a gravel pit, and the danger was multiplied by thick weeds in the deeper areas.   This type of swimming hole can be dangerous; I don’t recommend this pond for swimming.  Everyone took turns with the scoop as we searched the deep water.  Fortunately, I located the ring on the sand bar about 20 to 30 feet out, after about a two hour search.

 

It was clear Brian had given up the ring as lost forever.  I slipped it to Angela while I hunted up my camera, and after telling Brian we were all going home, we surprised him with his ring.

 

https://youtu.be/4Ox8FD7UWfY

  

Happy Ending to a Beautiful Day

Lost ring found in Spring Mill Pond at Island Lake Recreation Center, Brighton, Michigan

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

While showing a friend the spot where I recovered a ring last week, I noticed a group of about 20 young men.  They had been playing a rowdy game that looked like a cross between football and lacrosse in waist to shoulder deep water, up and down the swimming area and now they had suddenly switched to that familiar search mode, with the players all bent over looking for something lost in the water.   I gave them about fifteen minutes and when they were getting out of the water, looking discouraged, I approached the group.

After some banter back and forth I finally isolated the young man who admitted to losing his wedding ring.  I was not able to search that evening so I gave him my card and told him I would return the following morning.   It was cold and breezy the next morning; but I found the ring in knee deep water with a 3 hour search.

Usually I get a contract, or at least a phone number; but I could tell he didn’t believe I could find it, and he didn’t really want to give me any information.  It was a few days before he called, and I was beginning to wonder if he wanted it back at all.

Let’s just say that he was surprised to hear I had his ring.  He sent me a wedding picture to verify he was the owner, and I put his ring in the mail.

You can check out my search on YouTube  https://youtu.be/aEjq_QD0JmI

 

 

Lost Ring Found in Spring Mill Pond at Island Lake Recreation Area, Brighton, MI

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

Chris and Christi were celebrating Father’s Day at Island Lake State Park.  The whole family was out in the water at Spring Mill Pond enjoying the sun, the water, and the record 90 plus degree heat.  It was a perfect summer day until Chris noticed his wedding band was missing.  Pictures taken just minutes earlier confirmed the ring had been lost in the lake, so the family along with other beach goers looked frantically while slowly losing hope.   One of Chris’s daughters asked her phone for help and theRingfinder web site came up with my phone number.  I was able to come immediately, it was early evening, and the lake was still crowded with swimmers.   With the light starting to fade and park closing in two hours, I knew I had to be quick.  Chris and daughter Carly marked the area boundaries and Christi I started making 50 yard passes in 3 – 4 foot deep water.  Everybody was cold, and we took turns diving with the scoop.  An hour later, after five passes across the swimming area turned up only a few coins, I got a great signal in about 4 feet of water.  Christi held the metal detector and I was able to scoop up the ring.  A happy ending and a super Father’s Day chapter added to this family’s album.

Lost Platinum Wedding Recovered in Towson, Maryland!

  • from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
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Early last month I was contacted by Rodney. I was able to help him recover his lost wedding band back in 2014. Unfortunately he was in need of my assistance once again. He had lost the same ring except this time it was lost in a different area and under different circumstances. The good news is we were once again successful in locating it! I’ll let Rodney tell you the story in his own words…..

 

It was a cold evening in December and I was attending a holiday party with family and friends.  I stepped outside to assist the host with some bags and in the process my wedding ring fell off into the snow in his front lawn.  I searched with flashlights that evening but was unable to locate the ring.  The next day I assumed we would have better luck and returned to my friend’s house to search for the ring as we knew it was in a very small area in the front lawn.  We crawled around the area digging and clawing for hours at the ground but were unsuccessful so I knew it was time to call in the experts.  I had used Jim’s service a few years back and was confident that if he could come out he would be able to locate the ring.  I reached out to Jim and we agreed to meet at the location a few days later.  When we arrived I explained the situation and the area where the ring was lost.  Jim got his metal detector out to begin to search.  Within a few minutes he was able to locate the ring within the area I showed him.  I am so thankful for Jim and his ability to assist with locating lost items.

Thanks Again Jim!

Rodney S.

 

Lost Platinum Ring in Crystal Cove Found and Returned

  • from Seal Beach (California, United States)

I was finishing up a search searching for someone’s lost jewelry this Sunday and I was approached by someone that said, “Can you please help us? My friend just lost his platinum wedding band”. I walked over and met Paul. He just told me that he was playing in the sand with his family and lost his platinum wedding band and that his wife was going to kill him. I swung the coil a few times in the area that he showed me and surprise! Within a minute it was in my scoop. He said, “you did that like it was nothing!” I said, “Finding it quickly was the easy part, the 30 years of practice was the hard part”. I made sure Paul was on the way home to his wife and ensure he would not be in the doghouse tonight.

Ring Recovery for a Friend at the Football Stadium

  • from Bryson City (North Carolina, United States)

I had a friend contact me about needing help finding his platinum wedding band he lost at the local HS football stadium. Didn’t sound like a hard recovery. And it wasn’t. Only took 10 minutes and all I had to use was my pinpointer. One more smile for the books!

Lost rings found and returned on Del Mar beach

  • from Del Mar (California, United States)

August 7, 2015  Here’s one for the books. I was hunting in the dry sand around 15th street in Del Mar on Sunday the 2nd when Mike approached me and asked if I had found his tungsten wedding band. I was hunting right in the area where he had lost it the previous day during an outing with his family. I told him I had not, but would be happy to look for it. I had been hunting all morning so I could only put in another 30 minutes or so before I had to head home. I got his information and told him I’d look for it the next day. Well the next morning I found it a couple hours after arriving at the beach. Mike was surfing that day and actually met me on the beach before I started my search but I couldn’t find him before I had to leave so I texted him with the good news and we agreed to meet the next day. Now here’s where it gets good. On Tuesday morning I receive a text from Mike. He has a high fever and asks if I can hang on for a couple days until he feels better. Wednesday afternoon I receive a text and he asks if we can meet on Thursday. Unfortunately I can’t meet that day but Friday will work, he agrees. Later that day I get another text and he tells me he was talking to his sister in law Dianna about my finding his ring and she tells him that she had lost hers as well, wading in the water and wanted to know if I had come across it. She sent him a picture and he forwarded it. I HAVE IT!! I found it the day I met Mike. It’s a big beautiful silver and turquoise number. So, cut to the chase, Friday morning I return both rings to Mike. I gotta tell ya, that was a thrill. His 10 year anniversary is coming up and he was really happy to have his ring back. Congratulations Mike. Thanks for the nice reward and I hope to see you on the beach again sometime (Not wearing your ring!!).  He’ll be mailing Dianna’s ring back to her, I’m hoping to get a picture from her.

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Diamond Wedding Ring lost and returned on Wind N Sea beach

  • from Del Mar (California, United States)

 

So we’ve all heard this story before,  The little family outing on the beach, Mom takes off her wedding ring to apply sunscreen on the Kid. She puts the ring on a towel to keep it safe and the rest is history. Well that’s Ryan and Fadras story. The ring was lost at Wind N Sea beach in a little cove in the dry sand. I met Ryan after he got off work on Monday, April 6th right around sunset. He was a little skeptical that we were going to find it and so was I because it was hunted two nights before by a very reputable detectorist. But we did find it. It was about 10 inches down and I needed to use my pin pointer because it gave a very weak signal. When I pulled it out of the hole and put it in Ryans hand he was totally amazed. He really enjoyed seeing the search process in action and was very grateful. After reuniting Fadra with her ring, he snapped these pics and sent them to me. Thanks guys for the nice reward. I hope your future visits to the beach result in much more fun and a lot less stress:)

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