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Lost Ring Found in Redwood City

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost platinum ring found with metal detector in Redwood CityWhen Liz got home from work yesterday, her husband was in the garage with her son, restoring their classic 1964 Chevy Corvette. The guys were about to install the starter motor, so her husband handed her his wedding ring for safe keeping.

At just that moment, a cacophony of honking and yelping broke out across the street. They all looked up in time to see their dog Benji skittering frantically across the driveway, followed closely by a large Canadian goose. The dog yelped and ran in circles, the goose honked and flapped his wings, and the guys were frozen in place with their hands full of car parts.

So it was up to Liz to save the day. She ran out of the garage and chased the animals across the street. Eventually she caught up to Benji, who started circling her with the goose in close pursuit. So Liz scooped up Benji in one arm and used the other to wave away the angry goose. The guys clapped when she carried Benji back into the garage.

It wasn’t until later last evening that Liz realized she no longer had her husband’s platinum wedding ring. They searched in the dark, and again this morning, but could not find it. This morning she contacted The Ring Finders and I made it up to their home in Redwood City this afternoon.

After Liz told the whole story of the goose and the dog, finding the ring was really an anticlimax. I found it using my metal detector within 20 minutes, hidden beneath an ice plant across the street from their home. Everybody went away happy!

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Can you see the platinum wedding ring hidden below the ice plant?

Can you see the platinum wedding ring hidden below the ice plant?

Smiles all around after the ring was found!

Smiles all around after the ring was found!

Lost Rolex Watch Found in Palo Alto with Metal Detector

from San Francisco (California, United States)
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lost rolex found with metal detector

Can you see the Rolex beneath the Poison Oak?

William was working outside his beautiful creekside home in Palo Alto. He had gathered a large armful of branches and clippings and hauled them up to his dumpsite. When he threw the clippings, he stumbled, caught himself on a tree branch, and felt his Rolex President watch fling off his wrist.

William searched everywhere, and raked the clippings, but could not find the Rolex anywhere in the tangled brush. This watch had been a great timepiece for 35 years, and he wanted it back!

He searched for “metal detector rentals” and found The Ring Finders. I was able to meet him that afternoon at his home. When he showed me the site, I understood how difficult it would be to find the ring: the area was uneven, heavily overgrown, and covered in Poison Oak!

I started at the end of the search zone furthest from the Poison Oak. No luck. So I worked my way back toward the center of the zone. I found a few large targets like chewing tobacco tins and crushed aluminum cans, but no watch.

Finally I got a large hit along a steep area covered with brush. I couldn’t see anything, so I used my pinpointer to push away some branches. Was that a crinkled gold foil candy wrapper? Nope, it was a watchband, attached to a pristine Rolex watch without a scratch.

Thank you William for inviting me to your home to recover your watch!

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Here's a closer view of the lost watch.

Here’s a closer view of the lost watch.

Happy after recovering the lost watch!

Happy after recovering the lost watch!

Lost Platinum Wedding Ring Found in Menlo Park

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost ring found in Menlo ParkLast night, Benj took out a box of recycling for collection. As he threw the box into the big recycling bin, he felt it scrape his platinum wedding band off his finger. His hand was still in the bin, so that’s where he figured the ring would be.

But he couldn’t find it. After searching the recycling bin and the nearby area thoroughly, he dumped the entire bin into a large plastic bag and brought it upstairs into his apartment. Then he searched the web for Metal Detector Rentals, and found the RingFinders.

I met Benj in Menlo Park (between Palo Alto and Redwood City) this afternoon. We searched the area around the bin, which didn’t take long because it was all concrete. Then we spread out the contents of the bin on the ground.

First we removed the tin cans and inspected them closely. Next we pulled out the bottles, tin foil and miscellaneous metal debris. Then I could begin scanning the rest with my metal detector. This kind of hunt is like searching a crime scene: you have to be thorough.

One of the last items was a dark brown padded envelope. The metal detector indicated that there was something metal inside, but the envelope was sealed, with only a two-inch tear at one end. I scanned it again with my handheld metal detector, called a pinpointer, which indicated there was definitely a small item in one corner. Squeezing that corner of the envelope, I could feel the ring. I ripped open the envelope, told Benj, “Hold out your hand!” and dumped out the ring into his open palm.

Here’s the mystery: How did the ring get into the padded envelope, when there was only a small tear at one end? Benj called it a one-in-a-million chance, and I agree. The good news is, the ring is now back on his finger where it belongs.

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Benj is happy to have his lost ring backLost ring found in padded envelope

Nina Saves Her Cat but Loses Her Diamond Rings

from San Francisco (California, United States)
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Nina-myrtleNina recently moved into a new home in San Jose with her family and cat. Some other cats also live nearby, and all of them are territorial. A few days ago, Nina’s cat got into a fight with a neighbor’s cat in a grassy area, and Nina had to come to the rescue. Unfortunately she got scratched, and even worse, she lost her diamond wedding and engagement rings in the thick grass.

Nina sent an email to coworkers to ask if anyone knew where she could borrow or rent a metal detector. One of her friends recommended that she contact me instead (click here to read about the ring I recovered for his wife).

When I arrived, Nina showed me where the cats had been fighting. Sure enough, the neighbor’s big orange and white tabby was watching us from underneath a hedge, its ears folded back, ready for another fight. But once I swung my metal detector in his direction, he disappeared.

The area wasn’t too large, and the search didn’t take too long. The rings were completely hidden in the grass, all the way down at the roots. It’s a beautiful set that Nina was very happy to get back. Thank you for the generous reward!

Nina-grass

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Lost Wedding Ring Found at Seminary in Menlo Park

from San Francisco (California, United States)
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Lost wedding ring found in Menlo Park

The lost ring was found in the grass

Mark was playing soccer on the grounds of a nineteenth-century seminary in Menlo Park. It’s the kind of quiet, spacious place that you would expect to find in the English countryside instead of the Bay Area suburbs between Palo Alto and Redwood City.

Mark was wearing his wife’s wedding ring on a chain around his neck. When the game was over, he removed his jersey, then noticed that the chain was broken and the ring was gone. Mark and his teammates immediately searched the field with no luck.

Later that afternoon, other teams played two more games on the same field, which made Mark worry that the ring would get smashed into the soft earth, or found by someone who didn’t know he was looking for it. That evening, he searched the internet for metal detector rental in  Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View and found TheRingFinders.

We met Mark at the seminary the next day. He showed us where he’d removed his jersey, and where he’d walked afterwards. He felt strongly that this was the most likely place for the ring to fall, because he’d kept his jersey tucked in the entire game. We used stakes to create an initial search zone the full width of the field by about thirty yards long, then two of us began a careful gridded search.

It turns out Mark was right about where the ring was lost, because we found it within about 20 minutes near the middle of the search zone. It’s a beautiful ring that Mark and his wife are very happy to have back, safe and sound.

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Lost wedding band found in Menlo Park near Palo Alto