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Lost Ring in Lake Whitewater, WI – Found!

from Madison (Wisconsin, United States)
Contact: 1-608-492-1070

Lost Ring in Lake Whitewater

I woke up Monday, Labor Day, wondering if I’d get a lost ring call.  Being the official last day of summer, people are using out having a good time with friends and family.  I’ve done searches on Labor Day the past 3-4 years in a row, so odds were good.  People either find me here on, or on my personal website looking to rent a metal detector. I checked my email and what do you know? I had an email from Matt looking for help finding his lost ring in Lake Whitewater, WI.

Lake Whitewater

I attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (UWW), so I was familiar with the area.  Prior to leaving, I asked Matt my typical list of questions. How did you lose it? How deep is the water? Did you feel or see the ring fall off?  I rarely get straightforward lost ring calls … but this one was about as perfect as they come.  Matt was moving big rocks in the water to help build up a wall on shore to prevent erosion.  While picking up one of the rocks, he felt his ring slip off.  He was close to shore, so he knew right where he was standing and marked the spot.

Gold Under the Rocks

When I arrived, there were about a dozen friends and family there for the weekend.  Everyone was intrigued by my equipment and how it worked.  I immediately ran into a problem, my traditional metal detector coil was too large to get in between the rocks. I was guessing that when Matt’s ring fell off, it probably was stuck in between some of the rocks. Luckily, I also had a small metal detector called a pinpointer along.  This allowed me to probe in between the rocks without having to move them all.  After only a couple of minutes, I got a nice buzz on the pinpointer.  I cleared away about a dozen rocks the size of my fist. Then, I felt the edge of the ring and knew I had struck gold!  The lost ring in Lake Whitewater had been found.

Four Diamonds

Take a look at the ring closely, and you’ll see 4 diamonds on the inside of the band.  Matt’s favorite number is 4 and his birthstone is a diamond.  He didn’t want diamonds on the outside of his wedding band, so his wife had them put on the inside as a special touch.  I’ve never seen a ring like this before, which adds to the joy of being able to find the lost ring in Lake Whitewater and return it to Matt.  This was my 84th lost ring found and returned with a metal detector!

Lost 14K ring while gardening in Evanston, Illinois. Found!

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-206-8476

Got a call from a gentleman who lost his wedding band while gardening. I love it when they do that!! Used the CTX 3030 with big coil. Gridded the lawn. Nothing. Checked compost, Nothing. Swept coil in area around compost and spotted the ring on the surface. BINGO. Notice the dirt still on the ring after he put it on. Glad to be reunited!

Mens White Gold Wedding Band Lost & Found On Studland Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Studland Beach in Dorset is a popular destination for holiday makers and day visitors just like Richard Meredith from Hampton Court, London.

As with many people visiting beaches, the combination of Sand Castle making, throwing Frisbees and sun tan oiled fingers- the risk of losing a ring is rife. We all know how hard it is to find anything dropped in the sand and the more you search the deeper it falls.

This is just what happened to Richard when he felt his ring slip off. The more he dug, the deeper it sank. He waited patiently for me to arrive but was reunited with his ring in a matter of seconds.

Richard kindly made a donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity.

Just north of Chicago in Evanston, IL, I Found a Silver Thumb Ring in less than 3 minutes for a Young Lady

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-206-8476

Ring found in Evanston 12/17/2016

Received an email at 1:34 AM from  young lady who lost a silver thumb ring in the snow. She has had the ring for about 12 years, and had just had the ring resized. The ring had sentimental value and she wants to pass it on to family members in the future. We had just had a dusting of new snow over the existing snow and she had hunted during the evening, but to no avail. I spoke to her in the early morning hours, and drove to her location. Using  my Minelab CTX 3030, I was able to locate in in less than 3 minutes. Needless to say she was delighted. She located the Ringfinders website through Reddit.

Lost Ring Cardiff, Calif.

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

I was just geeting ready for a water hunt when I saw a Ring post with a phone number. Ah what the hell, I’ll call him. Rob answered and seemed to know about our group   I asked if he could meet me asap and we both headed to the area.  10 min later I walk down to the area to meet him and I see another detector guy 100 yds down the beach but headed the other way so I went and introduced myself. Wow we kinda know of each other, its a small world. Asked if he found anything back in the area he just went thru. Said no so I let him know if he did, reward is his. He smiled and replied I wish.

My phone rings and its Rob, I can see him coning down the beach on his phone. I say Goodby to this man and head over.  Rob shows the area so we make lines (big square) and I start to gid. Almost covered the area when Rob says, We might have been alittle more over there. An extra 10×20, so I do one pass thru turn and BEEP BEEP, I knew I had it. When u scoop a Plat ring you know it.  I turned my back and said whats it look like. 100% his.

I think he was a little bit in shock thinking no way in hell will he every see it again. He had brought his young son with him and they’ll have this story between them for life. I am STOKED to be a part of this….

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Cobalt Wedding Ring Recovered from the Snow in Oakville Ontario

from Mississauga (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 905-208-4440

After being married for only 2 weeks he lost it in a friendly snowball fight.

After being married for only 2 weeks Bjorn lost his Cobalt Wedding Ring in a friendly family snowball fight. The family actually bought a cheap detector at a local Canadian tire and looked feverishly throughout the evening in the front yard. These types of detectors are very low grade and in about a foot of snow didn’t have any hope of hearing a signal. Along with lots of chatter and interference from the close by power lines to the house they put it back in the box. Know with shovels in hand they dug out the snow bank at the road from where the rally began and then combed the yard with no luck! Cold, wet, disappointed and frustrated they gave up went inside and looked online for an answer……… thats where they found me on the Ring Finders site. Fortunately we lived in the same town so he gave me a call and I replied straight away. I usually can get to a Ring Finder call within hrs or the latest by the next morning . After about 30 minutes of detecting the areas where Bjorn thought he lost the beautiful ring without any luck, I started an elevated peripheral grid search. Most times Rings are located almost the opposite direction from where people think they are. A few months earlier I located a ring using the same method 100 ft in the opposite direction that a client was sure it landed. Now as I was walking along the yard parallel to the garage in a small inconspicuous snow bank I heard that familiar low grunting sound on my detector.  As you can see on the following Youtube video the rest is what we were all waiting for….


Diamond wedding ring found Montrose Soccer field Chicago

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-206-8476

I am beginning to LOVE SOCCER FIELDS.

I was contacted to find a women’s diamond wedding ring that a young child threw onto a kids soccer field in Chicago. I took both my Deus and my CTX to look for it. I showed the father how to use the CTX and I searched with the Deus. I have always thought that two detectors searching is better than one. I let him borrow one of my pinpointers,  and I used the other. He had never hunted before, so I guided him as to what to look for. I set my sensitivity low on both machines, since it was a surface find. I also set the gain low on the CTX so he could tell if something was on the surface or deeper. Sure as heck, he found the ring!! I think I have just converted another metal detectorist!!







Soccer Dad’s Platinum wedding band found Highland Park, IL

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-206-8476

FullSizeRenderReceived a call from a dad who lost a platinum wedding band while practicing soccer with his son in Highland Park, IL.

He knew about where  he lost it so it was a quick hunt.

He considered renting a metal detector, but found me through the ring finders. He was very happy

School ring found after 42 years and returned

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-206-8476

Here is an article that Justin Breen a local reporter did on the story. Pretty much covers everything.


BEVERLY — James Murphy Sr. never gave up hope believing he’d find the 1970 high school class ring he lost in 1972.

Friday, with assistance from a Northwest Side man operating a metal detector, the gold ring was discovered at the same Beverly home where it originally slipped off the ring finger of Murphy’s left hand.

“It drove me crazy for more than 40 years,” said Murphy, 62, a retired Chicago Police officer who now lives in Mount Greenwood. “I knew it was in that yard. I’m in shock still.”

Justin Breen says Murphy was brought to tears:

On Wednesday, Murphy called Ron Shore, owner of Norwood Park-based Windy City Detector Sales & Rental, Inc., which helps customers find long-lost items. Shore referred Murphy to Jim Evans, an actor who in his spare time conducts “search missions” throughout the Chicago area to look for anything from diamond-studded earrings to car keys lost in the snow.

“Seventy percent of my calls are from what I refer to as anger management issues, where the wife gets upset with the husband and chucks her ring and then regrets it,” Evans, of Old Irving Park, said with a laugh.

Murphy has regretted losing his 1970 senior class ring from St. Bonaventure High School — a private school in Wisconsin — since it disappeared on a September afternoon in 1972. That day Murphy was washing his brand-new, metallic dark green Ford Pinto in preparation for a date when he dipped his hand in soapy water and then flung his hand in the air. When he did, the ring went flying as well.

He heard two dings and then nothing. For two full days, he searched every part of the front yard of the Beverly house his grandfather built in 1926 and where Murphy lived from 1952-73. No ring was found.

“I had worn that ring every day,” Murphy said. “It was my pride and joy.”

The house was sold in 1973 and Murphy said the owner wouldn’t let him conduct further searches. But earlier this year, it was sold again, and this time, the new owner was accommodating to his wishes.


A ring that was lost in 1972 was found last week by Windy City Detector Sales and Rental Inc. James Murphy (r.) was the owner of the ring, which was found by Jim Evanphoto 5 photo 6 photo 7 photo 9 photo 8

On Friday, Evans met Murphy at the house, asked him exactly where he was when the ring went missing, and then set up a 10-square-foot search grid with strings attached to stakes. Within 10 minutes, Evans located a metal button, a rusty nail, and then, buried six inches in the ground, Murphy’s ring, which was hidden in a clump of mud.

“I hugged everybody I could find,” Murphy said.

Evans charged Murphy $50 for the visit, and Murphy gave him $100 for finding the ring because that’s all he had on him. He plans to send him another $100 soon.

“I love this guy,” Murphy said. “I’m still as high as a kite.”

Shore said the key to locating lost items is to look for them right away. So he was shocked and thrilled Murphy’s treasured class ring was found after more than four decades.

“When he told me he lost it in 1972, it was a stretch that it would be found,” said Shore, who noted rings and other objects have a tendency to sink into the ground after a significant amount of time.

Murphy on Saturday took the ring to a jeweler, who cleaned and polished it.

And Murphy, who now has the jewelry back on his left ring finger, doesn’t plan to ever lose it again.

“This ain’t coming off again,” he said. “Maybe I’ll Krazy Glue it on.”


Lost Ring Found in Volleyball Court at Wisconsin Dells Hotel

from Madison (Wisconsin, United States)
Contact: 1-608-492-1070



I got a call from Mark and Rachel, owners of the All Star Value Inn in the Wisconsin Dells.  Rachel said that her husband had been playing volleyball the night before with friends.  The court was recently redone and was part of their property in the Wisconsin Dells.  He did not remember it specifically flying off, but does remember having it on throughout the match.  Rachel said that he even thought to himself, “I should probably take off my ring so that I don’t lose it”.  Famous last words, right?   Seconds later, while about to serve, Mark felt two of his fingers rug together and there was no ring on his finger.

The good news is that they were the owners of the court, but how would they find it?   Mark had plans to rent a metal detector and find it himself.  However, he would have found out that operating a metal detector isn’t as easy as it might seem.  The average person wouldn’t believe how much junk is located in the ground, even in a freshly redone volleyball court.  Rachel went on Google and searched for “Rent a Metal Detector”.  One of the pages she found was, and there just happen to be someone specifically located in the Wisconsin Dells area.  She sent a quick email to me, and I immediately responded.  I set up an appointment the next day to take a look.

When I arrived, Mark and Rachel were having a friends and family picnic right next to the volleyball court.  My son and daughter were along for the hunt.  I started the hobby of metal detecting and ring finding as a way to spend time outdoors with my kids.  They love the hobby, and love helping others find what was lost.  My daughter was first on the metal detector.  We found 4-5 pieces of trash: a pop top, a Matchbox Car, some small metal objects, and a nail.  The mosquitoes were  pretty bad that night, but we kept on hunting.

All of a sudden we got a pretty strong signal from the metal detector, which is usually a good sign.  My daughter reached down, grab a fist full of sand and pulled out Mark’s ring!  We walked over to the picnic table and handed the lost ring back to Mark.  Everyone was surprised that we had found the lost ring, and so quickly.  Mark’s ring had a unique inscription on the inside, “P.S. I Love You”, so there was no question it was his.   My daughter was probably the most excited, as it was her first lost wedding ring recovery all by herself.

Mark and Rachel were generous with their reward for finding the lost ring.  They then asked if we had eaten anything that night.  I responded no, and that we had to head back home as my kids had started school already.  She asked if we had ever eaten at the Top of the Rock on the strip in Wisconsin Dells, which was their favorite place to eat.  We had never been there, so she called the restaurant and opened a tab with our name on it.  She said, “Order whatever you guys want and put it on our tab”.  What a cool reward.  We felt like celebrities when we walked in.  The manager of the restaurant practically greeted us at the door, “You must be the people who found that lost ring”.  We responded yes, and he showed us to our seats.  After a nice dinner, the kids and I headed back home.

So remember, don’t waste your time figuring out how to rent a metal detector, just rent a Ring Finder! 

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