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Gold and Diamond Wedding Ring Lost, Found and Returned in Bradenton, Florida

Gold and Diamond Wedding Ring Lost, Found and Returned in Bradenton, Florida

Diane found SRARC through the Ring Finders Web site a few days after her husband had lost his gold and diamond wedding ring while working on the Christmas decorations in the front yard. He had been moving the reindeer into an area full of small bushes. He first stumbled and fell into the bushes and then fell again onto the grass as he was leaving the bushes. When he finished, he walked a block away to the mailboxes, retrieved the mail, and returned home. Later that evening he noticed that his wedding band was missing. They looked all around where he had been with no luck so Diane began to look for help on the internet.

She called Tom as soon as she found SRARC and  Mike was dispatched to see if he could find the ring. After covering the bushes, the yard, and even the grass along the sidewalk to the mailboxes with no result, Mike decided to go over the front yard one more time. In about 10 feet he hit a good tone and sure enough there was the ring. Don’t know how he missed it the first time but was sure glad he decided to go over the ground a second time.

Diane and her husband were overjoyed to have his wedding band back on his hand in time for Christmas. Srarc wishes them a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!!!!!!

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The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service-Tampa Bay Area

Lost Something Important? We can HELP!

The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service in the Tampa area  can help locate you lost engagement ring, wedding ring, favorite piece of jewelry, family heirloom, or other important personal item.

We can search virtually any location, some of the most common are parks, beaches, creeks, and even your own back yard. If you lost your RING or other precious item “Don’t Wait-Call Now!”                                        SRARC

Don’t Wait…..Call now!

Gold Wedding Ring Lost, Found, and Returned on Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida

Gold Wedding Ring Lost, Found, and Returned on Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida

This is return #95 for Jay and Karen Ganz on their quest to return 100 during their detecting career. The letter below shows you why it is so meaningful to them.

Dear Karen and Jay,

On October 4th, 2015 I lost my wedding ring in the Gulf of Mexico, specifically Siesta Key Beach. I was there to act as best man for my friend’s wedding, so losing my wedding band was particularly disturbing; if I couldn’t keep track of my own wedding band, how was I supposed to be responsible for holding on to my friend’s, right?

My wife and I had known each other throughout high school. After high school was over, I left to join the Marines. During my time in the service we had both started to realize that there was something more than a friendship between us, and we started a relationship separated by thousands of miles. I had made the decision that, if we could get through my second tour in Iraq, I would ask her to marry me. Well obviously that’s exactly what happened, and when she said yes, we didn’t waste any time picking out wedding bands. I was home on leave at the time and we figured it would be one less thing to worry about later.

We went to a local jewelry store and, while she knew exactly what she wanted (and found it in moments), I hadn’t really given much thought to a wedding band. I knew I would be wearing it for the rest of my life (at least in theory) and so I ended up mulling over a few different ones. Finally, my wife pointed to one in particular and asked what I thought. It was hefty and for some reason I just liked the way it looked and felt. The jeweler pulled it out and it fit perfectly. No need to order a different size, just box it up and check one very important thing off the list of “to dos.” We got married on June 27, 2009, and watching my wife slip that ring onto my finger is still one of my favorite memories.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2015. I had completed my Bachelor’s degree and my Law School education. I was preparing to take the bar exam in Ohio and, in order to help cope with the stress, I had gotten back to a regimented diet and exercise plan. For me, when a stressful event is coming up, it usually helps for me to make sure I’m working out and eating right. So naturally, I started to shed a few pounds. The only downside to this is that my wedding band started fitting a little more loosely. By the time October rolled around, I had actually started curling my ring finger to make sure my band didn’t slip off. Until I went swimming in the ocean, that is. Playing in the waves with a couple of friends, a wave pulled the ring right off my finger. I instantly dove under to try and grab it, but I couldn’t see and the waves were strong enough to be very disorienting.

I stormed back to the condo we were all staying at, absolutely beside myself. My wife took a piece of plastic wrap and fashioned it into a make shift ring; slipping it onto my hand the same way she had six and a half years earlier. At that moment, I was reminded that stuff is just stuff. That I could lose a hundred rings and it wouldn’t change the way my wife and I feel about each other.

We returned home to Ohio and discussed getting a replacement. That would of course have to wait until I was finally able to start working as an attorney. My wife suggested posting to a internet lost and found. “Who knows, it’s not like we have something to lose, right?” Well, I couldn’t disagree with that logic, so she went ahead and made the post. Within 24 hours we were contacted by Karen. It turns out, finding my ring wasn’t as much of a long shot as I had thought.

Within a few days I received a text from my newlywed friend, who was still in Florida, currently living the dream of a great honeymoon with a bride of his own. What he sent me was a picture of my ring. I was floored. It had been almost a week since I had lost it, but sure enough that was my wedding band.

My mind raced, and June 27, 2009 came flooding back into my mind’s eye: her dress; her smile; her laugh; her beauty. So many words echoed in my ears: “my friend;” “my love;” “my wife.”

Stuff is just stuff. But that doesn’t mean it can’t have sentimental value. Getting my ring back wasn’t just getting back a piece of gold. It was getting back the ring my wife placed on my hand the day we said “I do.” It was also a reminder of how amazing people can be. Total strangers, with no expectation of reimbursement, had gone out of their way to return something to me. I can’t say thank you enough, and one day I hope to be able to do the same for another. Thank you.



The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service-Tampa Bay Area

Lost Something Important? We can HELP!

The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service in the Tampa area  can help locate you lost engagement ring, wedding ring, favorite piece of jewelry, family heirloom, or other important personal item.

We can search virtually any location, some of the most common are parks, beaches, creeks, and even your own back yard. If you lost your RING or other precious item “Don’t Wait-Call Now!”                                        SRARC

Don’t Wait…..Call now!

Wedding Ring Returned on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Zoran was playing soccer with his buddies at the Anna Maria Community club when a pass came his direction. He reached out to block it and the ball hit his hand and bounced off. A few minutes later he realized his wedding ring was missing. One of the other guy’s mentioned to him that he saw a flash of something flying through the air when the ball had hit Zoran’s hand. They all stopped playing and got down on their hands and knees to search for the ring. No one could see it. The next day Zoran came back, climbed the fence and search again. He had no luck but one of his buddies said he knew someone who could help.

Zoran contacted Stan Flack who in turn contacted Mike Miller. Mike organized a hunt for Saturday morning and both Mike and Jerry Schneider showed up at the Community Club at 9:00 am. Zoran arrived a few minutes later and showed them the general location where the ring had been lost. Jerry and Mike went to work and about 10 minutes later Jerry called out “I got it!!!!”

Zoran was extremely happy and could not believe how quickly we found it. Congratulations team SRARC and especially to Jerry who has now recovered his first ring on a SRARC hunt.

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Diamond Pendant Recovered from St Pete Beach Inland Canal

Allison contacted SRARC distraught over losing her vintage diamond pendant in the water near their dock. When she explained that the water was 8 to 10 feet at that area it was a concern because this is a dive hunt and not a normal detecting call out. She went on to say that the bottom was really soft and lots of silt.

After hearing her plea to please help, Tom Jones decided to give it a try but with the warning that the pendant may or may not be recovered.

Tom Jones and Joe Szemer loaded up a compressor, dive gear and detectors and headed out to the home to meet up with Allison and her family. The water at the dock was still 6 – 8 feet at low tide, so Tom hooked up his dive gear and dropped in. Within 2 minutes on the bottom Tom Noticed what looked to be a shell on the sand. When he ran his detector over it he got a signal, reached down and picked up the half dollar sized pendant. He came back up and everyone thought something was wrong until he handed the pendant to Joe. Luckily the piece was large enough to lay on top of the soft sand.

Upon getting out of the water Allison hugged Tom even though he was dripping wet, she said “I don’t care if you’re wet. Thank you so much for finding it for me.”

Great Job Ton and Joe. SRARC appreciates your taking that extra step to bring the smiles.

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Engagement Ring Recovered at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, FLorida

Dianna, her fiancée Robby and three friends were out at Coquina Beach on Sunday evening to watch the sunset and play in the surf.  They were out about waist deep tossing a football when the ball came Dianna’s way. As she lunged to catch it she felt her engagement ring fly off. They all searched frantically for a couple hours but could not find it. The next morning Dianna found SRARC tagged on Facebook and clicked onto our website. She called Mike Miller and he scheduled a hunt for later that day. Tom Jones, Ed Osmar and Mike came together and met with Dianna at the beach at 2:00 pm. Dianna gave them the story and laid out the location she thought they should hunt. The group went to work and about 10 minutes later Mike found the ring right in the area Dianna had specified. When Tom gave her the thumbs up she could not believe it. We were just as happy returning her ring to her as she was to have it back on her finger. Just another great day at the beach with smiles all around.

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Engagement Ring Recovered at Lido Beach, Sarasota

Andrew and Danielle were recently engaged and were spending a day at the beach to relax and just spend time together. They had been enjoying the sun and decided to play a little in the water. Andrew grabbed a ball and headed out onto the water and Danielle quickly followed. As she ran into the water Andrew tossed her the ball. Danielle leaped to catch the ball and felt her beautiful engagement ring fly off of her finger. They couldn’t believe it was gone. Andrew had saved for 5 years so he could get just the right ring. They borrowed swim goggles and recruited others with swim goggles to help search for the ring but they couldn’t find it. Andrew started to look for metal detectors on his smart phone. The Ring Finders popped up with a recent recovery made by SRARC. He contacted us and because they were there at the beach waiting Mike Miller made a quick response request and then headed for the location. After arriving and getting the exact search area narrowed down, Mike went to work. It took about 15 minutes to find the ring and return it to a disbelieving Danielle. What fun it was to see the big grins on their faces when they had the ring back on Danielle’s finger.

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Anna Marie Island Gold and Diamond Wedding Rings Lost then Recovered

David and Jennifer were down from Virginia on a mini vacation and house hunting trip. While relaxing one evening at sunset Jennifer was in the water and David tossed her a ball. The ball landed just in front of her and she plunged her hand into the water to get it. She felt her wedding set fly right off her finger. She called to David for help but just then a big wave slammed into her and moved her away from where she had lost the rings. They looked until after dark but had no luck finding them. Both David and Jennifer are Gulf war veterans and while stationed in Iraq someone had stolen her first wedding set and now losing another set was just devastating. Jennifer started searching the internet for help and soon found SRARC on the Ring Finders site. She called Tom who called Mike and we set up a meet time and search for 7:00 am the next morning. Mike went right to work when he got there and searched for about an hour and a half before hitting the target he was looking for. He flipped a “thumbs up” toward the beach and got two great big smiles in return. It was a pleasure to meet both David and Jennifer and I want to offer them a big “Thank You” for their service to our country. It gave me a great big smile to be able to serve them in a small way. I look forward to hooking up with them again after they have relocated to Florida.

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Longboat Key Saint Christopher Pendant Recovered

Down in Florida from Michigan with his family for spring break, 8th grader, Spencer was soaking up the sun on his towel on the beach. Getting a little to hot he decided to take a dip in the water. He carefully removed his Saint Christopher’s pendant and placed it on his towel. Off he went for a swim and more beach activities with his family. When they were done for the day they picked all their beach items up and headed to the condo. Later that evening Spencer realized that he no longer had his Saint Christopher’s pendant. The whole family looked all around where they had placed their towels on the beach but could not find the pendant. After a couple day’s Spencer’s Mom, Karen, checked in at the lost and found department and happened to talk to an attendant that was around two months earlier when SRARC had recovered a wedding ring at the same complex. He gave her our number and she contacted Mike Miller on Sunday morning just as her son was leaving for home. Mike went right down and began a search. There were two possibilities so he thoroughly searched the most likely place first and when nothing showed up they moved to the second location. Just as Mike began the search Karen exclaimed, “there it is”, and plucked it out of the sand. SRARC didn’t find it this time, but I think we were the catalyst that helped Karen find it. It doesn’t matter who found it, it is the smiles that were on their faces after it was found that count. SRARC is happy we could be a small part of putting the smiles back on their faces.

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Platinum Wedding Band Recovered at Caspersen Beach

Joe, his wife, and children were visiting his wife’s family here in Florida for Spring Break. They traveled all the way from Ohio for some sunshine and had all gone to Caspersen Beach. This particular beach is well known for the millions of year old sharks teeth that can be found along the beach.

Joe was out in about waist deep water digging and sifting for shark teeth. When he returned to the beach he realized that his wedding band was missing. He rushed back into the water here he had been and dug with the shark tooth rake hoping to dig up the ring. No luck, so he returned to the beach and goggled for help. He soon found The Ring Finders and we setup a meeting for that afternoon.

Jay and Karen Ganz meet him at the location about 5:00 pm. The water was a little choppy but Karen braved it and began the hunt. She hunted for 2 hours and was battered by the waves as the west winds increased to 15 mph. After 2 hours she was exhausted but got one more target just as she was about to leave the water. She decided to dig the target and then quit. She finally got it in her scoop and walked out onto the beach without looking into the scoop. When she looked in the scoop, there it was. She pulled it out and asked Joe “Is this your ring?” He got a great big smile on his face and said “It sure is”

I believe that is recovery number 88 for the Ganz team. Congratulations on another great recovery!!!!!!!!!

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Longboat Key Wedding Band Recovery

Steve, his wife Nancy, daughter Nicole, and son-in-law Aaron came down from Chicago to escape the cold winter weather up north. Aaron was setting in a lounge chair enjoying the sun and decided it was time to get some sun lotion on. He pulled his wedding band off his hand and set it on his lap and proceeded to spread the sun lotion on his body. Before he could finish he received a phone call and was deep in conversation when he stood up and began to pace in the sand. Suddenly he realized that he had forgotten about the ring in his lap. He and the whole family searched frantically in the sand and Aaron even dug a deep wide hole where he believed it should be. They searched to no avail for a couple hours until it was time for Aaron and Nicole to leave for the airport.

Steve and Nancy stayed and later that day were talking to one of the pool staff about losing the ring. He mentioned that they should Google the internet for someone that might have a metal detector and would come and help search for the ring. Steve found Ring Finders and then picked SRARC to contact. Tom Jones called Mike Miller to see if he was available and Mike responded right away. Steve and Nancy meet Mike at the site and had an area of about 20 sq. ft. marked out in which they thought the ring must be. In about 10 minutes Mike heard the sound of a ring and sure enough out it came on the first dig.

There were lots of smiles to go around. Steve called Aaron right away and he was very happy and relieved that we had recovered his ring. I just never get tired of seeing the smiles when we are able to return a sentimental piece to the owner.