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Found Ring Returned: Hyannis, MA

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

October 4, 2022

Hurricane Ian had been making its way northward keeping the Hyannis sky dark and misty. But a daily walk through the woods Avery and Bigelow made their way peacefully until an exposed root tripped up Avery. In the incident a ring left Avery’s finger an landed in the overgrowth along the pathway. The ring was Avery’s mother’s and is only one of very few pieces of jewelry that Avery wears.

Looking for help via a rental business that rented a detector. A call to J&E Enterprise was answered and Avery was given a phone number and was told Rick is the one that could help. Unfortunately, I was at a doctor’s appointment and did not return the call for a couple of hours. In that time Avery had rented a detector and was back in the woods searching for the lost ring. Rentals usually do not come with detailed operation notes. Most detectors take several hours of practice before one can become proficient in its use. Even locating an object on the surface can be a daunting task.

When I returned the call, Avery was in the woods and said she would welcome any help I may give. About a half hour later I was involved in the search. The area was littered with very old and rusty cans, and other debris. Many trash signals and not one that was worth digging or keeping. After two hours we left the woods as the sun had set, it was time to give up for the evening.

The next morning, I replace my mid-sized detector coil with a small 4-inch coil that would allow better separation of the pieces of trash. Another hour past and I was re-searching over the original area Avery had heard a signal the night before. I was able to determine several distinct targets, all were too deep to be the ring but might be masking a small ring. Therefore, I started to remove each target one by one and had a total of 4 shotgun cases and a long rifle casing. But no ring. As another aid, I tossed a similar ring with a visible string attached to see just how far a ring might travel and then restarted searching from that point.

Oddly enough, I was very close to the area the four shotgun shells were dug. Ah, another signal this time about two inches away, with a detector indicating a surface target. I reached down, moved a few leaves and there the ring was laying, but not for long. I picked it up, turned off the detector and headed back to the car before the rain intensified. A call to Avery and we made a meeting point. Twenty minutes later her ring had been placed on the pinkie finger and there was a wonderful smile on Avery’s face, not to say the one on my face was any less wonderful.

It is always amazing how an object is lost and in the case of a lost ring in the woods that a person can travel miles, search a vast area full of trash, put a 4-inch coil over a 1-inch ring, hear a signal among all others, then make a conscious decision to stop detecting and do a visual search to ultimately find the ring. Knowing one’s equipment, persistence and determination and yes, luck all helped in making the loss into A Happy Ending.

lost Gold Chain + Rings found in Fairhaven, Mass

A friend on Facebook sent me a listing of a Gold chain with a diamond butterfly lost that had 3 rings on it at the beach. After reaching out to Alyssa, she finally got back to me after a few days. We chatted about what I do and how it was lost. She had mentioned that for me not to bother to travel so far because she said a couple of other guys had searched high and low for them to no avail. We agreed that maybe someone had seen them on the sand and possibly picked them up.

I again reached out about four days later and told Alyssa that when I got over that way I would check the area in question and went over that day again. I asked if she had gone into the water, she replied no just to the waters edge. She did mention that she walked up to the bathing houses on her way out that day.

Two month’s had gone by. It was honestly haunting me, to know that such a precious set of rings and a gold butterfly chain was just possibly sitting in the sand without no one looking for them any longer. I keep a list of NON found things on my desk. I looked at that note everyday. I decided to make the trip yesterday. I searched the area in question for an hour, I was almost up to the parking lot, but still in the path sand area, when I got that familiar low tone. I dug down, and out popped a Gold ring, still didn’t look familiar. I checked the hole and another low tone, and again out popped two more gold rings and they were attached to a beautiful gold diamond butterfly chain. Now I was smiling. I knew I had Alyssa’s precious rings. The best part is that she had not even known that I went to look for them.

I contacted her again through Facebook and I am happy to say she is reunited with them once again. Never give up, in this case keeping notes and persistence paid off. On a side note to the story, Shawn was off the hook, he apparently was the one who had them in his shirt, and dropped them. Congratulations Alyssa on your return. Sincerely Leighton

 

     

 

LOST FAMILY CREST RING RECOVERED ON CAPE COD

  • from Yarmouth (Massachusetts, United States)

Labor Day 2022, I was enjoying a walk with my wife and my Dog, and I received a call from a Man named Jake. Jake had lost his family crest Gold ring which has been on his finger for 30 plus years and needed my help in locating it, The only problem was he did not know where he lost the ring.  As I was walking with my wife Jake explained the night before he was on a boat with his wife and family and had gone to a dockside restaurant , had a wonderful time and returned to a mooring in the bay as night was falling. upon arrival, he disembarked the craft and proceeded to wade some 300 or so feet to the shore through the water with what they had brought with them and placed everything on the beach, after everything was finalized he took their belongings and brought them up the associations beach stairs and entered his vehicle and drove to the house a short distance away only to realize his ring , which he has never taken off in over 30 years, was missing. He searched everywhere, the home , the yard, the beach, even the boat but the ring was nowhere to be found. He had no idea where the ring could be but needed help in finding it.  I told Jake that I would be more than happy to meet him down at the beach after my walk and we could talk about a game plan on finding his ring.  I thought to myself this is going to be tough, it could be anywhere from the beach to the restaurant. Our walk was finished and I met Jake at the association beach where we went over all the details, at this point Jake had searched the boat again and had no luck in finding his ring.  There was a strong possibility the ring might have been lost  at the restaurant or on the way back to the mooring, or in the water surrounding the boat to the beach 300 feet away. I assured Jake that I would search for his ring to the best of my ability, but the ring may not be found because of the uncertainty of where it may have been lost. We did have one clue about the ring, a picture was produced that showed he had the ring on, on the boat on the way to the restaurant. This did tell us it was not lost beforehand.

I readied myself with the equinox 800 and the 15″ coil and decided our best bet would be to start around the mooring where the boat was moored. Jake joined me throughout this part of the search. Luckily in this bay the water levels are not high and it was low tide so the water was waist deep. The search started . Working a grid around the boat I found nothing so I decided to continue  moving a parallel  search with the shore toward the beach, I did this for an hour without success .  I decided the tide was coming in and I wanted to work the beach a little as daylight was burning, so I detected a path to the shore and worked the beach area where he was confident he was during the departure from the boat.  Doing a grid search I was unable to find the ring in the area, I also searched several passes to the stairs that he used to exit the beach, still no results.  As it was getting late I decided to go to the house and search the yard, possibly the ring slipped off afterwards.  I searched the yard with still no results.  At this point there was a vast area of the bay that had not been searched and seemed the only hope to find the ring, but the tide was coming in and I decided I would return on Tuesday before low tide and continue the search then.

The following days the tide was going out I returned, we had overcast skies and rain, but I had to search the area that Jake had traversed to be sure the ring was or was not there. I started  my grid and for 2 hours did not find the ring, as I approached the shoreline I had one more pass until I was up on the beach, and I received a  solid 18 on the equinox VDI.  One scoop in the water and up came the gold ring with the family crest presenting itself to me as I looked at it in the scoop.  What a Relief.  I had Jakes ring and I went back to my car and texted him a picture of his ring, I told in the text “interesting what you find when you look” within the same minute I received a return text which I can only explain as utter disbelief!  I had found his ring and I made arrangements to meet up with him to return it to him shortly after as he was not in the area at the moment.

The recoveries where people are unsure of where they lost the item, and have a vast area of travel in between the last time they have seen the item do not always turn out positive, vast amounts of time are spent which in some cases are in vain because there is no definite area to focus on. This search had a very positive outcome and I was very happy to reunite Jake with his ring.  Another success story for the ring finders, and another person smiling ear to ear with relief that  that which was lost was now found and in its rightful place, with its owner.  Thank you for calling me Jake. It was a pleasure to help you.

Lost after a dinner outing, the ring was recovered.

 

Lost Wallet with Credit Cards and Drivers License Returned, Cape Cod,Harwich, Yarmouth, Hyannis,Falmouth,

While out in the waters of Cape Cod, I found a wallet that was a surprise to see in my scoop. It had a metal card to Apple inside. A license, and many credit cards. When Rick and I got home, the very first thing we did, was to check for a match on Facebook. It triggered a fast response from Beth, the owner, as I talked with her about how, when, and where she lost her wallet, I knew I had to get it back ASAP. We asked if she was still on Cape Cod, she replied no, that she had gone home last week.

This is her statement about how she thinks it was lost.As we got out of the car we entered the beach area and made a hard right. We kept walking till we saw a sign saying Private Beach Area. We turned around, I was picking up seashells along the way close to the waters edge. When we got back to the beach where we entered, we made the obligatory Sun Appreciation spot halfway up on the dunes. I changed out of my shorts, that I thought had my wallet. We were there about 45 minutes, packed up,and walked to the jetty and then back to the car. My wallet must have fell out of my pocket as I reached for the shells. It was very windy, and the waves crashing didn’t help. We never heard it fall.We searched high and low multiple times for the next day or so. Car,Beach,Path, Sand, Nothing.

I was so happy that I found it and reunited it with Beth, Credit cards,License,Vac Card,all home where it belongs. Be safe and Congratulations on your return.Sincerely Leighton2022-09-06 11.57.17 copy

 

CHAMPIONSHIP RING FOUND ON CAPE COD BEACH

  • from Yarmouth (Massachusetts, United States)

August 8, 2022. John B was swimming with his grandsons at a beach in Dennisport When his 2005 State Championship ring slipped off his finger in the surf.  He frantically tried to find this ring which He earned coaching His team To victory in the state Championship in 2005.  The ring has become an extension of himself, and to not have it was devastating.

I Received a call from Wendy, Johns wife explaining that her husband had lost a ring at the beach and if I could help them find it. Wendy had found my number on The Ringfinders website  while searching for information regarding the matter.  I drove over to the beach which is the next town over from mine, and met John and Wendy and they explained their situation.  Some of the Beaches on Cape cod can be very difficult to find lost items due to the rocky nature of the seafloor, this was one of those beaches. There were also a few other factors that tied in to a difficult search and that was weather. It was the afternoon and the wind was picking up creating surf that can make recovering a lost item very difficult.  I searched the area for a few hours as the waves impacted me over and over again to no avail.  I had to stop and resume my search when conditions were more favorable.  I assured Wendy that I will not stop searching for the ring until I have found it, and will return the next morning.  The Next morning I revisited the beach only to find the sea state in the same condition, I tried to search the area again but the combination of the rocky seafloor and the pounding waves had me push off the search another day.  Fortunately we started having negative tides and low tide  would push the water further out and make the search easier even if their were waves. I returned to the beach at 3:30am with an expected low tide at 4:30am.  The tide was low and the sea state calm,  it was perfect conditions for recovering the ring, especially where I would be struggling with digging through the rocky sands as well as being in the water with only a headlamp for a light source. I Started beyond the area where the ring was lost and worked my way back towards the shoreline, This would assure that I would be ahead of the tide as it started to return. I approached the area where the ring was Lost, this area is the rockiest of all of the search area and very time consuming to recover any item. This slowed me down and I could tell the water was starting to rise. once I worked through that area with no success I continued on and finally received a good solid signal in the range that I was looking for.  I push my scoop into the semi rock sand and pulled my scoop up and the State Championship ring revealed itself in my sand-scoop.  Victory I had finally recovered Johns Beautiful ring.  I had to wait a while before I could call and tell him due to the time, around 6:30 am I decided to Give him a call and let him know.  John had left CapeCod  but was returning around noontime and we made arrangements to meet so I could return his beautiful ring to him.  When we met he was with his grandsons whom I had promised on the beach a few days earlier that I would find their grandfathers ring. They were so excited they took possession of the ring before John could.  Thank you John and Wendy for having faith in me to find such an important part of your lives, I am thrilled it is back on the finger where it belongs.

2005 State Championship Ring

Johns grandson are almost as excited to have the ring back as their grandfather.

Abby’s Moon Phase Necklace.Lost,Found,Cape Cod,Freshwater Beach Pond.

While out searching for coins and jewelry in the water Rick Browne (Ring Finder) & I were approached by a gentleman named Matt. He asked if we were The Ring Finders from Cape Cod. We both responded YES with enthusiasm. We asked why? He said that his daughter, had lost her precious necklace the day before, and had we found it? We asked if it was in the water, or sand, and he said sand. We hadn’t done the sand area as of yet so let’s give it a try.

We met Matt’s wife Ronni, Abby his daughter, they were all on vacation from New Jersey. I asked Abby to stand where she last saw it the day before. They had been searching with flashlights the night before for over an hour with no luck. Just about then, Rick was already digging a target, and I had a target too. I dug down, and out popped Abby’s chain, with it had a Birth date, Moon phase Medallion attached to it. Abby and Ronni were emotional as one can expect. Congratulations all around for everyone. People clapped as I handed it back to Abby, Rick and I were so happy to be in the rite spot, at the time when needed. Congratulations, to Abby, her Mom Ronni, and Dad Matt, for not giving up and believing. Sincerely Leighton

Moon Phase Pendant and Chain

Abby with Necklace

Lost Engagement Ring Underwater, Found, Cape Cod, Sea Shore, Returned

Rick and I were metal detecting at a local saltwater beach area this morning. As we were almost done, and not much to show for it, we decided to get a quick lunch break in. That never happened, a guy stopped Rick in the water, and said that his friend Katelyn, had just lost her engagement ring. Katelyn’s Engagement Ring was lost only a half hour before, underwater. She was throwing a football with friends. Rick motioned to me, and we began to grid the area. Katelyn was getting nervous, and having second thoughts that she may never see it again. I assured her that we would prevail and to not give up till she sees us give up. I asked her to stay in that area, and to not walk away, so I could do my job with precision. Her Husband, and about five others were trying to locate it with snorkel and masks, but turned up nothing. I started to move over to broaden the search area. As Rick and I crossed paths, he saw me stop and start to dig, he asked me if I had it? I honestly wasn’t sure, it was a scratchy sound but on the third try sure enough it was in my scoop. When I motioned to Katelyn to come over to have a look. I asked her to describe it again. She was so excited that I had it. I told her she was a lucky girl today. Everyone around us were cheering and clapping. Even her friends up on the beach were yelling, I actually felt like a celebrity LOL Its such a fantastic feeling to return it to the owner. Another great day at the beach. Congratulations Katelyn ! Leighton.

Custom Engagement Ring

Designed by Katelyn

Big Smiles

13 Lucky Number for Kenyon … Lost,Found,Recovered,Returned In Salt Water…

13 is Kenyon’s lucky number today.

I was on my way off the beach the other day from recovering a ring for a gentleman, I noticed a Lost Wedding Band sign posted. I gave it a quick call to a man named Kenyon. I told him who I was and what I do. He told me he had lost it a week ago while doing butterfly strokes in the water. That it hadn’t been off of his finger in 13 years. I had him send me a picture of the area, and drop a pin where I should search if I could get down to have a look for him. I tried to go a few days in a row, but because of the wind and high waves I wasn’t able to get in the water till this morning.

I searched for over an hour with no luck in the area he was sure it was, to no avail. As I was running out of real estate, with only one target that was a small bullet. I was about to call it quits. I was going to have Kenyan meet me tomorrow and put me in the area again. I was walking out of knee deep water when I got a signal so loud it scared me. I knew it had to be the ring because there were no other targets in the area. Sure enough, there it was a size 13.5  14K White wedding band looking up at me in the scoop. I am so happy to get this back to him as Kenyon and his wife are going away tomorrow on vacation. Keep the faith.

Bike Key Missing on beach. Found on Cape Cod. One return leads to another.

The Key to Success.

A few days ago I was asked to help recover a ring that was possibly dropped as leaving the beach. Richard Browne a ring finder and myself grid the area to no avail. While searching for the ring I found a key with a tag that looked like it went to a bike lock of some sorts. I didn’t think much of it, till Rick waved me over. He was chatting with Pierre that was on his bike, and he was asking if we had found a key that he had been there searching for it the day before. I told him yes, that I had found a key and sure enough it fit perfectly into his bike lock. Great to save all objects when you can. Un expected return.

Sincerely Leighton

Family Crest Ring Reunited. 21rst Birthday Present Ring Reunited

Got a call from Luke Barube last night, he is also a Ring Finder. After getting home from finding a ring for someone yesterday, he received another call about a family crest ring lost, because it was so far away he called me in on it. I asked Luke to pass my info along to him.
Later that evening, I received a call from Andy, who said he had lost his 14K yellow Gold family crest ring, it happened about a month earlier in chest deep water, while playing with his dog.
 I told him that there is no guarantee, but I will give it a heck of a try. Andy also said it was a Birthday present for turning 21. We walked down to the beach a few blocks away. I asked him to walk out to the area, stop and turn around, that I would walk out to him. I turned on my detector, and walked two feet while swinging, and my very first signal turned out was his family crest ring staring up at me in my scoop.It was very deep, even after a month in the saltwater. I motioned to him to come over, and he just couldn’t believe I had it already, or that I had found it at all. This is why we do what we do. After a few woo hoo’s and fist pumps, we walked back to the cottage and he yelled to his wife Dianne “We got it” her response was that’s just incredible. Congratulations. Andy said he has a real Treasure story to tell at the BBQ this weekend. I told him he’ll be a hit. Glad it back where it belongs.
Sincerely  Leighton,