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Time Capsule found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Tracey contacted me about a time capsule that she and her father had buried back in 1997. Inside were various “treasures” from various members of her family, including photos and letters from loved ones now deceased. Tracey knew the approximate location and had attempted to find it a year ago, but, without a metal detector, she was just guessing as to the exact spot and came up empty. The container was supposed to be a small steel box, maybe a foot squared or so. She was uncertain as to the contents other than the photos and letters. One of the interesting parts of this is that it was buried in a remote area of a public park! No telling if it was still there or not. Parks get relandscaped from time to time or maintenance crews might accidentally dig it up or bury it further, so, this was anyone’s guess.

We hiked to the spot which turned out to be just above a drainage ditch. The ground was on a slope, very rocky, and covered in leaves, branches, and other debris from the eucalyptus trees and various trash from park goers over the years. There wasn’t any obvious sign of where it might have been buried, so, I began my search systematically from one end of the search area to the other. Not a big area, maybe 10 X 20 feet, but, LOTS of target sounds, both ferrous and non. I started with the ferrous since it was supposed to be a steel box. After a couple of promising sounds that turned out to be chucks of pipe, I couldn’t find any large targets with my E-trac/ NEL 15″ Attack coil combo. I started in on the smaller ferrous targets. Just junk iron. Next was non-ferrous with similar results at first. I finally got a low conductive signal next to a tree. It was reading 12-09 on the E-trac. That normally is a wad of foil or similar. It didn’t seem like a large target, but being next to the tree it was hard to tell for sure. I started digging…..down a foot and still there…….got out the hand digger…..poked down a bit more and hit something that sounded hollow. Hmmm, could be, or maybe just a pie tin. Kept clearing the dirt and roots away until I could find the edges of the object and got the top cleared off. Yup, looks like a metal box to me! I carefully worked my digger and my fingers around the edges of the box until I could just reach under it. Ooops, nothing left of the side of the box. My fingers just went into a cavity. Not a good sign, as this indicated to me that the box had gotten flooded and rusted out. I finally worked it out of the ground and my suspicions were correct. Even though the box had been wrapped in plastic, the bottom was almost completely gone along with most of the sides. Since the lid was in pretty good shape, I flipped the box up side down on the ground so we could carefully pick through the contents without them spilling all over the place. Most items were water damaged, but, some may clean up. The photos and letters were wrapped separately in more plastic, but, they were waterlogged as well. The photos didn’t look to good, but, the letters might clean up. Tracey has a bit of work to do in that area! With careful rinsing and drying, they might survive. Even with the damage, Tracey was very happy to find the time capsule and recover the contents. I was happy to be a part of it and thank you for the reward.

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Calgary Time Capsule Recovered

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

I received an email from Michael of  Calgary’s Apocalypse Scooter Club in July asking for assistance in finding a Time Capsule they had buried 4 years earlier.  I agreed to meet him and the club members at the designated site in Calgary on August 1st, 2015.

Well today  I went to meet with him and the club members, I arrived early which is normal for me, and shortly after a bunch of scooters, you know the type Vespa’s , Lambretta’s some even  looked homemade, came  driving into the parking area.  It was actually quite exciting to see so many scooters all arriving at the same time.  The was a large field but they had a good idea of ta spot that would get us close.  Once I had the area of interest marked off with parking cones and started my grid, it wasn’t long before I got an mid tone sound that registered 8+ inches deep.  The membership were pretty excited and attacked the ground with spades until they heard the clunk of the time capsule being hit with their spades. Sure enough it was about a foot deep in the ground and everyone was talking at once with excitement.  This was a fun hunt and everyone was still having a great time when I left them to their celebrations.  Thank you Michael and the Apocalypse Scooter Club for trusting me and The Ring Finders to locate your Time Capsule.

Apocalypse Scooter Club's Recovered Time Capsule

Apocalypse Scooter Club’s Recovered Time Capsule

The Apocalypse Scooter Club celebrate the recovery of their Time Capsule

The Apocalypse Scooter Club celebrate the recovery of their Time Capsule

Metal Detecting Ladner BC for the… Missing Time Capsule

  • from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

The Mystery of the Missing Time Capsule Buried Dec.31st. 1999… Set to open in less then 3 weeks on the 10 year anniversary and the owner can’t find it…

Hi, I received a call a couple of days ago from a man who had an interesting story about a 10 year old time capsule that he buried in his back yard.

Dan explained to me that in 1999 his family and his wife’s family all got together and made a time capsule and buried it in his back yard.

10 years later all the family was getting back together for New Years and they were all excited about opening the time capsule.There was only one problem…Dan couldn’t find it.

Over the past 10 years much had changed in his backyard. The fence was moved back three feet and the gazebo where he had buried the time capsule was gone.

Using an outline of where the gazebo was as a reference to the area where he remembered burying the capsule, Dan started digging but had no luck. He was worried that if he couldn’t find it the family would be upset, so he was researching metal detectors online and found my service and called me in for the search.

We met and discussed the search and because he wasn’t sure that there was any metal in the bucket this made it difficult as all I was thinking that my detector could only find the handle, if it had one.

I grid searched by digging in the area that he thought it could be in, also in another area that we thought it could be as well, but know luck.

After we discussed a few thing and close to three hours and no time capsule he called his wife. This was a good

move as she remembered him digging behind the gazebo.

This put us in an area that Dan never thought it could be in, and we never searched…I received a signal after we took a bit of the topsoil down and it was just a tin can lid, then I saw a little hole near the lid where Dan had dug and there it was!

What a fun treasure hunt! I was as happy as Dan when we found it, the good new is that he said he would email me the pictures of what was inside after the family opens it on Dec.31

This was a similar search to the one that my friend from Australia Billy Sherman had.The only difference is his was a jar with $10,000! Nice going Billy! Read his story here… http://www.losttreasure.com.au/tag/buried-treasure/

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Metal Detecting Ladner BC for a Missing… Time Capsule (Part-1-2-3)

  • from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

The Missing Time Capsule (Part 1)

Buried Dec.31st. 1999 Searched for it on Dec.13th 2009

Watch the 3 part video and see if it can be found…

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